Dining & Nightlife
When considering your dining options we always advise, call first either for reservations or to check availability for the time you want to eat.
Especially, when traveling to locations outside of Carbondale. Carbondale is a big enough town where there will always be an option.
On the map those highlighted in green are places we frequent often. Those in red are our favorites or have exceptional food.
Starting with the places that are closest you have:
At Keller’s Crossing Club House, just off of highway 51. this is 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, Samantha, or Lori for us when you go.
On scenic Skyline drive, about 15 minutes from the Inn, is our other regular and favorite place to grab a bite and a drink. This cozy log cabin bar and grille has live music, karaoke and lots of great outdoor seating. The view from the back deck is amazing and the atmosphere inside, welcoming. The lodge is unique in that, some dishes are served with a hot lava rock, so you can cook your meal right at the table. Imagine cooking your steak to that perfect temperature! Our good friend Shannon who manages the place is always there, so make sure you let her know we sent you.
Closest to the Inn, we don’t get there as much as we would like, generally closed by 5:30 pm, so we rarely get away from the Inn in time for dinner. Good food, very convenient, as it is only a half mile down the road, at the famous Makanda Boardwalk! This is a great local option for our guests especially for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. Pam, Bob & Jackie of “PB&J”, also at the boardwalk, own the kitchen. Bob runs the kitchen and Jackie has the front of the house while Pam keeps an eye on her store, two doors over. Say hello for us when you stop in.
The lodge is about 2 miles from the Inn. Famous for their fried chicken, seems everybody makes the obligatory pilgrimage at least once during their stay with us. The lodge, which is impressive, is one of 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.
Orchards and Farm Markets
Lipe Orchard and Bass Farms offer great, in season, local and home grown 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 great peach cobbler a la mode. Rendleman Orchard opens July 1st and their website actually tells you what they currently have available.
With authentic Swedish fair, prepared by the owners Ander’s and Gerd Hedman, this is an excellent option for dinner. We have only made it there once so far and we loved it. We ordered authentic dishes and it was yummy. For really great food and wine this is a favorite for us and we will be back again and again.
In our opinion this is the best gourmet food in the area. The Chef and owner is internationally trained and the food, service, and atmosphere is what you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber, exceptional! If you are a foodie this is the place to go. Priced accordingly.
Another one of our favorites! The Newell House delivers good food, atmosphere, and service every time. Prime Rib Wednesday’s is always a favorite. You can’t go wrong here for a more upscale dining experience. The Newell House also has a lounge, The Grotto, downstairs with a great bar and music. Live Jazz Thursday’s is our favorite and if you see Stephanie let her know we said hello.
All make our list of places we frequent because they have good food, when we are running errands and shopping in the area. Thai Taste for a nice sit down dinner or we often go for take out. The Longbranch offers vegetarian food and delicious bakery items and is very reasonably priced. Fujiyama right next to Kroger, is convenient and has good sushi.
This is a really good small family owned restaurant, in Cobden that is a must try if you frequent the area. The food is wonderful and features Lick Creek Beef a local organic grass fed cattle and organic hog farm. Definitely, recommend a reservation here. We unfortunately don’t get there as much as we would like, due to our schedule. We give this restaurant five stars for sure!
What can we say, if you haven’t been to Fuzzys for a drink and you have been to Southern Illinois, you have to come back and put it on your list. This is a bar’s bar with pool tables, no windows and an ATM.
Authentic Mexican take out. Tables are available and you may have to wait but it is definitely worth it. Walk across the street and check out Anthilll Gallery while you wait.
Famous for it’s BBQ the Murphysboro location is the best. Lots of memorabilia, from famous folks that have visited this iconic location, adorn the walls. If you like BBQ you won’t want to miss this one!