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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Breakfast Spot
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“Excellent breakfast. Great coffee, served in a carafe at the table. great prices too.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Vegetarian offerings and bakery. Just try the margherita pizza or the Huevos Rancheros for breakfast. Great coffee!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“My favorite Thai in the area- on the strip in Carbondale, dine in or carry out”
  • 6 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“University Mall is dedicated to serving the shopping needs of the Southern Illinois community with stores like Buckle, Old Navy, PacSun, and JCPenney”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you need pizza- just call 549-5326 (area code 618). A local favorite for deep dish pizza! They also have an awesome whole wheat special pizza crust on Mondays after 4PM”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Family owned for over 30 years, offers home cooked meals. Famous for their biscuits and gravy and their meatloaf lunch. Closed on Mondays”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“Big variety menu - daily specials on food and drinks. Sandwiches, salads and dinners something for everyone. Super margaritas. Very reasonable prices and big portions”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Exceptional dining experience, recommend reservations on weekends. Small menu, changes regularly. Homemade desserts. One of our favorites!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Flower Shop
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“Schnucks is the local grocery on the West Side of town. They also have a very large selection of beer and wine.”
  • 2 locals recommend
University
“Among the old architecture of buildings and the beautiful Pulliam Hall clock tower, the campus offers a beautiful landscape of forest of indigenous trees and plants, wildlife and a lake with winding walking paths and bike trails throughout. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Cellar is a great local bar, with the added bonus that they do not allow anyone under 21 in (which many of the bars in the area do). The prices are great and the bartenders are absolutely amazing! One of my favorite bars in Carbondale.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“A Carbondale classic! It’s been around forever and serves up some pretty good Tex Mex. We love their salsa! Also a bar!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Relaxing patio dining with Japanese Maple tree. Good wine selection and happy hour specials with mid-range and upscale dining options. Occasional live music. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of our favorites in Carbondale. Great dining experience. Never disappointed. Try the pistachio brickle ice cream when they have it or the carrot cake (enough for two)!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Crab Orchard Lake was created when Crab Orchard Creek, a tributary of the Big Muddy River in southern Illinois, was dammed in the 1930s for purposes of recreation and flood control. The Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge was established August 5, 1947 following the transfer of all land previously held by the Crab Orchard Creek Project and the Illinois Ordnance Plant to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The lake offers opportunities for boating, camping, fishing, and swimming. Two campgrounds, Blue Heron and Crab Orchard, operate on the northern side of the lake. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has stocked the lake with largemouth bass, and starting in 2006 has also installed artificial spawning beds in the lake's Grassy Bay (the lakebed's eroded clay and soft muck surfaces are not suited to bass spawning). As of 2008, the record largemouth caught in the lake weighed 10.6 pounds.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“Vegetarian offerings and bakery. Just try the margherita pizza or the Huevos Rancheros for breakfast. Great coffee!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“My favorite Thai in the area- on the strip in Carbondale, dine in or carry out”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you need pizza- just call 549-5326 (area code 618). A local favorite for deep dish pizza! They also have an awesome whole wheat special pizza crust on Mondays after 4PM”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family owned for over 30 years, offers home cooked meals. Famous for their biscuits and gravy and their meatloaf lunch. Closed on Mondays”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Big variety menu - daily specials on food and drinks. Sandwiches, salads and dinners something for everyone. Super margaritas. Very reasonable prices and big portions”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Exceptional dining experience, recommend reservations on weekends. Small menu, changes regularly. Homemade desserts. One of our favorites!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Relaxing patio dining with Japanese Maple tree. Good wine selection and happy hour specials with mid-range and upscale dining options. Occasional live music. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“One of our favorites in Carbondale. Great dining experience. Never disappointed. Try the pistachio brickle ice cream when they have it or the carrot cake (enough for two)!”
  • 6 locals recommend

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