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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Watson’s Shack & Rail is Finally Here!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the soft opening of the elusive Watson’s Shack and Rail on Wednesday evening. I’m sure many of you were beginning to think this night would never happen, but it has come, and it was delicious! After anxiously waiting to try this food I had high hopes. I…

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…