How Do You Do Chicken & Rice?

Chicken and rice sounds like a specific meal request, right? In Southern Illinois, we are blessed with so many wonderful food choices that you may need to clarify your choice. Between brick and mortar sights and food trucks/carts, there are many ethnic variances on this classic dish.

It seems pretty much every culture has some version of the meal. They may vary by cooking methods, sauces, spices, and sides. Below, you will see just a sampling of some of the wonderful local options for chicken and rice. What are your favorites?

As this is by far not a comprehensive list, I know there are other mouth-watering options out there. Please comment and let the rest of us know about them! Give your favorite locally-owned Southern Illinois eatery a shout out…

Above: Chicken Tiki Masala from India Delight in Marion

Above: Jerk chicken from Caribbean Hut in Cambria

Above: Mini chicken chimichangas from El Paisano in Carbondale

Above: Chicken Shawarma from Pita Alley in Carbondale

Above: A delicious plate from La Cocina Mexican Restaurant in Salem

Above: Hibachi Chicken from Fujiyama in Carbondale (they also have sites in Mt. Vernon and Effingham with a new site on the way in Marion.

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Happy 20 Years!

Beer Can Alley

If you’ve driven around in the country by Salem, this serene scene might be familiar…

Beer Can Alley, a name that appears to make no sense now, was once lined with beer cans, among other things. That changed dramatically when the recycling movement really took off in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Fortunately, the stretch of road was cleaned up, but the name Beer Can Alley stuck. Locals still affectionately use the name. It remains a beautiful, fairytale-like path to memories of home or visits to Salem for many.

This photo card is now available in the A Slice of Southern Illinois collection at Irons in the Fire, downtown Carterville.

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Fall Cards

New cards for the season featuring images tied to Southern Illinois have begun arriving at Irons in the Fire in downtown Carterville. The sunflower featured in the photo card shown came from the u-pick sunflower field at Rendleman Orchard in Alto Pass. We had fun picking sunflowers, petting goats, and seeing all the wonderful things there.

The Cadence of Southern Illinois…

Remember Your First Responders

National First Responders Day is October 28. These men and women put their lives on the line daily to serve others and keep us safe. We are appreciative of all they do as well as the time that their families share them with us on a moment’s notice. It takes truly special people to serve our communities in the ways that they do.

A Slice of Southern Illinois has photo cards featuring various images from Southern Illinois that are suitable for remembering them. We try to keep these in stock at Irons in the Fire in Carterville.

Cover photo credit: Joshua Trammel

The Busy Beavers of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

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After indulging in our Polar Whip food, we drove around Devil's Kitchen and Little Grassy Lakes in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. Josh searched online for info and read somewhere (unverified source) that beavers damming up an area caused the water flow to eventually become Devil's Kitchen Lake. Actual conversation from our vehicle: Mija: There's no way beavers could have made that! Josh: No, not that. That's concrete… . (In retrospect, driving around a lake called devil's kitchen on Friday the 13th with a full moon might not have been the most well thought out plan. ) #asliceofsouthernillinois #thingstoseeinsouthernillinois #littlegrassy #craborchard #devilskitchen

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