Come on over to the Shiloh Valley Grill if you’re ever in the Fairview Heights, Illinois area with a hankering for some home style cooking. It’s just a few miles off the beaten track and can be reached by taking exit 16 off of Interstate 64, turning south on Green Mount Road. Stay south on this road for several miles until you reach the stoplight at the top of the hill. Turn left onto Lebanon Road and go past Wilke Windows and Doors. On a good day, Norm Wilke will have his Clydesdales out in the paddock in front of Norm’s Bargain Barn. Meander down Lebanon Road for another mile or two and the Shiloh Valley Grill sits on the right at 430 South Main Street.
The Shiloh Valley Grill, located in Shiloh, Illinois, is a unique mom and pop restaurant. The two story white farmhouse style house stands on the corner of Main Street and Shiloh Station Road. The first story is the restaurant and the second story is where the owners reside. A small sign stands in the yard proclaiming this is the Shiloh Valley Grill.
The Shiloh Valley Grill serves a home style breakfast and lunch and their hours are 7am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Saturdays the grill is open from 7 am to 1 pm. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
The parking lot is small; it only holds about ten cars. There’s a bench for sitting on the side porch near the entrance. Upon entering the restaurant, you see a short counter for to go orders. A chalkboard wall is on the right side where people have written their names just to say they were there.
The floors are well worn hardwood and the decor is a mishmash, eclectic style of wooden tables and chairs. Many of the tables are refurbished sewing tables with a new top placed over the existing base. Ceiling fans whirl in every room.
A friendly hostess will seat you at a table and soon a waitress will take your order. Most orders are up within five to ten minutes. The average order tops out at about $7.00 a person. Bring cash when you come because they don’t take checks, credit or debit cards.
When you’re in the mood for something other than chain restaurants, this is the place to be. The Shiloh Valley Grill isn’t a fancy place but the food is good, the coffee is hot, and the service is great.