Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
3236 W. Chain of Rocks Road
Granite City, IL 62040
Phone: (618) 797-9835
Fax: (618) 797-9839
The Bissell Mansion has been dubbed St. Louis' Oldest "Hysterical" Landmark. Built in the 1820s as the home of Captain Lewis Bissell, it features period decor along with many of the original furnishings. Comedy/mystery dinner theater shows are produced throughout the year. A five-course dinner is served between acts. Guests receive an identity upon arrival, with the murderer and suspects being randomly chosen. The menu consists of a choice of appetizer, soup, garden dinner salad, entree, and three glasses of wine and beverage. It is topped off with a chocolate mousse. Meals are included in the Mystery Theatre.
Porter's Steakhouse makes a very strong statement for all steak lovers out there.The signature Pepperloin- a superbly cooked, wonderfully flavored cut of beef, has been a consistent crowd puller at Porter's. The decor displays sublime traces of modernity and chicness. A unique touch of Porter's is a resident sommelier with a thorough knowledge of wines, who sashays across the floor with a fine array of wines. This steakhouse also provides entertainment and hosts several occasions in their versatile private rooms.
A downtown St. Louis dining institution in an out-of-the-way spot, Al's has been serving enormous portions of steak, seafood and basic Italian specialties for decades. The look is clubby, with dark wood and leather chairs. Dress is formal—men wear coat and tie. After being served a welcoming basket of bread and offered a pricey wine list, you choose your meal from a tray of meats and seafood displayed by your waiter. There is no menu; the waiter describes what is available (e.g., filets, T-bone steaks, veal chops, lobster, salmon) and how it can be prepared. Entrees come with salad and side dish.
Carisilo’s Mexican Restaurant comes as a welcome break for those who wish to delight their palate with something other than typical burgers and steaks. Taking pride in their quintessential, Mexican menu, this restaurant is arguably one of the best of its kind in the city. From chimichanga, burritos to tacos and more, everything served at Carisilo’s Mexican Restaurant arrives at your table in massive portions. The restaurant also lets you customize orders, thereby letting patrons be creative. They have a full bar, and well-crafted cocktails complement perfectly with everything on their menu. Also, Carisilo’s welcomes your four-legged friends on the patio.
Situated at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, Cielo has more than just fantastic views of Downtown St. Louis in store for you. From its position on the eighth floor of the hotel, the restaurant and bar naturally affords you views of the Gateway Arch and other attractions, but the menu is incentive enough to draw you in. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, the restaurant has a few specials to offer you as well. There is a USD15 working lunch special, as well as a four-course dinner menu you can pick. The wine list has something to complement any meal you may be having. Bar hours vary; check the website for details.
The Goody Goody Diner, which has been serving up tasty diner food since it was established in 1948, still survives in a location that most of its contemporaries have long since abandoned. Casual is the theme here, and in a city that is home to relatively few real diners, the Goody Goody is a gem. The kitchen serves everything from French toast to a muffins and bagels. There are filling salads, including an excellent Greek salad, plus hamburgers, roast beef and country fried steak sandwiches, and, of course, meatloaf.
Who said dinner theatre had to be classy? When it comes to loud, rambunctious, unrefined dining, the Royale Dumpe is champion. This meal and show set in the times of lords and maidens offers interactive fun, laughs, entertainment, and food you can eat with your hands. It’s a family-oriented event, but some of the humor is a bit risqué (use discretion). Each act introduces another course of the meal. The only option on the menu is chicken, but in the midst of this medieval mayhem, just enjoy the victuals and be thankful that you weren’t beheaded! - Cathryn D. Blue
Joey B’s on the Landing has some of the absolute best burgers in St. Louis. Hailed by magazines and news outlets alike, this restaurant features homemade soups, square pizza, and fried pickles on top of a serious selection of burgers. Among the most popular selections is the Patty Melt - smothered with melted Swiss and grilled onions - and the Cowboy Burger, which is loaded with bacon, onion rings, and real cheddar cheese. Bring your family and friends for a great night out (sports fans will especially appreciate the large flat screen TV's available) without breaking the bank.
Named after Missouri politician Robert E. Hannegan, the restaurant is modeled after the U.S. Senate Dining Room. In other words, it instantly brings to mind luxury and patriotism. Many of the menu items, dating back over 20 years, are traditional American favorites. The house specialty is a 20-ounce stuffed, double-rib pork chop. A full bar is available. The restaurant will appeal to those who enjoy comfortable booth dining, flag-adorned walls and lively acoustics. Local jazz musicians frequently provide evening entertainment.
Sanfilippo's is a modest family-run restaurant with excellent, Sicilian-tinged food. There is an Old World feel to the casual dining room with Italian murals, white tablecloths and soft lighting. About 20 excellent (and modestly priced) pastas, such as Rigatoni Giuseppe (a spicy cream sauce of fresh tomato, vodka and shallots) populate the menu. Veal, chicken, seafood and beef entrees, such as Shrimp Bianco (huge shrimp in a brandy Cajun cream sauce) and Veal Sanfilippo (medallions of veal in a cabernet wine sauce) are on offer as well. For dessert, enjoy the home baked breads and homemade cannolis.
Located in the Casino Queen Hotel, Prime Steakhouse is one treat to the curious travelers of the hotel and for those passing by. Prime Steakhouse boasts of rich, mellow steaks, prime rib roasts slathered in butter and fresh seafood. The romantic and relaxed aura of this steakhouse, complemented by golden lights and cozy recliners lures families and lovebirds alike. The service staff is polite and charming with thorough knowledge of their craft.
Sometimes, people just want some fish. Nothing fancy. Nothing expensive. Just a good basket of fried catfish with some pickles, onions, and hot sauce. Fish Shack never disappoints. For that down-home, quick fix for that fish jones, there's nothing like it. Located downtown, Fish Shack is a regular stop for the working crowd during lunch hours. To avoid the lines, stop by before 11a or after 3p. The menu offers a small variety of fish entrees and sides as well as desserts for a very reasonable price. The serving sizes are huge, but make sure to use this restaurant in moderation. Regular visits are liable to expand the waistline. -Cathryn D. Blue