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Best Asian Restaurant

First Place Fujiyama

715 N Giant City Rd #11, Carbondale, (618) 549-2000

3000 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 993-9686

Runner Up Hunan

710 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-1108

Honorable Mention Thai Taste

100 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-6900

Best Bar

First Place Pinch Penny Pub

700 E Grand Ave, Carbondale, (618) 549-3348

Runner Up Brews Brothers Taproom

1105 Chestnut Street, Murphysboro, (618) 687-1111

Honorable Mention John Brown’s on the Square

1000 Tower Square Plaza, Marion, (618) 997-2909

Best Brewery

First Place Big Muddy Brewing

1430 N. 7th Street Murphysboro, (618) 684-8833

Thanks Southern Illinois for voting us the number one brewery!

In July 2009, Big Muddy Brewing opened it’s doors and became the first production brewery in Southern Illinois in over 50 years.

We offers tours and tastings at out taproom as well as pints and growler refills every Saturday & Sunday Noon-6pm.

Tours include a souvenir pint glass and tastings of all our beer flavors.

We can accommodate a limited number of people on tours,

please call and make reservations ahead of time: 618-684-8833.

Runner Up Scratch Brewing Co.

264 Thompson Rd, Ava, (618) 426-1415

Honorable Mention St. Nicholas Brewing Company

12 S. Oak Street, Du Quoin, (618) 790-9212

Best Burgers

First Place Fat Patties

611 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 529-3287

Runner Up S&B’s Burger Joint

1237 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 549-2191

Honorable Mention Jakes Meat Market

1842 S. Walnut Street, Murphysboro, (618) 565-5063

Best Chicken Wings

First Place Buffalo Wild Wings

1435 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-4686

Runner Up Thai Taste

100 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-6900

Honorable Mention Michael’s

313 E. Broadway Boulevard, Johnston City, (618) 983-3436

Best Fried Chicken

First Place Giant City Lodge

460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, (618) 457-4921

Runner Up Bottom’s Up Family Bar and Grill

3683 Neunert Rd, Jacob, (618) 763-4615

Honorable Mention Popeye’s

500 East Walnut Street, Carbondale, (618) 490-1636

Best Italian Restaurant

First Place Cummare’s

1023 Chestnut St, Murphysboro, (618) 687-3700

Cummare's Restaurant in Murphysboro, Illinois, is a family owned Italian restaurant. The owners are always present and clients can count on homemade Italian food that is consistently tasty. We stand out from other Italian restaurants because our food is made with the finest ingredients in our small kitchen. We offer delicious salads and desserts along with our entree selections. Our clients especially enjoy our fine selection of Sicilian wines.

From pizza to lasagna to wines from Sicily, those who frequent our restaurant or first time visitors will delight in our ethnic recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Each week Cummare's offers specialty dishes along with our standard menu. Hand-tossed pizzas, fruitti de mare, various pastas, meat specialties and also vegetarian dishes can be topped with bolognese, marinara or Alfredo sauces that are made daily in our kitchen.

Runner Up Bennie’s

309 N Market St, Marion, (618) 997-6736

Honorable Mention Italian Village

405 S Washington St, Carbondale, (618) 319-4156

Best Mexican Restaurant

First Place Tequila’s

100 N Glenview Dr, Carbondale, (618) 457-4026

Looking for the BEST Mexican food and drinks in town? Want to enjoy your meal in a casual, laid back atmosphere? Want authentic Mexican food that is prepared fresh daily? Search no further! Tequilas is your place!

A Taste of Ol’ Mexico!

Wherever you are in southern Illinois you are sure to find a location near you! Visit us at our newest location in Carterville, or enjoy the best Mexican food at one of our other locations in Carbondale, Marion, DuQuoin, Harrisburg, Carmi, Mt. Carmel and Benton and in Mt.Vernon, IN – 9 total locations to serve you!

1906 Coolidge Ave, Marion, (618) 997-0162

Runner Up Sergio’s

203 N Williams St., Murphysboro, (618) 684-6254

1400 S 16th St., Herrin, (618) 942-8085

1330 W. McCord, Centralia, (618) 533-5801

Honorable Mention Don Sol

2406 Williamson County Pkwy, Marion (618) 997-8181

Best Overall Restaurant

First Place Midland Inn

7570 Old Hwy 13, Murphysboro, (618) 529-9133

Midland Inn is Illinois’ Best Kept Secret.  We have something for everyone: steaks, pizza, Mexican, burgers and the best margaritas around. 

Runner Up Mary Lou’s

114 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-5084

Honorable Mention Newell House

201 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 549-6400

Best Place for BBQ

First Place 17th Street Bar & Grill

32 N 17th St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-3722

2700 17th St, Marion, (618) 998-1114

Murphysboro, Illinois was recently named one of "11 Top BBQ Cities in America" by Thrillist, thanks to 17th Street. Mike Mills and his crew are proud to support and shine a spotlight on Southern Illinois, sharing the gospel of barbecue and their delicious food both in Southern Illinois and nationwide.

At 17th Street, barbecue is a culture, not a concept. The restaurant is a community gathering place where guests become family. Rooted in history and family, their delicious barbecue smoked using local apple wood and their famous Magic Dust®. Owner Mike Mills has devoted his life to the pits and is considered by his peers a true pioneer, legend, and leading force in the barbecue world.

Runner Up Pat’s BBQ

1673 Business Hwy 13, Murphysboro, (618) 687-4227

Honorable Mention Bandanas

309 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 490-1777

Best Place for Breakfast

First Place Harbaugh’s

901 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 351-9897

Runner Up Mary Lou’s

114 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-5084

Honorable Mention Cracker Barrel

2602 W Main St, Marion, (618) 993-6306

Best Place for Chili

First Place Wendy’s

500 E Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 351-9183

1128 N Carbon St, Marion, (618) 993-6565

Runner Up Fat Patties

611 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 529-3287

Honorable Mention Steak and Shake

2724 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 993-3939

1365 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-2187

Best Place for Coffee

First Place Longbranch

100 E Jackson St, Carbondale, (618) 529-4488

Runner Up Gloria Jean’s

1237 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-3153

Honorable Mention Starbucks

501 N Giant City Rd, Carbondale, (618) 457-5313

608 W Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 453-5530

Best Place for Dessert

First Place Larry’s House of Cakes

1807 W Main St, Carbondale, (618) 519-9378

905 S Court St, Marion, (618) 993-3906

Larry's House of Cakes has been helping Southern Illinois Live the Sweet Life for over 50 years! Whether it is a daily indulgence by treating yourself to a cupcake or brownie; or celebrating a special occasion like a new birth or a retirement, we are honored & proud to be a part of turning your daily moments into lasting memories!

Our business is a family-owned business that provides fresh, quality pastries at a reasonable price. We give our customers a personalize touch by decorating their pastries to their specific needs and desires. It is our goal to be your life-long baker helping you celebrate birthdays, graduations, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, retirements, and all the other blessings life brings your way!

Runner Up Rule of Pie

1308 Walnut Street Murphysboro, (618) 565-5189

Honorable Mention Cool Spoons

695 N Giant City Rd, Carbondale, (618) 529-5030

Best Place for Pizza

First Place Quatro's Deep Pan Pizza

218 W Freeman St, Carbondale, (618) 549-5326

Runner Up Walt’s Pizza

213 S Court St, Marion, (618) 993-8668

Honorable Mention Pagliai’s

509 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-0321

Best Place for Sandwiches

First Place McAlister’s Deli

1382 East Main Street, Carbondale, (618) 319-4028

2704 17th St, Marion, (618) 997-1300

Runner Up Jacks Meat Market & Deli

1842 Walnut Street Murphysboro, ( 618)565-5063

Honorable Mention Arnie’s Deli

2031 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 529-4300

Best Place for Soup

First Place Panera Bread

1126 E Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 457-5755

Runner Up McAlisters

1382 East Main Street, Carbondale, (618) 319-4028

2704 17th St, Marion, (618) 997-1300

Honorable Mention O’Charley’s

2808 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 993-1555

Best Place for Sushi

First Place Fujiyami

715 N Giant City Rd #11, Carbondale, (618) 549-2000

3000 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 993-9686

Runner Up Qin Guan

1285 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 351-1222

Honorable Mention Kaya

817 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-0968

Best Winery

First Place Walkers Bluff

326 Vermont Rd, Carterville, (618) 956-9900

We here at Walker’s Bluff would like to thank everyone who voted for us as The Best Winery, Best Wedding / Reception Venue , and Best Place to Listen to Live Music. We appreciate all your support throughout the years, and we will continue our efforts to provide Southern Illinois an unforgettable place to connect with your Family and Friends, to have fun , and feel at home. A local place striving to bring more local products & services to our surrounding communities, farm to fork. As always, we are constantly striving for new ideas and improvements to make Walker’s Bluff an even more enjoyable and memorable experience. Check out our menus, entertainment, and upcoming events calendar at Come join us in making 2015 a great year! #ThisIsYourWalkersBluff.

Runner Up Alto Vineyards

8515 Hwy 127, Alto Pass, (618) 893-4898

Honorable Mention Blue Sky Vineyards

3150 S Rocky Comfort Rd, Makanda, (618) 995-9463


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