I’m going to try out a new series here on Saturday. I wasn’t too happy with the way the Saturday Storefront idea was going and I’ve decided to try something new and retire that idea. I’ve decided that it might be fun to utilize past posts from the last five and a half years of doing MBIP and put out suggestions for readers via links to common posts to local businesses here in Peoria. I’ve got a wealth of information, photos and reviews of places that maybe you didn’t know about or forgot that the place exists.
For this debut edition, I thought I’d put up a dozen suggestions on where to go for a nice Saturday Night dinner. It’s an age-old question: “Where do you want to go to eat tonight?” Well, if you’re wondering, here’s a dozen links to MBIP Saturday night dinners from the past!
Saturday Suggestions: Saturday Night Dinner
Jim’s Steak House
Link: Saturday Night Cheeseburger @ Jim's Steakhouse - This is an oldie but a goodie, it’s the second Saturday night post that went up on the blog from December of 2012. The first one I stayed home because I was sick, so this kicked off the Saturday Night series five and a half years ago. Back then I was getting a cheeseburger every Saturday night and I got the first one at Jim’s Steak House in downtown Peoria.
Castle’s Patio Inn
Link: Saturday Night @ Castle’s Patio Inn With: Guest Stars! Pizza! And Condoms...Oh My! - On this night in 2017, I met some friends at one of my favorite pubs in Peoria, Castle's Patio Inn. We got a special pizza made with Castle’s homemade cheese this Saturday night, plus we bought condoms from their vintage condom machines in the bathrooms!
Link: Saturday Night @ Yen Ching (Special Vegetarian Edition - (Number Ten In A Series Of Twelve!) - Yen Ching is one of Peoria’s oldest and one of my favorite Chinese restaurants here in P-town. This post was one of our vegetarian dining out series that I did with my friend Ben A.K.A. B Löwd.
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Link: Saturday Night @ Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - My friend Nathalie and I enjoyed a steak dinner at Johnny’s Steakhouse in East Peoria back in October of 2015.
The Fox Pub
The Fox Pub - Link: Saturday Night @ The Fox Pub And Cafe And Introducing Sergeant Squeak! - I met my friends Amber and Joe the Fox Pub and we had three delicious English themed entrees including the San Antonio Beefeater Brisket Sandwich pictured above. You also get to meet my roommate, Sgt. Squeak in this post!
Link: Saturday Night Cheeseburger at Brasky’s Bar & Grill - I got some chicken wings there but the star of this post was the homemade corn fritters that Brasky’s has, they were so good! Guest stars include members of the Flores family and musical guest, The Megasonics!
Link: Saturday Night Cheeseburger @ One World Cafe - A post from 2013 when I was still on my cheeseburger tour, plus a surprise photo of a Skittles machine!
Link: Saturday Night @ Rizzi’s Italian Restaurant (Special Coin-Counting Winner Dinner!) - A three course feast at Rizzi’s with their homemade pizza, Chicken Rollatini and Tortellini and Steak pasta. Joining me for this dinner were Keli and Chad from Morton, Keli won a coin-counting contest at facecrack and I treated them to dinner at Rizzi’s. It was a fun night!
Link: Saturday Night @ Troy Ummel’s Connected - Troy Ummel’s Connected is a hidden gem here in Peoria. It’s tucked away off of University street and it’s a cool restaurant with a unique menu. They made me a special dessert on this Saturday night back in 2015.
Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern
Link: Saturday Night @ Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern - Blue Duck is one of my favorite restaurants in Peoria. I took my friend Nathalie there and Kavan, who owns the place made us a special sampling platter and it was so delicious!
Noir Tapas & Rendezvous Lounge
Link: Saturday Night @ Noir Tapas & Rendezvous Lounge - Noir is on restaurant row in Peoria Heights and it specializes in unique small plate entrees but you can also indulge in full size orders like the 6 ounce filet and au gratin potatoes meal I had back in the summer of 2015. Chase Sieting was the special musical guest for this post.
Link: Saturday Night @ Lou's Drive-In - We started with a cheeseburger and we end with a cheeseburger. Summer’s here and that means that Lou’s Drive-In is open for another season! I went there for my first stop of the season a couple of week’s ago and got a root beer and a bacon cheeseburger. I’m happy to report that nothing has changed at Lou’s Drive-In and that’s a very good thing!
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