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Jan 18, 2006 11:25 AM

Peoria, IL eats?

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I'm going to a concert in Peoria in Feb and have no idea of any good eats prior or after the show, plus staying overnight for breakfast - any suggestions?

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  1. l

    Peoria is a big chain town, test market for many chains. I have a link here to the Visitor's Board. A few noteable indies are The Lariat Club and Vonachen's Old Place. For breakfast we have gone to Maid Rite on University or The Sterling Family Restaurant on Sterling near the mall.

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    1. re: LikestoEatout

      Just to update: Vonachen's Old Place (VOP's) is no more. It closed about a year ago. It's re-opened as Bud's Steakhouse. *Yawn* just what Peoria needs---another steakhouse!

      1. re: Anne
        Thomas of Delaware

        Sorry to hear that Vonachen's is gone. Had many a good meal there.

        1. re: Thomas of Delaware

          My two favorite casual restaurants in Peoria are Leonardo's Pizza and Khaki Jack's. Leonardo's has two locations, one on 150, kitty corner from Aldi's and the other at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie Mall. Leonardo's has great pizza -- both deep dish and thin crust. Khaki Jack's has great burgers and other sandwiches and good beer on tap. I always get the Foster's, and it's only $2.00.


        2. re: Anne

          Thanks, I noticed that when I looked over the website list. Sadly, when I go to Peoria now, I am reduced to the likes of Culvers, Chili's or Red Lobster since my MIL lives in assisted living, these are her "break out" places she likes to go. Since she is in a wheelchair now, our eating out is limited and we generaly bring in carry out that she requests.

      2. Where are you staying? I'm assuming the concert is at the Civic Center. Kelleher's Irish Pub is nearby, on Water Street. You'll find things like Irish stew and shepherd's pie on the menu, but my favorite is the Beamish steak. Great selection of beers, too. Further north on Main Street near the Bradley University campus are four other restaurants I'd recommend. One World has an eclectic mix of unusual salads, sandwiches and soups, as well as very tasty espresso drinks. Than Linh serves fresh, tasty Vietnamese food. Good bang for the buck. Sizzling India has wonderful Indian food. The lunch buffet is delicious, and a great value. Finally, if you're willing to forgo decor for delicious food, try Haddad's for GREAT Lebanese. The view is of the traffic on Main Street, but EVERYTHING, from the tabouleh to the gyro plate is outstanding.

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          Suburban Sandy

          Thanks for all of the good recs. They all sound great. Not sure where we're staying yet, but leaning toward Staybridge Suites. Cabbing to the concert, which is at the Civic Center (whoever guessed). I'll let you know where we ended up...thanks again!!

          1. While visiting Peroia with Caterpillar people (their world headquarters), I was taken to: Jonah's Seafood House (and 2601 Oyster Bar).

            I found the food to be really good. All seafood, and the menu is printed daily with what they have received via air that week.

            2601 N Main St
            East Peoria, IL 61611