The first time was a charm for local restaurant owner and chef, Kavan Shay back in the spring of 2015. That’s when he opened up the doors to his first restaurant, the Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern on Water Street in downtown Peoria.
Like most restaurants that open up, he had packed houses in the beginning with people that were curious about the new barbecue eatery on the Riverfront. However unlike a lot of restaurants that open up with a sizzle and then start to fizzle after a couple of months, Kavan and the Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern are still packing them in over four years later.
Below are eight posts from the last four years of MBIP dinners at the Blue Duck Barbecue. If you haven’t chosen a Saturday night dining destination for this evening, you may have just found the spot!
The Weekly Saturday Night Dining Suggestion: The Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern
Pictured entree: Smoked and fried chicken wings.
Link: Twelve Weeks of Chicken Wings—Week Number Eleven @ Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern (Date: August 11, 2015)
Pictured entree: Sampler platter of ribs, brisket, pulled pork and a chicken wing.
Link: Saturday Night @ Blue Duck BBQ Tavern (Date: November 23, 2015)
Pictured entree: Rib tips with warm bacon potato salad.
Link: Saturday Night @ Kelleher’s, New Amsterdam and Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern (Date:July 4, 2016)
Pictured entree: Brisket Sandwich with warm bacon potato salad.
Link: A Year in the Life of a Sandwich: Week Number 14 @ Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern (Date: September 6, 2016)
Pictured entree: Ribs, French fries, corn bread and warm baked potato salad.
Link: Saturday Night @ Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern (Date: November 13, 2017)
Pictured entree: Beanless chili
Link: Saturday Night @ The Second Not Quite Annual Beanless Chili Tour Of Peoria (Date: April 23, 2018)
Pictured entree: The Mustard Clucker Sandwich
Link: 13 Months of Chicken - Week Number 20 @ Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern (Date: January 15, 2019)
Winner Winner Chicken Wing Dinner!
Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern won the best chicken wings in Peoria on the MBIP Twelve Weeks of Chicken Wings tour!
Link: The Best Chicken Wings of the Tour (As Picked By Our Esteemed Judges) (Date: September 8, 2015)
212 SW Water Street