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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Bethany Christo is Feast's special projects editor who enjoys barbecue, grammar, good reads, thrifting, attempting humor and rapping by herself in the car, all to the detriment of her social life. You'll find her near the desserts.

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