Grafton, Illinois: Fin Inn - Dine While Looking at Fish

Casual dining where most tables are next to glass windows in the walls, allowing you to look into one of four giant fish tanks.
1000 W. Main St., Grafton, IL
On the north side of Hwy 100/Main St. around a mile west of the intersection of Hwy 3/Market St. Set back from the road; look for the sign.
Summer 11 am - 9 pm; fewer hours off-season. (Call to verify)
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Dine While Looking at Fish

The Fin Inn is going strong (my younger cousins work there). Amongst the live array of Illinois river fish along the walls, they also have a couple snapping turtles. Unlike the fish, however, those guys are unlikely to wander over to the wall-tank section nearest you. I recommend asking specifically for a good turtle view if you'd like to catch those guys in action (or trap them in a staring contest) while you wait for your meal.

[Nichol, 09/05/2010]
Fin Inn - Underwater Critters

There is a restaurant on Rt 3 -- the Great River Road -- called the Fin Inn, which though not elegant provides good food and more importantly the chance to watch all sorts of Mississippi river underwater critters living happily in huge tanks which line all the walls. It keeps kids hypnotized and ain't bad for us old folks either.

[Lynn Rees, 08/20/1998]

We hear that for a dime you can feed the fish that you're about to eat...

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