Foodie Gems in Peoria


Annalee Anderson, Guest Writer


Peoria hosts a beautiful variety of delicious global eats. Below are highlights of the foodie scene in Peoria, so you’ll be sure to find a spot to satisfy whatever it is you may be craving. From flavor, authenticity, atmosphere, and execution, each of these restaurants are “foodie” approved. 

Ardor Breads & Provisions  {301 Southwest Water Street}   //    If you’re looking for an ingredient-driven food experience fueled by passion, stop by Ardor Breads & Provisions bodega, café & bakery, or dining room. They offer an array of choices depending on the time of day, all crafted with consideration to make for an amazing meal.

The Blue Duck Barbeque Tavern  {212 Southwest Water Street Suite B}   //    For delectable smoked meats, sandwiches, wings, and more, stop in the Blue Duck Barbeque Tavern located inside the River Station. This pub provides a unique selection of draft beers from regional microbreweries, as well. 

Catrina’s Express  {401 Southwest Water Street}   //    Enjoy a fresh, savory breakfast or lunch at Catrina’s Express. Family-owned and operated, you’ll leave this cozy spot fit and full, ready to go about the rest of your day. Their menu consists of items like breakfast tacos, choripapas burrito, arroz con pollo, and Hidalgo quesadilla.

Chef Moussa – Mediterranean & American Cuisine  {201 E Lake Ave}   //    Chef Moussa offers a delicious selection of Mediterranean dishes like gyros, falafel, shawarma, hummus, and more. This comfortable, no-frills space is perfect for enjoying the flavorful, authentic food.

Dang Boba, Poke, & Banh-Mi Peoria  {1215 W Main St}   //    Each of Dang’s specialties are crafted with fresh, tasty ingredients sure to satisfy your craving for boba, poke, or banh-mi. The upbeat atmosphere is complemented with cozy spots to sit and chat with company.

El Mexicano Restaurant {1520 NE Jefferson St}   //    El Mexicano is remarked as a delicious, casual, authentic, and affordable spot for Mexican cuisine. Their menu is filled with favorite dishes such as tacos, burritos, tamales, and more.

Los Cabos Cantina and Grill  {7800 N Sommer St #106}   //    From sizzling fajitas to flavorful tacos, each dish at Los Cabos Cantina and Grill is crafted with care using the finest ingredients and authentic recipes. Their warm and inviting ambiance, coupled with friendly service, creates a true Mexican dining experience.

Okinawa Hibachi Sushi Ramen  {1200 W Main St Suite 21A}   //    The artistry of Japanese cuisine comes to life at Okinawa Hibachi Sushi Ramen. Immerse yourself in the delicate balance of flavors and textures as you savor expertly crafted sushi rolls, each made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. 

Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe  {305 Southwest Water Street}   //    Complete with a soulful, funky atmosphere, Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe is a comfortable place to enjoy a variety of global eats. Their menu features items like gumbo, BBQ shrimp & grits, Jamaican jerk chicken, and a chickpea burger. Another perk, this is a great spot for live music!

Thanh Linh Vietnamese Restaurant  {1209 W Main St}   //    Thanh Linh offers a wonderful selection of stir-frys, rice and noodle dishes, soups, and more. It is described as a humble spot for ample portions of hot and flavorful food.

Annalee Anderson, Guest Writer
Discover Peoria, IL