Fall in love again with Galena, Illinois
#4: The dining scene has broadened
Longtime favorite Fried Green Tomatoes, tucked into a building once owned by President Grant’s father, still serves as a reliable date-night stop, with mostly Italian dishes and its signature pan-fried appetizer. In a Parisian-style bistro, Fritz and Frites dishes French and German flavors, including homemade liverwurst, sauerkraut and a tender Hungarian goulash, as well as roasted chicken and mussels in a cream-Champagne sauce. Charming Otto’s Place serves breakfast all day in a building dating to the 1800s. Try the cheddar, broccoli or bacon omelet or baba ghanoush (eggplant spread) with hummus and tabouli. The Great-American Popcorn Company, the American Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and the Galena Kandy Kitchen all are great stops for snacks, too.