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Dining

Our Favorite Bloomington, Illinois Restaurants

Dining in the Bloomington/Normal area ranges from hamburger joints to fine dining. With more restaurants per capita than most cities in the U.S., you won't have any problem finding a wide variety of different cuisines. Normal is known for being the original home of Steak 'n Shake.

If you're looking for fine dining, here are a few of our favorites. Each of the following restaurants is within 5-10 minutes of the Vrooman Mansion:

Station 220 – www.station220.net – 220 East Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701 – 309.828.2323
The building that houses the restaurant was built in 1902 and originally served as the main fire station until 1974. After sitting vacant for a couple of years, the building was remodeled as a restaurant. Its design was basically as it is today: the engine stalls are now the main dining room, the horses were kept in what is now the kitchen, and the firemen's quarters were remodeled into banquet rooms and a martini lounge. Station 220 has a reputation for warm and casual dining and maintaining a sense of Bloomington's rich history.

Lancaster's Fine Dining – www.lancastersrestaurant.com – 513 north Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701 – 309.827.3333
Lancaster's Restaurant located in historic downtown Bloomington serves a fusion-style cuisine in a casually sophisticated setting. Enjoy quiet conversations and relaxed atmosphere while dining with candlelight.

Rosie's – www.rosiesbloomington.com – 106 East Front Street, Bloomington, Il 61701 – 309.827.7019
Rosie's, also located in a restored building in downtown Bloomington, used to be just a pub. However, along with the addition of more dining space, a fine dining menu was added. A diverse menu has more than the usual 'steak and potatoes' fare.

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano – www.biaggis.com – 1501 North Veterans Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704 – 309.661.8322
Biaggi's food Biaggi's is a fun, casual, white-tablecloth restaurant that offers an extensive menu featuring a full selection of house-made and imported pasta, soups & salads, pizza, seafood, fresh fish, chicken, veal, steaks, and desserts. Large portions of affordably priced menu selections are prepared with the freshest ingredients available.

Other great casual restaurants – all within 15 minutes of the Mansion:

A few local favorites for casual dining:

  • Avanti's Italian Restaurant2 locations
    407 S. Main Street, Normal – 309.452.4436
    3302 East Empire Street, Bloomington, IL – 309.662.4436
  • Beningo's Restaurant – 610 W. Chestnut, Bloomington – 309.829.1025
  • CJ's Restaurant – 2901 E. Empire St., Bloomington – 309.663.4444
  • Jim's Steak House – 2307 East Washington, Bloomington – 309.663.4142
  • Ozark House– 704 South McGregor, Bloomington, IL 61701 – 309.827.3900
  • Michael's – 110 North Washington Street, Bloomington, IL 61701 – 309.820.1330

A few local bar/pub eateries:

  • Schooners – 810 E. Grove Street, Bloomington, IL – 309.829.6841
  • Pub II – 102 N. Linden, Normal, IL – 309.452.0699
  • Gill Street Sports Bar & Grill – 3022 Gill Street, Bloomington, IL – 309.661.6387
  • Elroy's – 102 Washington Street, Bloomington, IL – 309.828.0142
  • Maggie Miley's – 126 E. Beaufort, Normal, IL – 309.807.4301

Sweets, Treats, Bakeries & Coffee Houses:

  • Carl's Ice Cream2 locations
    601 W. Locust, Bloomington – 309.828.7732 open seasonally
    1700 W. College Ave., Normal – 309.454.7732 open year-round
  • Gene's Ice Cream – 1019 S. Main Street, Bloomington – 309.829.6022 open seasonally
  • The Chocolatier – 514 N. Main Street, Bloomington – 309.821.0277
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – 101 N. Veteran's Parkway, Bloomington – 309.662.8610
  • Grove Street Bakery – 812 E. Grove Street, Bloomington – 309.827.0270
  • Kelly's Bakery & Café – listed above is also a bakery
  • The Coffee Hound2 locations
    407 N. Main Street, Bloomington – 309.827.7575
    205 W. North Street, Normal – 309.454.6068

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Vrooman Mansion
Pam & Dana Kowalewski, Hosts
information@vroomanmansion.com

701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

Phone: 309.828.8816
Toll Free: 877.346.6488
Fax: 309.828.2596