Unique Dining in Bloomington-Normal
Whether you’re planning a night out on the town in downtown Bloomington or uptown Normal, two things are guaranteed: you won’t go hungry and you’ll never be bored. With its annual festivals, restaurants, bars and live entertainment, Bloomington-Normal offers both world-class culture and small-town rural charm. Our 200 restaurants – 65 of which are unique to BN – and 30 bars are waiting to satisfy your craving for food, fun and entertainment.
Two of BN’s newer restaurants include Ancho & Agave and Rob Dob’s Restaurant & Bar. With a selection of house-made signature salsas and hand-smashed guacamoles, Ancho & Agave’s freshly prepared tortilla chips are never longing for flavor. Complete with high ceilings, large windows, garage doors that open to the patio and a large center bar – the inviting energy of Ancho & Agave is perfect for any occasion.
Rob Dob’s Restaurant offers a variety of delicious grass-fed steaks and the freshest seafood around. Rob Dob’s features a variety of menu items from seafood and steaks to chicken and pasta, and even those homemade favorites you were raised on like meatloaf and liver and onions. You can even enjoy the soothing sounds of a Baby Grand Steinway Piano as you dine in their beautiful bar area.
Located in downtown Bloomington, the locally-owned Epiphany Farms Restaurant practices the farm-to-fork method, which uses socially-conscious farming techniques and the freshest locally-grown ingredients. In addition to dining, Epiphany Farms offers tours. Visitors can learn about the sustainable farming techniques and processes before dining at the restaurants. Located above Epiphany Farms, Anju Above serves internationally inspired small dishes to create a farm-fresh experience for their guests.
Also located in downtown Bloomington is Reality Bites, a tapas restaurant and bar which serves lunch, dinner and dessert in a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere.
Another Bloomington-Normal area restaurant that offers an upscale dining experience is Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works. Every beer that Destihl brews is unique. It combines craft beer and unique twists on American pub favorites.
Medici in Uptown Normal is all about keeping it fresh. Their pizza dough is hand-made in their bakery, and their menu includes everything from pizzas to pork loins and salads to sandwiches. Medici also offers a full range of liquors and cocktails, and have a selection of over 32 taps.
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