Casual to Upscale Dining in Bloomington, IL

Photo collage of plate of tacos, gourmey salad, and juicy steakIf you are planning a trip to Bloomington, IL, chances are you have already started thinking about where you want to eat while in town. Whether you are looking for a more upscale dining experience or one that fits your budget, you are certain to find something to fit your appetite! Here are a few dining options in Bloomington, IL.

Fancier Fare

Do you plan to celebrate a special occasion or are you just looking to experience a more formal dining experience? Either way, Bloomington’s highly acclaimed Epiphany Farms Restaurant, located just a half mile from the beautiful Vrooman Mansion, will hit the spot! Epiphany Farms offers a rustic farm to table dining experience while serving a unique American cuisine with French influences. The restaurant, which has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, is the creation of Las Vegas chef Ken Myszka. After spending years in Las Vegas, Ken decided to move back to his hometown of Bloomington, IL and bring a true farm to table restaurant to town. Epiphany Farms offers a delicious menu with most of its ingredients coming from the family’s local farm.

Another first-class dining option is Jim’s Steakhouse, located only 2 miles from the Vrooman Mansion. This ‘old fashioned’ steakhouse comes highly recommended, not only for their delicious high-quality steaks, but for their one of a kind Brittany Salad Dressing.  Stop in to enjoy a great meal while listening to live music at the Piano Bar.

Moderately Priced

If you’re looking for a more moderately priced meal, check out Biaggi’s, a casual Italian restaurant with a menu sure to please the whole family. Biaggi’s offers a variety of house-made and imported pastas, soups & salads, pizza, seafood, steaks and desserts. The affordably priced menu with large portion sizes is sure to have something for everyone.

If sushi and pizza sound more appetizing to you, check out Anju Above, located just upstairs from the Epiphany Farms Restaurant. Owner and chef Ken Myszka and his family opened this chic casual Asian-inspired restaurant with the same philosophy of Epiphany Farms, bringing locally farmed ingredients to your table. What makes this restaurant unique? The Kung Fu movies being projected onto big screens throughout the restaurant, for one, and the menu, which ranges from sushi to pizza. This restaurant provides a more casual atmosphere with prices to match. One location, two great choices to eat. It may be hard to choose between the two!

The Budget Friendly Choice

If a quick bite to eat sounds more your speed, then Tony’s Tacos may fit the bill. Don’t worry though, less costly doesn’t mean less quality here. This taco joint is highly recommended among locals and tourists alike, offering custom drinks along with authentic Mexican fare. Tony’s Tacos is located only 3 miles from Vrooman Mansion, just outside of downtown Bloomington.

Additionally, Fort Jesse’s Café is another place to check out during your visit. The bright and cheerful café is open only for breakfast and lunch, offering diner style breakfasts, burgers and salads. Located in Normal, IL, only a 10-minute drive from downtown Bloomington, this café offers everything from Shrimp & Grits to Chicken & Waffles.  It is becoming increasing popular and is somewhere that will become a must on your visits to Bloomington.

 With so many dining options in and around Bloomington, one thing is for certain, you will find a favorite and keep coming back. Many restaurants are located within walking distance of Vrooman Mansion, so why not plan your next trip with us? You can enjoy a relaxing stay and walk to many of the city’s top-notch eateries. Book your getaway today!

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