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“Warm family style dinner”

Giant City State Park Lodge & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Makanda
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lansing, Illinois
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3 reviews
“Warm family style dinner”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

We dined at Giant City State Park Lodge after SIU graduation on 12/14/13. The lodge atmosphere was warm and festive. The family style fried chicken dinner was like Sunday dinner at Grandma's house, and a deal at $10.99! Our family enjoyed the experience immensely.

  • Visited December 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“Best Chicken Dinner”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

The fried chicken is served family style starting with dinner rolls with apple butter (my family's favorite). The chicken comes with buttered corn, green beens, dumplings, slaw, and potatoes with gravy. You will not leaving hungry - the food is great!

  • Visited December 2013
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Murphysboro, Illinois
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“homemade good!!”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

local family owned business
rustic lodge sitting. Food served family style.......famous fried chicken with all the great sides
A must try for Southern Illinois area

  • Visited November 2013
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Carbondale, Illinois
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91 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“It's All About the Chicken”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Giant City Lodge has been famous for decades for their all you can eat fried chicken dinner. A full meal includes slaw, biscuits, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes and white gravy, dumplings, and a big plate of chicken. Current price is $11.99, but if you go for lunch Monday-Thursday, you can save a couple of dollars per person. It's a starchfest, but it's a classic. How often do you get the chance to have this kind of meal? Enjoy it! The chicken is the star, though they have a full menu to make everyone in your group happy.

Come see the park, take a hike, visit the CCC-built lodge and stay for a meal. If you're in the area overnight, stay in one of the adorable cabins. If you're a little adventurous, climb the famous water tower to the observation deck- it's right next to the lodge parking lot. It's got spectacular views.

Living in Southern Illinois, I've taken lots of visitors to the Lodge for chicken dinner. They always want to go back when they visit again.

  • Visited November 2013
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Delray Beach, Florida
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Best food ever!”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

I live in Florida now, but when I was a kid, I went to Giant City all the time. The trails and the atmosphere are great, but the best part, is the food! Go on Sunday and get served family style for succulent fried chicken and savory dumplins! It's a must have when you are in the area.

  • Visited November 2013
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