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Blue Dog Inn is Latest of Five Restaurants in Route 66 Communities to Receive a Delicious Destination Award
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The Blue Dog Inn in Lincoln is latest of five Route 66 restaurants to receive an "Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination" award from the Illinois Office of Tourism. The award is designated to restaurants that are "beloved destinations for visitors and locals alike," according to press information from the agency.

Located in the Historic District of Lincoln Illinois, the Blue Dog Inn was opened by Susie Fuher in 1979.  Primarily a pub at opening, it evolved over a period of time into a full service restaurant with an extensive menu becoming well known for the Horseshoes and Coney Dogs.  John and Barb Blackburn purchased the property April 2009. Beginning in 2013 they embarked on a complete remodel of the adjacent building creating a new dining room and new and larger kitchen.  This project was completed August of 2013. While the menu has remained consistent over the years the Blackburn’s have added some additional items such as ribs, additional daily specials and sandwiches.  Through all of the many changes since 1979 the one consistent quality of the restaurant has been the dedication and professionalism of the staff and their desire for everyone to enjoy the atmosphere and quality of food prepared and served by them.

The Blue Dog Inn is the fifth restaurant located in a Route 66 community to receive the distinguished award. Previous recipients include The Palms Grill Cafe in Atlanta, the Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, Del Rhea's Chicken Basket in Willowbrook and Charlie Parker's Diner in Springfield.

The announcement of the "Delicious Destination" award also revealed interesting information about what brings visitors to the state: "According to a 2013 D.K. Shifflet & Associates Study, nearly one third of leisure travelers to Illinois reported participating in a unique 'culinary experience' as a key part of their vacation, proving culinary offerings are a key motivator for travel."