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Top 20 restaurant of the week: Bottom's Up Bar & Grill in Jacob
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Top 20 restaurant of the week: Bottom's Up Bar & Grill in Jacob

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Bottom’s Up Bar & Grill in Jacob is not only a fantastic option for fresh and tasty homestyle food, but is also of a popular destination with a quirky atmosphere.

The eatery is a fixture in the Mississippi River Bottoms community of Jacob, Neunert, Gorham, and Raddle, but also a popular spot for customers from all other regions of Southern Illinois. The building itself was built in the late 1800s.

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Owners Kristi and Jason Thies took over ownership of Bottom’s Up in 2009 and continually strive to uphold the friendly environment of the long standing restaurant while ensuring each customer gets a wholesome, filling meal.

Bottom’s Up is perhaps most well known for its crunchy, well-seasoned fried chicken, with half-price whole fried chickens on special every Wednesday. SIU Carbondale students are known to flock to Bottom’s Up to take advantage of the mid-week treat and get a filling meal along with a road trip off the beaten path. The River Bottoms area is largely a peaceful agricultural area and the restaurant, with its original hardwood floors, a spacious bar, and trinkets and decor adorning the walls and shelves throughout the dining area, makes for an entertaining excursion.

Besides the famous fried chicken, Bottom’s Up serves dinner options such as ribeye steaks, pork chops and catfish, which are served with a choice of two sides, including waffle fries, coleslaw, baked potatoes and fried chips — just to name a few. Sandwiches like the rueben and Philly steak are sure to please, along with cheeseburgers and fried fish sandwiches. Loaded potato skins, fried portabella mushrooms, and cheese fries are just a few of the appetizers enjoyed by patrons of Bottom’s Up. Plus, with a new menu coming out in the near future, diners will have even more options.

Bottom’s Up has something for everyone and each visitor is sure to find something they enjoy. A trip through the beautiful landscape leading to the Mississippi River Bottoms is not complete without a stop at this well-loved eatery.

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