Over the past few years we’ve eaten in several Alton restaurants. It seems every time we visit Alton, Illinois, new great eating establishments have opened, while iconic restaurants continue to thrive. Here are some of the restaurants we’ve enjoyed during our Alton visits.
Sandwiches at the Bluff City Grill include basics like a burger or ribeye sandwich. Kick it up a notch with a Portobello sandwich or the Three Little Pigs (pulled pork, bacon, and ham with pepper jack cheese, and barbecue sauce). Entrees run the gamut from steaks to Mussel Mariniere to Chicken Grachsa (center cut chicken breast with portabello mushrooms and a sherry cream sauce atop angel hair pasta).
Castelli’s opened their doors in 1937 and is run today by the family’s fourth generation. They serve steaks, seafood, and pasta, but are best known for their fried chicken. In fact, according to the website, 70% of dining patrons order the chicken. Toasted ravioli and “Roman” house salad dressing are also favorites.
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Tony’s Restaurant is another long-standing Alton restaurant, run by the same family for over 60 years. This fine dining restaurant is best known for Pepperloin Steak and pasta dishes. Be sure to order the house sweet vinegar and oil dressing on your salad. Tony’s also offers pizzas and sandwiches.
The food at the Old Bakery Beer Company craft brewery is as original as its beer selections. I am not much of a beer drinker, but I really liked the Citrus Wheat. Brewed with lemon peel, orange peel, and a couple of spices, the beer had a citrus zing and no hoppy aftertaste. Sandwiches have a special twist. The Grilled Cheese is brie, apple, and fig spread grilled on sourdough bread. The Greg Brady (they often name one sandwich after an old sit-com character) includes house-roasted turkey, beer braised brisket, pork belly, provolone, and rosemary bacon mayo on sourdough bread.
The menu at My Just Desserts changes daily and is written on chalkboards posted throughout the restaurant (and posted on Facebook). This tearoom-style restaurant serves only lunch and is best known for its half-pound chicken salad sandwich and pies, baked fresh daily.
Located inside the Best Western Premier Alton-St. Louis Area Hotel, the Great Rivers Tap & Grill serves lunch and dinner. The lunch menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, and seafood fare. After 5 p.m. dishes such as espresso rubbed strip steak and chicken fettuccine are added to the menu. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. That’s when Karoake starts, which continues to the wee hours.
Where to stay in Alton
During our most recent Alton visit, we stayed at the Best Western Premier Alton-St. Louis Area Hotel. Check rates.
Disclosures: Thank you to Visit Alton for hosting our Alton stay.
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