The building which housed the first version of Fried Green Tomatoes Restaurant in Galena, IL was an insane asylum. It was torn down (much to the chagrin of ghost hunters) and the Italian eatery now serves insanely good food to conga line of customers on Main St. After ingesting your full pound of mussels plus warm bread dipped in butter and dusted with Parmesan, walk up to the second floor dining area and notice the stained glass fragments and wooden door hanging on the brick walls - artifacts snatched from the asylum. The Main St. locale has plenty of its own historic mojo previously serving as a small town pharmacy.
It seems as though everyone orders the titular app - breaded green tomatoesfried in olive oil and capped with cheese and marinara. It’s most def Italian and not a southern Paula Deen construct. Chilean Sea bass was expertly pan seared alongside tenderbroccolini and the smoked Gouda mac ’n’ cheese dotted with discs of sausage was a comfort food standout. Main St. dining in a tourist town is often disappointing but winning service and fine food at Fried Green Tomatoes will have you humming “Love Her Madly” on the way out.