Best known as the home of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois is much more than a sleepy college town located about 28 miles northeast of downtown St. Louis. The combination of low tax rates and young, single residents attracts accomplished chefs from St. Louis neighborhoods such as The Hill and The Loop. However, Edwardsville recently witnessed the closing of two cutting edge eateries: Stir and Social Gastro Pub. Despite the loss of the two foodie mainstays, Edwardsville remains one of the most popular restaurant destinations in the Bi-State region.

The Reasons to Support Edwardsville Restaurants

The epicurean delights offered by Edwardsville restaurants would cost much more, if the eateries operated in many St. Louis City and County neighborhoods. Affordability is just one reason to make the trek to Edwardsville for a delectable night of dining. Five restaurants provide five more reasons why Edwardsville restaurants deserve your support.

1818 Chophouse

1818 Chophouse1818 Chophouse earns high praise for the perfectly cooked chops and steaks. However, the popular Edwardsville restaurant offers dishes you cannot find anywhere else in metro St. Louis. For example, the Vermont Goat Cheese Brulee changes the culinary dynamics of the long time dessert staple. Sage and brown butter pasta features plump prawns tossed with pancetta, ricotta cheese, and butternut squash. The bartenders have mastered the art of making unique cocktails such as the Lavender Mojitos, as well as pouring craft beer from local brewery Schafley.

 Wang Gang

wanglogoDiners that love genuine Asian cuisine do not have to look anywhere else but Wang Gang. The inviting ambiance and terrific wait staff push the restaurant to the top of the Edwardsville must visit list. Try the very flavorful garlic noodles and steamed vegetables. The family-friendly restaurant offers grass-fed burgers for diners that prefer something other than the house specialties, Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles.

Peel Wood Fired Pizza

peellogoIf you have never indulged in a wood-fired pizza, make Peel Wood Fired Pizza the first restaurant on your Edwardsville itinerary. The restaurant has classic pizzas on its menu, such as Margherita and Italian Sausage. However, the specialty wood-fired pizzas like Shrimp Scampi, Maple Bourbon Pork, and Ballpark Chicken Nacho steal the culinary show.

Doc’s Smokehouse

docssmokehouselogoPersonable, yet non-intrusive service makes Doc’s Smokehouse one of the favorite dining destinations for residents that live in metro St. Louis Succulent pulled pork, creamy macaroni, and cheese, and homemade potato salad remain three of the most popular dishes offered by the restaurant. Doc’s Smokehouse runs several promotions during the week, with the restaurant always packed on Taco Tuesdays.

Cleveland Heath

clevelandheathlogoWith fertile Southern Illinois farm fields nearby, it makes good business sense to unveil a farm-to-table menu that features the freshest produce in town. Innovative interpretations on classic dishes appeal to adventurous diners, while the menu also offers comfort food such as cheeseburgers and fries. Do not forget to ask about the daily specials, which highlight the fresh ingredients the restaurant receives every day.

Why settle for one or two of the culinary gems operating in Edwardsville, when you can sample the best dishes from dozens of eateries. The 9th annual Taste of Edwardsville is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017. Check the Taste of Edwardsville website and Facebook page to learn more details.

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