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1713 South 2nd Street, Pekin, IL 61554
309-346-4666
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Been going there for years

We went there when I was a child and it was the old A&W. As far as the set-up, not much has changed. You can still sit outside in your car and order thru the box or sit inside at stools while watching the kids working. The root beer is still good and served in cold glasses, not frosted but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We went there when I was a child and it was the old A&W. As far as the set-up, not much has changed. You can still sit outside in your car and order thru the box or sit inside at stools while watching the kids working. The root beer is still good and served in cold glasses, not frosted but... More 

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Pekin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Cranwill's is a good old fashioned root beer stand that was formerly an A & W. The food, service and root beer is still great. I wish they still used the better grade of hot dog and had a better location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

An old fashioned carbon place that has fantastic food and root beer that is made on site daily. Friendly service at very good prices.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My boyfriend and I stopped here on our way out of town from camping during the 4th of July weekend. We stopped around noon and there wasn't many people there. We had seen the place FULL a few nights prior on our way in and figured it must be good. We were pleasantly surprised with how fresh and tasty the... More 

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Pekin, Illinois, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Love their coney dogs and homemade rootbeer!! Fried mushrooms & onion rings!! I go back in my mind to the days of curbies and drive ins, when I go to the best drive in town. Even had the dogs with us!

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Foxboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

when i came here i felt like i was in the 50s the food was great and the portion size better and the root beer was also awesome. It reminds me of going to drive inns when i was a kid. i would recommend

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Just like the old days, you can roll up to Cranwill's and place your order from your car and a carhop will deliver it to your window. There is also limited seating inside and a few picnic tables outside. When we were there it smelled really bad outside -- we thought it was from the nearby plant. Since the indoor... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Cool little hotdog joint that is a throwback to simpler times. Chillicheese dog with chillicheese fries, you can't go wrong. Never a long wait and excellent chilli!

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Pekin, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

A good old fashioned root beer stand....complete with curbies and glass root beer mugs. I have been going there for 30 plus years....and two generations of owners--Cranwill family

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Peoria, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Took my family of 4 for chilli dogs, and WOW 40 bucks for 6 chilli dogs , fries , and a rootbeer each!! Hotdogs are cheap ones no beef here! They were changing color after sitting in water pot all day and were mush! I WILL NOT be going back. I guess when they lost A&W they lost all concern... More 

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Address: 1713 South 2nd Street, Pekin, IL 61554
Phone Number: 309-346-4666
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Pekin

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  • Address: 1713 South 2nd Street, Pekin, IL 61554
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Pekin
  • Phone Number: 309-346-4666

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