ALTON - Looking for some winter comfort food? Then look no further than Alton Restaurant Week which kicks off 10 days of dining adventures Jan. 18 through Jan. 27.

Enjoy secret-recipe fried chicken, mouth-wateringly tender pepperloin steaks, whiskey steak burgers, juicy pork steaks, filet mignon, fish, pasta, pizza and more delectable delights from the 25 participating locally owned and operated restaurants located in Alton, Bethalto, Godfrey, Jerseyville, and Grafton. 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 2 for $25. There are no passes to buy, and no cards to punch. Everyone is encouraged to simply bring their appetites to participating restaurants. Menus and details on the event can be found at www.AltonRestaurantWeek.com.

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“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.”

The list of participating restaurants continues to expand each year. New to this year’s Restaurant Week is State Street Bar and Grill in Jerseyville and Bakers & Hale in Godfrey. Returning favorites included in the extensive Restaurant Week menu of participants are: Alton Sports Tap, Alton Wood River Sportsmen's 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. With great deals and menus, Alton Restaurant Week is an opportunity for locals and visitors throughout the region to try a new restaurant or visit one of their favorites to show their support.

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“Restaurant Week really is an opportunity for our local, family-owned restaurants to shine,” Stawar notes. “Each restaurant taking part has worked hard to put together a menu showcasing their specialties while also providing diners with a distinct culinary experience. No one will leave disappointed.”

Once 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.

So pull up a chair and join us for a great meal in Alton, Bethalto, Godfrey, Jerseyville, and Grafton. 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.

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