Ruebel on Main Reminds me of a Saloon from the 1920’s

Ruebel on Main

Hotel & Restaurant

217 East Main

Grafton, IL

618-786-2315

http://www.ruebelonmain.com/home.html

Restaurant Hours
Monday – Closed
Tuesday thru Friday – 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 11am – 9pm

Sunday 8am – 10am Breakfast
11am – 4pm Lunch
4pm – 8pm Dinner

Downtown Grafton from in front of Ruebel on Main

Restaurant Review

By Lynn

9/22/12

The location of Ruebel’s is right along the main street in town so people are walking by all the time.  Great location. The front of the building was so appealing that we felt we had to try it out. The interior was redone beautifully keeping with the old.  It looked like a high-end saloon from back in the 1920’s. There is a hotel attached to it that seemed to have a very nice entry as well. When we arrived at Reubel’s on a Saturday around opening time they must had got overwhelmed with about 14 to 16 people at once. The manager was a little distraught and was talking loudly to the employees about not seating anyone else inside or out until they catch up. She was turning people away at the door and we felt it wasn’t that busy. It might have been for them. The waiter was the manager’s son who was very courteous to us.  He informed us of a little delay, served us drinks, and came back just the right amount of times to not overwhelm us. We ordered the special of the day which was buffalo chicken. My husband enjoyed it as a sandwich and I ordered it with no bread being on a gluten free diet. He really enjoyed the flavor because it was pretty spicy.  The bread helped tone down the spiciness.  My serving was a little overwhelming with no bread.  I had to keep drinking my soda to cool my palette but it was juicy and the flavor was really good. The fries were seasoned nicely and crisp. Serving sizes were perfect as well as the garden salad I had.

They offered alcoholic drinks from the bar as well as your standard beverages. There was some outdoor seating that overlooked the river. Our experience at Ruebel’s was a good one and as long as the manager maintains her employees and issues out of sight of customers we will certainly go back.

Food & Service: 4 forks

Manager: 2 forks

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Ruebel on Main Reminds me of a Saloon from the 1920's

Ruebel on Main

Hotel & Restaurant

217 East Main

Grafton, IL

618-786-2315

http://www.ruebelonmain.com/home.html

Restaurant Hours
Monday – Closed
Tuesday thru Friday – 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 11am – 9pm

Sunday 8am – 10am Breakfast
11am – 4pm Lunch
4pm – 8pm Dinner

Downtown Grafton from in front of Ruebel on Main

Restaurant Review

By Lynn

9/22/12

The location of Ruebel’s is right along the main street in town so people are walking by all the time.  Great location. The front of the building was so appealing that we felt we had to try it out. The interior was redone beautifully keeping with the old.  It looked like a high-end saloon from back in the 1920’s. There is a hotel attached to it that seemed to have a very nice entry as well. When we arrived at Reubel’s on a Saturday around opening time they must had got overwhelmed with about 14 to 16 people at once. The manager was a little distraught and was talking loudly to the employees about not seating anyone else inside or out until they catch up. She was turning people away at the door and we felt it wasn’t that busy. It might have been for them. The waiter was the manager’s son who was very courteous to us.  He informed us of a little delay, served us drinks, and came back just the right amount of times to not overwhelm us. We ordered the special of the day which was buffalo chicken. My husband enjoyed it as a sandwich and I ordered it with no bread being on a gluten free diet. He really enjoyed the flavor because it was pretty spicy.  The bread helped tone down the spiciness.  My serving was a little overwhelming with no bread.  I had to keep drinking my soda to cool my palette but it was juicy and the flavor was really good. The fries were seasoned nicely and crisp. Serving sizes were perfect as well as the garden salad I had.

They offered alcoholic drinks from the bar as well as your standard beverages. There was some outdoor seating that overlooked the river. Our experience at Ruebel’s was a good one and as long as the manager maintains her employees and issues out of sight of customers we will certainly go back.

Food & Service: 4 forks

Manager: 2 forks

Saw a Pirate Ship while at Two Rivers Winery

Two Rivers Winery

211 West Main Street

Grafton, IL

(618) 786 – 3934

 http://www.tworiverswineryil.com/Grafton-Winery/index.php

 9/22/12

View from back of winery

By Lynn

Building & Location

The winery is a quaint, rock, old historic building, circa 1840,  nicely redone with a small bar for tasting.  It is located directly on Main Street in the middle of downtown Grafton. Easy find! Most of the seating was outside and plentiful on their decks which overlook where the beautiful Illinois & Mississippi Rivers converge. It was the most perfect day to sit outside and listen to the one man band play oldies and some blues music while watching the boats and barges go down the river.  We even saw what looked like a pirate ship.  Not quite sure what that was.

Food & Beverages

Two Rivers offers light foods like cheese and sausage as well as pizzas. They feature wines from Hopewell Winery in Rockport, Illinois and Villa Marie Winery in Maryville, Illinois but also carry other Illinois and Missouri wines. If you can’t find a local one that you like then try the different wines from around the world. For beer lovers, Two Rivers Winery carries several brands of beer, domestic and micro-brews. A little for everyone!

The owners do not make their own wines yet but after talking with the owner they plan to have an existing Illinois winery help them make wine to label with Two Rivers Winery by next year.

I enjoyed a glass of:

Villa Marie Archview White which is a local wine from Maryville, IL.  It was a semi-dry white with fruit like peach, apple, and pineapple.  It was nice, crisp and a little tart. I tried other national wines but went back to this one.

The workers were very kind and informative when we were doing the tastings. The view was wonderful. Enjoyed the evening at Two Rivers Winery and will certainly go back especially when they get their own wines.

Lynn’s Wins:  Villa Marie Archview White: 3 glasses

Service & Atmosphere:  4 glasses

The Hidden Grafton Secret

Grafton, IL

Dock in Grafton

Lynn’s Vine:

The drive to Grafton itself is a fantastic experience, beautiful scenery and simply peaceful. It’s a little bit of heaven as you escape the hussle and bussle and can clearly see God’s beautiful artwork. After your glorious drive you enter into the quaint little town of Grafton, it’s fantastic!!  You pass little shops, barber shops, wineries, antique stores, boat docks, restaurants, and so much to take in in a small area. Grafton is host to one of the area’s largest flea markets. The Riverside Flea Market is held the 4th Saturday & Sunday, April through October, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The market boasts a wide selection of antiques, crafts, and the usual flea market fare and food. Next door the Loading Dock is a great rest area to view the river while enjoying lunch. Need a place to stay? They also have lodging for 2 to 8 people.

One of my favorite spots to stop was the Grafton’s Artisan Village – where the art comes alive on the river bend. 15 East Main St.  It has over 25 artisans in one location.  There is nothing better than someone taking an ordinary object and turning it into something totally different and beautiful. They had handmade jewelry, pottery, chainsaw & wood carvings, driftwood furniture, stained glass, and other items.

Flea Market behind Loading Dock

Wow! Later that evening I felt like I was brought to a different place and time.  I have been to Grafton, IL which is a very small town near Alton, many times before but never had the opportunity to sit on the bluff with the moon shining bright overlooking the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  While sipping on wine and enjoying the acoustic music in the background, I was in heaven! I experienced this at the Aerie’s Winery. Grafton has many things to offer so be sure to read our detailed reviews of this remote location along the rivers.

View from Aerie’s Winery