Charming Galena, Illinois is filled with stellar views, countless historic attractions, antique shops and award-winning wineries, but did you also know its home to amazing food destinations? Plan a trip to taste your way through Galena and sample everything from classic American cafés to hearty steakhouses and – of course – mouthwatering desserts!
Galena is home to incredible views, rich history and delicious cuisine
Breakfast at Otto’s Place Café and Lounge
For breakfast, dine at Otto’s Place Café and Lounge, located just across the river from Galena’s Main Street. The breakfast joint uses local ingredients to create fresh and ever-changing dishes. If you’re in the mood for a hearty start to your day, order the Biscuits and Gravy, made with Arnold’s Farm organic pork sausage. Otto’s Place also doubles as an art gallery featuring the work of local artists, so remember to peruse the art displays after dining.
Work off breakfast by strolling Galena’s Historic Main Street. The famous downtown area is home to the Galena History Museum, U.S. Grant Home and State Historic Site, and loads of shops.
Lunch at Durty Gurt’s Buger Joynt
For lunch, head to Durty Gurt’s Burger Joynt on Main Street. The eclectic and fun lunch spot is a great place to enjoy a homemade burger… with a twist. Take the Hawaii Five-O Burger for example: it’s a half pound patty on a toasted bun with grilled pineapple rings, melted cheddar and mozzarella, jalapeno peppers, lettuce, tomato, onion and southwest ranch. To sweeten the deal, all burgers come with your choice of homemade, seasoned or sweet potato fries.
Indulge in a juicy burger with a twist at Durty Gurt’s
Wash down lunch with a treat at American Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, also on Main Street. The parlor still has its original 1846 cabinetry, which gives patrons an authentic old-fashioned experience. Indulge in one of the shop’s specialty desserts, floats, malts and shakes.
If you need a foodie break before dinner, hike or bike the Galena River Trail. Seven different routes make up the trail’s network, which follows the pristine Galena River. Take a break at the Davis Creek Bridge to take in the area’s beautiful scenery.
Dinner at Log Cabin Steakhouse
Cap off your foodie getaway in Galena with dinner at Log Cabin Steakhouse. This favorite destination for locals and tourists alike opened its doors in 1937. Since then, it has received national recognition as the place for mouthwatering beef and seafood dishes, and Log Cabin’s Prime Rib of Beef is no exception! The juicy slab of meat is slow cooked for five hours and served with a special Au Jus. Your stomach will thank you for ordering!
Log Cabin Steakhouse is located on Main Street in the heart of Galena
After wetting your palate in Galena, discover more Culinary Trip Ideas at EnjoyIllinois.com.
-The Illinois Office of Tourism