Carbondale, IL

Good Eats: College Towns

Carbondale, IL

A hidden gem in the rolling hills of Southern Illinois, Carbondale offers a variety of unique local eateries to enjoy. Home of Southern Illinois University, there is always a demand for good cuisine to satisfy the student population. Apart from the student crowd, families and alumni who visit; Carbondale offers dine-out options to the larger surrounding community. In close proximity to the Shawnee Hills National Forest and Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Carbondale is a favorite stop for tourists, who are often looking for an eatery that can provide them an interesting atmosphere and new dining experience. Some favorites include:

Cristaudo’s Café & Bakery is family owned, offering a wide variety of baked goods and pastries. They have a full breakfast and lunch menu available, including an espresso menu. In addition to their other offerings, the café has recently started serving Sunday brunch with refreshing mimosas! More information can be found at their website at

Quatro’s Pizza is a well-known name in Southern Illinois. Serving Chicago-style pizza, pastas, sandwiches, and salads since 1975 it is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Don’t forget to grab the classic yellow Quatro’s cups to take home! Make sure to check out their tasty menu at

Global Gourmet provides diners a classy environment and ever-changing menu. With a combination of small plates and entrees, along with a seasonal patio, this is a hot spot for an evening out with friends or a date night. See what they’re serving up tonight at

Longbranch Café and Bakery is a vegetarian café that utilizes fresh and organic ingredients. Its outdoor deck is a favorite place to gather for a cup of coffee with friends or a business lunch. See their full menu and upcoming events at

Fat Patties, locally owned and operated is the town’s staple burger joint. Fat Patties specializes in creating mouth-watering burgers, while also offering sandwiches, soups, salads, chili & a drink menu including craft and local beer. Visit their website and order online at

Don Taco, a college student’s paradise, offers many SIU alumni with fond memories of late night snacks after a long evening of entertainment. Don Taco stays open until 1am, and as an added bonus, they deliver. Check them out at

Sam’s Café and Wise Guy’s Pizza are two of Carbondale’s favorite “greasy spoons” and cater specifically to the college crowd. After enjoying late night entertainment, these restaurants are sure to be open and serving. Wise Guys has been serving the students of Carbondale for over 20 years! 

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