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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!
    http://peoriarestaurants.com/restaurants/?restaurant=lous
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/lous-drive-in-peoria
    http://local.yahoo.com/info-17522942-lou-s-drivein-peoria
     
    For Italian, favorite local chain Avanti's Ristorantes, "Home of the Gondola" (3 locations in Peoria, 1 in East Peoria & 1 in Pekin).
    http://avantispeoria.com/
    They also have 1 location in Bloomington & 1 in Normal.
    http://www.avantisnormal.com/
    (Warning: Stay far away from La Gondola Spaghetti Houses!)
     
    Another Italian place, Tyroni's Italian Cafe, a few blocks off US 24 in Bartonville.
    http://www.tyronis.com/
     
    For family style meals, Fairview Farms, near IL 116 west of Peoria, I 474 (Exit 5), & the Peoria airport.
    http://www.fairview-farm.com/index.html
     
    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.
    http://bemersvillageinn.com/
     
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      Route 11

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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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