Moonshine, IL, home of the moonburger

Last Thursday I joined a group of about ten parishioners in a journey to Moonshine, IL. Population: 2.

The town got its name when a man, looking down at a puddle, saw the reflection of the moon.

The trip was quite an experience. The joint is parked in the middle of no where but serves hundreds of burgers a day before 12:30, when the close each day.

Here’s a brief bit of info:

Roy Lee and Helen Tuttle bought the old-time (circa 1912) country store in 1982 and promptly made it the best eating house in town – heck, it’s the only building in town, unless you count the outhouse – and you had better count it.. Aside from cold cut deli-style sandwiches, drinks and snacks, Moonshine is the home of the world-famous Moonburger. You can get a double beef cheese Moonburger, you can get a bacon Moonburger, shoot, you can get a Moonburger just about any old way y’all want it.

It’s worth a trip! Here are some photos. More may come later.

3 thoughts on “Moonshine, IL, home of the moonburger

  1. Uh, Mike…you don't like beef! LOL..
    Mike, you HAVE to tell Father Don about this place and tell him I sent ya to tell him…he'll get a laugh for sure, if he hasn't read this yet.
    I love finding places like this. Did he ever tell you about the huge “Mammy” restaurant in Mississippi he found? It is the building shaped exactly like a southern mammy. Now don't take it wrong, because I'm from the south and when I think of the mammy..I don't think of the slave thing..I think of women who can cook like no other and I do mean good! So, anyway, he finds this place, comes back and in conversation once, tells me about it because we are fixing to take trip around the area. So, sure enough, we find it!
    Like this..out in the middle of almost nowhere and you go inside and the part where the tables are, are in the “skirt” part of mammy's!!! It was the funniest darn thing I ever saw! GREAT FOOD…! Nice people..only fit about 20 tables, but boy was it packed!
    The one thing I gotta say about Moonshine, IL, though, Mike, is that I have big doubts that is how it got its name…you have heard of stills and backwoods folks and what those do..right? ;)! LOL!


  2. I know it…I thought about Fr. Don when I was there. I am going to send him a note on that and another matter in a bit. Yes, I had the same thought about the name…but I believe the story.

    I'll have to check out Mannys!!


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