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Mary Lou's Grill

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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118 S Illinois Ave, Stop 5, Carbondale, IL 62901-2942
+1 618-457-5084
Tue - Sat 07:00 - 14:00
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Carbondale, Illinois
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This small place is great. If you want some of their delicious, famous biscuits 'n gravy, make sure you get there early! I always get an omelet with home style fries and it also comes with the B&G so I never leave hungry. Staff is great too.

Thank 59mla
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162 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Mary Lou's is a staple for the community. The biscuits and gravy are referred to as the best in the world by countless people including myself, just don't tell grandma.

Thank Jeremy C
Arthur, Illinois
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108 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a fun place for old time Dinner food. The restaurant takes you back to the fifties and sixties.

Thank Galen T
Benton, Illinois
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This place has been around forever. Great Breakfast, great coffee and great people! Mary Lou's is like stepping back in time. It is like the Mom and Pop, 50's style restaurant. If you are in Carbondale it is a must see!! Best Biscuits and Gravy, Period! And the Bacon is awesome too!

Thank Rcol49
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We came down for Parents weekend and Mary Lou's is one of our "must stop" places! Great dinner environment -get there early especially during collegiate events-always busy!! Friendly staff!! The Biscuits and Gravy are my favorite!

Thank Christina C
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Mary Lou's is my favorite place to go for Biscuits and Gravy. Great service, great little place that's been around forever. Highly recommended!

Thank farmgurl1973
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203 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This place is a part of local history. We have lived in the area for years but had never made it in for breakfast. I wish we hadn't. We sat at the counter and were able to watch the staff in the back pull just about everything out of a bag or pre-made container. I was hoping for something, anything... More 

Thank Rachel J
Marilynn M, Owner at Mary Lou's Grill, responded to this review

Sorry you were not happy with our place just to let you know we do cook many items on our menu from scratch. Our gravy is homemade in the same skillets my mom used when she first opened. Most restaurants everywhere use both prepared and scratch food. The difference is all of our cooking pretty much visible to our customers... More 

Danville, Illinois
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This place is very good! The food is inexpensive so you will probably have to wait in line for quite awhile to get seated. I believe that it is cash only so hit the ATM.

Thank Rhonda W
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

If your looking for a great local place to eat this place is wonderful. Best biscuits and gravy ever!!

Thank jlharlan2929
Marion, Illinois
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249 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

I have been here for breakfast several times but still wouldn't classify it as anything spectacular. The biscuits & gravy are ok but I wouldn't wait in line to get them. The service has always been friendly and efficient but nothing that went above and beyond. I would recommend that you stop in and make up your own mind but... More 

Thank ANR_78

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 S Illinois Ave, Stop 5, Carbondale, IL 62901-2942
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Carbondale
  • Phone Number: +1 618-457-5084

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?