Alton Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Alton

April 14, 2018 Kelli Reichel

Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15 miles (24 km) north of St. Louis, Missouri. The population was 27,865 at the 2010 census. It is a part of the Metro-East region of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. It is famous for its limestone bluffs along the river north of the city, for its role preceding and during the American Civil War, and as the hometown of jazz musician Miles Davis and Robert Wadlow, the tallest known person in history. It was the site of the last Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debate in October 1858. The former state penitentiary here was used during the war to hold up to 12,000 Confederate prisoners of war.
Things to do in Alton

1. Fast Eddies Bon-Air

1540 E 4th St, Alton, IL 62002-6566 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 26 +1 618-462-5532
Excellent
47%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 423 reviews

Fast Eddies Bon-Air

Reviewed By ShanelnNature - Sunrise Beach, Missouri

Heard of fast eddies through a friend thought we would try it. So glad we did. Great entertainment wonderful atmosphere! Great place to hang with friends listen to live music and just chill. Awesome place. Did try any of the food but it looked good. Thank you for a good time we will definitely be back.

2. Duke Bakery

819 Henry St, Alton, IL 62002-3637 Takeout American Breakfast, Lunch +1 618-462-2922
Excellent
74%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Duke Bakery

Reviewed By k8b51 - Pacific Northwest

My family has been coming here since the 50s when old Mr Doucleff was still baking. A required stop after church on Sunday. They provide bread for a lot of restaurants in the area. All of their pastries and cookies are excellent. My favorite is the napoleon which isn't always available,

3. My Just Desserts

31 E Broadway, Alton, IL 62002-6203 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 618-462-5881
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 125 reviews

My Just Desserts

Stop In And Have Lunch In An Antique Atmosphere. Our Building, The Ryder Building, Is A Designated Lincoln Site Located On The Lincoln Legacy Trail. Our Menu Changes Daily Based Upon What The Kitchen Is Craving At That Particular Moment So You'll Never Have The Same Thing Two Days In A Row Around Our Place. We're Located In Historic Downtown Alton, Illinois, Just A Few Blocks From The Mississippi River.

Reviewed By Canonman43 - Kingston, Tennessee

We have enjoyed the lunches here for years. When we visit Alton a trip to My Just Desserts is always on the schedule. The pies are epic, delicious, and responsible for several of my overweight pounds. Highly recommend everyone visit and indulge in the experience.

4. Maeva's Coffee

1320 Milton Rd, Alton, IL 62002-3069 Takeout, Seating Cafe, American Breakfast, Lunch +1 618-581-7510
Excellent
86%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 28 reviews

Maeva's Coffee

Maeva's Coffee is an age of exploration inspired coffee shop located in the river town of Alton, Il. Come join our gypsy spirit and enjoy high quality, organic coffee from Goshen Coffee accompanied by in house baked goods and quiche. Open early for commuters- open late for philosophers- with free wifi for all. For a full drink menu, visit our web site.

Reviewed By Hylocichla

When we pulled into the parking lot I thought my friend was a bit nuts....it is an abandoned old school that has been renovated to house several unique businesses including this coffee shop. I had an Americano and a jalapeño and bacon quiche. Amazing quiche. Great barista. Great atmosphere! Wish I lived here to come everyday!

5. LuciAnna's Pastries

212 State St, Alton, IL 62002-6132 (Formerly LuciAnna's Apstries) Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast +1 618-433-9395
Excellent
75%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

LuciAnna's Pastries

Reviewed By missys854 - Elsah, Illinois

I wanted a little special treat for visiting family members and what I purchased was good. I would have liked to had a few gluten-free options as that would have eliminated the need for me to stop elsewhere. But the treats were good, but pricey.

6. Bluff City Grill

424 E Broadway, Alton, IL 62002-2417 Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Bar Lunch, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 25 +1 618-433-8288
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

Bluff City Grill

Bluff City Grill is located in Downtown Alton, IL on the heart of Broadway just minutes from the Lewis & Clark Bridge and Alton Amphitheatre. We offer a diverse menu, a relaxing lounge & sports bar featuring 14 TV's to watch all your favorite sporting events, and a dining room that is perfect for date night or a family meal. There are also Darts, Pinball & Video Gaming to meet every enthusiasts needs. In addition, there is a Banquet Hall upstairs that seats over 400 guests. With a 2 story parking garage & plenty of on street parking there is room for everyone.

Reviewed By Michael P - Collinsville, Illinois

We were greeted at the door, sat at a nice table and our waitress was fabulous. Very personable, and great with suggestions. We had two appetizers, buffalo dip and guac bites. The guac bites were delicious! My family also enjoyed the dip. My husband loved his spicy pasta, the portabella sandwich was ok, but the homemade chips were great. The cheesecake was delicious, however, the blonde brownie is very hard. Too hard to eat. I am sure we will be back. The menu has many choices from burgers, to Italian, and even Mexican.

7. Morrison's Irish Pub

200 State St, Alton, IL 62002-6132 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Irish, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 618-433-8900
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Morrison's Irish Pub

Reviewed By JMCSTL - Saint Louis, Missouri

... are the only two reasons to visit Morrison's. A coworker recommended the place, saying the food was very good. Not so's you'd notice from the lunch my wife & I had there today. The interior does look like it was picked up in Ireland & plunked down in Alton, IL, with a low ceiling and lots of wood trim and wooden block tables and tight seating spaces. But beyond the decor & the beer there's not much extraordinary about the place. By far the best part of my cheddar burger was the dark brown bread roll it was served on, and my wife's Guinness-battered cod was not very good. Maybe we could have chosen more wisely from the menu, but if you're not drinking you probably don't belong at Morrison's.

8. The Old Bakery Beer Company

400 Landmarks Blvd, Alton, IL 62002-2405 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 16 +1 618-463-1470
Excellent
42%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 128 reviews

The Old Bakery Beer Company

Reviewed By cationista - Illinois

The Old Bakery Beer Company is located in the old Colonial Bakery. It is concrete and steel with retro pieces used nicely to compliment the restaurant. The server was polite, but not with many suggestions/ enthusiasm. I got the bacon jam burger with the kale pasta. The burger was good, but on the "smallish" side. The kale pasta was a little wilted and soft, probably a day or two old...not very good. The biggest disappointment was when my Moscow Mule came in a glass! I thought they all come in copper mugs. It tasted okay, but come on...presentation! Maybe better to stick with the beers.

9. Gentelin's on Broadway

122 E Broadway, Alton, IL 62002-6217 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 618-465-6080
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Gentelin's on Broadway

Reviewed By Dawn M - Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

We met up with friends here for half price wine Wednesday. We also ordered dinner, not your average menu and everything was very well prepared. A little higher than average price but appropriate for quality, variety and taste. Can't beat half price wine on Wednesdays and martinis on Thursdays. Also if they ask you for address give it because they will send a thank you note for your first visit and a 15% off coupon to come back in. Owners are locals that take pride in their business. Finally, an important feature to me, they have outdoor seating and if you sit on front walk you have a view of the river

10. Castelli'sRestaurant at 255

3400 Fosterburg Rd, Alton, IL 62002-7310 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, American Lunch, Dinner +1 618-462-4620
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Castelli'sRestaurant at 255

Reviewed By Alan A

We came here for lunch before my granddaughters birthday party. She had the kids meal with 2 legs, fries and a milk to drink. I had the 2 piece chicken, fries, toss salad and water. My wife had grilled chicken breast, cauliflower, salad and water. They bring out bread and crackers. It was all good and relatively inexpensive. Our meal was $25.

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