Watson's Shack & Rail

211 N Neil St, Champaign
(217) 607-0168

Recent Reviews

Javier Cervantes

Great loud atmosphere. Apparently the chicken is the go to. Great seasoning and while I saw some crispy stuff coming out of the kitchen our sandwich left some crunch to be desired.That said....not photographed is the SMASH burger. Dear Lord, it's FANTASTIC. One of the best I've ever had and I've eaten a lot of burgers.Run....I said RUN to try this burger.

Anthony Meneely

Went here with family for lunch. Service was fast and on point. Bourbon slush was amazing and perfect grown up drink to go with the Nashville hot entree. Nashville hot entree: dark chicken that was large portion size, extra crispy and had amount of sauce to cover chicken but not drown it. Potato wedges were a large portion and well seasoned. Will go again and reccomend to friends.

Tylor Andrus

I've been craving some waffles and chicken. Watson's absolutely delivered! I went with the white meat tenders and added a bit of the hot chicken spice blend on after the syrup. All of it was perfect. The Belgian waffle was fluffy and delicious, the chicken was juicy with a very satisfying crunch. Loved every bite!

Aleks L.

I would choose this restaurant over a three Michelin-starred restaurant. The Kobe Bryant (GOAT) of Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches. 10/10.

Brian Martin

Really good mixed menu, several appetizers were amazing. Great service and a few patio tables.


Multiple people had recommended this place c e to us so we tried it out. Staff was great, and so was the food. One helpful hint is that there base batter starts off pretty hot, and you can add levels from there, but there is no mild. Love it.

Ginger Bananas

✔️ For $16 get the best Chicken and waffles in town. Place is ? kid-friendly unfortunately.

Kathryn G.

Insanely good chicken. We were staying at the Hyatt next door and dropped in for lunch after a college tour. Son had chicken and waffles, husband had hot fried chicken and I had a pulled chicken sandwich. All 3 were fantastic and the steak fries were up there too. Great vibe and our waitress was very friendly. We're going to be dreaming about this place from California!

Denese Peebles

I just had the best Eggs Benedict of my life. Fried green tomatoes topped with crab salad, then two perfectly cooked eggs, and hollandaise sauce to die for. Even with that you have to make room for the Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding. I have no words to aptly describe this utterly scrumptious brunch, and the service was first class. Will definitely be back.

Kam Fry

Of all the times I’ve been to Watson’s, this was the first time I gave their gumbo and their chicken & waffles a shot. Can’t lie - I’ll probably never order anything different than this from there ever again.Some options I’ve had here before, I wasn’t a fan of. But I’m not one to cancel a restaurant just because I didn’t like one or two things on the menu. Great atmosphere and service!

Mitchel Reuter

Delicious food with unique offerings. Cool interior atmosphere and staff was friendly. Would highly recommend!

Adam R.

Watsons is a great go to spot for dinner with friends. It's a cool vibe there, staff is super friendly, and they have tons of whiskey and drink options. In addition to the array of liquor the food is delicious. Every time I go to watsons I get the Nashville hot chicken sandwich and it might be the best chicken sandwich I've ever had. If I'm extra hungry I'll also get a side of gumbo which is delicious as well. Highly recommend coming here.

Letisia Wilken

Second time dining in and I had the same thing both time. Great staff and great music selections. I had the gumbo which was tasty..could have been alot hotter..was only warm. Nothing I would complain about. My son had the chicken and waffle..or Chelsea's shameless plea. He thought the chicken was over cooked but I think the grease was maybe old due to the color of the chicken.. Overall a great place and we will be back!

Matthew Peace

Came in for a early lunch while working in town. Great folks at the bar! Awesome wings and a bourbon slushy.

Diann M.

It's always a good time at Watson's Shack & Rail. This is my go-to restaurant for spicy chicken sandwiches! You must try the Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich! Their chickens are always juicy and the flavors are always on point. We also got the Du Velo sandwich and the Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich. Overall, the burger was on the heavier side, but the pork belly in the Du Velo sandwich is so heavenly! The service was great too --The staffs were all very attentive and friendly. While I never tried their famous daiquiris (and other drinks), I heard really good things about it and I am so excited to try them the next time I visit.

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