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“Old Fashion Hamburgers”

Choo Choo Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 184 Restaurants in Des Plaines
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Des Plaines, Illinois
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Old Fashion Hamburgers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

If you sit at the counter you can have your lunch delivered by an model train. The kids just love this. It is an experience that they will remember.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank larrycollins3
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English first
Glenview, Illinois
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fun lunch, special for young kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

Yes, Choo Choo is small, and yes when school is out you probably will have to wait a while, but if you have young children or grandchildren you will have a great time. Sit at the counter, or one of the four booths on either side of the counter and watch the joy of the kids when the train delivers their food. The food is fresh and good. Kids can enjoy a hamburger, cheeseburger, grilled cheese or hot dog, and there is a variety of adult meals. When it's a kid's birthday, a happy version of the birthday song plays with the train delivering his or her cupcake with a toy train whistle on top and a birthday candle. A special train horn is played during the song. My husband and I even went there on my birthday and the train delivered delicious home made apple pie for me! Old fashion sundaes and milk shakes are the best. The owner, Jeannie, and her staff do a great job of keeping everyone happy.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank LGerbs333
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,940 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 486 helpful votes
“Relax & let the kids enjoy it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014

Yes, it is small. Yes, it can get crowded (timing is everything). But the staff and Jean, the owner, are friendly and work very hard to make it a special place for kids. The food is good, and the shakes are awesome. Grab one of the booths on either side of the counter, or sit at the counter, if you want to have your food delivered by the train. And if it is the child's birthday, you'll definitely want it delivered by the train, along with everyone singing "Happy Birthday". Don't forget to bring your camera. They do not take credit cards, a minor inconvenience. It is cool and it is fun, and let's be honest, a restaurant like this is about the kids! We've been back and we'll be back!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Allen21096
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Chicago IL
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70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Not worth the hassle of getting there”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

Restaurant was tiny. After hearing about long waits, we went when only our school was off one day so we could get right in. The place was kind of dirty, had a broken train-like arcade ride and very mediocre food. The food arriving by train was cute for about 2 minutes. Not missing much if you don't get there.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank familygalChicagoIL
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Des Plaines, Illinois
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“Kids love it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

It has been in Des Plaines forever. I took my kids and now my grandchildren. It is always crowded but the kids love the model train delivering the food on the counter & the atmosphere

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank gennyluisi
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