Dining off the Beaten Path

Sometimes finding the awesome and unique happens when you are just doing something else. Meander your way along the wine trail and you'll also find little gems of the local flavor. 
This is a guide to our favorite places to eat in the area gleaned from our own experiences. Let us know if you stumble on a place that should be listed here.

Cobden, Illinois
One of several quaint villages here in southern Illinois, Cobden has some noteworthy restaurants.

Yellow Moon Cafe
An area favorite with local wines and delicious specials handcrafted daily using fresh ingredients, many of which are grown locally. We highly recommend you try this cozy restaurant with its lovely ambiance. Weekends you might find some local music and entertainment. Yellow Moon also has wines from the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail to go with your dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
110 N Front St / Cobden, Il 62902 (618) 893-2233

The Palace Pizzeria
If you want pizza, you have to go here. Try their award winning double crust pizza. Call ahead and bring it back to the cabin or stay at the Pizzeria and catch a variety of local music including some talented, wonderful blues bands. Beer and area wines and are available.
215 N. Appleknocker St. / Cobden, IL 62920 (618) 893-4415

Taqueria Pequena "little house of tacos"
It is not fancy, but if you are craving authentic Mexican food, it's the real deal. We make the drive just for their delicious tamales.
105 South Appleknocker Street / Cobden, Il 62920 (618) 893-1353

Trails End Lodge Steakhouse and Saloon
Featuring traditional steakhouse cuisine, indoor and outdoor dining, live entertainment, and a friendly
atmosphere all served in a rustic, yet luxurious western style lodge.
1425 Skyline Dr. / Cobden, Il 62920 (618) 893-6135

The Blue Boar Restaurant and Bar.
The Great Boars of Fire began as a catering business with delicious southern BBQ.
Their new restaurant has BBQ and a vast array of other dishes with a large dining room and outdoor seating area.
920 Kratzinger Hollow Rd / Cobden, Il 62902 (800) 440-4489

Anna, Illinois
While Anna has your usual chain pizzas and fast food, we always favor the local restaurants.

The Brickhouse Grill
Upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. Not your typical southern Illinois fare. Right on the main street in Anna. Dinners only.
308 S. Main St. / Anna, Il 62906-1242 (618) 893-5367

Alto Pass
Keep going along the wine trail and you'll come across more gorgeous views of the scenic fruit and wine country.  This path will take you to to more unique dining
at Hedman's Vineyard and the Root Beer Saloon.

Hedman’s Vineyards
Savor the flavor of Sweden in southern Illinois at the Peach Barn Cafe'. Authentic Swedish cuisine from Anders and Gerd. Everything there is delicious. Have you ever tasted a genuine Swedish meatball?
560 Chestnut Street / Alto Pass, Illinois 62905 618) 893-4923

Root Beer Saloon
In the mood for something different? Stop in at the Root Beer Saloon with its old time atmosphere and "interesting" wall decor. Seafood, pastas, coffee and of course, ice cold root beer and floats in a frosty mug. Always a hit with the kids.
#4 Main Street / Alto Pass, Illinois 62905 (618) 893-1634


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