The Alton area’s best-known, 10-day week begins today, with the launch of Alton Restaurant Week.

greatriversandrouteslogoThe Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau says 10 days of “dining adventures” will run from Jan. 18 through Jan. 27, during which time delectable delights from 25 participating locally owned and operated restaurants in Alton, Bethalto, Godfrey, Jerseyville and Grafton will participate.
Diners also have the opportunity to sample signature beers from two of the area’s craft breweries, Old Bakery Beer Co., and Grafton Winery and Brewhaus.

During Restaurant Week diners can expect fixed-price meals with lunch at $10 and dinners for $25 or two for $25. There are no passes to buy. Menus and details on the event can be found at www.AltonRestaurantWeek.com.

“Every year we continue to grow our list of participating restaurants,” said Brett Stawar, president and CEO of the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. “We have new participating restaurants and returning favorites. It’s really exciting when new restaurants ask to be part of our event. It shows how deep the culture of our culinary scene runs.”

New to this year’s Restaurant Week is State Street Bar and Grill in Jerseyville and Bakers & Hale in Godfrey.

Returning favorites are: Alton Sports Tap, Alton Wood River Sportsmens Club, Bluff City Grill, Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge, Brown Bag Bistro, Carver’s Southern Style BBQ, Castelli’s at 255, Chez Marilyn, Decaro’s, Fin Inn, Gentelin’s on Broadway, Great Rivers Tap and Grill at Best Western Premier Alton St. Louis, Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, High Flyers Grille, Johnson’s Corner, Journey at the Argosy Casino Alton, My Just Desserts, Morrison’s Irish Pub, Old Bakery Beer Co., Olga’s Kitchen, Roper’s Regal Beagle, State Street Market, and Tony’s Restaurant.

Stawar said, “Each restaurant taking part has worked hard to put together a menu showcasing their specialties while also providing diners with a distinct culinary experience.”

Again this year, diners who visit a participating restaurant can bring their receipt to the Alton Visitors Center at 200 Piasa St., Alton, and receive a free souvenir glass. The glass features the iconic Alton Clark Bridge with a paddlewheel riverboat. Glasses will be distributed from the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., while quantities last. Diners must bring in a receipt from a participating restaurant to receive a glass.

The event has been made possible with the help of the following sponsors: Fritz Distributing, Liberty Bank, CNB Bank & Trust, Alton Memorial Hospital and Argosy Casino.
For more information or to view menus offered by the participating restaurants, go to www.AltonRestaurantWeek.com or call the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau at 1 (800) 258-6645.