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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.
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
Breakfast Spot
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“Excellent breakfast. Great coffee, served in a carafe at the table. great prices too.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“My favorite Thai in the area- on the strip in Carbondale, dine in or carry out”
  • 7 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
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
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
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
“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
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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
“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
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
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
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fairly new to southern Illinois, Keeper's has delicious and exciting food. A bit pricier than most local restaurants, it is an enjoyable food experience overall. You will be wowed by both their creative cocktails and their appetizing food. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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“Try the amazing homemade pretzel and a wide selection of beers. Great place! You may need reservations on weekends.”
  • 3 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”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Exceptional dining experience, recommend reservations on weekends. Small menu, changes regularly. Homemade desserts. One of our favorites!”
  • 8 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
“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
“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
“Try the amazing homemade pretzel and a wide selection of beers. Great place! You may need reservations on weekends.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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