22 Favorite Midwest Downhome Restaurants
Editor Pick Doherty's Pub and Pins, Decatur Have a split before dinner, and we don't mean ice cream. There's a bowling alley behind this redbrick storefront. Brothers John, Bob and Jeff Hawkins kept six lanes of the original alley in their pub-style eatery. Try the Irish-style shepherd's pie and listen as pins crash in the next room (217/428-5612; dohertyspubandpins.com).
Reader Pick Rip's, Ladd Hanging out while waiting for a table is part of the experience at this silverware-optional eatery that specializes in fried chicken (fish on Friday) (815/894-3051; ripschicken.com).