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At the corner of Route 41 and Wadsworth Rd, in the Village of Wadsworth, IL, sits a quaint historical restaurant. According to Mary Bennett, owner of Route 41 Roadhouse, in the early 1960’s the building was named “A Bit of Sweden” and then in the 1970’s it became “The Buggy Whip”. My husband remembers it was later named, “The Wadsworth Inn” and at one time was named, “Doug’s on 41”. In 2008, Mary and Michael Bennett, bought the restaurant and changed the name to “The Savanna House”. According to their Website, they based the name on the idea that the restaurant sits on a piece of property surrounded by the Wadsworth Savanna Forest Preserve. The Savanna House, known for its southern cooking, like fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, Friday night fish fry, and their famous corn muffins with cinnamon butter, would become another piece of the restaurant’s history in January 2018.
It was about ten years ago that Mary and Michael opened as “The Savanna House” and in 2017 they thought the restaurant needed a change. After talking to their regular customers and much reflection they decided to be less of a fine diner and become a more casual roadhouse bar and grill. In January 2018, Mary and Michael Bennett, changed the name of their restaurant to “Route 41 Roadhouse”, put a new sign out front, and started the remodeling of their restaurants interior. Mary stated that they are excited about the new roadhouse theme and can’t wait for the changes to happen.
The, Route 41 Roadhouse, will feature an eclectic design with different metals as the main theme. In fact, while we were there they were replacing a wood textured wall with a large sheet of metal, it was exciting to see the changes taking place right before my eyes. The inspiration for their metal theme is Michael Bennett, he is a metal design. With their new name, theme, and interior design, the menu also was revamped to reflect the new theme.
As soon as we walked in the door, Mary was there with the new menu, you hear the pride in her voice. She went over the the new Route 41 Roadhouse Menu and explained the menu is more bar and grill friendly. It features more munchies for bar patrons. Some munchies that caught my eye were their Award-Winning Chicken Wings, Fried Pickle Chips, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Beer Batter Wisconsin Cheese Curds, Loaded Tots and if you can’t decide on one get the Sampler Basket (chicken strips, mozzarella sticks, black and tan Guinness onion rings, and jalapeno poppers). For the grill they have 14 burger choices ranging in price from $10.00 to 13.00 dollars. I will definitely be going back for their Flame Thrower, Bison Burger and the Mac Attack! In addition, they have pizza, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soup of the day (this will probably what I will get more than anything! Hopefully they have some good cream soups, my favorite!).
If you want more of a meal they have a section on the menu titled, Other Eats, and it features some of their old favorites. I was delighted to see they would continue to serve their Chicken Fried Steak, my favorite! In addition, they have meatloaf, steak, fish basket (choice of walleye or cod), BBQ ribs, mac and cheese, and fried jumbo shrimp. No matter what you are in the mood to eat, they have it for you!
After reviewing the menu and knowing that we can’t eat too much we decided to get one of their burgers and one of their munchies. Fred chose the Breakfast Burger, topped with cheddar, bacon, and a fried egg and a choice of side (soup, salad, mac and cheese, sweet potato fries, beer batter fries, waffle fries, or tater tots). The burger was eight ounces, well seasoned, and cooked to perfection! The egg on top was cooked to perfection and the yolk oozed out when Fred cut into it (see the video!). It also came with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle. The waffle fries were fresh and hot. Fred thought the burger was simply amazing. Fred can’t wait to try them all!
I have been in a nacho’s mood lately so I ordered the Mile High Nachos topped with melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno, with a side of sour cream and salsa (add Chili or Chicken for extra charge). Of course, I cannot eat tomatoes or lettuce on my nachos, I asked them to hold those and added chili and extra sour cream. The nachos came on a large pizza pan, the chips were freshly cooked, there was cheese on every chip, and fresh jalapeno throughout were refreshing. The chili was full flavor, had plenty of beans and did not make the chips soggy (I was a little afraid it would). The nacho platter was big enough to feed two people as a meal and probably four or more as an appetizer. I will be getting this again soon! Needless to say we were satisfied with our choices!
Activities currently include slot machines, TouchTunes, and added two dart machines in the bar area of the roadhouse. In the future they are planning on adding a pool table and an air hockey game. The best activity is the interaction with the other patrons of the bar. While there were met so many nice people. My husbands ancestors, Mr. Lux, were some of the original settlers to the area of Wadsworth, we reconnected with old friends and new found distant relatives.
If you visit on a Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday morning say, “Hi”, to Keagan from us! Any day you visit you will likely find Mary and/or Michael interacting with guests and making sure you have a wonderful experience (unless they are on one of their well deserved vacations).
Be sure to like their Facebook Page to stay updated on their current and upcoming events and specials.
Go to their Website to view the menu and upcoming events!
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