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“Fantastic Route 66 Find”
Review of Ariston Cafe

Ariston Cafe
Ranked #1 of 36 Restaurants in Litchfield
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Diner
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed May 21, 2014

We were driving from St. Louis, MO to Chicago, IL and wanted to stop at a diner on old Route 66 for lunch. The GPS was no help, so we drove parallel to I55 for about 10 miles until we approached Litchfield. Right on the corner as we approached town, we saw the Airston Cafe and thought that it would be as good as any. Well, come to find out it is an original (and oldest) cafe on Route 66 and is listed on the registry of Historic Places in America. The food was delicious--even the hamburger was wonderful--a handmade hamburg. Many meals come with soup and salad bar. The desserts were fantastic. The decor and ambiance is 50-60's before the interstate was built and destroyed travel through small town America. Definitely a must visit, especially for Rt. 66 fans. The friendliness of the waiter topped off the visit!

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Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

Salad bar is fresh as are the soups. The liver is very good and you can't go wrong with any of the Italian dishes which the majority of the locals come for.

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Reviewed May 16, 2014

Ariston's Café is located in Litchfield, Illinois on old Rt 66. It is one of the oldest restaurants still in operation today on old 66, they are a member of Rt 66 Hall of Fame, and on the National Registry of Historic Places. There is plenty to choose from off of their unique menu. American, Italian, Southern, Greek Dishes and anything South of the Boarder. We ate from their salad and soup buffet for a light brunch. The soup was their own homemade chicken noodle. We couldn't get enough. This is a simple style of dining, just like the good old days where the help were friendly and the food was tasty. There's plenty of cocktails, beer, and wine to choose from, and Rt. 66 souvenirs to buy. A very clean atmosphere. If you find yourself on Rt 66 driving from St. Louis to Chicago, stop in and say hello. Have some of their famous baklava, they give free samples. :)

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Thank Gina T
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Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

I live in New Mexico and every time I come to Illinois I have to eat here. I love this restaurant for the following reasons:

1) the food is always excellent
2) the service is always superb
3) they have good menu selections
4) their breaded pork tenderloin is awesome!

It is tricky to find. Coming into Litchfield go to the fourth traffic light and then turn right or south on old Rt 66.

This is a family owned establishment and the owners are always there. I am positive you will like the place.

Thank Camster1
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Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

Had a nice lunch yesterday and had my favorite taco salad! Yum Yum! The Ariston has been a family favorite for many many years and it's never disappoints!
You'll find an extremely clean restaurant with very friendly tableservice and a warm greeting each time you arrive to the Ariston. I love the fact that each item is freshly made just before serving. Their salads are wonderful and their homemade soups are to die for !! The sandwiches are extremely tasty and fresh! For dinner I recommend salmon or any type of steak. At the end of each meal they bring out the dessert tray that is irresistible. My favorite is the strawberry cheesecake and lemon delight! Enjoy!! You will be glad you did!!

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