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Palms Grill Cafe

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Diner, American, Cafe
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110 SW Arch St, Historic Rt. 66, Atlanta, IL 61723-7521
+1 217-648-2233
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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437 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best diners on Route 66 for lunch. Very friendly servers. Loved He pulled pork. Nice museum upstairs.

Thank GrantHay
Swartz Creek, Michigan
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105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cafe is owned by the library. They have the best cook who aims to please, and the server is wonderful too. We ordered the Rueben sandwich and it was the best we ever had, with homemade chips, delicious. But save room for pie, or at least take a piece with you because it is homemade and delicious, the crust... More 

1 Thank fivestar98
Marseilles, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The waitress made us feel right at home and the service was excellent. The food was very good. If traveling Route 66 must go!

1 Thank 121lori
LeRoy, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017

My husband and I asked if we could speak with the head cook. He was pleasantly surprised to hear that we wanted to compliment him on the best tenderloin ever, He took time to share the story about the special breading used and how he acquired the "secret" recipe. But he did not/would not share the recipe. Homemade cakes and... More 

1 Thank Schatzy1965
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Unique burgers. Old style cafe fries. Great service! Higher end prices for cafe but worth it. Cool atmosphere in a tiny town. Everyone smiling. The pie!! Best pie around! Blueberry, mixed berry, cherry, apple, chocolate, etc. This is why most people go.

1 Thank Doug W
Cincinnati, Ohio
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380 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Having a full meal here is very much on my to do list. I've stopped here a couple of times but only had pie which makes me feel a little guilty giving it an Excellent rating but the pie (This time it was apple.) is wonderful and so is the setting. It is a reconstruction of what was once here... More 

1 Thank Denny G
1 review
Reviewed 13 December 2016

I recently held a workshop in their event space. The room was beautiful, well equipped, and the food delicious. I will definitely hold another event there if the need should arise.

Thank Mallory K
Chicago, Illinois
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2,781 reviews
1,568 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,780 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

The Palms Grill Cafe at 110 Southwest Arch Street in Atlanta, Illinois, opened in 1934 when the town was a popular gas or lunch stop on U.S. Route 66, the nation's roadway from Chicago to the Southwest and Los Angeles. "Dancing every night, special chicken and steak dinners, we specialize in club parties," it advertised. Beginning in 1940, the Palms... More 

Thank Taylor B
Mount Pulaski, Illinois
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a quaint little restaurant on Historic Route 66. It is decorated to look like it did when it opened (1930s or 40s). The food was very good and the atmosphere was relaxing. The counter has the little round padded seats, and the entire place took you back in time. I had the chili cheese dog. It was huge... More 

Thank marann7
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere was perfect for Route 66, the town is preserved and like taking a step back in time. The restaurant has a great diner menu and their pies totally rock!

Thank Rob R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 2 - USD 12
Diner, American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 SW Arch St, Historic Rt. 66, Atlanta, IL 61723-7521
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Atlanta
  • Phone Number: +1 217-648-2233
Welcome to the Palms Grill Cafe...

It's not only the sound of the 1930s-40s music playing in the background...

It's not only the smell of the delicious, home-cooked, daily Blue Plate special wafting out from the kitchen...

It's not even the taste of that first forkful of made-from-scratch coconut cream pie (...And all the other great pies, too!).

It's when everything you've been hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling, and tasting combine
that you realize you're living the Mother Road the way it used to be.

Join us to experience Rt. 66 The way it was when the Palms Grill Cafe first opened up in 1934 along Rt. 66 In downtown Atlanta, Illinois.

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