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Best restaurants, food and drinks in Peoria for 2022

There was a lot of great food to be had around central Illinois in 2022.

We asked and you voted for your favorite Peoria-area restaurants and the food you loved over the past year. Here are the winners for the “Best of the Best” dining categories, everything from the most romantic place to eat to the best place for sushi.

Asian food

Thanh Linh Restaurant

1209 W. Main St., Peoria

(309) 495-0179


Trefzger’s Bakery

4416 N Prospect Road, Peoria Heights

(309) 685-9221

More:With ‘devout’ customers, this downtown Peoria bakery continues to grow


Mission BBQ

Mission BBQ

4513 N Sterling Ave., Peoria

(309) 590-5776

bloody mary

Kuchies on the Water

579 Wesley Road, Creve Coeur

(309) 427-3000

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Childers Eatery

815 W. Camp St., East Peoria

(309) 966-2655

5805 N Humboldt Ave., Peoria

(309) 966-4035

5201 W War Memorial Drive, Unit 260, Peoria

(309) 713-3118

3312 N. University St., Peoria

(309) 688-1332

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Pizza ranch

4114 N Brandywine Drive, Peoria

(309) 839-1420

903 W. Jackson St., Morton

(309) 263-1200

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Five Guys

Five Guys

2601 W. Lake Ave., Peoria

(309) 688-6040

Caterer/Catering Company

Cracked Pepper

3406 NE Adams St, Peoria

(309) 839-2204

Chinese foods

Asian grill

5832 Knoxville Ave., Suite J, Peoria

(309) 689-8880

More:These restaurants and eateries closed in the Peoria area in 2022

Donut shop

Carl’s Bakery & Restaurant

819 E. Camp St., East Peoria

(309) 699-7275

From bartender to barista:Bartonville couple brings coffee and donut shop to village

fine dining

Alexander’s Steakhouse

100 Alexander Ave., Peoria

(309) 688-0404

Fried Chicken

A Gil's Supper Club chicken dinner and famous pork tenderloin are pictured here.

Gil’s Supper Club

12703 W Farmington Road, Hanna City

(309) 565-7889

happy hour

WE Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Fare

4538 N Prospect Road, Peoria Heights

(309) 839-8097

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Ice cream/frozen yogurt

Uncle Bob’s Homemade Ice Cream

409 E. Center St., Eureka

(309) 405-2042

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Italian Food

Rizzi’s Italian Restaurant

4613 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria

(309) 689-0025

Local coffee shop

Leaves’n Beans Coffee

4800 N Prospect Road, Peoria Heights

(309) 688-7685

730 W. Jackson St., Morton

(309) 688-7685

3208 Court St., Beijing

(309) 688-7685

More:Here are two major changes coming to the Evergreen Square shopping center in Peoria

Mediterranean cuisine

Khoury’s Cuisine

3326 N. University St., Peoria

(309) 685-3000

Mexican food

Blue margaritas

The Carnitas plate and the mango margarita from Blue Margaritas.

9010 N. Allen Road, Peoria

(309) 966-0783

661 N Cummings Lane, Washington

(309) 481-5363

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Outdoor/patio/rooftop dining

Cyd’s in the Park

5805 Knoxville Ave., Peoria

(309) 685-1100


Monica’s Pizza

135 N. Fifth Ave., Canton

(309) 647-1127

1067 W. Jackson St., Morton

(309) 284-0709

111 S. Parkway Drive, Beijing

(309) 347-7761

4408 Knoxville Ave., Peoria

(309) 688-0747

4100 W. Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria

(309) 691-6477

6 Cherry Tree Shopping Center, Washington

(309) 444-7500

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Mission BBQ

4513 N Sterling Ave., Peoria

(309) 590-5776

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Romantic restaurant


3218 N Dries Lane, Peoria

(309) 686-5925

Salad/salad bar

Alexander’s Steakhouse

100 Alexander Ave., Peoria

(309) 688-0404

More:Distillery with sketchy past among businesses preceding Alexander’s Steakhouse in Peoria

Seafood restaurant

Fish House

4919 N. University St., Peoria

(309) 691-9358

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sports bar

Kouri’s Pub

105 Elizabeth Pointe Drive, Germantown Hills

(309) 383-4551

2929 Court St., Beijing

(309) 346-8881

4421 N Sterling Ave., Peoria

(309) 688-1971

steak house

Alexander’s Steakhouse

100 Alexander Ave., Peoria

(309) 688-0404

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Sub/Deli/Sandwich Shop

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

318 W. Washington St., East Peoria

(309) 698-2100

10408 N. Centerway Drive, Suite A, Peoria

(309) 240-8332

More:Popular bakery opens in North Peoria



2601 W. Lake Ave. A-2B, Peoria

(309) 679-9300

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Rumberger’s Wings

3125 N. University St., Peoria

(309) 713-1009

Chris Sims is a digital producer at Midwest DOT. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisFSims.

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