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Diners and Burgers

Diners and Burgers

The best burger spots in Downstate Illinois

There aren’t many things better than a good old-fashioned hamburger, right? One thing is for sure, Downstate Illinois has countless burger joints that will make your taste buds celebrate! We’ve rounded up some of the best burgers and diners in Downstate Illinois, so be sure to go check out one of these delicious restaurants.

1860 Public House

Red Bud, IL
Casual dining atmosphere featuring craft beer & cocktails at the Historic Square in Red Bud, IL....more!

300 Cafe at TenPins

Mount Carmel, IL
Refuel at 300 Café after a couple rounds of bowling at TenPins in Mount Carmel! Conveniently located alongsi...more!

9th Street Cafe

Highland, IL
Learn the history of Highland, IL at 9th Street Cafe. This establishment brings you delicious breakfast, lunch, and...more!

AJ's Smashed and Smoked

Belleville, IL
AJ's is a smash burger bar with smoked hot dogs and awesome specialty fries. ...more!

Anthony's Wild West Restaurant & Fallout Saloon

Flora, IL
Anthony's Wild West in Flora, IL is your one-stop-shop for all things fun! They serve pizza and BBQ into the ni...more!

Aviston Family Restaurant

Aviston, IL
Aviston Family Restaurant strives for excellence in the preparation of every recipe. ...more!

B.J.'s Garden Inn Cafe

Du Quoin, IL
The restaurant offers regular menu items in addition to a breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. If you're dining ...more!

BackPorch SmokeHouse

Robinson, IL
BackPorch SmokeHouse specializes in smoked meats in a casual atmosphere....more!

Barb's Bounty Jams and Jellies

Chester, IL
Barb's Bounty has a wide selection of jams and jellies, relishes and pickles made with locally grown fruits and...more!


Belleville, IL
BEAST Craft BBQ Co. in Belleville, IL guarantees barbecue that's “all killer, no filler." Try BEAST ...more!


Chester, Illinois
A local bar with pizza, wings, appetizers, plenty of beer and cocktails! Guaranteed to bring you back for more!...more!

Big Mama's BBQ Express

Washington Park, Illinois
Another item unique to the St. Louis area is the crispy pig snoot. Snoots, which have a flavor similar to pork rind...more!

Billy Bob and Nina's Restaurant

Enfield, Illinois
The best potato salad and chicken fried steak around! Stop in to try out our southern style home cooked food!...more!

Blind Daddy's Hideout

Keyesport, IL
Blind Daddy’s Hideout is a recently renovated motel, restaurant, and bar all in one convenient location. The ...more!

Blue Springs Cafe

Highland, Illinois
The Blue Springs Cafe restaurant is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy a good meal, be it lunch or dinner. The...more!

The Boiler Room Restaurant

Okawville, Illinois
Delicious home style cooked food located on Hanover Street....more!

Bonnie Cafe - Centralia

Centralia, IL

Bonnie Cafe - Nashville

Nashville, IL

Broadway Bar & Grill

Highland, Illinois
A staple in the community for many years, Broadway has become accustomed to a reputation for its delectable cuisine...more!

Bubba Lubba BBQ

Paris, IL
Drive Thru, Dine-In and catering...more!

Bunkers Bar & Grill

Okawville, Illinois
We have a lot of exciting things going on!! Fresh Salad Bar each and every day!! Monday is all you can eat soup and...more!

Buretta's Bar & Grill

Nashville, Illinois
We are centrally located right in downtown Nashville, IL on Saint Louis Street. Stop in and enjoy some of our famou...more!

The Burnt End

Red Bud, IL
The Burnt End is a BBQ restaurant in the heart of downtown Red Bud, IL that serves delicious BBQ and ...more!

Carmi's Main Street Cafe

Carmi, IL
All American Restaurant with a hint of variety! Come on in and try it out!...more!

Casino Queen Restaurant

East Saint Louis, Illinois
Dine in only. Steak served with the utmost quality....more!

Centralia House

Centralia, Illinois
From the historic atmosphere, exceptional service, to the exquisite cuisine, you are sure to enjoy your dining...more!


Belleville, Illinois
Charlie’s Off Main is downtown Belleville’s only place for a sit down breakfast. We serve breakfast, lu...more!

Chickens Country Restaurant

St. Libory, Illinois
The best chicken around guaranteed!...more!

The Chuck Wagon

Fairview Heights, IL
Enduring, country-style counter serve with a pinball machine offering Mexican & American staples. Try The Chuck...more!

Chuck's Place

Salem, IL

The Chuckwagon

Vandalia, IL
Chuckwagon Cafe is a family restaurant with a homey atmosphere. a good place to eat with LARGE portions and friendl...more!

Columbia City Saloon Bar & Grill at West Park Bowl

Columbia, IL
West Park Bowl has been serving Columbia since 1982. We are proud to keep this establishment up and serving the com...more!

Copper Fire

Belleville, IL
Stylish, contemporary restaurant and bar offering New American fare, cocktails, and live acoustic mu...more!

Corner Pocket

Du Quoin, IL

Country Cafe by Roy-el

Belleville, Illinois
With over 30 years of experience, the family-owned Roy-el Catering operates as a full service caterer. They provide...more!

Crossroads Restaurant & Lounge

Bond County, Illinois
We are a family style restaurant. We serve breakfast, lunch and supper. We have great food, service and prices....more!

Crystal's Country Cream

Mount Erie, Illinois
Ice Cream fun for the whole family!...more!

D.S. Vespers Sports Pub & Eatery at The EDGE

Belleville, Illinois
The EDGE features freshly made food with the majority of it locally sourced.  We have been long known for our ...more!

Dairy Dee - Sumner

Sumner, Illinois
Stop by Dairy Dee in Sumner, IL during the Spring and Summer to taste their Seven Daily Soft Serve Flavors. Every d...more!

Dairy King - Breese

Breese, IL

Dairy King - Trenton

Trenton, IL

Dave & Joyce's Country Kitchen

Red Bud, Illinois
Come to Dave and Joyce's Country Kitchen and enjoy our breakfast menu which is served all day!...more!

Deep South

McLeansboro, Illinois
Order your southern food favorites from this veteran owned and operated BBQ restaurant in McLeansboro. Deep South&#...more!

Doreen's Restaurant

Sparta, Illinois
Doreen's has a diverse menu and our staff is happy to help you find your new favorite item everytime you come!...more!

The Downtown Lounge

Centralia, Illinois
Friendly bar and grill. Daily lunch buffet and full menu. Come enjoy our video gaming area!...more!

Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain & Grille

Lebanon, Illinois
Dr. Jazz is located in Lebanon, Illinois, which is within a general area often referred to as the "Metro-East&...more!

Du Quoin Family Restaurant

Du Quoin, Illinois
Smiling waitresses, good food, hot coffee, breakfast anytime, and reasonable prices....more!

Eagle's Nest

Addieville, IL

Earl's Supper Club

West Union, Illinois
Family owned AND operated since 1952 by the Earl Williams family. Specializing in catfish, shrimp, and chicken....more!

Eckert's Country Restaurant

Belleville, Illinois
Eckert's, the largest family-owned Pick-Your-Own orchard in the U.S., started as a simple roadside stand in 191...more!

Edley's Bar-B-Que

O'Fallon, IL
Edley's Bar-B-Que O'Fallon serves mouthwatering Nashville style bbq....more!

Fairways at Greenview

Centralia, IL
Located at Greenview golf course in Centralia, Fairways is great American food! Steaks, salads, sandwiches, entrees...more!

Family Kitchen

Waterloo, Illinois
We are a family owned and operated business. Our deserts are made homemade daily, our food is made to order....more!

Famer's Inn Restaurant & Bar

Millstadt, IL

Farris Family Restaurant

McLeansboro, IL
Come in and enjoy the very warm environment that we have here at Farris Family Restaurant. It is a nice place to br...more!

A Fine Swine BBQ

Swansea, Illinois
Enjoy traditional barbecue at A Fine Swine BBQ. A Fine Swine uses traditional low-and-slow cooking methods to serve...more!

Five Brothers Cafe - Fairfield

Fairfield, Illinois
Traditional American food that is served by people who care about quality service and care....more!

Five Brothers Cafe - Salem

Salem, IL
Five Brothers Cafe on Main street makes delicious food using fresh ingredients....more!

Fletcher's Kitchen & Tap - Belleville

Belleville, Illinois
Fletcher’s Kitchen & Tap is a family owned and operated business with deep roots in the Belleville commun...more!

Fletcher's Kitchen & Tap - Swansea

Swansea, IL

The Freeze

Newton, Illinois
Delicious food everyone will enjoy!...more!

Funderburk's Gas Grill & Deli

Pocahontas, Illinois
We are a full service diner offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our varied menu includes everything from breakfa...more!

Gallagher's Restaurant

Waterloo, IL
Located in historic downtown Waterloo, Illinois, and just minutes from the metro St. Louis area, Gallagher's ha...more!

Gary's Restaurant

Freeburg, Illinois
Family-owned and operated, Gary's Restaurant offers home-cooked food at its best....more!

Geo's Wings & More

Belleville, Illinois
These award winning wings will be sure to make you wanting more! We aim to serve you with the highest quality aroun...more!

Gilligan's Cafe & Creamery

Chester, IL
An eatery in Chester, IL, with a full food menu, hand scooped ice cream & baked items....more!

Golden Oak Pancake House

Swansea, IL

The Good Ol' Days Restaurant

New Baden, Illinois
Good Ol Day's is the Oldest restaurant in Clinton County. Now that says a lot !...more!

Grandma's Kitchen - Flora

Flora, Illinois
Grandma's kitchen is home-style food that everyone will enjoy!...more!

Granny's Country Kitchen

Steeleville, Illinois
Granny's country kitchen will taste just like the wonderful food you grew up eating!...more!

Gray's Restaurant

Bridgeport, Illinois
We have served Lawrence County and the surrounding areas for 70 years. Come enjoy our hand cut steaks and catfish!...more!

Gridiron Grill

Breese, Illinois
Over at the Gridiron Grill, we have the largest food portions for the highest quality possible! Come for the food, ...more!

Hi-Pointe Drive-In

O'Fallon, IL
Hi-Pointe Drive-In is a local chain featuring burgers, milkshakes, and more. ...more!

Highland Diner

Highland, Illinois
The Highland Diner will send you back in time. Our service is fantastic and our food is even better!...more!

Hoffman House

Hoffman, Illinois
Delicious drinks, come hangout with us!...more!

The Holiday Motel & Restaurant

Olney, Illinois
Eat, sleep and celebrate at The Holiday Motel & Restaurant in Olney, IL! The hotel offers an indoor pool and ho...more!

Hovey's Diner

Olney, Illinois
Support local, family-owned businesses when you dine at Hovey's Diner in Olney, IL. Established in 1952, Hovey&...more!

Howie's on Main

Vandalia, IL
Howie's on Main serves delicious American-style food and fresh, cold beverages, which mean's it's the p...more!

HV's Food & Spirits

Olney, Illinois
Visit HV's Food & Spirits, Olney's favorite 50's spot, during your Downstate Illinois adventure! Th...more!

Iron Saddle Ranch

Salem, IL
Iron Saddle Ranch is your one-stop shop for trailer sales, lunch & dinner, western apparel, and even feed and t...more!

J & T's Caliber

Sparta, Illinois
We are an American Bar & Grill. Our made from scratch menu includes steaks, seafood, & burgers....more!

Jack's on the Green

Fairview Heights, Illinois

Jay's Hilltop Bar & Grill

Bridgeport, IL

Joe and Onie's

Belleville, IL
Quality First. Family Centric. Belleville Proud. Coffee, breakfast, salads, soups and snacks!   For Sout...more!

Jovalou Cuisine & Cocktails

Fairfield, Illinois
Cuisine you’ve never seen in an atmosphere you won’t want to leave! Jovalou Cuisine & Cocktails in ...more!


Wayne City, Illinois
JT's is a family owned and operated small town diner. We offer a variety of home cooked plate lunches and sandw...more!

Juicy Peanut

Mascoutah, Illinois
Come hangout with us at the Juicy's always a good time!...more!

Julian's Drive-In

Flora, Illinois
Located at Old Hwy 50 in Flora at the West Y. Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 9pm....more!

Just Sue's

Evansville, Illinois
The bar is located in the small friendly town of Evansville, IL. Just Sue's is well known for our Pizzas and Bl...more!

K and M Diner

Fairfield, Fairfield


Greenville, Illinois
Kahuna's Burgers is a family-owned and operated restaurant that offers fresh, delicious American cuisine in con...more!

Kalin's Cafe

Du Quoin, Illinois
Delicious food-serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner!...more!

Karsyns Soule

Fairview Heights, IL
A restaurant with soul food, varieties of fish and wings, as well as homemade desserts that are to die for. Pe...more!

The Keys Lake Carlyle

Keyesport, IL
We have 3 full dining areas & 3 full service bars. Our UPSTAIRS Bar includes a DECK that OVERLOOKS THE LAKE. Ba...more!

Knotty Pine Inn Restaurant

Breese, Illinois
After you have enjoyed a warm meal at our restaurant, stop by for a rest at our conveniently located Knotty Pine mo...more!

Kretzer's Grill & Bar

Hoyleton, IL
Kretzers offers sandwiches to steaks. We are famous for our All-U-Can Eat Snow Crab Legs and Fried Chicken. Re...more!

Lawrenceville Drive In

Lawrenceville, Illinois
Home of the Original Pizza Burger and Wrangler Burger....more!

Lenjo's Bar

Pocahontas, IL

Lisa's Market Street Grill

Prairie du Rocher, Illinois
Stop in for any meal of the day-We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drink!...more!

Little Nashville Restaurant

Nashville, IL
Little Nashville Restaurant is your destination for good home cooking in Nashville, Illinois....more!

The Little Red Barn

Wayne City, Illinois
Delicious fresh food with great service. Stop on by The Little Red Barn....more!

Lollie's Cafe - Percy

Percy, Illinois
Looking for some local color and great food in the Percy area? Lollie's Cafe is a local favorite here in Percy,...more!

Lollie's Cafe - Sparta

Sparta, Illinois
If it’s time to eat in Sparta, Illinois, it’s time to go to Lollie's on North Market Street. T...more!

Lu-Bob's Family Restaurant

Greenville, Illinois
At LuBobs you will find breakfast, sandwiches, dinners, pizza, homemade pies and soft freeze any time of day. LuBob...more!

Lucky Joe's Corner Bar & Grill

Freeburg, Illinois
We serve lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks!...more!

Mad Pig Bar-B-Q

Lawrenceville, Illinois
Started by Mark and Debbie Montgomery in 2015, MAD Pig BBQ dishes out the highest quality, best tasting BBQ. Each d...more!

Main Street Cafe

Belleville, IL
Belleville eats such as breakfast, dinner, cakes and pies!...more!

Main Street Cafe

Carmi, Illinois
Quaint breakfast and lunch cafe serving up home cooking!...more!

Main Street Diner

McLeansboro, Illinois
Enjoy all-day breakfast and lunch and dinner specials that can't be beat at Main Street Diner in McLeansboro, I...more!

Main Street Supper Club

Marshall, Illinois
This restaurant is a 5-star gem located in a small town in east-central Illinois.  We are only 5 minutes off I...more!

Mandy's Restaurant

Grayville, Illinois
Restaurant with awesome breakfast and lunch!!! If you are in Grayville, you must try it! Great atmosphere and servi...more!

Marie's Ice Cream Shoppe

Columbia, Illinois
Marie's Ice Cream Shoppe is ready to sweeten your day during your next adventure in Downstate Illinois. Try the...more!

Mary's Bar & Grill

Ruma, Illinois
Delicious food in a small town will feel at home!...more!

McGuire's Bar & Grill

Centralia, IL

Micasa Sub Shop

Red Bud, IL
For subs made with pleasant service, great quality and a family-friendly price, try Micasa Sub Shop!...more!

Mikey's Pub

Smithton, IL

Mill Creek Restaurant

Marshall, Illinois
Home cooked food with great service. You'll feel right at home!...more!

Millside Inn

Germantown, Illinois
Millside is located in Germantown, IL. It is the oldest building in town. We just recently added the barnyard outba...more!

Moonshine Store

Martinsville, Illinois
Founded in 1912, we are the best burger joint around! Open year round.  ...more!

Odin Cafe

Odin, IL

Old 50 Cafe

Carlyle, Illinois
Old 50 Cafe will send you right back in time! Stop in and check us out....more!

Orphan Smokehouse

Centralia, IL

Ott's Tavern/Millstadt Fish Stand

Millstadt, IL
Ott's Tavern is a staple in Millstadt that offers burgers, wings, pizza, and more! ...more!

Pistol City Restaurant & Saloon

Coulterville, IL
Enjoy a delicious, all-you-can-eat buffet, as well as a full menu! Pistol City Restaurant's fried chicken, burg...more!

PJ's Diner

Breese, IL
Serves delicious food all day!...more!

Poor Little Mikey's Choo Choo Barbeque

Robinson, Illinois
Delicious BBQ prepared with love....more!

Popeye's Chop House

Breese, Illinois
USDA Choice Steaks, Pork, Fresh Seafood, Chicken, Pasta Dishes, and much more!...more!

Poplar Place

Centralia, Illinois
Poplar Place was established in 1985, in Centralia, IL - Marion County and is a business miscellaneous and offers&n...more!

The Pour House

Marissa, IL

Powhatan Motel Restaurant

Pocahontas, Illinois
Delicious food and amazing service!...more!

Pullin Pork

Greenville, IL

Reids' Harvest House

Chester, Illinois
There are always plenty of entrees to choose from on our line. Our menu consists of over 100 separate recipes that ...more!

Reifschneider's Grill & Grape - Columbia

Columbia, IL
Reifschneider’s Grill & Grape offers a unique dining experience with soups and salads, brick oven pizzas,...more!

Reifschneider's Grill & Grape - Freeburg

Freeburg, Illinois
Reifschneider’s Grill & Grape offers a unique dining experience that includes something for everybody inc...more!

Richards Farm Restaurant

Casey, Illinois
Located in the sleepy town of Casey, IL, Richards Farm is a classic American style restaurant. There is a picturesq...more!

Route 13 Diner

Belleville, Illinois
Formally known as Moore's Restaurant, this diner has been serving quality meals at reasonable prices to the Met...more!

Sawmill BBQ

Cahokia, IL

The Shack

Sumner, Illinois
Locally owned diner located in Sumner, Illinois. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Open Tues-Fri 6am-1pm...more!

Shelly's Burger Station

Vandalia, IL
Shelly's Burger Station is located in downtown Vandalia, IL and are known for their hand pressed burgers!...more!

Shorty's BBQ

Norris City, IL

Shorty's Smokehouse

Waterloo, Illinois
When you think of Downstate Illinois, don't you think of barbecue? Shorty's Smokehouse in Waterloo makes cl...more!

Sip It

Lawrenceville, Illinois
Delicious home style cooked fast food....more!

Skootr's Restaurant & Bar

Mascoutah, Illinois

Smoked to the Bone, Inc. BBQ

Iuka, IL

Smokin' K's BBQ & More

Millstadt, Illinois
Traditional American cuisine including barbecue and breakfast....more!

Soulcial Kitchen

Swansea, IL
Mobility with a Mission! Food trucks offering BBQ, tacos, burgers and more, all for a cause!  Tuesday-Satur...more!

South Main Diner

Caseyville, Illinois
If inexpensive comfort food is what you crave, you are at the right place. Good food, good service and a good exper...more!

Southside Ribs

Sparta, Illinois
Southside Ribs is the perfect place for barbecue lovers. The menu features a ton of different options, so there is ...more!


Mascoutah, IL
Spudz is a locally owned counter service restaurant. We serve the biggest and best baked potatoes, panini sandwiche...more!

Squatter's Knob BBQ

Toledo, IL

Stymies Rest at West Berwick

Mount Carmel, IL
Refuel after a couple of rounds on the green at Stymies Rest, the cafe at West Berwick Golf Course....more!

Sunny's Cafe

Keyesport, IL
Breakfast served all day, daily lunch specials, and fast, friendly service! Try our famous Haystack or Killer Omele...more!

Susie's Restaurant

Red Bud, IL
American food served to you with a smile....more!

Tammie Jo's Meal House

Flora, IL
Try Tammie Jo's Meal House on your next advenutre in Flora, IL for delicious breakfast and down-home meals....more!

Taylor Maid

Sandoval, IL

The Mill

Ruma, IL
Food, Wine, Beer & Martini Bar...more!

The Salty Boar Inn and Smokehouse

Du Quoin, IL

The White House Tavern

Du Bois, IL

Tin Cup

Noble, Illinois
Sit down to a lovely breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Tin Cup in Noble, IL. Their walleye is a local favorite! Sto...more!

Tiny's Pub & Grill

Columbia, Illinois
Visit Tiny’s Pub & Grill, a locally owned and operated restaurant in Downstate Illinois since 1975! Home ...more!

Top Shooters

Columbia, IL
Top Shooters is located in Columbia, IL. Just 5 min from South County in St. Louis. Established in 2002, a very fun...more!

Tuscany Grill

Robinson, Illinois
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or an affordable night out with the family, Tuscany Grill can ...more!

Twin Rivers

Mt. Carmel, IL
A small family style restaurant with a big view of the conflux of the White and Wabash Rivers....more!

Two Farmers

Mount Carmel, IL
Old School Walk-Up and Drive-Thru serving Smashburgers, Fries, Ice Cream, and Flavored Drinks!...more!

Urban Farmhouse Eatery & Pie Company

Highland, IL

The Villa on 45 Restaurant

Neoga, Illinois
From steak dinners, to delicious sub sanwiches. Mouthwatering pizzas, to the classic cheeseburgers. Also, salads, d...more!

Wally's Drive In

Breese, IL
Wally's Drive In located in Breese, IL serves traditional diner food. ...more!

Washy's Pub

Columbia, Illinois
Join Washy's Pub for delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options with a hometown, friendly twist. Washy's...more!

Who Dat's Southern Food

Columbia, Illinois
Dine at the only authentic Cajun restaurant in Downstate Illinois! Who Dat's Southern Food's unique menu bl...more!

Willy's Pub & Grub

Vandalia, IL

Yellow Rose Smokehouse

Wayne City, IL

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