Dining & Nightlife
This page gives your recommendations and a map of restaurants within driving distance from Makanda Inn & Cottages.
When considering your dining options, we always advise, call first, especially, when traveling to locations outside 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 an option.
On the map, those restaurants 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. 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. This cozy log cabin bar and grille have live music, karaoke and lots of great outdoor seating. The view from the back deck is fantastic. The lodge is unique in that; some dishes are served with a hot lava rock so that you can cook your meal right at the table. Imagine cooking your steak to that perfect temperature!
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 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.
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 are internationally trained, and the food, service, and atmosphere are 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 cool bar and music. Live Jazz some Thursday’s is our favorite and if you see Stephanie let her know we said hello.
All three restaurants 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 to 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.
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.
Authentic Mexican takeout. Tables are available, and you may have to wait, but it is worth it.
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!
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.