The Palms Grill in little Atlanta, Illinois, must come remarkably close to recapturing the essence of what it was like to dine in a small-town cafe in 1940s rural America. With Art Deco light fixtures, a checkered linoleum floor and waitresses in period uniforms, the experience just feels right. Except for the prices—$5.50 for a fried bologna sandwich? $3.95 for pie a la mode? Really?
There’s a huge, ornate mechanical cash register on the service counter, but it’s just for looks; servers ring you up on a modern machine. For historical context, check out the back room for large photographs of Atlanta's early years, before and after Route 66 came through.