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Willie's Homemade Tamale's

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1200 West Main 18, Peoria, IL 61606
+1 309-673-0107
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Morton, Illinois
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

I always grab a pork chop sandwich at Willie's lunch cart on the court house square. Best lunch in Peoria!

Thank Scott T
Peoria, Illinois
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189 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

The tamales are phenomenal - though not always available - our fallback is the scrumptious pork chop sandwich - nicely seasoned and grilled to perfection - yum!

Thank Marilyn H
1 review
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Great food if u dont like good ole soal food go eat a big mac that mystery meat the porchop is the bomb

Thank 68288
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Willies closed after his death. When he was open, he served up the best tamales around. Beefy amd sweet. Great chicken too. we miss Willies

1 Thank bob193
La Salle
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 March 2013

Willie's freaking rocks. It is what is is from the outside look of the old service station to the 1970's "joint" dive (and I mean that with all the love in my heart because I love the traditional hole in the wall dives of yesteryear) atmosphere inside. Screw those big chain places that think they know barbecue. All Willie's is... More 

Thank Al S
Peoria, Illinois
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2012

Willie, Willie, Willie. MMMMM, MMMMM. Tamales are not all that comes off of the Will-meister's grill. Get a pork chop, brat, polish, all with grilled onions. Don't get the ribeye sandwich unless you're planning on staying in Peoria, because you'll never be able to leave. You'll be hooked.

Thank Dude R
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2012

Been eating these for years. Very tasty and a little on the hot side.

Thank jbmiller
Peoria, Illinois
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2012

i've never been to the location on the map, but they have a food cart downtown in the summer. i love the tamales and the pork chops.

Thank Kelley P
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2011

Greasy, bland, mystery meat. Just because they've been making them a long time doesn't make them edible. I'd rather not eat.

Thank Kim K
Yorkville, Illinois
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33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2011

Stopped by Willie's cart on Adams Street to get a pork chop sandwich. Last time was 2006 with an old boss of mine. So $6 later I have a sandwich that's big enough for two. Time to hit the road and head towards Chicago so I eat and drive. The sandwich is really good so I chase it down with... More 

Thank William B

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1200 West Main 18, Peoria, IL 61606
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peoria
  • Phone Number: +1 309-673-0107

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