Disclosure: Discover Downstate Illinois hosted my visit to Casey, Illinois. However, all opinions are my own.
For a small town, there are some big things going on in Casey, Illinois — including its foodie scene. With 12 Guinness World Record-holding attractions and lots of other large sites to see, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
But for that much adventure, you’ll need your energy. Thankfully, Casey is also full of amazing eateries, cozy cafes and enticing sweet shops. The next time you’re in the area, be sure to bring your appetite and check out these eight places to eat in Casey, Illinois.
The Big Dipper
No adventure is complete without a sweet treat! Next to the World’s Largest Mailbox you’ll find The Big Dipper, Casey’s ice cream shop. This local favorite has an extensive menu of hand-dipped ice cream, soft serve, shakes and more. The Big Dipper is open seasonally so be sure to check their social media for their most up-to-date hours.
The Big Dipper, 13 W. Main Street in Casey, Illinois
Casey Coffee Company
There’s a lot to see in this small town. Thankfully Casey Coffee Company will keep you fueled! This charming coffee shop is a great place to start your day and enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up. Try out a coffee flight or choose from one of the shop’s many other drink options. You could also opt for one of Casey Coffee Company’s many sweet or savory treats. This coffee shop’s menu changes seasonally so keep an eye out for rotating specialty drinks.
Casey Coffee Company, 6 W. Main Street in Casey, Illinois
Cilantros Grill & Cantina
If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, Cilantros Grill & Cantina is a delicious option just off of Casey’s Central Avenue. Say hello to the Big Taco and then head inside for some seriously mouth-watering menu items. With a wide variety of delicious entrees and appetizers to choose from, everyone in your group is sure to find something delicious to enjoy here.
Cilantros Grill & Cantina, 25 NW 1st Street in Casey, Illinois
Greathouse of Pizza
If you visit Casey, you won’t want to miss a visit to the Greathouse of Pizza. This family-owned restaurant has what some claim to be the “Best Pie South of Chicago” and, if I’m honest, they just might be right.
Snap a photo with the Big Pizza Slicer (which the owners hope to have certified as the “world’s largest”) before dining in or grabbing a pie to go. Whether you opt for deep dish or thin crust, the Greathouse of Pizza has tons of traditional and innovative options for diners to enjoy.
During our visit, we opted for the garlic knots, which came delightfully smothered in garlic, and a thin crust version of the Wise Guy, a savory mixture of meatballs, marinara sauce, capocolla, garlic, ricotta and fresh basil.
Greathouse of Pizza, 904 N. Route 49 in Casey, Illinois
Richards Farm Restaurant
Head to Richards Farm Restaurant for hearty American fare in a historic 1930s barn. This popular lunch and dinner spot is full of cozy enclaves and teeming with antiques. Pull up a seat and enjoy meat-forward menu options like prime rib, pork chops, town house chicken and more.
After you eat, wander around to the side of the barn to admire the gardens and see the World’s Largest Pitchfork.
Richards Farm Restaurant, 607 NE 13th Street in Casey, Illinois
You won’t find your typical giant pretzels at Tetzel Prime. This unique eatery specializes in made-to-order soft pretzels that range from savory pepperoni and cheese to sweet cinnamon sugar and almond crunch. Choose from a variety of dipping sauces and dig into these seriously delectable snacks.
Of all the spots we tried during our visit, this was one of our favorite places to eat in Casey, Illinois. We opted for a regular pretzel as well as one with pepperoni. But there are so many other flavors we can’t wait to return to try!
Tetzel Prime, 5 & 7, S. Central Avenue in Casey, Illinois
The Traveling Mug
Even though it’s a small town, Casey has plenty of places to caffeinate. Head to The Traveling Mug for a quality cup of joe on-the-go. Don’t forget to say hi to the Big Minion when you stop in!
The Traveling Mug, 13 W. General Robey in Casey, Illinois
Whitling Whimsy Cafe
Right next to the World’s Largest Wind Chime, you’ll find Whitling Whimsy Cafe. This popular cafe is a popular spot for breakfast and lunch in Casey. You’ll find hearty sandwiches, salads and wraps alongside morning staples like pancakes, omelets and breakfast sandwiches. When the weather is nice, grab a seat on the patio and watch other visitors explore all of Casey’s big things.
Whitling Whimsy Cafe, 107 E. Main Street in Casey, Illinois
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