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Lou's Drive -in

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4229 N Knoxville Ave, Peoria, IL 61614-7434
+1 309-685-4519
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Glen Ellyn, United States
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Growing up in Peoria, the coveted place to work in the summer was Lou's!! I started out as a car hop, yes brought the food out to the little tables that attach to your car windows, and then worked in the middle station taking counter orders and filling drink/ice cream orders. Best rootbeer on tap that we filled into our... More 

Thank jennifersN6023MI
Bartonville, IL
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Lou's has been around for a long time. Get a chili dog basket, tenderloin basket, etc. with an ice cold root beer brought to your car by a car hop. Turn on your lights when you're ready to order or have your tray picked up! Delish!

Thank deborah4916
Pekin, Illinois
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125 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch during work houses since working just down the street. Like the look of the old hamburger stand look. They are a lost breed anymore. Great hamburger and the root beer was pretty good too. Busy place also.

Thank Joe S
Pekin, Illinois
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125 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch while in the area for work. Very busy place for lunch. Still received the food fairly quick. Cheeseburger and fries was good. Root beer was great.

Thank Joe S
Franklin, Tennessee
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Root Beer Floats and Tenderloin. Sandwiches...... there's really nothing else to say. (Although I've told friends that I only visit Peoria if Lou's is open......)

Thank deborahhQ3230PG
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

I have driven by and it is always so busy. I finally got a chance to enjoy this gem. Food is hot and delicious and just a cool place to go.

Thank William S
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

We ordered tenderloins this afternoon and they were quite good. They aren't the oversized thin kind of sandwich that many places serve. These were still much larger than the bun and thicker. That extra thickness along with the fresh toppings make for a great tasting meal! The service was very friendly and prompt even with the brisk business on a... More 

Thank bobz973
Peoria, Illinois
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119 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2015

Love the local diners vs chain restaurants. The root beer float is great. So is the chili dog and tenderloin sandwich. Good place to go during the summer.

Thank Fai M
Peoria, Illinois
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734 reviews
575 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 418 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015

If you have coupons that say "Expire 10/31/15", then I expect you to honor it on 9/5/15 and not come up with some lame response of "Oh that's a misprint, it should say 8/1/15"! Really poor customer service. As J.W. Marriott would say, "the customer is always right".

Thank islandexplorer
Evanston, Illinois
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112 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

Been a landmark for 50 years, newer owners. Tenderloin sandwiches were over cooked, fries just OK, kind of cool. Malt didn't have a malt taste to it. Maybe they forgot. Will not try again.

Thank WeloveB-Bs

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4229 N Knoxville Ave, Peoria, IL 61614-7434
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peoria
  • Phone Number: +1 309-685-4519

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