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Krekel's

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801 E Wood St, Decatur, IL 62521-2601
217-429-1122
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Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Decatur, Illinois
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62 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Krekels is one of those cool places that people went to into high school and it's still around with basically the same formula -- greasy smashed hamburgers, crinkle cut fries and ice cream. They have added a few things like chicken nuggets, chili and Decatur's own cheese "toasties". There is limited seating and the decor is plastic table cloths and... More 

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Decatur, Illinois
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is very old plain restaurant in mt Zion looks like old drive up but no longer curbside service And been here for years If your not looking for anything healthy this is the place to work on a gallbladder or heart attack The ice cream is outstanding My daughters like the strawberry lemon twist with sprinkles The are long... More 

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must have on any trip home. If you aren't from Decatur just try it. Several locations with a new building on N. Oakland.

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Thank Marie752
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This drive up Kustard stand is best know for its thin and crispy burgers. If you like fat, greasy burgers, don't overlook the great taste that come from the cooks at Krekel's. Each one is individually cooked to order. While it is similar to Steak and Shake, the texture and flavor are a bit different. I've been stopping in this... More 

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Thank charlesfh2015
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love their slightly greasy hamburgers by the bag. I've been eating them for 50 years now. Can't buy hamburgers anywhere else like them. They buy special hamburger meat and no other restaurant comes close.

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Thank lcrib
Decatur, Illinois
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love krekels. Their burgers are some of the best in town, especially the crunchy edges and the bun. On top of that it is the only place I have ever gotten the lemon frozen custard from that taste like theirs.

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Thank pbarry04
Decatur, Illinois
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A local hang out with great food and wonderful soft serve ice cream! We love the strawberry & lemon swirled and have found that the best bargain is to buy it by the quart. Yep-hubby and I eat the whole thing! It's so refreshing on a hot summer day. :)

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Thank mimiof11
Decatur, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Krekel's is known for their thin pattied burgers smashed and then cooked on a flat top grill until the edges of the patty are crispy. Better get at least a double if you're hungry. Certainly not a health food joint although they do have lighter fare options typical of a burger joint. Wash it all down with a variety of... More 

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Thank IlliniDadof3
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you come to visit Decatur you must stop and have a Krekel burger and lemon cone. Those of us who have been raised here and moved away this is a MUST to stop at when in town. Kids who have been raised eating Krekel's have brought their kids here and so on.. It's not open on Sunday's but every... More 

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Thank Carrie H
Decatur, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There have been Krekel's in Decatur for as long as I can remember. When I was in junior high in late 60's we would run down to Krekels and for a dollar you could get a double cheeseburger, fries, and a drink. I think there are 4 Krekels in Decatur, 1 in Mt Zion, and they have them in Springfield.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Fast Food
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 E Wood St, Decatur, IL 62521-2601
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Decatur
  • Phone Number: 217-429-1122

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?