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…

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…

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…

An Afternoon in C-U

The more time I spend here in Champaign-Urbana, the more I grow to love it. We are so fortunate to have most everything the big city has right at our fingertips. We have University of Illinois sports, the Krannert Art Museum, The Virginia Theatre, and luckily for me, a thriving food scene that shows no…

Sun Singer Wine & Spirits

It was a beautiful midwestern evening with just a hint of spring in the air. I’d finally gotten away for some girl time and we had just finished our 2 mile run. (There may have been a little walking in there too.) We hopped in the car and opened the windows to let the last…

The Inside Scoop at Hamilton Walker’s

After writing my previous post about Hamilton Walker’s Steakhouse and the history behind it, I sent a message through social media requesting an invite to the Grand Opening. I have done this before, sometimes with no response, but this time that was not the case. A few weeks passed and I went on my daily routine of…

Baxter’s American Grille is Headed to Champaign

Yet another new restaurant is headed our way this summer! A small, independent restaurant located in Bloomington has decided to spread their wings and build a new location right here in Champaign. Baxter’s American Grille will be moving into the old Prairie Fire building at 100 Trade Center Drive. The owner, Rod Burchett, told The…

Hamilton Walker’s Steakhouse Coming to Champaign This Summer

When my husband and I were out to dinner the other night, I noticed the very large empty space at 201 North Neil Street. It used to be the Chicago Title Company building. It’s where my husband and I finalized the purchase of our home. Now it’s completely empty, but that night, there was a…

Nando Milano Trattoria-Champaign

The cold night air nipped at our ears as we moved briskly down the dark street to get to my birthday dinner. I’d been looking forward to this night for a month! The new restaurant that I’d been wanting to visit was now open and tonight, we had reservations. A warm and inviting light spilled…

New Italian Trattoria to Open in Downtown Champaign

Nando Milano Trattoria is set to open in Downtown Champaign at 202-204 N. Neil Street. It will be right next door to The Jane Addams Bookshop in the space that used to house Carrie’s Fabulous to Funky. This will be the second location for owner Dario Vullo, the first location being in Chicago’s Wicker Park…

Escobar’s: Nuevo Latino Cuisine

Here in the Champaign, Urbana area we are spreading our wings when it comes to dining out. When I was a little girl I remember the city only offering a few places to dine for special occasions. Now as an adult I am happy to say that, that has all changed. I adore looking for…