Edwardsville -- A Foodie Kind Of Town

Searching for a taste of the Midwest? Southwest Illinois is a microcosm of flavor and culture and the City of Edwardsville is a great choice for foodies seeking variety. From unique Midwestern barbecue and fried catfish to international dining serving traditional Japanese, Italian, Indian, Korean, Thai and Mexican- take a bite out of all Edwardsville has to offer.

Discover great new flavors at the 1933 House of Bourbon.

Date Night

Want to impress on a big date? How about celebrate an important milestone?

Edwardsville’s restaurant scene is no stranger to fine dining. At 1818 Chophouse, Moussali’s Prime, or the 1933 House of Bourbon, wine and dine on hand-cut steaks and chops. Those pining for seafood can find fresh crab, fish, and lobster at 1818 Offshore or Gulf Shores.

Barbecue seekers can get a taste of Midwest sauce at Doc’s Smokehouse and Italian lovers can enjoy an elegant meal at Bella Milano or Sugo’s Spaghetteria with red sauce and pasta dishes piled high.

Try Peel Wood Fired Pizza on a classic pizza date or go out for upscale apps and burgers at Mike Shannon’s Grill. Want to build your meal? Blue Violet and Cleveland Heath each offer alternative vibes in a contemporary casual setting with seasonal dishes, small and large plates, and menu items you won’t find anywhere else in the region.

222 Artisan Bakery is a great place to start your flavor-filled day

Fresh & Fun

Sometimes you just want a casual and tasty place to fill you up.

Edwardsville has many options for laid back fare that will hit the spot! Wake up to a slice of warm bread at 222 Artisan Bakery & Café or enjoy a cozy morning breakfast at Twisted Biscuit Brunch Co. Go for a light and healthy lunch at Chicken Salad Chick or Crazy Bowls & Wraps, grab a slice at Dewey’s Pizza, or pop into a gastropub at Oliver’s Main Street Pub downtown.

Chappy’s in Edwardsville can soothe your craving for fried chicken and diner favorites and Hawaiian Brothers Grill has Hawaiian chicken and pork dishes marinated to perfection. Want a salted, malted treat? Edwardsville’s Pretzel Pretzel serves up nothing but! They can even make custom pretzels for events and birthdays!

Go international with your taste buds at Oriental Spoon.

International

Edwardsville is host to a diverse variety of international foods. Spice up your night at Mr. Curry’s Indian Restaurant or Taj Indian Cuisine. Go out for Hibachi and sushi at Kyoto Sushi Steakhouse or the Wasabi Sushi Bar or visit one of the best Korean restaurants in the region at Oriental Spoon with marinated meats, house-made ramyun, and crispy fried appetizers.

Bann Thai and Zapp Thai serve traditional dishes like kapao, larb, and pho and you can kick your craving for Mexican at Chava’s Mexican Restaurant or Oaxaca Margarita Bar where you can order favorites like tacos, enchiladas, and steaming fajitas and end your meal with a glass of smoky Mezcal.

Try a healthy meal like the ones served up at Collins Farms.

Vegetarian & Vegan

Want healthy eats without the meat? There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan eats in Edwardsville that will perk you up and brighten your day!

Get a coffee and vegetarian breakfast from Goshen Coffee Roasters or Sacred Grounds Café or try a power meal from Rocket Bowls or Nautical Bowls. Pescatarians can try a Hawaiian poké bowl at Poké Munch with raw salmon or tuna and crunchy fresh vegetables.

For a custom salad, try Collins Farms- with over thirty toppings options including healthful options like lentils, beets, berries, and candied nuts, the family owned restaurant makes getting your greens a breeze!

Edwardsville’s Green Earth Grocery & Deli sells organic produce and farm-fresh products for those looking to make their own healthy meals and you can also plan meals with tasty vegetarian options from Clean Eatz for your on-the-go lifestyle.

About the Author

Kayla Howland

Kayla Howland is a local writer and artist who lives in Alton, IL with her Cairn Terrier, Ripley. She enjoys fiction and non-fiction writing, graphic design, painting, drawing and photography. Kayla is a graduate of Southwestern High School and Lewis & Clark Community College. She has worked doing freelance graphic design, photography and commissioned paintings since 2012.