Shop Small Day 200: Canal Port

We're jumping back to the Starved Rock area for today. After all of that hiking, you may be hungrier for more than just a need a meal. While there are a few places for a quick hamburger or hot dog, if you want something more substantial, head to Canal Port.

imageA local favorite since 1993, Canal Port feels like a step back in time. The tin ceilings and gorgeous hand-crafted bar seem elegant, but it's surprisingly welcoming, even when you're a bit tired from the trails.

If you need to rehydrate, they have a great selection of beers on tap and in bottle. I wasn't familiar with most of the craft beers on tap, so the bartender let us sample a couple first. I wish I remember what I had, the server likened it to a Blue Moon but better, and it was.

The menu has a good selection of salads, seafood, sandwiches, and meats. Since it was the weekend there was also a prime rib special.

Everything on the menu, though, sounded great. The kids chose a fish sandwich (yum) and garlic chicken wings (my son liked them, I won't eat anything off a bone). The crab cake sandwich and buffalo chicken salad were both delicious.

Next time we need to try to make it during lunch hours for their pork tenderloin sandwich.

imageIf it's a little colder when you're there, opt to sit on the additional side with the wood paneling and fireplace. It would be a cozy spot during the fall and winter!

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Canal Port
148 Mill Street
Utica, IL

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