IL - Bonnie ... The Bonnie Cafe
If you happen to be on I57 between Mt. Vernon and Marion, Illinois, I think you'll find it worthwhile to jump off the interstate between Mt. Vernon and Sesser, and take that little stretch of Route 37 that runs parallel between I 57 and the Illinois Central Railroad tracks.
You could easily miss the town if Bonnie, if it weren't for the speed reduction signs. (If you miss the signs, the ISP will be happy to point them out to you.)
There, at a little wide spot in the road, you'll find the Bonnie Cafe. We lunched there today, on our way home from shopping in Mt. Vernon.
It was a lovely spring day, and the front door of the little frame building was standing open. The sheer window curtain that hung from the top was knotted on one end and blowing in the breeze.
Inside was an odd assortment of patrons...farmers, truckers, businessmen, another couple about our age...a varied group. The walls are adorned with assorted parapernalia, from mounted stuffed crappy, hunting pictures, witty signs, and assorted calenders, to family pictures of children and grandbabies, as well as the menus. A young man in jeans and a t-shirt busses tables and brings drinks (soft), while a grandmotherly lady takes orders and brings food.
They have all the regular country fare, and I'm sure it's all great, but the burger is unbelievable! It's made from 11 ounches of REAL beef, fried on a grill, and served on a regular sized bun. Mine was a bacon cheeseburger, with 3 whole slices of crisp, smoky bacon that barely stretched across the burger.To go with, Kim and I shared a basket of homemade potato chips that had been freshly and perfectly fried.
Amazingly, this burger is also available in doubles and triples. (Picture eating a 33 oz sirloin steak!) Anyone who eats a triple gets a free piece of their homemade pie.
We get by with a little help from our friends