Where to Eat in Wilmington: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Discover the best restaurant in Wilmington, United States including Nelly's on Rt.66, Lickety Split Ice Cream Shoppe, Polk-a-Dot Drive in, Dairy Queen, Dairy Queen, The Whistle Stop Family Restaurant, The Whistle Stop Cafe, Anson's Pub, New China, Countryside Village
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1. Nelly's on Rt.66

140 Bridge St, Wilmington, IL 60481-1275 Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 20 +1 815-476-9590
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

Nelly's on Rt.66

Nellys is the down home feel good restuarant. Sign our ceiling or write on our marker boards. Visit with locals or travelers on Rt. 66! Best darn Pulled Pork, Hand Pressed 100% Angus Burgers, Fresh Cut French Fries, and Fresh Cut Lightly Breaded Onion Rings!

Reviewed By BiracialTravelWoman - Chicago

Extensive menu of American bar food. ( burgers, hot dogs, pull pork, and fried shrimp, & various fries- cheese, parmesan et al..) Menu is on the wall. Very casual place with a decor you would expect for Rt 66 and the food turn around time was reasonably quick. Hard to find open spots on the wall, but you can leave your mark on the wall or ceiling. (Ask for the markers behind the counter.) It was perfect for a family visit with kids.

2. Lickety Split Ice Cream Shoppe

507 E Baltimore St, Wilmington, IL 60481-1241 Wheelchair Accessible, Seating +1 815-476-1980
Excellent
62%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Lickety Split Ice Cream Shoppe

Reviewed By Jordan R

I've been here several times over several years. Their ice cream is always good and fresh and they're always busy but quick. Their little shack is getting a bit crowded now that they've expanded the menu, but what I go for is ice cream. I like to pop in for dessert after dinner at Haydens up the street. The girls are friendly, helpful, and quick and the place is always clean and fresh inside and out.

3. Polk-a-Dot Drive in

Historic Route 66, Braidwood, IL 60408-1733 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Diner Lunch, Dinner +1 815-458-3377
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 105 reviews

Polk-a-Dot Drive in

Reviewed By gypsygirl31 - Tinley Park

Was looking forward to this place..cute fun decor and 50s style drive in diner. The food on the other hand was not great. Hot dogs arent all beef they are white, fries under done & quite expensive for family of 3. The wait for food was work Monday night at 7. Also I saw the woman cool shake g her head and rolling eyes when I asked why the wait was so long. Also they told me no frys came with oids meal so I ordered a large to share and fries were in kids meals. Wont be back again

4. Dairy Queen

236 S Comet Dr, Braidwood, IL 60408-2028 +1 815-458-2140
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
25%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By mark m - Burlington, Iowa

Right off interstate by gas station, girls were pleasant and quick. Blizzard was great as usual. Others got hot food to go and it was good.

5. Dairy Queen

3195 E Division St, Coal City, IL 60416-1897 +1 815-634-4098
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By Vicki221 - Chicago, Illinois

By far the Best DQ around. Unlike adjourning towns I would never go again. I enjoy just about anything I order from here and go quite frequently!

6. The Whistle Stop Family Restaurant

2050 E Division St, Coal City, IL 60416-9499 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 815-634-2360
Excellent
38%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

The Whistle Stop Family Restaurant

Reviewed By grammieken - Braceville, Illinois

we go there often. They have a yummy smorgasboard for breakfast. The bisquits and gravy, delicious. And Angie the server is awesome!!!!

7. The Whistle Stop Cafe

2080 E Division St, Diamond, IL 60416-9499 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 815-634-2360
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

The Whistle Stop Cafe

Reviewed By hlyness - Cincinnati, Ohio

Stopped here the other night for dinner after working in Coal City on damaged houses. I had the all-you-can-eat wings on Tuesday night specials. I could not eat more than four wings because of their size. The baked potato was also very good.
The next night I had the Montecristo sandwich and it was also very good. That was the first Montecristo sandwich that I never had.

8. Anson's Pub

18332 W Commercial St, Symerton, IL 60481-8813 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 815-476-2648
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By Jeanne M - New Lenox, Illinois

Though the pub was gearing up for a motorcycle poker run for charity that afternoon, they were very friendly to us .... 3 women bicyclists.

We bicycled 13 miles south of Joliet on the Wauponsee trail and rewarded ourselves with a stop in Symerton in the middle of no where. It was the perfect turn-around distance. The pub was easy to find . . . about 100 yards west of the trail.... and the only business in town.

We were happy to sit outside on the "patio" at the rustic tables under colorful umbrellas. This is not a fancy place, but it was great for us. Everything inside looked clean and welcoming. The outside area has seen many parties.

I ordered a hamburger to be safe and was rewarded with a big fat juicy handmade patty on a nice bun with all the fixings. Tasty! My friend ordered a chicken sandwich which turned out to be shredded chicken and she pronounced it delicious. None of us could finish the large portions.

We put our feet up and rested for more than an hour while drinking cold cokes and beer. Every one of the workers, busy with setting up for their event, was friendly to us. It was a perfect afternoon.

Make this a stop on your hike or bike trip on the Wauponsee Trail. it's just south of Midewin national Preserve.

9. New China

680 W Baltimore St, Wilmington, IL 60481-1281 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

New China

Reviewed By labrador47 - Naples, Fl

We were taken to this 'gem' by some local friends.
Who would have thunk that a really good Asian restaurant would be in a rural midwest country farm town. Family owned and operated.
Every portion was extremely good. Soup to Sushi..Terrific
We stopped at 7:15p and it was packed with hungry customers.
Our friends said the eat here every Friday evening....We see why they do! We would love to go back soon.

10. Countryside Village

1540 N Division St, Braidwood, IL 60408-2329 Breakfast, Lunch +1 815-458-2191
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Oxman1978 - Bolingbrook, Illinois

Awesome place for crafts and home decor. Good spice and kitchen utensil area and some good local wines. The staff is always nice and helpful.

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