Last week when I was coming home from the Jubilee Cafe after having lunch there with Terry Grawey, I drove past Ludy’s Kickapoo Creek Saloon and wondered if they had a chicken sandwich on their menu. I’ve been there many times, but I always order the cheeseburger, for which they’re famous for. Well, after perusing the menu online, I found out that they do indeed have a chicken sandwich on the menu available with your choice of toppings. So it’s off to Kickapoo (Not Edwards, I hope you appreciate this Kickapoo Mike!) we go!
Here we are headed down Route 150 and there’s a signpost ahead: Kickapoo! And here we are at Ludy’s Kickapoo Creek Saloon! I love that they only accept cash, it’s like going back to pre-internet days, when things were calmer. Let’s go inside and start the fourth week of our chicken tour, which will complete one month! Oh and if you look real closely at that last photo you'll see an unplanned obligatory door mirror shot. I love it when that happens!
I grabbed a seat in the middle of the bar and Sam came over with an ice-cold bottle of Budweiser, a nice start to this fourth week of finger-lickin' chicken dinners!
There’s a menu on the wall behind the bar but they also have paper menus to peruse. I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich and got it with American and Hot Pepper cheese, bacon and onion.
Mary and Dan were seated next to me and they both graduated from Richwoods High School. We had a nice chat about Peoria back in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and Mary told me she’s read the blog, but hasn’t looked at it in a while, so I had to scold her for that! It was nice to meet both of them!
There’s fresh popcorn on the bar and there’s the inventory on the wall behind it. They have a half a dozen beers on tap and Spuds MacKenzie is watching all the action unfold from his perch near the ceiling.
Tables sit behind the bar in front of the brick and panel wall and there’s a dining room in the back.
I love all the neon signs in here!
As you can see, there’s a full line of Ludy’s t-shirts for purchase and there’s also a bulletin board for business cards, so I put the official MBIP biz card up on the board!
Visitors can put a pin up on the map to show where they’ve come from and as you can see, people have come here from all over America to sample Ludy’s food and friendly hospitality.
Speaking of food, here’s Sam serving up this week’s chicken entree, a grilled chicken sandwich.
The chicken is somewhat hidden underneath that generous pile of bacon and cheese, but it’s there and it looks and smells delicious!
This is one tasty and satisfying chicken sandwich. The chicken is grilled and juicy and the toppings add nice flavor and consistency to the sandwich. The bun is slightly toasted and bakery fresh. It’s impossible to beat the cheeseburger here, but this sandwich definitely comes in second place to the burger! It’s a nice alternative sandwich here at Ludy’s!
I took this photo and thought I recognized the person in the door and it turns out it’s Katie, who was a neighbor of mine years ago! Great to see her again and ketchup...I mean catch up!
And this baseball jersey is a reminder that we are in Kickapoo, not Edwards, right Kickapoo Mike?
Three and a half Dixie Chickens—You can’t beat the cheeseburger here, but this chicken sandwich comes close and that’s saying a lot! Cluck yeah!
9828 Route 150 Edwards, Illinois (But it’s really in Kickapoo, so don’t leave an angry rant, Kickapoo Mike!)