Highway Fare: Lansing, IL

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Road trips often include hours in which you are stuck sitting in traffic. We flew to Chicago several weeks ago and rented a car. It wasn’t necessarily suprising to us that we got stuck in traffic between O’Hare and downtown Chicago. Nevertheless, I started to look at the signs for restaurants and wondered if it wouldn’t be a good idea to get off, find something to eat, and wait for some of the traffic to clear. When you aren’t from the area, finding a neighborhood where you will feel safe stopping can be tricky, though.  We didn’t end up stopping in Chicago.

Our travel was booked through Priceline. We got a good deal but, as they say, you get what you pay for. The neighborhood architecture was far from charming: it looked like the building across the street was a recently-closed Kmart. Our Red Roof Inn did not offer anything more than coffee for breakfast, but IHOP was right next door.

We stayed for a few days, so we tried a couple of  non-chain restaurants.  Two you might try if you find yourself near Lansing, IL:

Round the Clock Restaurant:

“Lunch”  includes everything (soup or salad + rolls + entree + choice of side + dessert), and they are in generous portion sizes. I chose the gyro with sweet potato fries + salad. When the waitress came to tell us that dessert was also included, I had her box up a piece of cheesecake.

Saturday’s special was 4 for $4. We each knew, just looking at the menu, that 1 thing from each of the 4 categories was going to add up to too much, but economically it made sense to order the special rather than a regular entree or a la carte.

Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop:

I especially liked the decor. They have different-styled seating areas to suit your purpose. It was nice to have cajun food as an option.

 

 

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Categories: Breakfast, Dessert, Desserts, Food and drink, Restaurants | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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