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“The Park Would be Worth It, Alone”

Giant City State Park Lodge & Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Makanda
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed November 2, 2012

The park setting is beautiful and the food is predictably good. Ample portions; a true touch of midwestern America.

Thank Ella L
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We went on a Sunday and had the family style chicken meal. I dont usually order fried chicken in restaurants but I must say it was excellent. The service was very good as well. The surrounding was very rustic and the leaves are turning and it was just amazing. I do encourage anyone that visits to google the history of the lodge it is worthwhile and adds to the appreciation of the workmanship of the facility etc. Great day and highly recommend to anyone looking for a great family time.

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Thank Angela H
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

we ate at the lodge and had the chicken special and was very dissappointed as the chicken was mediocre and there was no taste in the dumplings, they had to be out of a can. The biscuits were hard and small, mashed potatoes out of a box or as i call them tasteless as the cardboard they came from, overall a pretty bland meal and if that wasn't enough our waitress was clueless,we watch other people who came in after us get their meals and refills on drinks and yet we waited to get our food. The gal that gave us our menu was real busy but this blonde waitress was young and lackadaisical. I wish i hadn't tipped cause she didn't earn it.

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1  Thank mac3538
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Make no mistake, the food was good - but not exceptional. The rustic country atmosphere is the biggest part of the experience. The beautiful fall leaves outside the window of our table made an average meal very enjoyable. We decided to have their 'famous' fried chicken family style meal, which includes green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, milk gravy, cole slaw, dumplings, biscuits with butter and apple butter. The second serving of chicken we got was much hotter (ie: fresher) than the first and the gravy we got had already started to congeal. The biscuits were small and heavy, but the green beans were very tender and slightly sweet. The dumplings were hard and inedible. We both enjoyed our desserts: stawberry shortcake and apple cobbler, though when the waitress offered a la mode, she didn't notify us the ice cream would cost extra.

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Thank Kocickasmom
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

People really seem to love this place, but after eating there 4 times, I am not impressed. The food is fine and the setting is nice. Very rustic building in a pretty state park.

Thank Joel A
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