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2017 Official Alton Visitors Guide
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Top 5 Restaurants for Fried Fish Sandwiches

It’s fish fry season! While we have numerous churches, KC Halls and VFWs that host fish frys we also have several, locally-owned eateries that are known for their delicious breaded, fried catfish. Here is my top five list for our region (northern Madison, Jersey and Calhoun counties) in no particular order.

1) Fin Inn, Grafton

The name alone should let you know what a great seafood restaurant this place is. My favorite is the pond raised catfish fillet sandwich. You can also try a buffalo fish fillet, an Alaskan whitefish fillet and even a tilapia fillet. All of these sandwiches are under $8, too! While at the Fin Inn take in the amazing view of the four 2000-gallon aquariums that contain fish native to the Mississippi River.  Twenty-one of the tables have tableside aquarium viewing windows. 

2) Illinois Riverdock Restaurant, Hardin
One of the Riverdock’s specialties is its fried catfish. After having a bite, you’ll know why. While you’re there make sure to save room for a side of fresh baked pie.

3) Old Bakery Beer, Alton
Yes, it's more well-known for being a brewery but during Lent, Old Bakery Beer is offering different specials weekly.

3) Beasley Fish Stand, Grafton
Grafton is a river town so it has several hot fish stands including the Beasley Fish Stand. You can enjoy a hot fish sandwich along with cole slaw and hush puppies near the banks of the Illinois River.

4) O’ Jan’s Fish Stand, Grafton

O’ Jan’s Fish Stand is another spot to grab a fresh, hot fish sandwich just off Main Street in downtown Grafton. It’s a hot spot for tourists and locals to grab one of the better fried fish sandwiches in the area. 

5) Barefoot Inn, Hardin
Stop by the Barefoot Inn in Hardin to enjoy catfish fritters with a view of the Illinois River. The experience is unforgettable with home-style country food served at exceptional prices. And of course, you do get a serene view of the Illinois River.




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