Dining & Nightlife

This page gives you recommendations and a map of restaurants within driving distance from Makanda Inn & Cottages.

Additionally, our Wine Trail page and Area Attractions page have tons of information about the many things to do here in the Shawnee Hills, of southern, Illinois.

When considering your dining options, we always advise, call first! Especially, when traveling to eateries, away from the town of Carbondale. Either for reservations or to check availability for the time you want to eat.

Carbondale is a big enough town where there will always be another option for you if your first choice is busy or closed.

On the map, those restaurants highlighted in green are places we frequent often. Those in red are our favorites or have exceptional food.



The Inn Bar – here on the property!

(2020 Update – we will have a major public Announcement later this year!)

Makanda Inn & Cottages – The Inn Bar in the downstairs common area of the Inn. Enjoy your favorite beverage at the Inn Bar. We are continually updating our selection of Spirits, Wine, (some local) & Beers. We have a great selection of Craft Beers, Whiskey, and Rum.

Molly Gunn’s is “Currently Closed”

The back of the clubhouse looking across the 9th green, great restaurants & barAvailable during their golf season. At Keller’s Crossing Club House, just off of highway 51. One of our regular and favorite places to eat and have a drink. A little over 2 miles from the Inn you can get a nice meal. The weekend specials are great, and the conversation is always lively when sitting at the bar. Currently open Friday & Saturday nights, 4-9 pm and a golfers menu, 10 am – 4 pm based on demand. Always a good idea to call first. If you see any of our good friends say hello to Tim, Lynn, Jason, Candace, Bobby & Toni, for us when you go.

Giant City Lodge

The lodge is about 2 miles from the Inn. Famous for their fried chicken!  It seems everybody makes the obligatory pilgrimage at least once during their stay with us. The lodge, which is impressive, is one of the numerous park buildings that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Corps existed from 1933 to 1942 as work relief for families and young men, during the Great Depression.

Peachbarn Vineyards and Winery

With authentic Swedish cuisine!  This is an excellent option for dinner on the Wine Trail, we recommend you call ahead. We have been here a few times, and we loved it. We ordered authentic Swedish dishes, and it was yummy. For great food and wine, this is a favorite for us, and we will be back when we can.

Brick House Grill

The Brick house Grill is on Main Street in downtown Anna a twenty-minute drive from the Inn. It is a family-owned business with great staff and food. This is one of our “go-to” places and we always enjoy it! Say hi to, Trisha, Jules, and Mindy for us!

Tom’s Place

In our opinion, this is the best gourmet food in the area. Chef Lasse and wife, Mary Jane are the owners.  Chef Lasse is internationally trained.  The food, service, and dining atmosphere are what you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber, exceptional! If you are a foodie, this is the place to go. Call for a Reservation.  They have small private dining rooms for your special occasion too!  The Menu is priced accordingly.

Thai Taste – Longbranch Cafe & Bakery – Fujiyama and many more…

All three Carbondale restaurants make our list of places we frequent because they have good food when we are running errands and shopping in the Carbondale area. Thai Taste for a sit-down dinner or we often pick up take out. Longbranch offers vegetarian food and delicious bakery items and is very reasonably priced. Fujiyama right next to Kroger is convenient and has good sushi.

Fuzzy’s Tavern

What can we say, if you haven’t been to Fuzzy’s for a drink and you have been to southern Illinois, you have to come back and put it on your list. A bar’s bar with pool tables, no windows, and an ATM.

Taqueria Pequena

Authentic Mexican takeout. Known far and wide. A few tables are available, most patrons do takeout, you may have to wait, but it is worth it.

17th Street BBQ

Famous for its BBQ!  The Murphysboro location is the best. Lots of memorabilia, from famous folks that have visited this iconic place, adorn the walls. If you like BBQ, you won’t want to miss this one!

Our Welcome Book

A more extensive Restaurant list is available in the book for our guests.  We do try our best to keep up with Restaurant changes in the area.  When you arrive for your stay we are happy to recommend a place for the foods you enjoy the most 🙂

Orchards and Farm Markets

Lipe Orchard and Bass Farms offer great, in season, local and homegrown fruits and vegetables. Close to the Inn, these are great options when shopping for a cottage stay or for some fresh goodies to take home. Flamm Orchards, in season, has excellent peach cobbler a la mode. Rendleman Orchard opens July 1st, and their website tells you what they currently have available.