Holiday Eats and Treats

The sensations of a holiday meal can be quick to create ravenous-like reactions from the whole family, who are not-so-patiently waiting to engorge.

Ohhh… the aroma of a turkey fresh out of the oven.

Ahhh… the slow drizzle of gravy blanketing almost every inch of an overflowing plate.

This year, preparations have been made to ensure that not even grandpa will bring up that one time you tried to serve fat-free green bean casserole.

As the meal winds down and the last of the potatoes are served, someone manages to mutter, “Time for pie!”


Eyes scramble viciously around the table in search of what is arguably the most important part of the meal.

No pie.

How could you FORGET. THE. PIE?!

What a nightmare. Luckily, restaurants around Alton, IL and throughout the Meeting of the Great Rivers provide services which will keep that nightmare from becoming a reality.

My Just Desserts, located at 31 E Broadway in Alton, provides what owner Yvonne Campbell refers to as a “Holiday Helper.” From cookies to casseroles, the restaurant offers an assortment of homemade dishes only available if ordered in advance and can be picked up just days before the holiday meal. With hundreds of pies sold throughout the holidays, Campbell says that pumpkin, apple and Mrs. Ledbetter’s pies are the favorites.

Orders must be placed before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and picked up between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23.

Dishes that are available to order include:

Bar cookie trays
Bread pudding
Steaming Fresh Soup
Dinner Rolls

The following bakeries offer whole pies, cakes and other goodies for sale this holiday season:My Just Desserts - 31 E. Broadway, Alton, IL
Duke Bakery
- 819 Henry St., Alton, IL
LuciAnna's Pastries
- 607 E. Broadway, Alton, IL

For more information and specific items or to place your order, call My Just Desserts at (618) 462-5881.

Holiday Dining Options

Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, IL

Provides a Christmas Feast at the Lodge with all of the holiday flavors, featuring traditional and unique side dishes, salads and desserts. The feast will be Tuesday, Dec. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make reservations or for more information, call (618) 786-2331 ext. 502.

Best Western Premier Alton-St. Louis Area Hotel in Alton, IL is also giving the gift of holiday dining. With a two business day notice, Best Western Premier's holiday catering feeds up to 20 guests and is available to be delivered when specified while ordering. Looking for a delicious way to round out 2018 and bring in the new year?

Indulge in decadent tastes of prime rib, pork loin with apple stuffing, a create-your-own pasta station, rosemary chicken with mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes and so much more at Best Western Premier's New Year's Eve Prime Rib Buffet on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The buffet is $28 per person.For more information on Best Western Premier’s holiday dining or to make reservations, call (618) 462-1220.

Argosy Casino in Alton, IL will be ringing in 2019 with fine dining and fun! Indulge in a delectable dining experience at the Captain's Table Buffet, which includes delicious seafood and crab legs for just $34.99 per person and cheers to the New Year with a $2 champagne toast on Monday, December 31 at 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.For more information on Argosy New Year's Eve Buffet call (618) 474-7500.

Cooking Your Own?

Hansen’s Meat Co. in Alton or Jerseyville offers premium quality meats for those who want to cook their own. For more information, call (618) 465-4400 for the Alton location or (618) 498-3714 for the Jerseyville location.