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Nelly's on Rt.66

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140 Bridge St, Wilmington, IL 60481-1275
+1 815-476-9590
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Small joint type of atmosphere. Large menu. Husband and I had pulled pork sandwich and pulled chicken sandwich both with shredded onion rings. Everything was really good we will come back again. They had kids menu, some beer, wraps ,a couple soups, various sandwiches even bison burger. French fries are freshly cut potatoes not frozen.

Thank Gloria S
Wilmington, Illinois
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

If u have time to wait this place is unique. It is located in a strip mall next to a furniture store. The food is decent. The menu is large. Would go back.

Thank kdfly
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This place has it all...Fresh cut fries are hard to find and I will be eating here again thats for sure. The board on the wall everthing they have to offer for their menu. These are some of the hardest working people I have ever seen.

Thank Brian L
Tina N, Owner at Nelly's on Rt.66, responded to this review

Thank You for your kind words! We do work hard to try to please everyone and tickle your taste buds! We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Houston, Texas
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79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I stopped here for lunch traveling old Route 66. They claim that they are known for their pulled pork and I was surprised, it was really quite good. The BBQ sauce exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend eating here! The only disappointment for me personally was no staff personnel seemed happy to see me or greeted me. Their slogan is... More 

Thank Jesse R
Tina N, Owner at Nelly's on Rt.66, responded to this review

Thank You! We hope you enjoy your trip! More 

Wall, South Dakota
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We live in Arizona, but when we are visiting family about 20 miles away, we make it a point to come here for lunch! Atmosphere, cute, menu variety, EVERYTHING from burgers to fish to hot dogs, etc. Price vs quality, off the charts! Pictured are the Rueban and pork tenderloin.

Thank cindyrandy
Tina N, Owner at Nelly's on Rt.66, responded to this review

I enjoyed talking to you! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit! More 

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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped on a Sunday afternoon for lunch after hiking at Midewin. Everyone enjoyed their food, from burgers to wraps. The sides of fries, onion rings and fried mushrooms were excellent. The kids enjoyed writing their names on the ceiling with the ladder supplied for this purpose! Would return again.

Thank drcrusty
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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133 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Sign the wall, sign the ceiling and place your order at the counter after drooling over the enormous colorful chalk wall menu--hot dogs, sausage, brats, pulled pork, burgers etcetera. The burgers and fries are delicious here--you can do a plain burger with cheddar like I did, or a country burger with egg, cheese, sausage and mushrooms like my husband did.... More 

Thank Calmac3
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Great place, food is fantastic and portions are HUGE! Atmosphere is so cool, people from all over the world have signed the walls. Stop in on your next drive down Route 66!!

Thank Tana_Houston
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped for lunch after a bike ride around Midewin Tallgrass Prairie. Their menu is written on a chalkboard on the wall. We got there at 11:30 and waited in line for about 10 mins. Enough time to read the menu and know what we wanted. We ordered at the counter and sat down. Food was delivered to our table... More 

Thank jscales2
Joliet, Illinois
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews, I expected more. Rueben sandwich had ample meat, but NO SAUERKRAUT (was told by staff "we don't have sauerkraut"), and absolutely drenched in 1000 island dressing. It ain't a rueben without sauerkraut! Fair. Caesar salad was a sopping mess. The lettuce was in recognizable, like it was made three days ago. Terrible! The fries were cold... More 

Thank Bill D
Tina N, Owner at Nelly's on Rt.66, responded to this review

I'm sorry your did not see on our menu board that our Rueben's are called a specific name "Nelly's Rueben" for a simple reason, they come with grilled onions not sauerkraut. It is noted on the menu as such. As for your Caesar salad, they are made with dressing on it. You can always ask to have dressing on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 140 Bridge St, Wilmington, IL 60481-1275
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 815-476-9590
Nellys is the down home feel good restuarant. Sign our ceiling or write on our marker boards. Visit with locals or travelers on Rt. 66! Best darn Pulled Pork, Hand Pressed 100% Angus Burgers, Fresh Cut French Fries, and Fresh Cut Lightly Breaded Onion Rings!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?