While on vacation, or stopping through the area, travelers often enjoy finding locally-owned restaurants that give a flair of the area. Maybe you’re a local but have never experienced the unique taste Mt. Vernon has to offer. Either way, you will want to try these 15 local restaurants!
300 S. 44th St.
Family-owned and operated since 2011, Agave serves traditional Mexican dishes in a relaxing environment. On special evenings, enjoy live music on the outdoor patio or a local Mariachi band. Menu items include taco salad, fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, a variety of seafood including fish tacos, crab meat, and more! Satisfy your sweet tooth with sopapilla, flan, or fried ice cream.
4303 Broadway St.
Opening in 1995, El Rancherito was the first authentic Mexican restaurant to serve Mt. Vernon, Illinois. They offer delivery to all Mt. Vernon businesses, an outdoor patio, and a private meeting room. El Rancherito serves a delicious variety of food and drinks including cheese dip, burritos, nachos, chicken over rice, tamales, and more!
222 S. 9th St.
Recently opened in 2017, Guero’s brings Tex-Mex cuisine to downtown Mt. Vernon. In addition to customary Mexican dishes such as rice and beans, enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, and more, Guero’s also serves classic American dishes. Some of their American fares include bacon cheeseburgers, BLT club sandwiches, and Philly Steak. They also offer desserts such as sopapilla, tres leches, and cheesecake.
901 Prairie Ave.
La Fiesta is the newest Mexican restaurant to come to Mt. Vernon. Featuring authentic Mexican meals including Mexican sweet corn, shrimp tacos, chimichangas, fajitas and more. The Fiesta Burrito, a signature dish, includes chicken, shrimp, and steaked topped with cheese dip.
818 Jordan Street
Joe’s Pizza serves Italian cuisine to multiple locations in Southern Illinois featuring the Trupiano family’s secret homemade sauce. The Italian fare includes deep dish pizza, spaghetti, tortellini and other pastas, sub sandwiches, bruschetta, salads, cannoli, and more.
416 Main St.
Opened in 1972, Pizza Man is Mt. Vernon’s longest running, locally owned pizzeria. Pizza Man is known for their thin crust specialty pizzas and homemade ranch dressing. Some of their featured pizzas include BBQ chicken, Hawaiian, chicken alfredo, bacon cheeseburger, and more.
1920 S. 10th St.
Serving home cooked meals daily, the Diner and Bakery offers classic diner fare for breakfast and lunch. Menu items include a variety of omelets, biscuits and gravy, country fried steak, fried pickles, beef manhattan, horse shoes, patty melts, and more. Choose from delicious homemade desserts such as cinnamon rolls, cookies, pie, and cake from their in-restuarant bakery or place an order for future needs.
424 S. 44th St.
This farmhouse, diner-style restaurant serves all day breakfast. They also offer a variety of lunch and dinner options including cod fish, pork chops, pasta, the Rueben sandwich, salads, and more. Homemade desserts such as lemon meringue, coconut cream pie, cheesecake, and German chocolate cake, are always available, as well.
4115 A Broadway St.
Recently moved to their new location, The Waffle Company serves up a hearty breakfast and lunch. Known for their waffles, they also serve pancakes, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, BLTs, and more.
Bar & Grill
1113 Salem Rd.
Since opening in 1989, The Frosty Mug has been famous for their BBQ, brisket, and ribs. They also serve Hawg Wings, savory, pork shanks that are slow-smoked to perfection. Live music and daily drink specials can also be found at the Frosty.
201 Broadway St.
A popular hangout among Mt. Vernon locals, Trackside Bar & Grill serves daily specials including Mexican Monday and Wings Wednesday. Other menu items include frog legs, filet mignon, crab Rangoon, steak sandwich, and an open salad bar.
222 Potomac Blvd.
Best described as casual fine dining with a Southern Illinois flair, the Double Overtime Grill features celebrity made liquors and a premium wine selection. Located inside the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton, they serve hand-cut steaks, Kobe burgers, prime rib, tilapia, salads, and more.
224 S. 10th St.
Winner of the Illinois Office of Tourism’s “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award, RARE Chop House ensures an exquisite culinary experience. Their Wine Room features 1000+ wines from around the world. Entrees include ribeye, Atlantic salmon, chicken parmesan, fettucine, and more.
311 Broadway St.
Enjoy a touch of Chicago in the heart of Southern Illinois. Besides Chicago-style hot dogs, Bugsy’s also serves Italian beef, brats, Greek chicken, chili cheese fries, and more. They offer a unique, retro atmosphere with downtown Chicago décor.
1014 Main St.
Family owned and operated since 1978, this authentic Greek restaurant serves Gyros, Kalamata Salads, crinkle fries, and homemade Gyro stew. For dessert, try their traditional Baklava, baked by the owner.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, Mt. Vernon has a local restaurant for you! For a full restaurant guide contact the Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitors Bureau at (618) 242-3151.