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“Better come hungry!”
Review of Lotawata Creek

Lotawata Creek
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Red Bud, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
276 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Better come hungry!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

Wow...great food and very big portions! The burgers and fries are wonderful. I also like the chicken fried chicken. You will love the food at LottaWatta!

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English first
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE!!!”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

we were coming back from St Louis and friends recommened this place. I would have to say this is a GREAT place to eat. The rolls are unbelievable good and the portion of the food can be shared with 2 people. There is a $2 charge for sharing but well worth it. Pricing is a little on the high side, but if you share not to bad. Love our waiter he was great! The ice in our drinks were neat it was like it shaved ice. Sweet tea makes me think of South Caroina tea! We loved it, wished they had more of them in our area! Thanks for a great time!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank luvdeals
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Carbondale, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
191 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“One of our favorites”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is our favorite restaurant in the St. Louis area. Lotawata is a place you visit when you are famished because they have huge portions. It doesn't matter because you'll still end up taking leftovers away. If you chose to split your entree with another guest, they charge a fee. It is better just to get the item and take home half. It is a popular place, so you'll have better luck avoiding a wait if you go early. We try to make it for lunch or an early dinner (around 4pm). They start you out with huge homemade rolls and cinnamon butter (or regular butter). They have an expansive menu. I have tried many things at Lotawata and I've never had something bad. They have a delicious homemade pot pie and the burgers are to die for. My husband gets the chili horseshoe or a burger. One time he tried the heart attack burger (deep fried burger). If you get fries as your side, you'll get a heaping portion of hand-cut fries that are deep fried to perfection. Check out Lotawata and you'll see why this is a local favorite.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank worknschoolmom23
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Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“More than we could eat”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

The food was delicious and was more than we could eat. As a matter of fact, it evidently was more than most could eat because just about everyone was carrying out a doggie bag (us too!). We were impressed with the large variety of menu items. The wait was long (45 minutes) but it was worth it.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank 1966Airstream
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Iuka, IL
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“If you love fries you will love this place”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

If you plan to eat at this restaurant you will want to go about an hour before you are ready to eat and get your name on the waiting list. When you come back an hour later you should be within about 10 to 15 minutes of being seated. The service is ok but on a couple of occasions it has been very slow but I would say it's due to the extreme number of guests. The food is average and heavy but if you have never seen a mountain of french fries, this is the place to go. Two people can share one meal with no problems. My kids like to go mainly for the novelty of the place but I prefer other places around town.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Kelly C
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