Best Restaurants in Southernmost Illinois

Although you might not think to make Illinois one of your summer vacation hotspots, you might want to reimagine what makes the list: Illinois is home to great schools, museums, rock climbing, wine trails, caves, forests, dive bars, and natural beauty. Of course, you’ll want to eat awesome food while you’re here, and you’re probably sick of the same old chain restaurants back at home. We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best restaurants you’ll find in southern Illinois.

You’ll find Global Gourmet on Jackson Street in Carbondale, and you guessed it: this one has a little bit of everything your hungry little mouth could desire. You’ll find dishes from all over the world, served up in a “soothing” atmosphere. It has its own staple foods, but the menu changes every week. This location routinely gets the highest reviews, and every recipe hits the spot.

The Gabby Goat American Pub & Grill in Effingham is a great spot whether you’re in the mood to drink or eat or both. Although the food might look like common fare at first, each menu item does its own thing for a truly unique dining experience.

If you want a great ribeye or prime rib, head over to the Alamo in Mattoon. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, then this is one establishment you’ll probably want to avoid–they specialize in meaty perfection!

Not everyone does Italian food just right, but Pastabilities Italian Grill in Decatur is as close to perfect as they get. Sure, it’s America, so you’ll get breadsticks before your food. But they’re awesome. Try the pasta, chicken, or build your own dish. If you’re in the mood for a drink, head to the bar.

If you’re a fan of baked goods, then try out the Lost in Time eatery in Fairbury. It’s an extremely popular location, so there will probably be a big crowd–but don’t let that dissuade you, because it’s completely worth the wait. Try the broccoli-cheddar soup or tomato basil bread, or any of their other delicious menu items. The only downside? Sometimes they run out of what you want!

If you’re in the area, then you absolutely need to make a trip to Butcher Boy Burgers in Rantoul. The family-owned restaurant doesn’t just serve great burgers, but they also bake a mean pie. If you go there, you’ll want to take one home for sure.

If you take a trip to Illinois, be sure to do your homework to get an idea of what kind of food you can find and where. There’s something for everyone. Illinois is a great spot for commercial business and restaurants experimenting with new food, so come try the local dishes while you explore one of the most underrated states in the country!

Here is a video about some of the best food in Illinois! Yum!

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