111 N Main St
Galena Illinois 61036United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Local and regional ingredients take the spotlight, to delicious effect, at this smart dinner spot (rumored to play host to ghosts).
Some places aim for local flavor--One Eleven Main aims for lots of them. The restaurant uses as many ingredients as possible from local and regional vendors--its partners include farmers, grocers, vintners and chocolatiers, among others--and the walls of its main dining room are hung with smart black-and-white photographs of those merchants. The cuisine is both hearty and high-end, running the gamut from burgers and sandwiches to glazed duck breast and catfish. As starters go, you could do a lot worse than sharing the beer-cheddar fondue, which is rich but not overpowering and comes with bread and a big plate of veggies to dip ($13). For dinner, the New York strip steak actually hails from Iowa, but it's flavorful enough to impress even the most jaded big-city folks ($14). One Eleven Main's sensibility is classy but comfortable--oh, and it's rumored to be haunted. A regular stop on Galena's ghost tours, the building is said to have formerly housed a coffin-maker's shop. Locals report talking to a little boy named Johnny in 19th-century clothing and have captured photos of eerie light displays, one of which can be seen in the lobby.