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 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 www.cristaudos.com
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 www.quatros.com.
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 www.globalcarbondale.com.
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 www.longbranchcafeandbakery.com.
Keepers Quarters, a gastropub serving elevated pub-style fare with a creative blend of sandwiches and refined plated entrees, appetizers, and desserts is an excellent place to go for date night or with a group of friends for an evening out. Visit their Facebook page for their menu.
Underground Public House, a cozy pub focused on eclectic world beer cuisine and culture, featuring seasonal farm to table menus is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner. They also have more than 20 rotational craft beers on tap, and premium spirits and wines. See their specials at undergroundpublichouse.com.
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 past midnight, and as an added bonus, they deliver. Check them out at www.dontacoincarbondale.com.
Mama Pang at PK’s serves up comfort food made in small batches but with a big taste. Located in PK’s, this eatery keeps customers happy with theme days like “Gwensday” where chili mac on Wednesdays is tradition. PK’s breakfast is a staple for Saturday mornings, so make sure to stop in and grab the most important meal of the day at a college-friendly cost. You can see what’s being served up daily by visiting their Facebook page.