Pjs Pub

301 N Ladd St
Pontiac, 61764
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(815) 842-9086

Bars

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Mario’s Pizza

748 W Madison St
Pontiac, 61764
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Great mom and pop pizza place that serve some of the best pizza you will ever have! The nacho supreme compliment the best pizza you will ever have as well. Good for birthday parties and they do serve pop but you can byob.
11 reviews, 10 of them a perfect 5 stars? Must all be friends and family. Had to be a different restaurant than I ate at tonight. Terrible pizza was only surpassed by the poor service. Two parties in the restaurant (at dinner time!), a group of 8, obviously friends of the waitress, and me and my wife. Waitress spent all of her time talking about a car show she attended that day with the other group, the whole time we were there. Never ONCE asked if we needed anything. Pizza was thin and tasteless. I've had MUCH better frozen pizza from the grocery store. Salad was bagged lettuce, croutons and a little cheese. Dressing tasted terrible and inedible. btw, not a chronic complainer, this is the first time I've ever done a negative review on Yelp. We travel a lot by car and consequently eat out a lot. My wife and I agreed, this was exceptionally bad!!!!
We love Mario's, pizza is great. Taco pizza is the absolute best, and the nachos supreme are very good too.

(815) 842-9075

Pizza

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Pfaff Bakery

313 N Mill St
Pontiac, 61764
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Cozy little bakery near the courthouse; 2 cases full of wonderful items. I had a large cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee for $1.95...I was in shock! After finishing my breakfast, I bought a loaf of cinnamon bread for the road. Only negative of this visit; walnuts in the cinnamon bread. That is just wrong. There is another bakery in Dwight; 6 decent sized cookies there cost $1.20. Good thing I don't live closer :)
Grew up eating these donuts and they taste just as they did 20 years ago. Always fresh. Always delicious. We visit every time we're in town. Chocolate Long Johns are my favorite but you really can't go wrong here!
They make the BEST cake--ordered for graduation and it was terrific. Ordered again for an anniversary party--fantastic. My family is now willing to drive hours to get cakes from Pfaff's! Highly recommend! Also, ask them to precut the cake--it doesn't get any easier to serve than this!!

(815) 844-7957

Bakeries, Donuts

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Old Log Cabin Inn

18700 Old Rt 66
Pontiac, 61764
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Drove up and thought the place was closed. So glad I didn't drive away. The fried chicken was great!!!! The best fried chicken I've had in years. The service was very friendly and helpful for us strangers in town.
Read the Yelp! reviews and decided to pop in for lunch on our family roadtrip. The atmosphere was cozy and inviting, maybe could have used some music. The waitress was kind and the food was great (loved the sweet potato tots)! I would definitely recommend stopping here for lunch.
Situated along the historical old route 66, this small town restaurant is exactly how I pictured it. I felt like I stepped into someones living room with several unmatching tables and chairs, a random bar along the back, "Uncle Greg" wearing a neckbrace and camo budlight hat, several fat kids wearing overalls and guns lossely displayed on the wall. I went for a late breakfast and I was extremely pleased to see large portions and low prices! Now, coming from an upper-middle class suburban/city upbringing, our party of 8 did get a lot of stares from the locals as we used words such as "Beamer", "lake house", and "Obama". Despite some farmers gawking at the girls at our table that had teeth, we were very pleased and will definetly go back if we find ourselves lost in the middle of nowhere. 4 stars!!!! Silky O'Suuuuuuuullivan!!!

(815) 842-2908

American (New)

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Elliots Corner Junction

826 N Ladd
Pontiac, 61764
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Been here a couple of times. Great sandwiches, crinkle fries. Tip: Try the bite me sauce on burgers or grilled chicken sandwiches.

(309) 844-6410

American (Traditional), Burgers

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Lydia’s Cup

107 W Madison
Pontiac, 61764
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Well, first I should say that Pontiac is the cutest little town and the current mayor is sooo nice! The owner of Lydia's Cup is also an extremely nice man and he was very welcoming to boot. (5 stars!) I wish I could say the same for the waitress we has. She was a bit surly and aggressive even though we had come at an off-peak hour. That's no big deal though. What was bothersome is that I ordered a vanilla iced coffee (I expected this to be black since I didn't ask for milk), but received a coffee with whipped cream and whole milk. :-( I asked the waitress about this, and was just met with a bit of hostility and curt answers. Apparently, that's how they make the iced coffees (mind you, iced lattes are also on the menu), they feel that is quite obvious, and to get a simple black coffee I'd have to buy a new one, since it was my misunderstanding. It wasn't really worth it, so I just left an pretty full coffee unconsumed. Booo. So if you order an iced coffee just be careful! But then you'll be fine!
Pontiac wasn't as exciting as the name portrays! So we weren't sure about the Yelp reviews written by locals. I took a chance on Lydia's because they had outdoor seating. Not a big place, but when I saw the sign for $1.00 slices of pie. I was in! The Lydia's special was pulled pork with slaw on top of a Kaiser roll. Not a lot of bbq sauce, but it was juicy and flavorful. The thick homemade chips were crunchy without being greasy. My lemonade was sweet and almost tasted homemade. Not sure though. The pie's were a slash and burn price because they were closing for a week and needed to git'um out the door. The pecan was right on the money and was a generous slice. Now about the service. Our food was brought out and we were asked if we needed anything else? How about napkins! And we didn't get silverwear until we got the pies. Another customer got up to get his own pies because they were taking so long. I went with him to pay my tab as I figured it would be easier on our server. The place was full and some people even walked away. So this must have been a mad rush in a town were the most exciting this to do on a Saturday is watch your nail polish flake off!
Draw in by the yelp reviews and the sign for $1 pie. Sat outside and enjoyed the nice day. Ordered up a burger and chips. Both were very good and hit the spot. Then I had some coconut cream pie it was good I liked but should have gone for the pecan. The place is not to big but had plenty of seating inside which was full. Cool place to stop by and get some decent grub.

(815) 842-0329

American (Traditional), Cafes

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Joe’s Station House Pizzeria

721 W Washington St Ste 2
Pontiac, 61764
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I always say they have the best breadsticks in town. Not the best pizza tho ,but there's plenty of other things on the menu like sandwiches ,pastas ,and more. And if you want to have a beer you can go down stairs to the engine room I think it's a pretty good bar
I was all excited to go back home to have some Joe's pizza. Their Streator location used to be my favorite! The only thing can say is that the pizza is still cut the same way they did 30 yrs ago. I ordered extra cheese and mushrooms. When I arrived at the hotel, I noticed it was extra cheese only. It was good...just not memorable. I can say the Fried mushrooms were tasty. I'm sure they just fried them. Large quantity worth the price. I will skip this place next time. Mario's is just around the corner.
We love Joe's. The food is great. The prices are very reasonable. The pizza and garlic bread are the best.

(815) 844-2900

Pizza

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La Mex

930 W Custer Ave
Pontiac, 61764
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I like this place very much. The service is great in my opinion. If You go in with a bad attitude Expecting a bad experience your attitude/energy brings it down for everyone. SOOO... I like this place, And I've lived in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.
I'm not really impressed with this restaurant. They use generic pop, but they say it's Pepsi products. It's false advertisement. My boyfriend got a margaritas & said they were really good. I had just a taco dinner, & it wasn't bad. Service was good overall. I just don't think it's the best for Mexican cuisine.
Found La Mex while looking for a place to stop while traveling, and had a good dinner. Chips are really good. Salsa is good, but not as thick as at some places. We had the Quesadilla Supreme with chicken and it was very good...and huge! Lots of shredded chicken that was very tender, peppers and onions, and lots of white queso cheese (not yellow or canned.). I asked for and extra side of pico de gallo, and that made it even better. All of the food we saw delivered to other tables looked appetizing, and with generous portions. La Mex was worth the stop, and made for a nice stop off of the highway. If we weren't traveling we would have tried the margaritas! (It isn't right at the interchange, so you do have to go a mile or two in to town, but worth is, is you want something other than fast food.

(815) 844-4564

Mexican

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Apple Tree Restaurant

107 E Madison St
Pontiac, 61764
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As much as I love smalltown diners, I always keep my expectations low in the hope I will find a new treasure and be taken completely by surprise. This was my approach for The Apple Tree Cafe in Pontiac, IL. My first rude surprise was that they don't serve breakfast all day. I have to note that when you order a sandwich you will get EXACTLY that. No sides, just a sandwich on a plate. I got the grilled ham and cheese and a cup of chili. The sandwich itself wasn't bad. Plain white bread with a good amount of salty ham and american cheese well melted. Not a big sandwich and not real special but servicable. The chili was more like soup, very thin and despite the obvious presence of cumin, fairly bland. Regrettably no hot sauce was available to kick it up. Also no onions or cheese were offered when I ordered which would have helped. Coffee was standard diner fair, slightly burnt. Maybe I'm overly sensitive to this, but a diner should always have apple pie. This one didn't. Instead I ordered the rhubarb pie. The waitress did not offer ice cream with it and didn't ask if I wanted it heated. What I got was a cold piece of mostly mushy pie on a plate. The flavor was tart and uncomplicated, but not in a good way. Overall it was just a bad experience that left me wishing I had just eaten at the many fast food places I had passed on the way into Pontiac. How sad is that?
I expect a small-town, family-run restaurant like this to be more laid-back, but I also expect at least some degree of efficiency. Service here was very slow and disorganized when we visited in November. There were three women behind the counter, but each one seemed to have a separate function. It took over 5 minutes for one of the women to notice us and bring us menus after we had sat down, another 10 minutes for another girl to take our order and pour us coffee. This was after the lunch-time rush, too, so it wasn't that busy. It took another 15 minutes for our tuna melts to arrive, which were served to us not by the waitress but by the cook himself, who had to walk all the way out from the kitchen and search among the tables until he had found the one that had placed the order. Our sandwiches came without any fries or any other side dishes or garnishes. Apparently you have to specify whether you want any sides, but the girl never asked us whether we wanted any fries or side dishes when she took our order. By the time we got our sandwiches, we had already finished our coffee. The girl finally did come back to our table to refill our coffee and bring us water, but only after we had almost finished our sandwiches with nothing to wash them down. Finally the girl came back to our table and asked us, "Do you want any dessert? Oh, by the way, we're out of pie" (which was the only dessert listed on the menu, so why bother asking?). We ended up paying over $6 each for a simple sandwich no different from one I could have slapped together in my kitchen for free and in half the time. We were still hungry after this "meal," so we ended up having another, much nicer lunch for about the same price at DeLongs Casual Dining and Spirits on Mill Street. Skip The Apple Tree if you ever find yourself in Pontiac and try DeLongs or Baby Bull's on Reynolds Street instead.
GO FOR THE COFFEE!!!!!!! They now have a coffee bar and if you're from out of town and want a REAL espresso or latte then go here!!! Girl knows her stuff about REAL espresso. Also all the Americanized versions as well. Not cheap but, oh the nostalgia!!

(815) 842-3303

American (Traditional)

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Bernardi’s II

123 N Mill St
Pontiac, 61764
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Best Italian food within 50 miles. We try to stop here on trips on I55 every chance we get. Chicken is delicious as well as all the pastas. Pasta Sauce is Northern Italian which is a darker and heavier sauce then some folks are used to around here. My family loves it! Their pasta and sauce recipes date back to the 1930's and taste great today. Worth the 7 minute drive from the interstate past all the fast food and crummy local joints to get to Bernardis for us and hopefully you too. .
Even though this is an italian restaurant, the fried chicken is my favorite. The giant pretzel appetizer was tasty - and enough for the whole table.
Suggested by a friend. Greeted instantly. I was solo but no groan, not stuck in the back, handled very professionally. Wait staff was not perfect, but well above average Ordered Fettuccine a ala Bernardi and added garlic shrimp and a dinner salad. The salad was so so, but the entree! Oh my!! The fettuccine is homemade as is the sauce. Scrumptious! Big portion, very very good. Restaurant was clean, including the bathrooms. Prices were very reasonable for what you get. Will certainly go again as soon as I can find a reason to be anywhere near there Go! Enjoy!

(815) 842-1198

Italian

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