Having eaten at many southern-themed restaurants north of the Mason Dixon Line, I’m usually skeptical when I see “southern” in the name of any restaurant within a 250-mile radius of Chicago.
Despite its name, Crest Hill’s Southern Cafe, wasn’t the hokey-themed restaurant with lackluster southern knick-nacks that I thought it was.
To the contrary, it offered a modern, clean and pleasant dining experience for a bargain price. The restaurant, which opened in 2008 at 1819 Knapp Road in Crest Hill, describes itself as “a mix of good old home cooking and a dash of culinary genius.”
It was voted as “One of the Best” Breakfast / Coffee Shops during the Herald-News’ 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards. It averages a 9.4 rating out of ten on Facebook and 4 stars out of 5 on Yelp.
When I walked through the door, I knew I had only 45 minutes at most to get in, eat and get out before I had to be somewhere. The clean and brightly lit room was a relief, having eaten at too many dingy dives and diners in my past. I walked in and was quickly seated by a professional and friendly staff.