Have you heard of Young’s Popcorn Heaven? If you have not, you are missing out! They moved from a teeny location on Sterling to the old Becks’ Florist location on Lake Street in Peoria. Much bigger space for you to walk around and think about how much popcorn you would like to order. The minute you open that door, the amazing aroma of fresh popcorn knocks you in the face. They are also seen in warmer months outdoors whether it’s a festival, Blues Fest, Block Parties….they are a fantastic addition to the local business landscape.
Flavors from Peoria Mix, Salted Caramel, Chicago Mix, Dill Pickle, Buffalo Wing….the list goes on and on. Tons of sizes and packaging to choose from too!
Last year, I remember a colleague of mine was in town and we were trying to decide where to go to dinner. She is originally from Alabama and LOVES seafood. I recommended Jonah’s Oyster Bar since it was close to the hotel. She was hesitant to get oysters at a place that was right on the river. I reassured her that the owners do not get their products from the river…..everything is flown in fresh daily and prepared so well. She ordered….and enjoyed along with rave reviews about the experience there. Another hidden gem in our community that every person must try.
I was able to grab lunch there this week – it never dissappoints!
The skyline and riverviews make the time even better. Not into seafood? No problem. They have so many other options that will make you want to come back for more. One of the best options they added is their market. Come by and get their signatures dressings or sauces, seafood by the pound…..
Locally owned and one of our favorites.
If you’re anything like our family, the age old question of “What’s For Dinner?” is usually a given response of “I don’t know, What are you thinking, or even I’m not hungry”. Since we have been trying not to duplicate where we order carry out, we always seem to agree on a few places. Tonight’s winner was Olympia. Locally owned – authentic Greek cuisine meets American dining. Everything is fresh and made to order.
They had the falafel that I love, amazing hand battered onion rings, steak kabobs, brussel sprouts….although we miss the flaming cheese (Saganaki) and dining in, the service was friendly as ever and the meal was perfect. If you haven’t tried Olympia, please do.
It’s been tough for our local restaurants this past year. With some having to close, some choosing to temporary close – we can still help and do what we can!
Until tomorrow night, participate in the #CARRYOUTCHALLENGE.
Purchase gift cards to be used at a later date or get dinner for your family.
Do what you can. It is appreciated more than you know.
Odds are, if you have eaten at Hearth, you have heard how they shop at the local Farmer’s Market for the best produce. It’s apparent in their Fried Green Tomato BLT which is a seasonal special item offered. It is UNBELIEVABLE.
The atmosphere is quiet and cozy as where you can have a nice glass of wine with your meal or grab a cocktail at the bar. The menu is small yet every item is absolutely amazing. The owner is always there to greet you. Sit outside where they have a nice fire pit and enjoy the people watching or see someone you know.
If anything can play in Peoria, it’s the sushi at Sushigawa….made to order, fresh pieces of sushi whether raw or tempura….other dishes offered. One cannot describe the decadence of this food. It’s amazing…..
There is a quaint British Pub hidden in a strip mall in Peoria…..The Fox Pub. They have some of the best entrees you can imagine. Fish & Chips, Cheese Toasty, curry dishes, a true Saturday morning English Breakfast….delicious cocktails…..everything is always made to order. Futbol is always on the tele….no matter which team you cheer for. Live music, trivia night….what’s not to love?!
Try it! You will love it!!!!
We tend to go out to eat for lunch during the week than we do for dinner. However, when it’s appropriate, we like to order a cocktail. My go to these days? The Aperol Spritz.
The fantastic bartenders at W.E. Sullivan’s make it the perfect way: light on the Aperol, heavy on the spritz. True, their food is amazing too. Something for everyone!!! When you go in to try, let them know we sent you!
Peoria has so much to offer. Places to eat, shop, stay, enjoy……
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a fantastic resource for what you are looking for!!!
Donnelly’s Restaurant has been a staple in Peoria for years. It’s been a huge part of our lives because, it’s where Andy and I met. From the old locations in Campustown and ‘The Rock” off Glen, people flock to Donnelly’s for their Fried Chicken, Horseshoe, Walleye, new entrees and of course a pint of Guinness, which makes this a staple for us.