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Lotawata Creek

311 Salem Pl, Fairview Heights, IL 62208-1314
618-628-7373
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Arriving here we didn't have any expectations. But if we did it would have surpassed. My brother and I both ordered burgers. My heart attack burger was ecstasy for my taste buds. My brother had a Mac and cheese burger. Delicious! Staff was wonderful and food delicious!

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

We were in town for business and wanted to eat somewhere unique that wasn't part of a chain. Tripadvisor reviews decided for us and I'm glad they did. The food was excellent and they weren't kidding about the portions. I would definitely eat here again!

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st louis mo
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136 reviews 136 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We've been here twice in a year and it's still worth the drive! Honestly, I was more impressed the first time. The quality seemed a little off this time. I'm hoping it was just a bad visit. The portions are still ENORMOUS. The bread is pretty good and there is NO way you'll ever be able to eat an appetizer.... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We tried this restaurant Friday night after seeing the write-ups for it on Tripadvisor. I will say I am so glad that we did! We are still talking about how large the portions were and how great the food was. They bring you these massive yeast rolls when you first sit down which were some of the best I have... More

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Belleville, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Their motto is "This ain't no chain restaurant. We serve real food." And lots of it! At first glance it looks expensive, but wait until you are taking half your dinner home because you can't eat it all! Really good food with a slight Cajun twist and well worth the price. I say, get a lota at Lotawata!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We took our family of six here for dinner and all of us loved it! You do NOT need an appetizer as you get a ton of food with your meal. The food was good and the service was great. Plenty of room to sit and relax and eat without feeling rushed.

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Kenosha, WI
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Wow! The portion sizes here are rediculously huge. While visiting Fairview Heights, my friends and I wanted to try a local restaurant as opposed to yet another chain. Lotawata is it. We ate there on the 4th of July and were seated right away, however other days we saw the line out the door. If you like great southern style... More

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Champaign, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Love this place! Huge menu with a wide variety of delicious entrees, appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Don't forget to finish your meal off with the giant chocolate chip cookie, deep fried in some kind of yummy crispy breading, then topped with ice cream, whip cream and lots of hot fudge! And if you like stuffed mushrooms....order these! Portabella caps stuffed... More

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MO
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Fairly standard menu selections. Portions are huge but it has a clearly stated split-plate charge. We ordered a full slab of ribs, split-plate. Server was personable, friendly, and there was no evidence of disappointment that we ordered so little. The ribs we each received were larger than half-slabs we have had at other restaurants. Broccoli was tender, but not overcooked,... More

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Bethalto, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I went there with a large group. Were celebrating my son-in-laws birthday. The service was excellent. The food was excellent although a little pricy. The portions were huge. I think that most had leftovers. This is an excellent place to have a celebration. It is family friendly.

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