Known primarily for the state park waterfalls, the impressive sandstone walls and the cool green valleys that adorn the landscape of Illinois farmland, this region also stands out for its lively wine, beer and liquor scene, with eclectic venues to eat where all palates will delight, let’s see where to go, shall we?

Experience the Lone Buffalo without haste

Local ingredients steal all the attention at The Lone Buffalo, Ottawa. Some of these are from the restaurant’s own farm, so you know what you’re eating. The Lone Buffalo works as a brewery and a restaurant at the same time. The motto of this place is that of “slow food”, where quality prevails over speed. Whether you choose the main restaurant or the most relaxed casual area dedicated to beer, you can enjoy the warm atmosphere and order the house beer, Tangled Roots. The restaurant’s brewery, with products “from farm to glass”, grows many of its own hops. The giant multi-story copper dining boilers are the center of attention and proof of the freshness of the beer.

Fancy Versions of Classic Home-Style Dishes

Travelling to downtown Ottawa, can be the perfect opportunity to visit BASH, a themed restaurant with an interesting concept: Burger and Sushi House. Here the menu offers the odd but delicious pairing of two distant cuisines: American and Japanese, all in an excellent way. In addition to Japanese classics such as nigiri, sashimi, seaweed salads, and sushi rolls, you’ll find variations on Americans’ favorite cravings, such as gourmet macaroni and cheese and also the classic burgers with fries.

Enjoy the exquisite new versions of the classics of yesteryear, such as gorgonzola fries and the hot cheese sandwich “for adults” (rosemary ham, Emmental cheese, purple onion marmalade) along with aged filet mignon and the very popular parmesan grilled white fish. Be sure to try the beverage combination feature in the touchscreen menus.

Illinois’ Sparkling Wine

When it’s about food and wine, France always get all the attention. Why is that? There at the Starved Rock Country, a pretty good a bubbling Champagne is produced using traditional methods. The Illinois Sparkling Co. produces amazing bubbly wines with grapes cultivated on the chilly weather of Illinois. Where to taste these goods? Well, some of the company’s wines are available at the August Hill Winery tasting room in Utica. You can organize a wine tasting in your patio and leave your gest amazed. As a matter of fact, the submarine USS Illinois was baptized by former US president Barack Obama’s wife, with a custom bottle of Blend 786 of ISC

Drink, Eat and Dance at 2 Rivers Wine Fest

So, if all these options are just not enough for you, Ottawa becomes the center for the 2 Rivers Wine Fest, three whole days of dancing, wine tasting, live jazz music, and eating the famous Maine lobster. So, the Starved Rock Country has something for everyone, don’t miss the chance and give this lovely place a shot on your next trip to discover the secrets that every corner of the world has for you, sightseeing, incredible places and food, to stimulate your senses.