Mt. Vernon, Illinois, is a small city that is well known for being the home of the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, which houses American works of art and was built in 1973. Located near the museum, you'll find several upscale restaurants where you can enjoy a glass of wine and an Italian dinner. Some of the local specialties include risotto allo zafferano con petto d'anatra, cannelloni ai Carciofi, and ricotta and spinach tortelloni. Specialty hamburgers are also popular in town. Offerings include hamburgers with grilled onions and mushrooms that are topped with Swiss cheese and that are served with a side of a hand-dipped milkshake with milk and ice cream from local dairy farms. Several relaxed pubs feature locally made craft beers and seasonal artisan ales.