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Bloomington - Normal IL/ Peoria Wed, 07/27/11 12:24 PM (permalink)
Looking for some tips. Struck out last time with everything but Maid-Rite and Steak and Shake.

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    Re:Bloomington - Normal IL/ Peoria Wed, 07/27/11 3:16 PM (permalink)
    If you are coming soon (before they close for the winter), Lou's Drive-In on Knoxville (IL 40) at Lake St. in Peoria.  They have been around for over 50 years!
    For Italian, favorite local chain Avanti's Ristorantes, "Home of the Gondola" (3 locations in Peoria, 1 in East Peoria & 1 in Pekin).
    They also have 1 location in Bloomington & 1 in Normal.
    (Warning: Stay far away from La Gondola Spaghetti Houses!)
    Another Italian place, Tyroni's Italian Cafe, a few blocks off US 24 in Bartonville.
    For family style meals, Fairview Farms, near IL 116 west of Peoria, I 474 (Exit 5), & the Peoria airport.
    For giant tenderloins, Bemer's Village Inn in Spring Bay, (IL 116, then IL 26, about 11 miles north of East Peoria at I 74, Exit 95.
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      Re:Bloomington - Normal IL/ Peoria Tue, 08/16/11 12:37 PM (permalink)
      Tried Times Past Inn in Normal and the food was nearly inedible. CJ's at the old airport was pretty good. I had a great big pork chop and got to watch the planes take off.
      I was happy to be within walking distance of Steak N'Shake. It was a treat considering we don't have them here in the Old Dominion.
      The best I had was Black Dog BBQ in Urbana. Wow! The burnt ends were fantastic. Worth a Roadfood write-up! Didn't have my camera or my brain with me, apparently.
      The regional chain Brown's Chicken and Pasta up in Chicago-land is great too.
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