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“Fills a great niche”

Choo Choo Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 187 Restaurants in Des Plaines
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

We have come to the Choo Choo Restaurant a number of times with the grandkids - all five of them. In fact, the oldest would be 17 next year and we were coming here when he was two. This is a small diner that fills the need for a fun place for kids. Those who sit at the counter, can get a big kick out of the Lionel train that delivers most of the food on flat cars There is a lot of train memorabilia and even a large engine for the kids to sit in. If it is a child's birthday, they sing happy birthday and you see a cupcake with a candle & a train whistle come around on the train. The menu is limited and the prices aren't too much higher. If you're there on a Saturday, be prepared to catch the line. There aren't that many seats - whether at the counter or booths. The restrooms are clean & well-kept , but small. The Choo Choo doesn't take credit cards. We actually got three hot dogs and a "naked" sloppy joe. The kids ate their hot dogs and I ate the sloppy joe. We also ordered a chocolate shake. Everything was very good.

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Great step back in time. It has been in this location for 65 years. Your food is brought out on Lionel train flat bed car. The train runs along the entire counter then into the kitchen to pick up food. Hot dog, hamburger, fries, malts. Limited hours but definitely worth a stop!

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Great place to take the kids. Food is delivered on the train. Different from other restaurants. Family place

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

Stopped for a great burger joint with train nostaliga and delivery of meal by train if your at the counter. Kids loved it and budget friendly. Not far from airport. Only downside is limited seating makes the wait difficult for younger customers.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Needed a quick place for a fast dinner with grandkids. This place rocks. Very limited menu but it is perfect for kids or adults acting like kids. Burgers, dogs and chicken sandwiches. Fries came hot. Limited Chili when in season.
This place opened 66 years ago. Little Choo Choo serves food to counter folks. Waitress brings to tables. Very limited seating and short hours. This place is a hoot. Bring the kids for birthdays. Do not miss it.

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