Long a Des Plaines landmark (and almost lost a few years ago), the Choo Choo still serves up simple burgers and hot dogs delivered on O-gauge railroad cars (unless you're in one of the window booths). There are about a dozen counter seats and four booths around the track, and plastic baskets of food arrive via flatcar.
The burgers (fresh ground on site) were beefy, although a bit well done for my taste, with lettuce, tomato and hamburger dill slices, and optional raw or grilled onions. American Cheese, bacon, and a second patty are your only other options.
Hot dogs are available with cheese, chili or as a francheesie. A few other hot sandwiches and chili are also available.
Crinkle-cut fries (nice and crisp) accompany all baskets, with an optional upgrade to onion rings for 75 cents.
Shakes are served in the tall metal mixing cup, and are rich with ice cream.
One more surprise? They been in Des Plaines longer than McDonalds (est. 1951)! Now I've got to go back for breakfast.
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