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Igloo Diner

2819 4th St, Peru, Illinois 61354 USA

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Reasonable
Closed Now
Opens Mon 10:30a
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted

“keepin' it delicious and frosty”

"Rich and Chris Decker took over the Igloo in 2010 from the Mazzorana family, who started it in 1937, and they have vowed to keep it as its always been: the town's favorite destination diner for burgers and chili, tenderloins and brats, hand-cut French fries and from-scratch shakes and malts. Nearly everyone here is a regular customer. One veteran waitress gives me a motherly smile when I sit at the counter, telling me I look just like good old Dr. Schott, who recently died and who was a big fan of Igloo chili.  After only a few minutes in this place, it is apparent that both Rich and Chris relish their role as owner, host, ringmaster. When one waitress starts needling Chris about spending too much time kibbitzing with the clientele and not enough running the diner, he turns away from her and announces loud enough for all around to hear: "This is my back. And this is you off it!"  Order a tenderloin (here known simply as "a pork") and its standard complements are onion, pickle, and – are you ready? – ketchup. At first I was skeptical, considering mustard to be the de rigueur condiment, but I very much enjoyed the interplay of sweet and tangy. The loin itself is wavy, crisp, and quite thin, with enough meat to be juicy once you crunch through the crust.  Root beer is served in a frosty mug, but if you like milk shakes, that's the drink to get. "I guarantee that this is the best chocolate malt I have made all day," says Chris Decker when I order one at 11:30am. I reassure him that it is the best one I've drunk all day. In fact, it was the best I drank during a weeklong trip through the Illinois River Valley." --http://roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/8187-10203/igloo

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Reviewed by
JJWHEELER

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June 27, 2014

The sandwiches may have gotten smaller, but even though there are new owners, The Igloo is just how I remember it. The decor never changed, they serve the same hand cut fries and even brought back the papaya soda. Don't miss it if you have the chance to stop.

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Igloo Diner

2819 4th St
Peru, Illinois
61354 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking

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