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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
Drive in Restaurant with homemade root beer

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2014
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Pekin, Illinois, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Foxboro, Massachusetts
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77 reviews 77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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137 reviews 137 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Found this place last minute as we were passing through, and was glad we did! Great kitschy drive in feel, good food, and good prices! Homemade rootbeer, the baked beans were awesome, my husband really enjoyed the potato salad, and our sandwiches and fries were also all very good.

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Pekin, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This used to be one of the must go to spots when we were little. As the years have gone on the food quality has gone down hill. The last time we ate here the hot dogs were brownish/green and soggy. The nacho cheese was so greasy it made us sick (at least we think that was it) and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Visited on a sunny Saturday around noon. We ordered inside and sat at a picnic table outside. Four of us ate 2 cheeseburgers, 2 tenderloins, 2 orders of fries, a diet soda and 3 rootbeers totaling $24! Nice price! The burgers came with onion & pickle on top and ketchup & mustard on the side. The tenderloins weren't anything to... More 

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Pekin, Illinois
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43 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I am so glad this restaurant has held onto the 50's style of outdoor dining!!!! I love the rootbeer, and the food is always hot and fresh. The outdoor area needs a lot of maintence, but I am sure the profit margin is not high for the owners. I thank them for just saving this experience for me to share... 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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