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Top 20 restaurant of the week: Centralia House

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The food alone can tell the story of a restaurant, but diners looking for a bit of historical charm along with a scrumptious meal are often drawn to Centralia House Restaurant, which was built on Oak Street in Centralia over 100 years ago.

The popular eatery, which was originally built as a saloon and still has its original bar, stone cellar, and an antique cash register, has a whimsical atmosphere to go along with its exquisite menu offerings.

Delectable starters include grilled brie, spinach and artichoke dip, shrimp Provence, and fried zucchini. Hand-cut steaks are a favorite entree, and like all main dishes at Centralia House, come with a choice of a soup or salad, and either a baked potato, Creole rice, steak fries, or vegetables.

Centralia House is perhaps most well-loved for its many Creole dishes, most notably the filet with Centralia House shrimp. A 6-ounce filet paired with four spicy barbecue shrimp, the surf-and-turf-style dinner is sure to satisfy. Bourbon Street pork chops, chicken Creole, and red beans with andouille sausage all lend flavor and depth to the Centralia House menu, and ensure patrons of all tastes can find something enjoyable. Dessert is not to be missed at the fine eatery, with rich selections including cheesecake, cherries jubilee and bananas foster.

Lunch at Centralia House offers visitors a bevy of salads, such as the chicken Cobb, chilled seafood plate, and steak Caesar. Sandwiches like the mushroom Bordeaux burger, rib-eye steak sandwich and chicken club are all served with a choice of steak fries, potato salad, slaw, or Creole rice, and the Cajun two-bean soup is a favorite. Smaller sized portions of the dinner entrees are also available, for that same gourmet flavor in a midday portion.

Many visitors to Centralia House Restaurant opt to take the train from either Carbondale or Du Quoin, which arrives just a block from the restaurant. Restaurant-goers can catch the late afternoon train to Centralia and enjoy three hours at the restaurant before heading back on the return trip, providing ample time to enjoy a four-course dinner and digestifs to follow. Be sure to visit Centralia House Restaurant for a taste adventure, charming ambiance and unrivaled service.

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