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The Brown Bag Bistro

About Us

We're The Brown Bag Bistro, and we've been a leading American-style restaurant here in Alton, IL, since 2018. We have been helping our customers enjoy food that is both scrumptious and popular for more than five years. We offer a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and other delicious foods. Our desserts include cheesecake and ice cream to satisfy even the most critical sweet tooth. Our beer and wine selection make us one of the top places in Alton for those looking for a night out on the town. We're looking forward to partnering with Alton, Grafton, and the greater St. Louis area to continue providing excellent food with friendly service. Stop by and enjoy a bite to eat today!

Our Story

Co-owners and mother-daughter team Chris and Erin Velloff started Brown Bag Bistro together in 2018. Chris had a lifelong dream of opening her own restaurant and after her daughter, Erin, graduated college, they decided to take the risk together. Brown Bag Bistro has been providing their local community with delicious food and friendly service ever since!

We’re a family-owned and operated business that makes fresh and consistent sandwiches that are unlike any of our competitors! Our made-to-order sandwiches are completely unique, so stop by Brown Bag Bistro for a one-of-a-kind eating experience. Our menu also includes soups, salads, appetizers, and desserts like ice cream and cheesecake. We also have a beer and wine selection that makes us the best place in town for a night out!

We’re proud to say that our customer service is the best around because we treat all our patrons like family! In addition to great food, we also boast a fun and relaxing atmosphere, so you’re sure to have a good time whenever you visit Brown Bag Bistro!

Brown Bag Bistro provides carry out, catering, and a pickup window where customers can stop by and quickly pick up their food orders. Another thing that sets us apart from other restaurants is our Itty Bitty Brown Bag Bistro food display truck! This is the ultimate food display vehicle ideal for weddings, corporate events, baby showers, and more.

We’re looking forward to partnering with Alton, Grafton, Wood River, and the surrounding areas to continue offering delicious food and excellent customer service. For more information about our products and services, contact Brown Bag Bistro at (618) 433-9933 or stop by for a visit to learn more.

Areas Served

Alton, IL | St. Louis Mo. | Bethalto, IL | Wood River, IL | Godfrey, IL | Edwardsville, IL | Roxana, IL | Grafton,IL | Jerseyville, IL

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On 2/25/2024 Cory Kurkey had this to say:
Great food, sandwiches were wonderful and their winter hot honey flatbread was delicious. When weather is great, you can enjoy the patio (pet friendly) for your meal followed by visiting the general store. Hope to be back soon!

On 2/25/2024 Marion Cox had this to say:

On 2/18/2024 Nebuchadnezzar Smith had this to say:
Amazing food. Best Slaw i ever had!

On 2/16/2024 Emily K.Elite 24 had this to say:
My husband and I spent a day up in Alton and stopped here for lunch. It is a small place and you order at the counter. Once done ordering they give you a number and you can find a seat and they'll bring you your food. They had a few specials for the day which was nice. I got the chicken salad on a croissant and my husband got the grilled cheese special. Bother we're very good. The chicken salad was like most chicken salads but it was still good. The grilled cheese special was nice too. It had some apples and a sweet brown sugar aioli. It was delicious!! This was the perfect place to stop for a good lunch!

On 2/11/2024 Michelle Wittman had this to say:
It can be slow at lunch time in the cell in orders because they are so busy. But worth the wait except it makes me late back to work.

Contact Us

The Brown Bag Bistro
318 E Broadway Alton, IL 62002
Phone: (618) 433-9933

On Broadway Street, about 1/2 mile from The Argosy Casino and The Clark Bridge

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Our Hours

Holiday Hours May Vary. Please Call For Details.

Monday: 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM


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