Fairview Farms has been serving up their famous fried chicken dinners here in Peoria since 1952. They were recently featured on Shelbey S. Roberts Open For Business series on CI Proud, you can check that out here.
This place is a landmark chicken restaurant so I think it’s high time we got the cluck over there and check it out!
Here we are at Fairview Farms. This farmhouse has been here since the 1800’s. In 1952, Amelia and Claus Heuermann opened up the Fairview Farms restaurant here and it’s become a legendary restaurant specializing in fried chicken.
You can read the entire history of Fairview Farms right here.
I stepped into the foyer, took a couple of pictures and met the current owner, Jeanne Carrell who owns and operates the restaurant with her husband Donald.
Jeanne and Donald both worked here for years and bought the restaurant from the Heuermann’s granddaughter. All the original recipes have been handed down through the years.
Jeanne led me to my table and within seconds, Kali was bringing me my first course of Cole slaw and a warm roll!
Nancy and Rick were seated at the table next to me and told me that they’re fans of MBIP and we all know I love to hear that. They said they’re friends with Chip Joyce and I told them I’d send their regards.
Hey Chip, Nancy and Rick send their regards!
The farmhouse/restaurant has seven family-styled dining rooms and can hold up to 300 people.
While it’s a family-styled restaurant, Jeanne told me that single diners like myself are welcome too.
Here’s the weekly Blue Plate Specials. They’re open every day of the week except for Monday.
These are archival photos from the Heuermann family.
This table shows the restaurant’s love of chicken and plates.
Fairview Farms has over 250 plates on display from all over the world!
I think it’s just about chicken time, so I went back to my corner table in the back dining room.
And whoomp, there it is, a bird’s eye view of this week’s fried chicken dinner.
It looks and smells fabulous!
I tried the fries first and they’re hand-cut in house and they’re tasty potatoes! Now on to the star of the show…
The fried chicken!
I got a two piece dinner and the fried chicken was so tasty and flavorful! The batter is crispy and seasoned to perfection and inside it was juicy, tender and delicious!
No wonder people have been raving about the fried chicken here for decades!
I saved the corn fritters for dessert and it was a sweet ending to a delicious fried chicken dinner!
Four Dixie Chickens—Fairview Farms is a piece of Peoria history that’s been serving up their legendary fried chicken dinners for over seven decades. If you’ve never been, you definitely need to stop by and sample the wonderful food at this historical Peoria restaurant.
5911 Heuermann Road
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