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Schroeder's Hamburgers—A Burger Chef Survivor in Danville IL

Schroeder's Hamburgers—A Burger Chef Survivor in Danville IL
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    - May 12th, 2015, 9:13 am
    - May 12th, 2015, 9:13 am Post #1 - May 12th, 2015, 9:13 am
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    No more dogfood in Danville

    I had to be down in Vermin County a few times last year and wow, that's all I'll say about Danville. Interesting is an understatement. So of course while down there I had to check out the last remaining Burger Chef, a place I had no familiarity with as far as the old locations go. All due respect to JILS but I guess you have to grow up on it because I'd rather eat Burger King. Or Hardee's. Or Checkers. Or just not eat at all.

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    The salad topping bar loved by locals

    I went ahead and ordered a double cheeseburger and even though this thread mentions it I was surprised to find it came in a plastic bag. I'm not kidding when I say that I had to shower once I got home due to opening the thing. I felt the grease on me the rest of the day. Disgusting. That said as I just looked up the address I found this, Burger Chef is no more. They closed their doors for good last October. So I'm glad I least got there to experience it.

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    Burger Chef Cheeseburger...in a bag?

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    My first and last Burger Chef Burger...dressed at the salad condiment bar.

    You'll have to drink with me to hear some of the stories coming out of this corrupt county but in the meantime I'll give it a compliment as I love these old school Main Street America type towns, they're the opposite of where I grew up in the city. Like the rest of them, Danville has seen better days. The Main street has quite a few empty storefronts but I still thought it was awesome and even somewhat surreal. Not only was Danville the home to the last remaining Burger Chef but it's also the birthplace of a few well known things including the windbreaker jacket and also Chuckles Candy, a favorite of mine as a kid. They pay homage to these old companies in murals scattered throughout the town. I drove around and snapped some pics.

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    Old Time Donut Shop with a very good product

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    The Fischer Theatre was built in 1884 and was known as the Grand Opera House at that time. There's a current effort to get it restored.

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    A Danville Original: Chuckles Candy (1921)

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    A Danville Original: Fecker Brewing Co. (1903)

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    A Danville Original: John Rissman and Son (????)

    Note: There's actually a really good burger spot in town and of course I also went there, I'm putting together a post about it and some others. Stay tuned.

    Schroeder's Drive In (RIP)
    432 N Gilbert St
    Danville, IL 61832
    (217) 446-1034

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