Eclectic restaurants, award-wining wine bars and handcrafted breweries shine in Champaign – a vibrant foodie town, home to the University of Illinois. We’ve assembled a list of five restaurants perfect for you and your sweetheart.
With its beautiful wood interior, casks full of local brews and friendly locals, Blind Pig Brewery is a great location for pairs looking for a relaxed and fun atmosphere. When the weather is nice, couples can venture outside and enjoy the large outdoor beer garden.
A visit to Pekara Bakery and Bistro means good food, great coffee and easy conversation. From omelets, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, savory sandwiches, salads, crêpes and hearty soups, to sweet pastries, pies and cookies, there’s truly something for everyone.
Planning a romantic night out? Be sure to check out Alto Vineyards Tasting Room located near the University of Illinois. Couples can relax with a glass of Alto’s award-winning wine and taste local cheeses. With its picturesque outdoor seating and wine garden, a trip to Alto Vineyards Tasting Room makes for a unique spring date.
Farren’s Pub and Eatery is the perfect location for duos who like adventure, fun and, most importantly, great burgers. Farren’s burgers have received some serious recognition from both Champaign natives and nationally-known foodies. Finding this restaurant, which is located underground and tucked behind a building, is half the fun of dining there.
Big Grove Tavern is a great spot for a trendy date. This farm-to-table restaurant in downtown Champaign features seasonal comfort foods. Almost everything served at Big Grove Tavern is made from scratch, uses seasonal ingredients and is sourced locally whenever possible.