April 15, 2010

Chenoa Family Restaurant

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

A restaurant in Chenoa is catering to interstate travelers and locals.

Eric Shangraw tries the old fashioned goodness at the Chenoa Family Restaurant in this week's You Gotta Eat.

Chenoa Family Restaurant sits at the crossroads of Interstate-55, Route 24 and old Route 66.

Originally a Hen House Restaurant, its now like Aunt Thelma's house. Big plates of homemade throw down backed by a menu with more than 150 selections.
"We have everything on the menu. From Mexican food. To Italian. To American food. So we have a lot of people stopping here for that."(Rachael Sears/Waitress)

"Food seems fresh. Service is fine. It is not bad at all," said customer Steve Lutes.

The cabbage soup is a Thursday specialty and a magnet for business.

"We come here every Thursday for their sweet and sour cabbage soup. It is delicious. It is homemade," said customer Kathy Trachsel.

"It is probably a chicken base. But he's got some stuff in here. We've talked to the owner of the place. He makes it himself. He will not divulge what's all in there," said customer Bob Heineken.

I started with the aforementioned soup. Its a combination tomato and beef base with perfectly cooked cabbage; not mushy. Then there's celery, onion, carrots, along with some sweet and sour sauce and lemon juice which makes it an exciting-smart pass over the pallet.

Photographer Doug Smith ordered a half fried chicken dinner. It takes twenty minutes to prepare. But he said the fried bird is worth the wait. It come with salad, vegetable, potatoes all for $6.59.

I had beef tips over noodles served in a skillet. The tender trips are mixed in a heavy brown gravy with mushroom and pepper. Stick to the rib satisfaction.

Doug doubled down for dessert. A perfectly presented slice of chocolate cream pie. I successful begged for a morsel. Sweet magic.

With drinks our bill: $19.60 plus tip.

The Chenoa Family restaurant is hearty comfort grub with small town prices.

Chenoa Family Restaurant is open seven days a week. They're at the corner of old Route 66 and Route 24 in Chenoa.

Chenoa Family Restaurant
Interstate-55 & US Route 24 @MM187
Chenoa, IL
Monday-Saturday 5am-10pm
Sunday 6am-9pm

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