The locals may not know your name at Weezy’s Route 66 Bar and Grill, but that won’t keep them from treating you like an old friend. This longtime fixture at the intersection of Route 66 and State Road 140 in Hamel, Illinois, has been meeting and greeting strangers and neighborhood regulars alike for decades. Driving in, you’ll notice pickups and sensible sedans parked beside motorcycles and the more exotic rides often favored by Route 66 travelers.
Cut the road dust with a drink on the bar side, or have a seat in a dining area that opens onto the parking lot at the rear. The food—produced by the owner and kitchen veteran—is delicious and popular with the neighbors, a reliable sign of good quality. For a treat, try the thick-cut pork chop ($9) and the berry cobbler ($3.50).
Don’t forget to check out the old menus posted in the dining room for a peek at old-time prices. A friendly attitude and great food make Weezy’s a must-stop for anyone traveling the Mother Road.