Where to Eat in West Frankfort: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Ying Subia

West Frankfort is a city in Franklin County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,182 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Metro Lakeland area.
Things to do in West Frankfort

1. Dixie Cream Donut

510 W Main St, West Frankfort, IL 62896-2231 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 618-937-4866
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Dixie Cream Donut

Reviewed By LC95 - Saint Louis, Missouri

I had heard about Dixie Cream Donuts before. I finally had a chance to try them. They were wonderful! Very light and flavorful. Not overly done with icing or decorations either. The price is right too!

I had the cinnamon and the pumpkin donuts. Both were excellent with just the right amount of spices and glaze!

They also have a full café with a variety of luscious items to choose from! Soups, sandwiches, breakfast items, desserts, and ice cream!

2. Mike's Drive In

1007 W Main St, West Frankfort, IL 62896-2211 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
60%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Mike's Drive In

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

Mike's Drive-In at 1007 West Main Street in West Frankfort has been a popular tradition in southern Illinois since the 1950s. But it almost went out of business. It closed its doors in December, 2014, but locals John and Jamie Wilce, who also own an ice cream shop on Highway 37 in West Frankfort, bought the building and reopened the old-fashioned drive-in restaurant in August, 2015. It reminds me of the old A&W Drive-In in my hometown of Blue Island with cold root beer in frosted mugs and car-hops who took your order, brought your food on a trey and retrieved it when you were finished and honked your horn. Today, those places are like dinosaurs. At Mike's, the favorite items are home-made root beer, root beer floats, cheeseburgers, Turkey BBQ sandwiches, pizza burgers, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, chili dogs, breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches, Mike's famous smoked pork sandwich, Italian beef and pulled pork sandwiches. Mike's also offers horseshoes, a unique delicacy that originated in Springfield, Illinois. It is hamburger, Turkey or pork served over toast, piled high with fries and topped with home-made cheese sauce. How that concoction became known as horseshoes is anyone's guess. But it is delicious and reminds me of the Blackhawk sandwich at Don Roth's old restaurant in Chicago. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Or do they?

3. Seasoning Bistro

506 Public Sq, Benton, IL 62812-2214 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 618-439-3003
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Seasoning Bistro

Reviewed By Bob S - Olathe, Kansas

1st let me admit I have never eated at a restaurant in Benton Illinois before. So,I was a bit surprised after reading all of the TA 5 star ratings and then walking in the door to a rather modest atmosphere. It was lunch time and the menu was rather limited (Thursday seems to be hamburger day). Maybe 8 to 10 items to choose from on the lunch menu and one brand of each type of wine from the wine list. I had the Chicken club which was very good but impossible to eat with just 2 hands and less than 3 napkins. We each ordered the fruit as a side which consisted of 6 pieces of exceptionally fresh fruit for an additional [email protected] Our waiter was Brandtlee which was very personable and provided excellent service. As I was still trying to interpret all of the 5 star ratings I asked to see the dinner menu which had some more upscale options. I also visited the upstairs dining room which was more formal and would be nice for parties or special occasions. I enjoyed the meal service and visit. If I lived in Benton I would return. If I had to make the drive from route 57 I am not so certain.

4. Andresen's

215 E Broadway Blvd, Johnston City, IL 62951-1604 Waitstaff, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Diner Lunch SGD 3 - SGD 12 +1 618-983-8497
Excellent
64%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Andresen's

Reviewed By Mike E - Saint Louis, Missouri

Andresen's is one of those places that you never forget. The food is delicious; meats are cooked just right, and the vegetables taste like they came in straight from the garden. Everything has an authentic farm-table, homecooked taste, no microwaved cafeteria food here. They could up their prices by 50% and still be a bargain. Be sure to save room for desert, their pies are the best around. The only problem is that they are only open at night on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I wish they would change Wednesday for Saturday. Sunday dinner with fried chicken is a taste of heaven.

5. Louie's P & R

120 E Walnut St, Herrin, IL 62948-3614 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Italian Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 618-942-3394
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 60 reviews

Louie's P & R

Phone is 618-943-3394. Locally owned and operated Italian deli that's been in business for about 100 years. They don't advertise much and seem to rely mainly on local knowledge. Great Italian beef and other sandwiches. Pretty good cannolis.

Reviewed By rodneytherock - Gainesville, Florida

Louie's serves the best sandwiches we have ever had from a deli, or anywhere else for that matter.
I had a meatball sandwich and my wife had an Italian beef. They were both superb. The cannolis were to die for.
Don't be in a hurry when you get there because it just ain't gonna happen. You will,however, have the best sandwich of you life if you just wait for it. They are very busy.

6. Dairy Queen

501 W Broadway Blvd, Johnston City, IL 62951-1119 +1 618-983-5500
Excellent
0%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
50%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By DaBigG - Slidell, LA

Went there on September 1 just after 2PM. Got coffee and blizzards. They were great and the service was outstanding. The problem was I went to the men's room. While in there one of the cooks came in, did his business and left WITHOUT WASHING HIS HANDS!!! Then I went out front and there he was, handling food. Enough said!!

7. Thai D

2801 Civic Circle Blvd, Suite 6, Marion, IL 62959-5273 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations Chinese, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 618-997-6470
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 165 reviews

Thai D

Thai-D feature a blend of high quality, authentic Thai cuisine and warm hospitality in a sophisticated yet traditional setting. Our experienced chefs will prepare and cook every dish for you to order from finest ingredients including premium spices and herbs from Thailand. Our authentic cuisine is complemented by our list of beverages offering a great selection of wines, domestic beer and imported beer. Thai Cuisine is very unique. We focus on utilizing fresh herbs and spices such as Thai basil, lemongrass, fresh Thai chilies and lesser known spices like galangal, and kaffir lime leaves. Our chefs here at THAI-D focus on making food which is not only delicious, but nutritious as well. Instead of overloading the food with excess oil, MSG and sugar, the chefs use the fresh herbs and spices to get a truly fresh and exquisite taste that can only be found in authentic Thai cuisine. We are considerate of any special dietary needs our customers may have. Most dishes can be made vegan or vegetarian. There are also several gluten free dishes made from fresh rice noodles. Patrons can custom order each dish to suit their individual tastes and preferences. The chefs at THAI-D can accommodate anyone's special dietary needs or restrictions while still serving up the most flavorful food that person may have ever had.

Reviewed By MyHobbyIsTravel - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Loved it. Storefront is unassuming but interior is welcoming and Thai'd up. Food is tasty. We had the lunch menu. Portion is small-ish but was totally adequate to make us feel full. A bowl of brothy soup with vegetables, a large scoop of jasmine rice, a small egg roll and iced tea are included with the meal. Prices are very reasonable. All in all, a good find for lunch. Will definitely return.

8. La Fiesta

1402 W Main St, West Frankfort, IL 62896-2238 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 618-937-2838
Excellent
51%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

La Fiesta

Reviewed By barkus1968 - Saint Peters

Conveniently located off of interstate 57 in Illinois. The building looks good and restaurant is clean. The food and service were less than average. The chips and salsa were least fresh I’ve ever had a Mexican restaurant. The service was stiff.

9. Casa Vieja Mexican Restaurant

1309 Grand Ave, Johnston City, IL 62951-1946 Mexican +1 618-983-5738
Excellent
25%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
25%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 8 reviews

Casa Vieja Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By Jeramie - Southern Illinois

Casa Vieja has inhabited an old used car dealership. Their food is o.k minus the stale chips. We had issues with communicating with the staff due to a language barrier, the incorrect food was delivered after a lengthy wait, we were charged incorrectly, the bathrooms need cleaned and their HVAC is not effective at cooling.

10. The Buzz

601 Public Sq, Benton, IL 62812-2232 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 618-438-2899
Excellent
72%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

The Buzz

Reviewed By MGordonCharlotte_NC - Charlotte, NC

Wanting to pull off the interstate for a bit and enjoy a nice cup of coffee in a quiet town we stopped at The Buzz Cafe. Greeted like a local or Long lost friend the ladies in the shop were very friendly and professional.

In the "square" of this great town there are no stop signs and no traffic lights. Pedestrian walkways control the foot and auto traffic gently and efficiently.

Do stop by if in the area.

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