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Top 20 restaurant of the week: Country Cupboard in Carterville
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Top 20 restaurant of the week: Country Cupboard in Carterville

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Country Cupboard, a mainstay in Carterville conveniently located right off Illinois 13, serves soul-warming, home-style dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner to their loyal customer base. With hearty portions enough to feed the hungriest diners, reasonable prices, and several made-from-scratch items, it’s no wonder Country Cupboard has stood the test of time as a locally owned eatery.

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Patrons enjoy the consistently delicious menu offerings at County Cupboard, served up warm and full of flavor to both locals and visitors traveling through the area alike. Breakfast is offered from 6 to 11 a.m. daily, with filling selections like fried eggs or stuffed omelets served with bacon, sausage, or ham and a choice of toast or a biscuit and gravy with potatoes. The lunch crowd is steady and the dining room is often filled with members of the workforce looking for a hearty midday meal. A variety of sandwiches, like the toasty patty melt or the BLT, are all served with a pickle and chips, and provide a quick and filling lunch option.

Dinnertime customers of Country Cupboard enjoy favorites like hand breaded catfish and the chopped sirloin with grilled onions and mushrooms, both of which, like every entree, are served with soup or salad, potato, and a dinner roll. Sunday specials attract families and groups of friends ready to enjoy the fried chicken, roast beef, and chicken and dumpling dinners for a true taste of home.

The kitchen at Country Cupboard prides itself on offering a number of homemade dishes, like their beloved mashed potatoes, along with a refrigerated display case full of tantalizing pies. Although selections change from day to day, count on sampling sweet treats such as chocolate or coconut cream with mile high meringue. The pies are a perfect end to any meal throughout the day, paired with the fresh brewed coffee that customers look forward to. The warm, friendly smiles from wait staff, along with an extensive menu full of home-style dishes, make Country Cupboard a favorite for many Southern Illinoisans.

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