Re:Bloomington - Normal IL/ Peoria
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.