I visited a chain restaurant recently, which opened its first location in the Metro East to the joy of many local foodies. The locale is in a new strip of businesses in central Madison County.

If you’re looking for a quaint, community diner with affordable prices, friendly service and a simple setup great for the family, then this place on the western border of Madison County is it.

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This newer joint in northwestern Madison County has gained popularity swiftly, and on my recent visit I can definitely see why.

This quirky doughnut shop started in the St. Louis market in 2013, but an expansion to this central Madison County community has made these popular delicacies handy for the Metro East masses.

This chain sports bar and restaurant in central Madison County is the only of its kind in the county. One in St. Clair County is the only other in Illinois.

Heading to the southern portion of Madison County, I visited a restaurant that’s an homage to the past community business that resided in the building. They’re doing a good job of it, too.