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Ritz's Lil Fryer

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700 W Jefferson St, Springfield, IL 62702-4830
(217) 523-7680
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wife and I have gone here for lunch for years. The food is good and served fast. We really like the Pony shoes. the cost for us and drinks out the door was less than $17.

Thank Kevin M
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is a popular place in my hometown. It is not fancy, but the food is good for the price. The service is fast and friendly. They are open for breakfast and lunch. I often order lunch for my office because lunch service begins early. No theme, no hype, lots of regulars.

Thank jije
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2015

You gotta love a place that just doesn't really go for that flair that has nothing to do with providing a great product and a great service at a great price. Not the flashiest place in town but certainly one of the best bargains. Breakfast crowd is local if that tells you anything. The locals always know a good place.... More 

Thank Kevin S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2015

I have been to Ritz's many times for breakfast and lunch. They have real good breakfasts. Everything is always hot and their home fries are excellent. Also, if you are looking for the signature Springfield dish, the horseshoe, you will find one of the best here. My favorite is the fried pork tenderloin shoe. I will warn you: you will... More 

Thank Nick K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2015

Our group of 12 to as many as 20 has breakfast here once a month. The omelettes are large, delicious and inexpensive. The service is great. All orders arrive at the same time, the coffee is refilled without asking and the waitresses are all friendly.

Thank jorge007
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132 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2014

but that really isn't our type of breakfast so we didn't order any breakfast horseshoe or pony meals. Biscuits & gravy were quite good as the biscuit is very good, gravy ok (was lacking in amount of sausage present and also far too creamy/flour). Hash browns are outstanding, the perfect combo of crispy & bite. Wife's ham was not ham... More 

Thank SweetWillie
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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

Ritz's is a family owned restaurant on the site formerly occupied by a farmer\'s market. The parking lot seems large enough but is often filed at lunch. Breakfast recently was a bit slow, that is, they didn't have a full house. We were there about 8 AM and nearly had our choice of tables. That was unusual since it has... More 

Thank Les E
Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

You will not wait long for your food and you will be well fed! Wish they had dinner hours. I love their biscuits and gravy!!

Thank inezsson
Springfield IL
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2010

The Fryer has the best staff in town! The food is always good and they usually have a special like an open faced roast beef sandwich or SOS (chipped beef on toast) that reminds me of what my Mom used to make for me. It's about the only place left in town you can get lunch for under $6.00. It's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 W Jefferson St, Springfield, IL 62702-4830
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Springfield
  • Phone Number: (217) 523-7680

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