Red Zin Restaurant: A Newly Opened Restaurant Wins Accolades
Before the Josh Groban concert, which started at 8:00pm, we tried for reservations at our hotel's restaurant (Carnegies); however, it had been booked for weeks. The hotel suggested that we try a new restaurant (open for only 3 months) right across the street called Red Zin. It was a good substitute.
It's a huge restaurant with several rooms and a large bar area. The color scheme is dark burgandy and dark wood. With the tables set with candlelights, it created a romantic ambience.
Because it was a concert night, special "compact" menues were used.
The appetizer that we selected was so delicious: Blue Cheese Topped "Bruschetta" made up of chopped tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and fresh basil on rustic bread slices topped with toasted blue cheese.
A Mediterranean Salad came with the entrees, and it was just wonderful. A mixture of Mesculin greens accompanied by imported olives and artichoke hearts with a delightfully "light" vinegarette dressing made up this lovely salad.
Allan wanted either Rack of Lamb or Roasted Sea Bass, but because of the special menu that night, neither was available. Instead, Allan ordered Herb Roast Prime Rib of Beef (Large), and he was quite pleased. It came with Sauteed Green Beans and Horseradish Mashed Potatoes.
Favorite Dish: I had Green Peppercorn Tournedos of Beef which was Tenderloin Medallions with Zinfandel green peppercorn demi-glace. The beef was two huge portions of beef tenderloin that was quite tender, but I was not fond of the demi-glace. I could only eat one of the medallions.
For dessert, Allan and I shared New York Style Cheese Cake with Raspberry sauce and Creme Brulee Amoretti. Both were very good. Allan had coffee, and I had Cappuccino (which was not great).
The service at Red Zin was quite excellent even though it was solidly packed, and the waiters/waitresses had to "hustle" at all times.
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Ponte Vecchio: Upscale Italian
Peoria isn't known for it's fine dining, but Ponte Vecchio is the exception. It's an intimate Italian place with great service and quality food; it also has a decent wine list. Ponte Vecchio is among the best restaurants in Peoria, and is perfect for special occasions. We celebrated my college graduation here.
Avantis: Italian at its Best!
Its a local restaurant with only three in the area. Its small, has great service, great food, and very affordible prices.
Favorite Dish: Amazing bread, baked fresh every day. A tangy house dressing. On Tuesday's you can get All-You-Can-Eat Spagetti Feast. Tasty stuff right there.
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One World: The Local Favorite
One World is an electic, if somewhat run-down, place that's chock-full of local college students and was my favorite college hangout. They serve mostly light fare - sandwiches, salads, pizza - and a great selection of coffees, teas, and spritzers in a casual atmosphere. The food, though casual, is creative and unlike anything else available in Peoria. Though One World's often too smoky for my taste, it's far and away my favorite place in Peoria. It's also the most vegetarian-friendly place in Peoria.
Favorite Dish: Spinach Melt - an addictive open-face sandwich.
Peppermint Patty - a mint-flavored mocha.
Spinach & Artichoke dip - the best I've ever had.
Leonardo's: Best Pizza in Peoria
Leonardo's, like most of Peoria, is a bit dingy. But it is unquestionably the best pizza place in town, with its thick crusts, sprinklings of tomatoes instead of sauce, and generous helpings of cheese. Unlike so many chain pizza places, Leonardo's pizza isn't at all greasy. The decor is rather lacking - there are plastic grapes hanging from the ceiling and it's dim inside - but the pizza really can't be beat. They also do takeout.
Favorite Dish: Pizza!
Avanti's is a Central Illinois...
Avanti's is a Central Illinois Italian Resturant. They have GREAT food at very reasonable prices!
Favorite Dish: I like everything they have (manitcotti, pizza, etc.), but I especially like the bread. If you can't eat in the resturant, at least order some bread for take out.
We ate in the River Station...
We ate in the River Station restaurant. It located on the river in a converted rail station. The decor was sort of Victorian South and was very cosy. The waitress brought our salad bar to the table and made the salad on the spot - a nice way of doing this. We were seated in a conservatory with lots of brick, glass and plants. The bar had very high ceilings and stained glass.
Favorite Dish: The menu was fairly limited but we still found something. The portions were way too big for us.
Dad ordered the smallest portion of prime rib and it was huge, GF had the sirloin steak and thought the portion was just right and I had chicken with mushroom and peppercorn sauce.
We could not eat appetisers or desserts.
hoops: after the game just blocks away from the arena
the walls are covered with sports memorabilia, and the food is fantastic
Favorite Dish: the stromboli is the best ive tasted