November 2, 2015

Giant City Lodge & Restaurant


Giant City Lodge & Restaurant is located in the middle of the Shawnee National Forest near Carbondale, Illinois.


Last Friday night, we ate supper there.  On Friday nights, they have a fish fry, with all-you-can-eat catfish, coleslaw, old fashioned fried potatoes, and hushpuppies.  The catfish was delicious.

If an all-you-can-eat fish fry isn't your thing, you can order off of a full menu.


Giant City Lodge & Restaurant serves an all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner on Thursdays.  All other days of the week, they serve an all-you-can-eat fried chicken dinner.

The dining room is completely surrounded by windows; so no matter where you sit, you will have impressive views of this beautiful setting.


From the front entrance or back entrance, you enter this fabulous, rustic lobby. 


Friday night, we were able to be seated without a wait; however, Sundays during the month of October when the foliage is at its most magnificent boasting colors of yellow, red and orange; and southern Illinois weather is still rather mild, reservations are recommended.  


This water tower is located behind the parking lot.  It's probably a good idea to climb to the top before eating!  At the top of the tower is an observation deck.  The view of the Shawnee National Forest is breathtaking.


And here are the cabins that are available for rental.




You can read about the lodge's history here.  

If you have seen the movie Gone Girl, part of it was filmed inside Giant City Lodge & Restaurant.  When I watched this movie, the scenes featuring the lodge especially stood out for me since we have eaten their many, many times.

If you ever find yourself in beautiful southern Illinois, this is a must do.  You won't be disappointed!
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