1. Mediterranean With A Modern Flare At Khoury’s

Is there anything more exciting than a great Mediterranean restaurant? Perhaps a great Mediterranean restaurant with a modern spin. Khoury’s delivers unbelievable traditional items like everyone’s favorite choice, the gyro. But they also have some amazing gyro burgers and other hybrids like the garlic chicken wrap, the Philly cheesesteak, homemade and flavorful cheeseballs, and spicy falafels. And no proper Mediterranean establishment would be complete without baklava, and they’ve got that, too – sweet, flaky and delicious, exactly as it should be. Khoury’s Cuisine
3326 N University St
(309) 685-3000
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 28 reviews

2. Coffee The Right Way At Thirty-Thirty

Do you find yourself ordering the same thing over and over again at the coffee shop because the menu is so overwhelming and you always feel so rushed because you don’t want to be that person holding up the line? You don’t have to worry about it here at Thirty-Thirty Coffee. The baristas here are exceptional at what they do and are excited to help share their knowledge. Any questions you might have on beans, roasting methods, fair trade or the like will not go unanswered. And to add to the superior coffee house vibe, Thirty-Thirty is located in a cool, old building where raw edges are treated like gold and minimalist, eclectic themes run the show. Thirty-Thirty Coffee
734 Main St
(309) 713-2983
Yelp: 5 stars, 67 reviews

3. Raise Your Chopsticks To Thanh Linh

If you’ve tried every Chinese and Japanese restaurants around town and you’re looking for something new, give this Vietnamese gem a try. You’ll find Asian food packed full of flavor that offers something a little different than the traditional venues. The Saturday Noodle Soup is a favorite among the locals – savory, spicy, and perfect to warm you up on a cooler day. The pork and shrimp spring rolls also shouldn’t be missed and neither should the spicy lemongrass beef. But the true must-try while you’re here is the Vietnamese beef jerky, which is unlike anything you’ve ever picked up in a store. Thanh Linh Vietnamese Restaurant
1223 W Main St
(309) 495-0179
Yelp: 4 stars, 89 reviews

4.   Lose Yourself In Mozzarella Paradise At Biaggi’s

When you’re looking to take someone out for a meal, whether it’s your mom on Mother’s Day or a business associate for lunch or even just a girlfriend to catch up on drinks, bring them to Biaggi’s.  You’ll find some of the best Italian in the city with a more modern atmosphere of the traditional venues. You won’t be dealing with tapas plates here, so there’s no need to over-order. The portions are large and after you have your way with the basket of dipping bread, chances are there won’t be too much room left over anyway. But if you can find it in you to make it through dessert, make sure to order the tiramisu to round off a perfectly delightful Italian meal. Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
2601 W Lake Ave
(309) 686-8114
Yelp: 4 stars, 44 reviews

5. Aurelio’s Puts The “Eat” In Eat, Pray, Love

This modestly decorated Italian eatery doesn’t pride itself in the most upscale restaurant in town. But that’s because it doesn’t need, or want to be. The quaint, traditional atmosphere with crisp red and white checkered tables is the perfect place to come for one reason: excellent food. Oh, and awesome service. So, make that two reasons. The pizza at Aurelio’s has been a favorite in the city for years. And while some restaurants that have been around for a while tend to get stuck in their ways and lose their flare, Aurelio’s just keeps getting better with each passing year. Come for the very popular lunch buffet, but you might want to make it on a day when you’re not counting calories. But it’s worth every last indulgent bite. Aurelio’s Pizza
3821 N Sterling Ave
(309) 682-3722
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 13 reviews

6.   Childers Eatery Is A Breakfast Lover’s Dream Come True

This bright and airy eatery is always a refreshing place to come for a good meal full of high quality food. It’s good anytime of the day, but the favorite time to come is breakfast. Serving up the freshest food at some of the cheapest prices in town for the quality, you won’t find a better deal anywhere. But the good news is that Childers servers breakfast all day long, so it doesn’t matter what time of the day you can make it in. You’ll find a vegetarian omelet stuffed full of fresh veggies and herbs from their own garden, topped with truffle oil and goat cheese. Homegrown fried green tomatoes that melt in your mouth will be one of your absolute favorite here. And when you’re looking for something sweet but light, don’t pass up on the yogurt martini. Childers Eatery
3312 N University St
(309) 688-1332
Yelp: 5 stars, 9 reviews

7.   Cyd’s Is The Trendiest Spot For Your Sweet Tooth

Cyd’s is one of those places that has such a cool atmosphere, you might find yourself here when you’re not even all that hungry just because you wanted to go. If Anthropologie was a restaurant, it would be Cyd’s. It’s a hipster haven, filled with delicious food and desserts and without the pretentiousness. You can get everything here from a burger to a grilled chicken salad, but the shining star (or, more fittingly, the macramé star made with 100 percent upcycled materials) here are the pastries. Order yourself up a cupcake, take your drink in your mason jar, and grab yourself a spot out on the patio. Cyd’s Gourmet Kitchen
5901 N Prospect Rd
(309) 685-1100
Yelp: 4 stars, 22 reviews

8.   Be A Grill Master At Alexander’s Steakhouse

Cooking your own beef isn’t just a custom reserved for some Asian restaurants. If you so choose to cook your own, Alexander’s Steakhouse will bring you the steak of your choosing, completely raw. Then you and your friends will take it to the large brick pit and grill it up over top of the charcoals to perfection. Order the Kansas City Bone-In strip steak for the ultimate in beef. You can also toast your own bread or grill up a baked potato while you’re waiting – and yes, it’s totally worth it. Of course, cooking your own food is completely optional here, just part of the experience. You can sit in your seat and let them do it for you, too. Alexander’s Steakhouse
100 Alexander Ave
(309) 688-0404
Yelp: 4 stars, 46 reviews

9. I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For The Spotted Cow

The Spotted Cow is the kind of old-fashioned ice cream parlor that will remind you of an era when taking time for the simple pleasures was a way of life rather than just a nice idea. Even if you’re not from that era, you’ll get the idea and begin making preparations to fit it into your own lifestyle. You won’t find a thousand different crazy flavors, but that’s because they don’t need to show off. Their ice cream is so good, it’s confident enough to stand on its own. You can also grab some really good lunch staples here, like the comfort of a gooey grilled cheese sandwich. Top if off with one of their beloved milkshakes and you’ll understand how it feels to find happiness in the little things. The Spotted Cow
718 W Glen Ave
(309) 691-1910
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 24 reviews

10. Travel The World One Plate At A Time At One World Café

If you’ve got the wanderlust bug but only enough in your wallet to get to dinner, then One World Café should be the only place you consider. The food here is inspired by cuisine from all around the world, each one getting One World’s own personal spin on it. The Cuban pork sandwich is a house favorite, but you’ll be able to find something awesome no matter what your mood. Falafels with French fries, housemade hummus, fish tacos, chicken and waffles, tabouli… you get the idea. Come here and experience the tastes from around the world. Your taste buds will thank you. One World Café
1245 W Main St
(309) 672-1522
Yelp: 4 stars, 155 reviews

11. For The Fun Of Hibachi And The Love Of Sushi At Hokkaido

From the décor to the food, Hokkaido is an intense experience. This Japanese steakhouse is filled with neon lights and geometric shapes, creating a unique and exciting atmosphere that is just as modern as it is Asian traditional. Come watch your food cooked before your eyes or your sushi is hand-rolled by some of the best Japanese chefs in the city. And from the chef’s special to the bento boxes and the sashimi, you’ll want it all. The hand mixed cocktails are excellent too, offering color just as bright as the lights around you, making Hokkaido one of the most entertaining nights out you will find around Peoria. Hokkaido
3311 N University St
(309) 966-0931
Yelp: 4 stars, 34 reviews

12. Find Schnitzel Galore At Hofbrau

When you’re looking for a rich meal that you can’t find anywhere else in the city, come to Hofbrau and be prepared to have your lederhosen blown right off. And if in the rare instance that you actually are wearing lederhosen, you’ll more than likely be treated like a king here, as this German bar and restaurant is as authentic as it gets. Jaeger Schnitzel with spaetzle and red cabbage, grilled German sausage skewers, a special homemade mustard with horseradish, and of course some of the best German potato salad you’ll find this side of the homeland—Hofbrau offers it all. And the beer selection is obviously remarkable, too. Peoria Hofbrau
2210 NE Jefferson Ave
(309) 686-9739
Yelp: 4 stars, 42 reviews

13. Get Lost In Shawarma Heaven At Kabob-G

When you’re in the mood for a big plate of shawarma, the only place in Peoria you should even consider is Kabob-G, which is hands down the best in the city. The hummus is insanely good, too. It comes with olive oil drizzled on top, giving it a unique richness that you will continue to crave every time you order it. Pair it with the housemade, warm pitas and you’ll have an unexpected meal just in that alone. But don’t stop there because the falafels are awesome to a level you never expected. They’re fresh and fried to order that comes with a light yogurt sauce, filled with spices and flavor that no pita in the city could possibly handle on its own. Kabob-G
7800 N Sommer St
(309) 691-6188
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 27 reviews

14.   An Indian Buffet Fit For A King At Rasoi

It’s lunch, you’re starving, and you’re tired of the same old sandwich combo. That’s when you need to get yourself to Rasoi Peoria for an authentic Indian meal that will blow all the other Indian meals in the city out of the water. Bring your appetite for the lunch buffet plate, which you can load up with mounds of food for the same price you could for a sandwich and a bag of chips somewhere else. You’ll find long grain rices, fresh vegetables, endless amounts of curries, dishes like chicken tika masala, and tempura everything. There are also a few Indian desserts and all the naan you can eat. How’s that for a combo plate? Rasoi
7815 N Knoxville Ave
(309) 692-4850
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 29 reviews

15.   Find The Good Tequilas At… You Guessed It

With perhaps the most straight-forward name of all the places to eat in Peoria, Good Tequilas offers exactly what it promises. Seriously, the handcrafted margaritas are some of the best in the city. And with so much classic Mexican fare to go along with them, that should be expected, but it’s still a pleasure to experience. You can order yourself a plate of traditional tacos, in which you’ll get a bare bones version of chicken, onions and cilantro on the corn shell. You’ll be amazed at how good so little can really be – and that’s the mark of a good meal, right? Or you can always order up a huge plate of beef and veggies, flavored and spiced to a perfect Mexican taste to pack up a fajita so good, it will remind you why you’ll never bother driving through another Taco Bell again. Good Tequila’s
4908 N Renwood Ave
(309) 839-1003
Yelp: 4 stars, 12 reviews Feature Image Source: Thirty-Thirty Coffee Co. Facebook What’s your go-to for grub in Peoria? Tell us in the comments below!