Road trips happen. Knowing where to eat along the way though, can be a hassle.

Sure you can consult places like TripAdvisor or Yelp, but do you know anyone who has actually reviewed a restaurant on TripAdvisor or Yelp?

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I mean, both of those sites are handy, but for me, the thing I always go to is word of mouth.

If people, just like myself, are on the road and they find a hidden gem restaurant along the way, they are going to talk about it.

Sometimes, it might be the best part of the trip.

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So that said, I decided to ask you what your favorite small-town Illinois restaurants are on Facebook.

I received over 100 comments, and while I was only looking for places in small towns, I managed to come up with 24 that qualified and threw in my top pick for good measure.

If you know me, there's a very good chance you should have some clue as to what my all-time favorite small-town restaurant is, but check out the list below and see if one of your faves is on there too.

The 25 Very Best Small-Town Illinois Restaurants

Looking for a great meal at a small-town restaurant in Illinois? Here are 25 of the very best. 

The 25 Smallest Towns in Illinois

These towns are so small, if you blink, you'll miss them.