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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
randysgirl
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Peoria, Illinois
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This place has been a family favorite for many years. We enjoy going inside and sitting at the counter to eat (free root beer refills!). You get friendly service and the food is fast, hot and scrumptious! My favorite meal is the bacon cheeseburger basket, with fries and coleslaw on the side. I am not a coleslaw fan by nature,... More 

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Thank PTownGal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you want a traditional Coney Dog, this is the place. Root beer is root beer but a Coney Dog is a different story! This is also a traditional drive in root beer stand which you can't find almost hardly...truly a dying breed.

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Thank leos188
pekin
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

brings back the past.rember eating in your car.great food and the best root beer.prices are good.service is fast.brings back the good old days

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Thank Joseph L
illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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Thank randysgirl
Pekin, Illinois
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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Thank Leonard B
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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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Thank Benny L
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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Thank hdingeman
Pekin, Illinois, United States
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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Thank Dennis H
Foxboro, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 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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  • Address: 1713 South 2nd Street, Pekin, IL 61554
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Pekin
  • Phone Number: 309-346-4666

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