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“Do not judge a book by it's cover.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ariston Cafe

Ariston Cafe
413 N Old Route 66, Litchfield, IL 62056
(217) 324-2023
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Ranked #1 of 32 Restaurants in Litchfield
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Diner
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Do not judge a book by it's cover.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Walking up to the front door, with 10-20 motorcycles lined up dominoes-style, you would not expect to find white cloth napkins and tablecloths inside, but much to our surprise that is exactly what we found. My husband had the fried (1/2) chicken with a side of their homemade noodles. (Sunday special always includes baked chicken with these noodles, but we got there just a couple of hours before closing and so they were out of the baked chicken.) I had the fried catfish (wasn't expecting 2 full fiddlers!) with a baked potato. Both also came with the soup and salad bar which had 2 homemade soups and various salads (tortellini salad, quinoa salad, pototo salad, etc.) along with the usual lettuce and all the toppings and dressings. The cream of broccoli soup was really good! My 4 y/o son had a chicken leg and mashed potatoes with a side of (as it turned out) homemade applesauce. He's not too keen on chunky applesauce, but that says more about his taste than the quality of the applesauce. Our oversight regarding our son's applesauce aside, however, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Our waitress then brought out the dessert tray. Again...homemade selections. We walked out wishing we had not eaten so much, which I consider very high praise.

My husband and I find ourselves eating out quite a bit and, when traveling, even on day trips like today, we often try to find little out of the way restaurants and avoid the chains. Sometimes we're greatly disappointed. Other times we strike gold. Through out the course of our day today, we had the misfortune of experiencing both ends of the spectrum, but I am happy to say we ended our day on a very high note with this dining experience.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere, pie and coffee!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

This was in our guide book as a must stop diner on Route 66. We got there as it was opening, and were immediately made to feel welcome. The decor is lovely and a real tribute to Route 66. The staff were lovely, and the pie was possibly the best thing I've ever eaten! It was lovely being asked to write in the guest book and the waitress took our picture behind the counter. The menu was a little pricey, but not massively so. In all a very memorable and enjoyable stop, thank you!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very nice traditional place alomg IL Route 66”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

service was good, we had only 2 sandwiches, but we were treated as if we ordered 5 course meal. thumbs up for the service. wifi too.
the sandwiches were tasty.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A great family-run traveler-friendly place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Cooking like they used to do, back when they cared about it. One example: not only is the turkey noodle soup homemade of course, but the noodles themselves were homemade.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Food, Great Prices, Great Atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

At The Ariston, they definitely live up to their motto which says "Remember where Good Food is Served". Great food with a wide variety of menu items, served with their soup and salad bar. Bread with real butter, crackers and breadsticks, and of course great big delicious desserts, to finish off a great meal. The host and hostess, waiters and waitresses are all very, very friendly. So next time you are headed towards Chicago or St. Louis, stop off at Litchfield, and head over to old Rt. 66 and enjoy an excellent meal!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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