Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fare and wares at Willett's Winery for half price

Willett's Winery & Cellar in Manito is the next business to be featured on's Hot Deal. Starting Thursday, receive $20 worth of food, wine or merchandise for only $10. The Ironstone Room restaurant at the winery serves creative cuisine for lunch and dinner. The hot deal runs through Friday, so don't wait too long.


A "paint your own" pottery and glass fusing studio is opening soon on the square in Washington. Watch for Created Just By Me Pottery & Art Studio.

The former Pizza Hut in Peoria Heights will soon reopen as Kaydee Kats, which will also serve pizza.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


I hear that The Mix Sandwich Works will open a new location on SW Washington Street in Peoria in the former Hardee's/Gyros King spot.

You may have heard that Running Central will leave their Main Street location in Peoria at the end of this month, heading to Heritage Square in Peoria Heights.

Next Thursday 309 in Peoria Heights hosts the 3rd Thursday Pack the Place lunch. Get your coupon for buy one lunch, get one 50% off, valid on July 21 between 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


Wild Berries is opening soon in the former Dane's Bar & Grill location in Peoria. Their Normal location has been open for two years. They plan to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Peoria location.

Le Bistro

Last week I visited the newly opened Le Bistro in Peoria's Metro Centre for lunch.
Although impressed with the idea of their "picked by you" salad option where you pick from four types of greens, four ingredients from a large list of add ins and your choice of dressing, I decided to try the Asian salad due to the description. The salad ($7.95) is a combo of romaine and baby spinach topped with Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, strawberries and slivered almonds tossed in a toasted sesame dressing. You can also add grilled chicken for $2 more, which I skipped. I placed my order at the counter to the right, added an iced tea and headed to the left counter to pay.
I took a seat in the dining area (updated with new cheery paint colors) and soon my name was called to pick up my salad. Accompanied by a sesame-topped soft roll, the salad was wonderful and the dressing was light, yet flavorful. The owner also stopped by my table to see how everything was.
Of course since I had such a healthy lunch, I meandered next door to Le Bakery to get a snickerdoodle cookie for a mere 80 cents.
In addition to salads, Le Bistro offers panini and various sandwiches, soups, quiches, pastries and Espresso drinks.