The family-friendly, distraction-free atmosphere at County Seat Cafe in Edwardsville, Illinois, was purposeful – you won’t see any TVs on the walls, which are decorated with charming burlap drapes and historic photographs of Edwardsville.

The owners wanted to create an environment where locals, out-of-towners and customers of all ages could grab a hearty American-style breakfast, lunch or dinner. Co-owner Stefanie Franklin recently revamped the restaurant’s menu, which debuts this month.

For breakfast, start off with pillow-y scratch-made biscuits and gravy, cheerful pineapple upside-down waffles or pancakes; for lunch, indulge in rich five-cheese mac ‘n’ cheese and a plate of fried chicken made with County Seat Cafe’s signature breading; and for dinner, try a blue plate special – daily rotating specialties that include dishes like kielbasa and ‘kraut, slow-roasted pork steak or chicken pot pie.

County Seat Cafe, 316 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, Illinois, 618.307.9617,


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