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Jaenicke's Root Beer Stand

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390 E River St, Kankakee, IL 60901-5164
10:30 - 20:00
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Kankakee, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old fashioned creamy root beer -no ice and a chili cheese dog The best opens late February for the 2017 season

Thank R1462EBchristinea
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

House made rootbeer and a variety of delicious eats, this place brings me back to my elementary school days when my folks would take my siblings and I out for a treat of a rootbeer float and chili-dog. You can picnic or grab food to go at this local favorite,

Thank Casi G
Nashville, Tennessee
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing cheese sauce buns for those that don't care for processed meat. I really love the fried pickles and Italian beef. This has been a favorite for years. Sadly July open about 8 months a year. Bourbonnais location is the best.

Thank JasonG-BNA
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This is a must experience! I do not like root beer but highly recommend their root beer! They are famous for their sauce buns and hot dogs. The buns are steamed and are so delish!

Thank Kristin J
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51 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is like going on the "Way Back Machine". When we were kids, we would go here and purchase Sauce Buns and a root beer because we were teenagers and couldn't afford anything else. Of course back then, (55 years ago) we were broke kids. What a pleasure to know Jaenickes still served the Sauce Buns. I ate 6 of... More 

Thank Mike L
McHenry, IL
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I have been going to Jaenicke's Root Beer Stand since I was a child. All the kids on the block would take our baths, put our PJs on and then Mom and Dad would take all us kids in the car to the Jaenicke's Root beer stand to get us a good root beer! I've never had one that was... More 

Thank Elizabeth L
Kankakee, Illinois
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Hot dogs & fries are their specialty! Their known for their sauce😊 Picnic tables only. Actually- it's a drive-in.

Kankakee, Illinois
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is by far the best Jaenickes. Great food and very nice workers. Red hots with chili sauce are the best.

Thank ticket14
Gilman, Illinois
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70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

If you are hungry for a great hot dog and an experience that takes you back in time take a drive and visit Jaenicke's (that's Yan-a-keys). Get out of your car and go to the window to order and sit under the trees for a great old fashioned hot dog stand treat. Always hot and always good. Oh, and don't... More 

Thank Jack2226
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Sometimes you forget how good their dogs are when you've been away...They are as good as ever and deserving of two thumbs up in the world of HOT DOGS !!!

Thank Brian G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 390 E River St, Kankakee, IL 60901-5164
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Kankakee

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?