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A Cranwill's Drive in

1713 South 2nd Street, Pekin, IL 61554
309-346-4666
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Ranked #15 of 71 Restaurants in Pekin
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- Jul 19, 2014
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English first
Illinois
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
78 helpful votes 78 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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39 restaurant reviews
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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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59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Pekin, Illinois
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Old-style drive-inn (was a A&W for years) with great food, even alligator once a week. Reasonable prices and a good family atmosphere.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

If ever you are in Pekin, do not miss Cranwill's! After a Cranwill's rootbeer no other rootbeer will taste quite as good!

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