Dine-in & Carry-out

Home-Cooked Meals

But super fast!

• Hearty Entrées

• Home-Made Soups

• Salads

• Sweet Desserts

Dine-in • Carry-Out • Catering


Home-Cooked Meals

But super fast!

Hearty Entrées • Home-Made Soups • Salads • Kids' Portions • Sweet Desserts


Chef Mike and Nyla Hollis welcome you to their new Fast Casual family restaurant! Here, you'll find no microwave ovens or freezers, just time-honored recipes cooked the traditional way with locally sourced ingredients.

Nyla Hollis is co-owner of Food A Fare with her husband Chef Mike Hollis. Nyla is always behind the counter ready to take your order with a smile. Mike can be seen in the background preparing something delicious.

Most Popular Items


Italian Beef Sandwich

A comfort food favorite! Our version is made with lean ground beef, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. It's topped with a sweet tomato-based sauce, making it irresistible!



A comfort food favorite! Our version is made with lean ground beef, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. It's topped with a sweet tomato-based sauce, making it irresistible!


Chicken Pot Pie

Rich and creamy filling made with white meat chicken, potatoes, carrots, peas, and celery. Topped with our flaky pie crust. Our pot pies are baked fresh throughout the day, so you can enjoy a piping hot pie any time of day.





Family Meals



What People are Saying

“Amazing home-cooked style cuisine!

The meatloaf transported me straight back to my childhood Sunday night dinners!

C Vandiver

“It is as good as everyone says!”

For real home cooking. Can't wait to go back.

K Gardner

“Down home, comfort food”

The food was fast and fantastic! Between the four of us we had the chicken pot pie, beef tips and the meatloaf.

J Marie

“PERFECT comfort food”

The atmosphere is so fun and family friendly and the owners are very sweet!

J Kelly


Dine in

Eating out at a new restaurant should be a fun and comfortable experience. However, it can also be a bit nerve-racking, especially if you're not sure what to do. Here are some simple steps to follow when you first enter Food A Fare.

Step #1

Grab a drink

We offer Pepsi & Excel products.
We do not serve alcohol.

Step #2

Read Chalkboard

Choose an entrée, side, and dessert. Note: The menu changes often.

Step #3

Order & Pay

Tell us what you'd like and we'll collect payment at that time.

Step #4

Have a seat

Find a cozy spot and we'll serve your food in only a few minutes.

You'll also notice, that there are no trash cans in our dining room. Don't worry about bussing your table. We'll take care of it for you,


but don't forget dessert!

  • Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
  • Red, White & Blue Cake
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Food A Far Restaurant Dining Room


Fresh Ingredient, Tasty Meals

No microwave. No freezer. No shortcuts.

When you come to Food A Fare, you can be confident that you're getting a meal made with only the freshest ingredients. We source as much locally as possible, and everything is made to order. That means no sitting around under heat lamps! Your food comes out super fast, and it's always delicious. So come on in and see what all the fuss is about! We know you'll love our food as much as we do.


The husband and wife team, Mike & Nyla Hollis, are thrilled to present FOOD A FARE. Our unique take on a restaurant.

It is a little different/weird, just like us, but absolutely delicious! There's a couch and coffee table in the dining room where many patrons enjoy playing a board game. Classic record albums hang on the wall, and even a bicycle is art.

Everything we do here is to make you feel at home. We take pride in what we do day in and day out. So, you can enjoy a Chef-prepared meal in our restaurant or to-go.

We believe everyone deserves homemade food, but we do it fast. Therefore, our menu delivers traditional recipes and rotating features to keep food fresh and affordable.

We also do Catering!

With this restaurant, we want to promote community, family, and a good time because food brings people together. We know this to be true with our family experiences and watching the beautiful customers we enjoy serving.

Together we have more than 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry. In addition, we have three boys, Brady, Carter & John, who will be in the restaurant occasionally.

Mike is an executive chef with a true passion for cooking and creating. It definitely shows in the dishes he prepares. Mike loves to make soups and comfort food which has inspired our menu.

Nyla is passionate about people having a great dining experience while chatting and genuinely building relationships. If you come in regularly with the same order, likely, she will already remember it without reminders.

How we got here:

Mike has been working in a kitchen since (before) he was old enough to work. He is trained in culinary arts from St. Louis Community College. Throughout his journey as a chef, he worked from small-town restaurants to large venues and has honed his cooking and managing skills.

Nyla worked off and on in restaurants throughout her career. Including while attending UMSL to get a nursing degree. After five years in nursing, she made a hard decision to leave the field. At the time, Mike was at a small-town restaurant that needed a bartender/server, and Nyla was happy to oblige. Eventually, they ran the restaurant together and realized their true passion.

When the pandemic struck, that restaurant owner decided to leave the restaurant industry, yet our passion has remained. So, with persistence and planning, we are ecstatic to present you FOOD A FARE.


We may close early

when everything is SOLD OUT.


11am – 7pm


9am – 1pm


We are closed

Food A Fare

139 Eastgate Plaza, East Alton, IL

(618) 300-7123

139 Eastgate Plaza, East Alton, IL 62024, USA

Drop Us a Line

Don’t be shy.

Let us know if you have any questions!


Tue-Fri: 11a-7p; Sat:9a-1p

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