Jodie Mehrer aptly describes her Chester, Illinois, restaurant, Jodie’s Ol’ Farmhouse & Bakery, as a country diner. The space is decorated with antiques and serves up dishes like the country breakfast with eggs, fried potatoes, country ham, sausage and biscuits and gravy.
You’ll also find horseshoes, the Springfield, Illinois, specialty, featuring a beef patty piled high with fries and cheese sauce. On the bakery side, Jodie’s serves housemade pies, including coconut cream, chocolate, lemon, cherry, peach-blackberry and apple, plus cheesecake in flavors like peanut butter and pastries such as peach turnovers and cinnamon rolls.
Jodie’s Ol’ Farmhouse & Bakery, 639 State St., Chester, Illinois, facebook.com/jodiesolfarmhouse