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Nebo IL To Alton IL............

Littleman Jun 11, 2008 09:14 AM

Headed from MS to St. Louis then to Nebo IL for some hunting this fall. Route goes across river at Alton then to Nebo. Anything decent food along this route. Probably better get full in SL on the way up and then back. Thamks.

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    CheesemongersWife Jun 11, 2008 10:05 AM

    Stop at Fast Eddie's in Alton...great bar and really tasty burgers/wings. The boast coldest beer in town.

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      lemons Jun 11, 2008 02:28 PM

      The drive along the river road is wonderful. Elsah Landing in the village of Elsah, on the Mississippi, does mostly pies (good) and soups (okay). In the town of Grafton are several spots. The local signature dish is fish sandwiches, usually boneless buffalo (that's a fish, not the mammal, for those outside the area) that's served on white bread with mustard and a slice of onion. There are some new places right on the river, but i mostly know the Finn Inn, on the side of the highway away from the river, just north of downtown. There's an immense aquarium and booths that look into it, fun if you've got kids along. Good blackberry cobbler, too. Farther north towards Nebo you're pretty much looking at taverns that serve fish sandwiches and burgers. Are you going to the snazzy joint up there or do you have friends to stay with? Would be interested in hearing about the Lodge, if that's your destination.

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        CheesemongersWife Jun 12, 2008 07:13 AM

        My parents took us for drives up the River Road as kid and a stop at the Finn Inn was always included. First time I ate turtle soup was there.....I have great memories of that place!

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        Doug Jun 12, 2008 04:47 AM

        This will require a ferry ride, but the Wittmond Hotel in Brussels Illinois has been serving a set menu family-style for over a hundred years. Definitely worth a ferry ride to eat there; the same meal is served for lunch and for dinner.

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          ddfry3 Jun 12, 2008 07:33 AM

          Wow, never thought I would see the words "Nebo, IL" on a chowhound query. Not sure if it is open to non-guests, but the Heartland Lodge might be an option:


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          1. re: ddfry3
            Littleman Jun 12, 2008 01:42 PM

            That's where I'm headed hunting this fall. I was looking for something between Nebo and SL in case someone gets tired and hungry.

          2. DetectDave Jun 12, 2008 10:13 PM

            I too will weigh in on the Wittmond Hotel. There are a variety of decent chow spots up river from there but it is kinda ...ya gotta be in the right spot at the right time. That being said, I would also recommend the lodge at Pere Marquette SP. An old CCC camp...it's major cool and the chow is very good. A very tasty brunch on sundays too I might add.

            1. wekick Jun 13, 2008 02:26 PM

              The River Road is a great drive. One correction, Elsah Landing moved to Grafton in 1998, I think and has long since closed. Glad that I have their cook books. If you take the River Road, (100) all the way to Hardin stop at Mel's River Dock. They smoke their own meat (great brisket) and have home made bread available for toast with breakfast. Good fried chicken too on Fridays. Pretty good pies made on site. Fast Eddies is great --a landmark- you have to be 21 though.

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                jardin32 Jun 14, 2008 01:59 AM

                A note on the Wittmond hotel. I used to go there as a kid and had great memories of it and drug the new husband there last summer. In a word, yuck.

                A lot of the things that used to be home made are now very very prefab. I mean like "cup 'o noodles" chicken soup prefab. The fried chicken was edible, I guess, but overall I felt like it had changed very much over the years and was living off of an old reputation. Makes me sad since I loved going there years ago.

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