If you haven’t already met, we want to introduce you to our General Manager of Galena IL, Trevor Harris. Trevor has lived in Galena his whole life, graduating from Galena High School and working at various hospitality locations over the course of his professional career.
He knows the ins and outs of a town that travelers have grown to love, and he’s seen Galena grow and change as he’s grown up with it. Galena is known for its eclectic European style, local wine, and great food, and who better to ask about the town’s most sought-after places to eat than a local? Trevor has put together his favorite spots in Galena, enjoy!
“My favorite aspect of Galena is how peaceful it truly is. Downtown has such a rich history to offer with various fine dining options and plenty of shopping. If you want to take a day to get off the beaten path, that is also an option.”
“Having lived in Galena, IL, my whole life, I’ve watched the community change and grow, and appreciate every experience that Galena has given me over the course of my time here and have been lucky enough to experience firsthand the best sights, sounds, and foods that establishes Galena’s reputation as a must-see location. “
“I want to share some of the food and beverage highlights in Galena that would give any visitor a treat to remember. Also, I’ve listed the eateries in chronological order based on mealtimes so you can plan a convenient route for your itinerary, enjoy!”
European Breakfasts in Galena
If you wish to start your day with a happy belly, French and German style, then look no further than Fritze and Frites. It’s a lovely bistro that serves authentic Alsation cuisine that will transport you to quaint parts of the old world. Some of the must-try items on the restaurant’s menu include Fred’s Sauerbraten (beef marinated in a special sauce) and Poulet Roti, a tasty chicken dish roasted to perfection with fragrant garlic.
I’d recommend Bread & Vine for fresh pastries, tacos, and sandwiches made to order for those who prefer a lighter breakfast. The eatery opens seven days a week from 9 am, so you can have peace of mind knowing that there’s an irresistible breakfast selection awaiting you.
Lovely Lunches in Galena
Situated in a historic downtown building, Fried Green Tomatoes is a popular lunch spot featuring an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine. The restaurant’s filet mignon and shrimp and cedar-planked walleye are divine, especially when paired with premium wine.
If you crave some second helpings, drinks, and musical entertainment right after a satisfying lunch, Embe Eatery & Lounge is the place to be. They serve some of the freshest homemade dishes (they don’t have freezers, so you can expect warm meals prepared on the spot) in the area with widely known favorites like bread pudding and pastrami sandwiches.
Durty Gurt’s in downtown Galena offers original recipes like the Hawaii Five-O-Burger and City Diner Burger that will instantly win the thumbs of approval from bonafide burger lovers. They open at 11 am every day except for Wednesdays when they’re closed.
Delicious Dinners and Activities in Galena
If you’re a meat lover and plan to drop by Galena for a day trip, Log Cabin Restaurant is a great choice as the ideal dinner spot. Established in 1937, Log Cabin is the oldest running food establishment in the city, providing the same freshly prepared ribs and seafood enjoyed for generations. They operate daily from 4 pm-9 pm. You can expect more than great food when you dine at Log Cabin. You will personally experience the unique essence of Galena delivered with exceptional service.
For French and German styles, look no further than Fritze and Frites. It’s a lovely bistro that serves authentic Alsation cuisine that will transport you to quaint parts of the old world. Some of the must-try items on the restaurant’s menu include Fred’s Sauerbraten (beef marinated in a special sauce) and Poulet Roti, a tasty chicken dish roasted to perfection with fragrant garlic.
Goldmoor Inn, situated by Chestnut Mountain Resort along BlackJack Road, is another top pick for Galena locals and tourists alike. Dishes made at the Goldmoor are created by highly talented chefs, such as the signature Beef Wellington which visitors rave about. While the restaurant itself is upscale, you will find pleasure in every bite as you appreciate the phenomenal view of the Mississippi River and Galena greenery.
Of course, The charming atmosphere doesn’t stop downtown! Once you’ve finished with your sightseeing and gourmet adventures around Galena, I welcome you to stay with us here at Stoney Creek Inn Galena. Stoney Creek Inn offers a serene atmosphere and a friendly face, right outside of town.
Galena After Dark
Wind down at the end of the night with a glass of local wine in our cozy Loose Moose Saloon, and enjoy Galena summer nights on our outdoor patio. You can spend the day on Lake Galena, the Mighty Mississippi, or do some hiking and/or kayaking. Truly, the best of all worlds.
“Each day, I am ecstatic to share my hometown and all it has to offer with each one of our guests. You will find a helping hand and a warm welcome at every turn. We hope to see you soon At the end of the day, Stoney Creek offers hours of relaxation, fun, and conversation. And with that, I’d like to end my mini food tour by extending you a warm welcome to Galena, an ageless city, for priceless memories.”
“You can spend the day on Lake Galena, the Mighty Mississippi, or do some hiking and/or kayaking. Truly, the best of all worlds. I am so thankful to have spent 14 years in the hospitality industry here. Each day, I am ecstatic to share my hometown and all it has to offer with each one of our guests. You will find a helping hand and a warm welcome at every turn. We hope to see you soon!”
-Trevor Harris, General Manager