Where to Eat in Cobden: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Madelene Haan

Cobden in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Reservations. Discover best restaurants in Cobden with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Things to do in Cobden

1. Giant City State Park Lodge & Restaurant

460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 618-457-4921
Excellent
53%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 295 reviews

Giant City State Park Lodge & Restaurant

Reviewed By StrangeTripper - Chicago's North Shore, Illinois

I had breakfast at the Giant City Lodge after staying the night in a cabin. The Lodge is gorgeous inside and out---you couldn't ask for a nicer setting.

I ordered biscuits and gravy and a side of hash browns----what a great deal! And the food was great too, albeit the hash browns were slightly on the oily side..... Service was really quick as the server had my delicious B's & G on the table within minutes of sitting down. In addition, the main lobby of the Lodge is a cozy area to hang, especially in the evenings.... It also has Wi-Fi, so if you're staying in the cabins, this is the place to be if you wanna go online..... Staff at the Lodge were friendly all around.



In conclusion, i highly, HIGHLY recommend grabbing a bite at the Giant City Lodge restaurant while visiting the park (or even if you aren't).

2. Brick House Grill

308 S Main St, Anna, IL 62906-1242 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations American, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 618-833-5367
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Brick House Grill

Reviewed By Kevin W

This is an excellent place to have great food at good prices. We had the ribeye special and the Portobello mushroom cap. Both were excellent and absolutely worth a trip back!

3. Yellow Moon Cafe

110 N Front St, Cobden, IL 62920-2423 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 618-893-2233
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Yellow Moon Cafe

Some vegetarian selections, tries to use locally grown/produced or sustainable ingredients. In the heart of Southern Illinois wine country.

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

Cobden, Illinois, a small town of 1,135 people located in Union County in southern Illinois, is noted for its fertile orchards that produce apples, peaches and other fruits. It is in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest and surrounded by Giant City State Park, Little Grand Canyon and Pomona Natural Bridge. It is at the center of the Shawnee Wine Trail, which features 12 local wineries. But Cobden's greatest claim to fame is and always will be the high school basketball team that finished second in the 1964 state tournament. The Appleknockers, representing the second smallest school ever to reach the state final, emerged as the darlings of Illinois. No local vineyard will ever surpass what they accomplished. But Jennifer Buchbeit is trying. She opened Yellow Moon Cafe at 110 North Front Street in Cobden in 2008 and has been making a reputation ever since. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts and marketing from Columbia College in Chicago, then interned at exclusive Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago before opening her dream cafe almost 10 years ago. Lunch is a popular occasion in this tiny hamlet, drawing visitors from Anna, Jonesboro, Carbondale and Marion, even Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Paducah, Kentucky. The last time I visited Cobden was in 2002, when I was doing research for my first book on high school basketball in Illinois. The new gym was being built and the huge picture of the 1964 team was being stored in the administration office. Unfortunately, Jennifer Buchbeit is too young to remember the 1964 team. Too bad. But today's generation remembers her cooking, especially the cakes, scones, cookies, pastries and brownies she makes daily. The lunch menu also includes Caesar salad, spinach salad, pastrami Reuben sandwich, tuna cheddar melt sandwich, soups, Mediterranean flatbread, roast beef, ham and cheese and spiced Turkey. Medinah Country Club was never like this.

4. Hedman Vineyards

560 Chestnut St, Alto Pass, IL 62905-1000 Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Wine Bar, Swedish, European, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 618-893-4923
Excellent
73%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Hedman Vineyards

Hedman Vineyards is a winery and restaurant located along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Opened in 2005 by the namesake of the vineyards, Anders & Gerd Hedman, they have grown into a staple of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail by offering some of the best food and wine to be found in Southern Illinois and the Heartland.Hedman Vineyards sits at the foot of the road leading to Bald Knob cross and is easily accessible from Illinois routes 127 & 51. Full service for guests who chose in- and outdoor dining, available reservations, and an accessible ten acres of vineyards make Hedman Vineyards a fantastic choice for spending the day and/or evening with friends and family.More important to the experience at Hedman Vineyards is the culture which supports the business. Anders and Gerd can be found, on most days, prepping traditional Swedish cuisine for lunch and dinner. To compliment our rich tradition of delectable Swedish cuisine we also offer wines made with strong European and Swedish influences.For the dry wine drinker we offer a Norton (Our favorite) & Chambourcin, along with several other dry and semi-dry wines. For those with a taste for something a bit more sweet we offer wines made from both peaches and grapes, including our award-winning Peach Dessert Wine.Whether for conversation, great wine, fantastic food, specialty gifts from our Scandinavian gift shop, or just the beautiful scenery, we hope you'll join us on your next trip to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

Reviewed By SeeJessTravel - Peoria, Illinois

We stopped here on a Friday afternoon while touring some of the wineries on the wine trail. Even though it was a gorgeous day, we happened to be the only people here at the time, which was perfect! We did a wine tasting downstairs, and the woman working there was super friendly and we enjoyed some great conversation with her. The wines were delicious and we also loved the warm mulled wine.

However, the best part of our visit may have been our lunch outside. We sat out on the patio overlooking a little lagoon, and it was so peaceful. We had the lobster bisque (amazing!) and the pecan-crusted chicken salad. I would have loved to try the Swedish meatballs, but as we were heading out hiking soon, I didn't want a huge lunch. Everything about our visit here was great, and I only wish we lived closer so we could visit more often!

5. Dairy Queen

138 E Vienna St, Anna, IL 62906-1840 +1 618-833-2171
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By Jessi W - Anna, Illinois

They go above and beyond at this DQ. They are speedy and efficient. Their food is great and they are always friendly. When we go through the drive through, we even get ice cream for our dog, and they are kind to our dog. They are our favorite fast food restaurant in town because of their service and their food.

6. Dixie Barbecue

205 W Broad St, Jonesboro, IL 62952-1423 Takeout, Seating Barbecue, American Lunch, Dinner +1 618-833-6437
Excellent
56%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Reviewed By SportingClays3200 - Illinois

They had BBQ as well as other items on the menu. The food we got was good, onion rings were perfect. I would recommend going here if in the area.

7. Kiki's Coffeehouse

326 S Main St, Anna, IL 62906-1242 Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout Dinner +1 618-833-2023
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Kiki's Coffeehouse

Reviewed By Rex M - Wauconda, Illinois

Very nice place for a 'Good' cup of coffee and relax. Friendly and comfortable coffee house. Includes free Wi-Fi that works! They also serve muffins and cookies.

If you are out of town folks, call to confirm they are open. Small towns close up early especially on Sundays.

8. Peach Barn Cafe

560 Chestnut St, Alto Pass, IL 62905-1000 Waitstaff, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Swedish, European, Wine Bar, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 618-893-4923
Excellent
73%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Peach Barn Cafe

The Peach Barn Cafe is the restaurant at Hedman Vineyards. Offerings include many traditional Swedish dishes such as Swedish Meatballs, Wiener Schnitzel, & Beef Tenderloin in a Bearnaise Sauce. Dining may be experienced both inside the cafe and outdoors. Indoors, guests may browse a selection of gifts imported from Scandinavian. Outdoors guests can walk our 10+ acre vineyards or enjoy the vine-wrapped patio for seating.Our winery, Hedman Vineyards, was opened in 2005 by the namesake of the vineyards, Anders & Gerd Hedman. We have grown into a staple of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail by offering some of the best food and wine to be found in Southern Illinois and the Heartland.Hedman Vineyards sits at the foot of the road leading to Bald Knob cross and is easily accessible from Illinois routes 127 & 51. Full service for guests who chose outdoor dining, available reservations, and an accessible ten acres of vineyards make Hedman Vineyards a fantastic choice for spending the day and/or evening with friends and family.More important to the experience at Hedman Vineyards is the culture which supports the business. Anders and Gerd can be found, on most days, prepping traditional Swedish cuisine for lunch and dinner. To compliment our rich tradition of delectable Swedish cuisine we also offer wines made with strong European and Swedish influences.For the dry wine drinker we offer a Norton (Our favorite) & Chambourcin, along with several other dry and semi-dry wines. For those with a taste for something a bit more sweet we offer wines made from both peaches and grapes, including our award-winning Peach Dessert Wine.Whether for conversation, great wine, fantastic food, specialty gifts from our Scandinavian gift shop, or just the beautiful scenery, we hope you'll join us on your next trip to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

Reviewed By kkpfeif - Illinois

The food at this winery is very good and delicious. We sat outside under the canopy for a relaxing twilight dinner. I had the swedish meatballs which were delicious. Many people in my group had the salmon and they were not disappointed. Our appetizer consisted of several different types of meats (quail, bison, elk, etc) in sausage form. It was good but not exactly what I expected. Still a great evening, great food and great friends.

9. Taqueria Pequena

105 South Appleknocker street, Cobden, IL 62920 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating Mexican, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +1 618-893-1353
Excellent
93%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 34 reviews

Taqueria Pequena

Reviewed By Dennis F - Albers

Wonderful full flavor Mexican food. It just tastes very good. Simple authentic food. They run out of items each day. You know it's fresh when they are only making small batches. No heavy sauces or anything covered in cheese. Some of the best tamales I have ever eaten. The town is in the heart of Southern Illinois. Wonderful, polite people. Orchards, wineries and small locally owned shops everywhere. Small eating area inside. But you really want to sit outside at the picnic tables and enjoy your visit.

10. Dinner Bell Too

410 E Vienna St, Anna, IL 62906-2014 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
33%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Dinner Bell Too

Reviewed By fahrtenhaler - Carbondale, Illinois

Had lunch here today, and it's better than eating at any fast food place in town. Good burger, and a delicious bun. Fast and friendly service. Give these people your business instead of the chains.

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