Caribbean Grill’s Soft Opening

Let me start by saying how thrilled I was to get an email invitation to the highly anticipated soft opening of local gem Caribbean Grill. They’ve been around Champaign-Urbana for 7 years. They started out at Taste of Champaign then began catering, lunch carry-out, and for the past two years they’ve run a popular food truck….

Dinner with Prairie Palate

A few weeks ago my husband and I headed over to Silvercreek Restaurant to check out thier much talked about Spring Bash (this post is long overdue). It was a celebration of the beginning of deck season and boasted live music, a special beer pairing menu and beer tasting. I invited my new friend, and…

Hamilton Walker’s: Sneak Peek Dinner

The night of the HW Sneak Peek dinner did not go as we had planned.  Everything turned out wonderfully delicious in the end, but the journey to get there was a cold one. My husband Corey and I had picked out our 40’s style outfits and got in the car with plenty of time to spare….

Slim Chickens in Champaign

The other evening I took my family out to eat at the newest chain restaurant to hit the area. I admit this particular restaurant had peaked my interest. They not only boast fast food, but they also offer one of the best dishes ever created (in my opinion). My favorite sweet and savory combo of…

Soul Food Sundays at Caribbean Grill and more BIG NEWS…

Our local Caribbean Grill food truck is known in C-U for their flavorful rice, beans and tender jerk chicken, but starting this Sunday, December 4th, they’ll be serving up a new soulful menu. This Sunday it will feature buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, collard greens, candied yams, baked mac and cheese and peach cobbler for…

Hamilton Walker’s: A Sneak Peek

Today was a very exciting day for me. You know what, exciting doesn’t even come close to touching how amazing my morning was. I had the chance of a lifetime to, again, see inside the much talked about Hamilton Walker’s Steakhouse. I fought the wind as I headed down Neil Street to the location of the…

Hamilton Walker’s Opening Approaches

The much anticipated Hamilton Walker’s steakhouse, opening in Champaign Fall 2016, is well on its way to opening day! The restaurant will be a 40’s inspired steakhouse built in the heart of Downtown Champaign. The history behind Hamilton Walker’s is just as rich as the decadent food. It was once Walker’s Opera House and was…

Johnsonville Big Taste Tour

Do you love brats and all things grilled? Well you’re in luck! The world’s largest touring grill is headed into town. This 65′ long, 53,000 pound monster will be at County Market, 331 East Stoughton, in Champaign on Saturday from 11am-4pm. It can grill 750 brats at once. That is 2,500 brats per hour! I…

Bayern Stube

Back in 2006 I spent some time living with my brother in Düsseldorf, Germany. He let me crash in his small but efficient apartment in the lovely neighborhood of Oberkassel, located on the west side of the beautiful Rhine River. During my time there I worked, made friends for life, drank the best beer in the world…

Red Robin Set to Open at Marketplace Mall

Red Robin gourmet burger restaurant will soon be opening on Marketplace property outside the mall. The News-Gazette first reported they are aiming for an August opening date. I’m always seeing those commercials, Red Robin…Yummm! Now I can finally try one of the yummy burgers I’ve been teased with for so long! There is talk of…

EL Oasis

This past Father’s Day weekend was a scorcher! We headed to the park to get some early play time in for the boys. After an hour of enthusiastic play, my guys started to get really hungry. Despite a few tense moments of trying convince my oldest that it time to leave, we all excitedly hopped in…

Slim Chickens Coming to Champaign

Slim Chickens is a southern food restaurant specializing in…you guessed it, chicken. The first location was opened in Fayetteville, AR. by founders Greg and Tom. After opening their first place they had so much success, that they now have locations all over the nation. One of their newest places will be right here in Champaign. They’ll…