From the Editors
Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 14, which also happens to be the same day as graduation for many University of Illinois students. To say that Champaign-Urbana area restaurants will be packed on Mother’s Day (and weekend) is an understatement.
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Mother’s Day but would like to avoid waiting hours for a meal, you may want to consider driving a little further beyond the Champaign-Urbana city limits.
Here are six out-of-town places to consider going to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.
The Beef House in Covington, IN is located just past the Illinois/Indiana border. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Champaign and worth the trip for their famous rolls, jam, apple butter, and of course, their steaks. Hours on Sundays are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and they do take reservations. See our review of the Beef House here.
Firefly Grill in Effingham, which is about an hour and 15 minutes south of Champaign, has a garden on-site and is committed to buying locally to give its diners a complete farm-to-table experience. Situated next to a lake, Firefly Grill offers a great atmosphere as well as a delicious menu. Reservations are accepted. Want to make a day of it exploring Effingham? We have a post for that.
3 Ravens in Monticello: Enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks at the family-owned, full service restaurant in downtown Monticello, which claims to feature the best selection of Irish Whiskey in downstate Illinois. Daily specials are listed on their website. Want more Monticello fun? We list Five Best Kept Secrets in Monticello.
JT Walker’s in downtown Mahomet is a local favorite that offers a wide range of brunch, lunch and dinner items on the menu. On nice days, the rooftop patio is a great place to enjoy a drink or meal with family and friends. Want more Mahomet fun? We list parks to visit in Mahomet.
Old Bank Restaurant in LeRoy serves dinner Wednesday-Sunday (Sunday hours 3-9 p.m.) and Sunday brunch starting at 11 a.m. The menu includes appetizers, a salad bar, burgers, sandwiches, chicken, steak, desserts and more. Old Bank is owned and operated by Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group in Bloomington, which also own two other restaurants in Bloomington- Anju Above and Epiphany Farms Restaurant. Old Bank doesn’t accept reservations; however, their website says they offer ‘Table Take Over’ for parties of 7 or larger. More fun in LeRoy? Take in a movie at the historic – and inexpensive – Princess Theater.
Bayern Stube in Gibson City is a unique, quaint restaurant in downtown Gibson City that serves authentic, German cuisine. Local favorites include schnitzels, sausages and strudels. You can’t go wrong with their beer selection either. Reservations are recommended. Hours on Sunday are 2-8 p.m. More fun in Gibson City? Check out our Harvest Moon Drive-In review.
Don’t forget to check out our top 5 things to do on Mother’s Day, sponsored by Meatheads.
What’s your favorite out-of-town restaurant that’s not too far away?