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Old Feb 3, 2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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I think we already had this thread, but I can't find it. And its the end of the day and talking about Jupiters has made me hungry.

Restaurants:

(1) Jupiters

(2) Famous Dave's (I don't know why but I loooove it)

(3) That Gumby's Pizza or whatever it is called.


Bars:

(1) Kams

(2) C.O. Daniels

(3) R&R's
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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Bars -
1. FireHaus
2. R&R's (Rest in peace, my friend)
3. Guido's
4. Kam's

Restaurants -
1. Fat Sandwich
2. Jupiter's
3. Papa Del's
4. Flat Top (breakfast)
5. Chik-Fil-A
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 03:56 PM   #3
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Bars -
1. FireHaus
2. R&R's (Rest in peace, my friend)
3. Guido's
4. Kam's

Restaurants -
1. Fat Sandwich
2. Jupiter's
3. Papa Del's
4. Flat Top (breakfast)
5. Chik-Fil-A
Guido'S??? JP are you out of your baggy panted mind? Bunch of middle aged balding townies.

Is Clybourne still there?

Was Papa Del's the real restaurant pizza place on Green St? That place was good, but a little too grown up for me.
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 03:57 PM   #4
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Restaurants:

1. Courier Cafe - cheap and everything is good
2. Jim Gould's - expensive but worth it
3. The Great Impasta - best italian
4. Papa Del's - best pizza by far
5. Silvercreek - best Sunday brunch and good wine/beer selection
6. Timpone's - for those special occasions (and awesome thin crust pizza)
7. Alexander's - damn good steaks
8. Hickory River - best BBQ in town
9. Apple Dumplin' - down home country cookin', and cheap
10. Siam Terrace - great thai food in downtown Urbana
11. Jupiter's - for their pizza and chicken strips
12. Kennedy's - awesome food and nice views of Stone Creek

Bars:

1. Blind Pig - best beer selection
2. Radio Maria - also great beer selection but cleaner ambience
3. Murphy's - a classic
4. Firehaus - cool decor, decently clean for a campus bar
5. White Horse - karaoke night and $5 rum and coke pitchers!
6. Crane Alley - good beer selection and pool tables
7. Canopy Club - by far the best music venue
8. Jupiter's - best pizza and pool
9. Boltini - usually good DJ's and a more upscale crowd
10. The Office - RIP
11. Cowboy Monkey - great beergarden in summer
12. Barfly - ditto

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Old Feb 3, 2009, 03:58 PM   #5
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Food
- Jupiters (pizza)
- Farrens (burgers)
- 7 saints (more of a bar, but I dig the wide variety of sliders)

Bars
- Senators
- Wild Wings (no bad seat for watching an Illini game)
- Murphy's
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 04:01 PM   #6
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Oh man I forgot about Farren's and B-Dubs. Both good places.

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Old Feb 3, 2009, 04:01 PM   #7
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Murphy's had the best fries/hamburger combo. That was a good way to start Friday after class.

Wild Wings was decent for wings. I used to go to Wing Stop over by Schnucks which I assume is Urbana but I'm sure ya'll correct me.

Don't let me forget Smoothie King on Green St.

Was Alexander's the place you cooked your own steak? That place ruled. The thing that sucked about being there was I was a student so couldn't eat out and drink as much as I wanted. This is all making me sad. I'm going to spend the weekend in Champaign stuffing myself and chasing college girls.

Sure beats Charlie Trotters.

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Old Feb 3, 2009, 04:21 PM   #8
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Bars
1.O'malleys-(American Pie at midnight)
2.Murphey's
3.Mabels
4.Eddie Chins (volcano)
5.Tumble Inn
6.Blind Pig
7.R&R Sports grill
8.Rock's
9.Wendle's (Summer)
10.Brass Rail

Food
1.Jupiters
2.Papa Dells
3.Texas Roadhouse
4.Murphy's
5.DeLux
6.Doc. J's
7.Merry Anne's (after 2am)
8.Pia's (lunch)
9.Monicles
10.Steak n Shake
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 05:25 PM   #9
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Bars
1.O'malleys-(American Pie at midnight)
2.Murphey's
3.Mabels
4.Eddie Chins (volcano)
5.Tumble Inn
6.Blind Pig
7.R&R Sports grill
8.Rock's
9.Wendle's (Summer)
10.Brass Rail

Food
1.Jupiters
2.Papa Dells
3.Texas Roadhouse
4.Murphy's
5.DeLux
6.Doc. J's
7.Merry Anne's (after 2am)
8.Pia's (lunch)
9.Monicles
10.Steak n Shake
I ate enough cheese fries at Doc J's to close every artery at UIUC permanently. Place went away though. Is it back?

How about Zorbas or Garcias? Are they still around?
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 05:41 PM   #10
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I ate enough cheese fries at Doc J's to close every artery at UIUC permanently. Place went away though. Is it back?

How about Zorbas or Garcias? Are they still around?
Garcia's finally closed its Green Street location. They will apparently be opening a location inside the new Burnham County Market. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/loc...et_to_open_feb
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 05:49 PM   #11
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I forgot Taco Johns, their seasoned fries were the best!, Anyone remember the old McDonalds and Steak n Shake on Green Street.
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 06:01 PM   #12
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Restaurants:

1. Courier Cafe - cheap and everything is good
2. Jim Gould's - expensive but worth it
3. The Great Impasta - best italian
4. Papa Del's - best pizza by far
5. Silvercreek - best Sunday brunch and good wine/beer selection
6. Timpone's - for those special occasions (and awesome thin crust pizza)
7. Alexander's - damn good steaks
8. Hickory River - best BBQ in town
9. Apple Dumplin' - down home country cookin', and cheap
10. Siam Terrace - great thai food in downtown Urbana
11. Jupiter's - for their pizza and chicken strips
12. Kennedy's - awesome food and nice views of Stone Creek

Bars:

1. Blind Pig - best beer selection
2. Radio Maria - also great beer selection but cleaner ambience
3. Murphy's - a classic
4. Firehaus - cool decor, decently clean for a campus bar
5. White Horse - karaoke night and $5 rum and coke pitchers!
6. Crane Alley - good beer selection and pool tables
7. Canopy Club - by far the best music venue
8. Jupiter's - best pizza and pool
9. Boltini - usually good DJ's and a more upscale crowd
10. The Office - RIP
11. Cowboy Monkey - great beergarden in summer
12. Barfly - ditto
Murphys is definitely a classic. By far my favorite. Don't forget Legends either, not a bad place to chill.
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 06:25 PM   #13
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Za's, Zorbas, basil thai and papa del in campustown.
Courier cafe, siam terrace and dos reales are great for off-campus dining.
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 07:59 PM   #14
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bars:boltini, murphys

food:el charro
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 08:00 PM   #15
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bars: Murphy's, Legend's, Rock's
restaurants: Murphy's, Legend's, Rock's, Papa Del's
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 08:53 PM   #16
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Guido'S??? JP are you out of your baggy panted mind? Bunch of middle aged balding townies.
They have some good scotch there and Mary Ann's diner is right across the street, what else do I need?!

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Is Clybourne still there?
No, closed last year, I think. I remember, my sophomore year, getting locked in the massive beer fridge in the basement on Unofficial. Good times.

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Was Papa Del's the real restaurant pizza place on Green St? That place was good, but a little too grown up for me.
Yep, thats the place. Order your pizza 3 days before you go pick it up 'cause thats how long it takes.
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 09:52 PM   #17
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As soon as I get back from Costa Rica I'm going to Champaign to eat. Clearly some of the finest cuisine in the Western Hemisphere.
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I forgot Taco Johns, their seasoned fries were the best!, Anyone remember the old McDonalds and Steak n Shake on Green Street.
I remember the McD's but the Steak n' Shake was long gone before my time.

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Old Feb 3, 2009, 10:23 PM   #19
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I remember the McD's but the Steak n' Shake was long gone before my time.
It was on the far west side of IHOP, small and dirty.
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Old Feb 4, 2009, 02:50 PM   #20
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It was on the far west side of IHOP, small and dirty.
Yep. The post office is there now.

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Old Feb 4, 2009, 02:59 PM   #21
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Banana: Jim Gould's? ranked second??? Get OUTTTT of here. You are right, they are expensive. CERTAINLY not worth it. One of the few nice restaurants in the area so they have a monopoly in downtown Champaign. I love guidos too, their burgers are really good and really cheap -- worth the price and eating outdoors is awesome when the weather is nice. For on campus foods, a bit pricey for Chinese takeout, but I like Evo for their Indonesian Fried Rice, it is awesome. Dos Reales is one of my favorites as well.
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Old Feb 4, 2009, 03:02 PM   #22
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Banana: Jim Gould's? ranked second??? Get OUTTTT of here. You are right, they are expensive. CERTAINLY not worth it. One of the few nice restaurants in the area so they have a monopoly in downtown Champaign. I love guidos too, their burgers are really good and really cheap -- worth the price and eating outdoors is awesome when the weather is nice. For on campus foods, a bit pricey for Chinese takeout, but I like Evo for their Indonesian Fried Rice, it is awesome. Dos Reales is one of my favorites as well.
I'm tired of people saying nice things about Guidos. Please stop.

Dos Reales gives you herpes. Don't eat there.
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Old Feb 4, 2009, 03:25 PM   #23
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I just wanna say I'm in love with the name "Chambana". It just rolls off the tongue

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Old Feb 4, 2009, 03:30 PM   #24
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I really think you all are overlooking the importance of the Chik-Fil-A in the Union now.
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Old Feb 4, 2009, 04:22 PM   #25
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The Ribeye is my favorite steak joint, and I love Miko's fo sushi!
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