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 annual festivals, restaurants, bars and live entertainment, Bloomington-Normal offers both world-class culture and small-town rural charm. Our 250 restaurants – 90 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.
Another restaurant to add to your list is the new Brass Pig Smoke & Alehouse in Downtown Bloomington. Brass Pig brings you the freshest, homemade, high-quality BBQ with 10+ craft drafts and a unique Bourbon list to pair with any dish! Daily features will include ribs, cut-to-order brisket, pulled pork, and great homemade sides!
Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works in Normal offers an upscale, unique dining experience that is perfect for a date night or dinner with friends. Every beer that Destihl brews is unique. It combines craft beer and unique twists on American pub favorites. Destihl’s Beer Hall features 30 taps, an exclusive menu of bold-flavored, and American-inspired pub fare. Get the full brewery experience as you tour through their 37,000 square foot facility and see just how and why they ‘Boycotting Bland’.
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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