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Otto's Place Café and Lounge

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Otto's Place Café and Lounge Review

Dan Wentz and John Slimp ditched their corporate jobs to open this cheerful, low-key breakfast and lunch spot. They named it for Otto Sallman who built the building in 1899 and had planned for, but could never open, a restaurant of his own. We're pretty sure Otto would be pleased with the changing menu of home-cooked, locally sourced dishes such as whole wheat pancakes, spinach salad, and biscuits and sausage gravy made with Arnold's Farm organic pork sausage. There are gluten-free and vegetarian options, too, plus made-from-scratch desserts (like pineapple upside down cake, made-to-order), and lovingly crafted dinners every Friday and Saturday night.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Bouthillier St., Galena, 61036
  • Phone: 815/776-0240
  • Hours: Open Sun, Mon., Wed. and Thurs. 7-3; open Fri. and Sat. 7 am-10 pm; closed Tues.
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  • Location: Galena, Illinois

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