Snackville Junction Diner

| May 29, 2009 | 1 Comment

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Sure, Chicagoland has many “served by train” diners, but Snackville Junction in Evergreen Park was the first.  The diner was originally built in the 1950s at its original location on 110th and Hamilton, and went through a few different locations before settling in its current location on Kedzie, just north of 95th St., in 1986.

The restaurant is family-owned by Hank Perez and his sisters.  Perez is a jolly man who dresses in an engineer’s costume and seems to be having as much fun at the restaurant as the young patrons are.  He loves to send his toy train around to entertain kids, whether it be loaded with burgers and fries, a basket of Dum-Dum pops, or nothing at all.  He even has special Cubs, Sox, and Bears train cars that he puts on the tracks on game days.

You just have to love a place that’s totally geared toward kids, a place where you don’t have to stress out about your children’s behavior.  What impressed me most about this place is that upon arrival, young children are given Thomas the Tank Engine toys to play with while they wait for their food.

(Well, and I also liked that they had the arcade version of my absolute favorite childhood Nintendo game, Bubble Bobble, and thanks to my son and his Thomas trance I was actually able to have some free time to beat my husband’s score.)

The food is your standard delicious diner fare: burgers, fries, sandwiches, and ice cream.  The kids’ menu also features standards like chicken nuggets and PB&J.  The prices are very reasonable, with most entrees costing about $5.

Snackville Junction also offers birthday parties, where guests are given exclusive party waitstaff and two hours in the party room.

What also impressed me about Snackville Junction is that the owners are very community-minded.  They march in all the town’s parades, as well as open their doors exclusively to the homeless on Thanksgiving for a free meal.

So if you find yourself in the southwest suburbs, get on board for Snackville Junction!   A great time will be had by all!

9144 S Kedzie Ave
(between 91st St & 92nd St)
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(708) 423-1313

Photo Credit: on Flickr by Sunfrog1

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Joining Shannon Capanna in Home Sweet Homewood are her professor husband, toddler son, and giant cat. Career-wise, Shannon worked as an elementary school teacher for three years before becoming an editor for math textbooks. She quit that job to try to achieve that elusive work-life balance, and she is now trying to cobble together some kind of career as a writer, editor, and mom. Shannon enjoys swimming, watching quality television, and cat-watching.She also blogs at Chicago Moms Blog, and at her personal site, Boringtown's Closed.

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  1. Suzi says:

    My husband and I read 5 star reviews of the place we read somewhere that children are given Thomas the Tank Engine toys to play with while they wait for their food. We decided to take the kids there one day when we walked in a women (I believe it was his sister) greeted us. We walked in with 3 kids and we were not given anything for our children to play with while the food was being made. The food was mediocre at best and we were unaware of the 20% gratuity. For a place designed for children 20% gratuity was unnecessary. We will not be returning.

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