Papa Murph’s

Illinois 71 & Rt 178
Utica, 61373
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I was there for the labor day weekend, it was great for camping, bar, video poker, and great pizzas! They were so hospitable, the beer was always cold and all the bartenders super friendly and helpful to the out of towner that I was. Do stop and camp here for the night, and enjoy all the drinks you can at the bar. Just don't forget the big spray, your surrounded by fields.
Camped there with my wife and son because the campground we had reservations with flooded. We had a great time. Bare bones camping. The way camping should be. You get a site with a picnic table and fire ring. The bar owners were very friendly and helpful. The locals in the bar were also friendly. Only drawback is that they have only 2 porta potties which got quite disgusting by the end of the weekend. Would definitely go there again.
I was there for the motorscooter rally over Labor Day weekend (with Aaron, below) and I cant' agree more, we'll definitely be back. We'd been looking for years for somewhere we could camp as a group and be a bit loud and obnoxious without annoying the owners, campers, or local residents. They blocked off a section of the site for us, and welcomed us in the bar and the owners and staff really went out of their way to give us the run of the place and make us feel welcome. It's just a wide open field surrounded by cornfields and rural highways and there's not much shade or amenities (other than the bar) but I couldn't recommend it more for a group camping event/party, like maybe a family reunion or a vintage car club or any big group. I imagine most weekends it's pretty quiet and laid back, but If you're looking for scenic nature, solitude, and tranquility, there are probably better campgrounds in the area. Seems like it'd also be a great place to stop for the night if you're motorcycle or bicycle touring and want a cheap place to set up your tent and have a few beers. It is ridiculously convenient to Starved Rock, by the way, just a half-mile or so down the road from the entrance.

(815) 667-4747

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Canal Port

148 Mill St
Utica, 61373
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I had the prime rib and the mister had ribs. The ribs were moist and tender. The prime rib was average. The draft beers we had were a little pricey - $5 for 12 oz. I would've expected a pint. Anyhow, the accompaniments were nice. Salads were super crisp and fresh. The blue cheese dressing I had didn't taste very blue though. Service was excellent - very friendly and perfectly timed.
We came here on a whim after hiking starved rock and we have to say we were pleasantly surprised. Our server Eric was very welcoming, and when we were unsure on what to order he recommended the chicken piccata which was fantastic. The chicken was seasoned to perfection. Be sure to request him as your server. Portions were generous, and we would definitely recommend this place to anyone in search of some good eats.
My husband and I visited canal port last Sunday night. We like to think we are fried mushroom judges. Their fried mushrooms were the best in LaSalle count no doubt! I serve at a fine dinning restaurant and the breading on these was delish. I do wish they would make one more cut to 1/3 or 1/4. Half of a mushroom is BIG, if love to pop em in my mouth. However they still got a 10 out of 10, from my mate. I had the red pepper orange roughy very good, will order again. He got the ribeye special very good and cooked as we would expect. This is a bar atmosphere, but do not be turned away by that there is a dinning room available too, I believe they only use it during busy times. Many many beers to choose from peroni, Stella, hefewiezen and many others! Service was great too, she knew her stuff and we were not rushed to finish one dish before the next. This is a nice place for a single dinner too! The bar is easy to eat at and the bartender was very prompt. (I watched from my table) We did not have desert, but the server told them what they were and they sounded heavenly!

(815) 667-3010

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Joy & Ed’s Supper Club

113 Mill
Utica, 61373
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This place has the best egg sandwich in the Midwest ! Ask for bacon and ham, then thank me later ;)
We generally go camping out in Utica at least once a year. The best breakfast place hands down is Joy and Eds. The biscuits and gravy are the best we've ever had anywhere. Every time we go in there the staff remembers us from the prior year. You won't find better prices anywhere. If you are ever in Utica Il near Starved Rock your first stop before hitting the trails has to be Joy and Eds for the best breakfast you'll ever have.
Down home welcoming atmosphere. Very good food. Hubby had hamburger-juicy and big. He also tried the chili which was vet good. I had the pork burger-ground pork to try something new-I liked it. Fries were done perfect. Waitress helpful as we had short time to eat because of a tour.

(815) 667-4850

American (Traditional)

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Landers House Country Lodging and the Cottages

115 E Church
Utica, 61373
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We stayed here for two nights during a week-end get-away to Starved Rock State Park. Utica is the closest town to the park, and Landers House is a much more intimate accommodation than the lodge at the park or some of the bigger hotels. We stayed in The Safari Suite, which included a living/sitting room with a Jacuzzi, mini-fridge, and wood-burning fireplace; a bedroom; and the world's tiniest bathroom (but clean and perfectly functional). As the name suggests, everything was decorated in a jungle motif, including animal sculptures, animal wall stencils, lots of animal print fabrics, and even mosquito netting on the bed. The owners and staff were very accommodating and friendly, and the three-course breakfasts were great (egg-cheese-and-hash brown soufflé one morning; French toast and bacon the next). The breakfasts also include fresh fruit and some kind of appetizer such as yogurt or fresh baked fruit pastries, and are served in the dining room at whatever time of morning you specify. Landers House also offers special packages for additional fees, such as floral arrangements in your room or in-room massages from a local masseuse. We celebrated our anniversary by ordering the Fireside Dessert for Two, which turned out to be two home-made chocolate-caramel bundt cakes waiting for us in our fridge along with a bottle of wine. The only downside, if you can call it that, to our stay was the small size of the rooms. Small rooms are to be expected in renovated Victorian houses, of course, but because of all of the furniture in these rooms you have to navigate your way around very carefully. We were constantly banging our elbows on the walls of the toilet cubicle, stubbing our toes on the ottoman, and getting swatted in the face by the potted palm fronds. If you like cozy rooms you'll love this suite, but if you're claustrophobic or clumsy, you might want to opt for something larger, like the cabins out back that Landers House also operates.
This place is under new management, so they still don't have a website, which is inconvenient. The place was clean had no issues with the room. If you stay in the Serengeti room, there are 2 thermostats, so we woke up at 1am sweating to death..lol. Once we found the other one..it was fine. My biggest suggestion would be change the mattress..very hard and uncomfortable. The breakfast was good and people were nice. I would stay again if they gave some things a facelift. Price was a bit high for off season as well.
As we pulled up to the Landers House, I'm thinking what the hell did I get myself into. I'm not the B & B type of guy. But good luck trying to find a cabin around Starved Rock with Wi-Fi & cable TV. But out of all the cabins I called around the area, Mary the owner operator was the friendliest and most down to earth person I had talked to so I went with it. The house itself is an old 1800's Victorian and the cabins are in the back. If you look up the cabins on line the pictures on the website don't do it justice. Not one bit. My wife and I we're floored at how beautiful the place was. Clean, spotless & fully equipped. Sink, coffee maker, fridge, hot tub, 2 plush bathrobes, screen in porch, glasses, plates, salt & pepper, they have the whole Magilla. You get your own fire pit with wood sitting there for the taking. In the morning Mary brought breakfast to our cabin at the time we designated & then gave my wife a tour of every available room she had. I guess that fact that I came home later the next week and found our living room decorated suspiciously like the cabin says leaps & bounds. I drew the line at leopard printed pillows however. Bottom line is this place was fantastic & we can't wait to go back and in closing, yes Mary Rocks

(815) 667-5170

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast

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Jimmy John’s

2971 E 8th Rd
Utica, 61373
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(815) 667-4160

Sandwiches

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Country Cupboard

402 Clark St
Utica, 61373
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Great service and creamy ice cream - Malt Amore and Mackinac Island Fudge. Serves Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream.
We have been going there for years will never go back again. The food was always mediocre but we went back as a starved rock tradition. Today they made my husbands "everything but pickle" burger with "everything". When mentioned the man said "it was written down as the works" as if it were our fault that the order was written down incorrectly. Then instead of replacing the bun and condiments he removed only the pickles and not even all of them. An apology would have gone a long way instead they were so cold that my 9 year old commented (as we walked out to dirty looks) "they hate us here now". In the past there were not a lot of options in Utica but now there are and i will gladly spend my money at a place that knows how to treat customers.
Best place to stop after a long hike at Starved Rock! The tenderloin is my greasy guilty pleasure after a lot of exercise!!! Yumm!

(815) 667-5155

Coffee & Tea, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Skoog’s Pub & Grill

155 Mill
Utica, 61373
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(815) 667-5800

American (Traditional)

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McDonald’s

3020 E 8th Rd
Utica, 61373
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(815) 667-9969

Fast Food, Burgers

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Cajun Connection

897 E US Hwy 6
Utica, 61373
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(815) 667-9855

French, Cajun/Creole

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The Willows

325 Clark St
Utica, 61373
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(815) 667-3400

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