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Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off
They come from miles around and from out of state for the fish fry, for the barbeque, for dancing and fun at this annual event, which is held at 17th & Pine Streets. Thursday the Fish Fry buffet is at 5:30pm – 8pm, $16 at the door. DJ starts at 8pm. Fish Fry & Wing Contest awards at 9pm. On Friday, the Grand Champion Buffet is at 5:30pm – 8pm, $22 at the door, and Band & Street Dance 8pm-12 midnight. A new event for Friday evening is the People’s Choice BBQ & Sauce Contest judging from 5:30 to 8pm. Saturday the judging begins at 10am. KCBS Great American BBQ Tour demos throughout the day. All judges are MBN & KCBS certified. The Awards Ceremony is at 6pm. Sponsored by 17th Street Bar & Grill. For further information call, (618) 684-8902 and ask for Lisa or Becky or check out their web site for all information. http://www.17thstreetbarbecue.com
36th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival
The Big Muddy Film Festival, based at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, is among the longest-running student-organized film festivals in the United States. The Big Muddy is dedicated to supporting the work of emerging and accomplished filmmakers and video artists. Narrative, documentary, animation & experimental film entries from more than 40 states and abroad. Screenings of international films, presentations by guest artists and panel discussions throughout this wonderful event are open to the public.
Grand River Spirits
Grand River Spirits is a locally-owned craft distillery in Southern Illinois. Creating spirits that showcase Southern Illinois' grains and fruits. Their offerings will include brandy, whiskey, bourbon, rum, seasonal spirits (such as grappa and schnapps), and of course Red Eye Moonshine. Made from Southern Illinois crops, the production of these premium, hand-crafted spirits are made with the best of the Midwest.
Mo Wallace BBQ
Located in the heart of Carbondale's Town Square, Mo Wallace is one of the most beloved hole-in-the-wall stops in Southern Illinois. Feast on the mouth-watering selection of soul food and finger-lickin' barbecue, and enjoy the company of the friendly staff. This truly is one of Carbondale's culinary gems!
El Greco is a greasy spoon — said in the BEST way. This delicious joint makes some of the best gyros around. Locally-owned and operated, El Greco has become a staple in downtown Carbondale. Don't forget to try the fried mushrooms!
Reece Ridge Cabin
The Reece Ridge Luxury Cabin is an open, spacious, beautiful secluded home. It is tastefully decorated in a lodge decor, with comfortable furnishings. The cabin is peaceful and serene surrounded by wooded forest full of wildlife. Step into the great room, featuring a large wood burning fireplace and groove vaulted ceilings and walls. Windows provide natural light and awesome views of the surrounding area. The well equipped kitchen and dining room enjoys the same views. The large, open front porch has a swing and rocking chairs where you can listen to the trees quake in the wind and enjoy a morning cup of coffee.
Blend Tea and Crepe Lounge
Through its delicious crepes, refreshing tea and unique atmosphere, Blend has made a name for itself as Carbondale's favorite hangout. Conveniently located close to the SIU Campus, Blend is the perfect spot for a quick lunch or long study session. With its sweet (or savory crepes) and a large selection of customizable drinks, perfect for everyone!
Cristaudo's Cafe & Bakery
Situated in one of downtown Carbondale's oldest buildings, Cristaudo's Cafe and Bakery is definitely worth a stop! Treat your taste buds to the sweet flavor of their famous sugar cookies, or enjoy a delicious sandwich during lunch. And, if you give them enough notice, Cristaudo's will prepare vegan and gluten-free baked goods to your liking!
For more than 50 years Italian Village Pizza & Pasta has been a social gathering place for great food and fun in Carbondale. Thousands of locals, Salukis and area visitors have provided their autographs and notable memories on the walls of their main dining rooms. Enjoy delicious pizza, complimentary ice cream, and a full salad bar, all in the presence of good company!
The Neighborhood Co-op
If there's one thing the Neighborhood Co-op is known for, it's good food. Between the grocery store and the deli area, this one-stop-shop has everything you need for the perfect meal. Enjoy the fresh taste of locally grown produce, shop the work of Carbondale's thriving art scene, and feast on a hearty sandwich, made with all-organic products.
St. Patrick's Day Festival
Start the day with the 5K run/walk race at 9 a.m. Watch the parade at 11am, enjoy corned beef & cabbage at the 17th Street Bar and Grill Warehouse. The Irish Kids’ Fest will feature arts and crafts, games and story telling at the Murphysboro Youth Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Grab a shillelagh and pour a green beer, or sample local craft beers while listening to the Irish music, and try your hand in the dart tournament or the Leprechaun Classic Bocce Tournament to be held at Riverside Park.
Grand Rivers Distillery
A locally-owned craft distillery in Southern Illinois, Grand River Spirits creates a selection of spirits that showcase the delicious fruits and grains of Southern Illinois. This national award-winning micro-distillery offers brandy, whiskey, bourbon, rum, seasonal spirits (such as grappa and schnapps), and of course Red Eye Moonshine. Don't let their small size fool you, all of the storage, packaging, distilling and tasting is housed under one roof. See the action for yourself — Grant Rivers Distillery offers free 30-minute distillery tours for up to 10 people by appointment only, available Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
Longbranch Coffee House
Known for its urban atmosphere and delicious dining options, Longbranch Coffee House serves as Carbondale's only vegetarian restaurant. Located in the historic Town Square, Longbranch embraces the local art scene by often hosting art shows and exhibits. The food is nothing short of delicious, as all of the ingredients are grown in southern Illinois and served fresh every day. If you're looking for a delightful dining experience - this is your place!
Vibrant, trendy and absolutely delicious are just three ways to describe Carbondale's premiere Thai restaurant. High ceilings, inviting windows and contemporary decor make the restaurant ravishing. Featuring an all-encompassing menu that includes both traditional and unique dishes, all offered at various levels of spiciness, Thai Taste has something for everyone.
Lenus Turley Park
Beautiful city park with fountain, playground, picnic shelter, butterfly garden and benches to enjoy the summer concerts and community events. Open to the public during daylight hours, includes a large playground and walking paths.
Fabulous foods of the Pacific, including Chinese, Japanese, and Thai in a pleasant atmosphere with wonderful service.
Comfort Inn & Suites
Whether you need accommodations for a business trip or are looking for warm and inviting lodging during a vacation, our new facility is a great place to stay. Relax in our spacious guest rooms that have features like a flat-screen television with cable, in addition to many other amenities. Ask about our rooms that have sofa sleepers and hot tubs. Connecting rooms can be requested. There is also an onsite coin-operated laundry facility.
Known for its bottomless coffee, mouth-watering foods, and welcoming atmosphere, Harbaugh's Cafe' is one of Carbondale's most popular breakfast joints. While the menu includes unique dishes such as ranch potatoes, it encompasses all of the classic breakfast dishes too. Salads and sandwiches are also available after 11 a.m. If you're in a rush, no sweat! Harbaugh's will have you in-and-out faster than you can say "ranch potatoes"!
Burns Hunting Club
Located 1.7 miles west of Illinois Route 148 on Grassy Road just south of the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge. Waterfowl hunting on 960 acres. Guides available. One of the top three harvest clubs in the southern Illinois quota zone.
Carries a general line of antiques, specializes in furniture and clocks -- and if you're looking for a claw-foot bathtub, this is the place to visit! The shop offers restoration and stripping. Located in the City of Oraville, IL.
Global Gourmet is often described as a hospitable slice of the world nestled in downtown Carbondale. An eclectic and soothing atmosphere with a diverse menu that changes every day are just two attributes that make this restaurant so popular. The dining room serves ethnic inspired dishes, the bar is a casual imbibing spot, and the patio is a relaxing oasis.
Pagliai's Pizza & Pasta
This family-owned and operated restaurant has been successfully serving delicious Italian cuisine in Carbondale's downtown for more than 20 years. Known for both thin and thick crust, there's no question that "Pag's" has set the standard high for "Carbondale Style" pizza!
The Wedding Garden & Event Center
Whether you're looking for an event venue or simply wish to be amazed, the Wedding Garden & Event Center is perfect for you! This gorgeous venue has both indoor and outdoor facilities, each carefully constructed to create a sensual atmosphere. While the garden is conveniently located in the commercial district, you would never know it based on the surroundings. It really is one of Carbondale's hidden gems!
Shawnee Trails Wilderness Outfitters
Outdoor equipment store, features climbing and rappel gear, packs, tents, sleeping bags, books, boots, outdoor and ski clothing, canoes and kayaks.