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“Edible Jazz” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Station Two Twenty - CLOSED

Station Two Twenty
220 E Front St, Bloomington, IL 61701 (Formerly Central Station INC)
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Price range: $20 - $100
Cuisines: French, American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Epiphany Farms believes in creating a new food system that provides exceptional food with a sustainable future. Epiphany Farms combines products from its land with those of local producers to supply the ever-changing, always seasonal menu. Our mission is to blend socially conscious farming techniques with comfortable fine dining, to produce something that customers not only enjoy, but also believe in. We use only the freshest and finest ingredients, always giving preference to food grown by local farmers. Inspiration from our Midwestern culinary tradition roots our dishes in the Central Illinois community, while impeccable execution and flawless presentation add a global edge. We're elevating the simple, familiar foods of our home kitchen to meet the standards of the world stage.
Pontiac, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Edible Jazz”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Have had the tasting menu multiple times. A food adventure. When the chef surprises you its always very good and sometimes fantastic. Wine pairings are always well chosen and interesting. Specializes in farm to fork. Service has been uniformly exceptional.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Northern Virginia
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Won't be going back to Station 220”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants in Bloomington/Normal. It was a little pricey, but the food was always so good it made it worth it. We had back to back bad experiences in fall of 2011 and we started to have some doubts. We had ordered flat iron steak medium rare and it came out like well done hamburger. They asked my wife if she wanted another one and she said no because we had somewhere to be. She ate maybe 1/5th of the steak and nothing was done with the check. We waited for at least 15-20 min for the check.

So we took some time off and returned in Feb 2012 for company that was coming in from out of town. This meal was decent so we thought perhaps the back to back bad meals were just bad luck. We returned last week and decided we will never be going back. The prices seems to have skyrocketed. The wine might as well be served in a shot glass. If the steak is going to be so so for $35, a side should be included. The service was slow and we waited forever to get the check once again, even though the place wasn't overly crowded. Never going back.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“I actually enjoyed the filet mignon”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I thought it was pretty good! I also had something funky for an appetizer (forget what it's called, but it was Asian fusion). Filet mignon was quite tasty, although I did not like waiting long for the food to arrive, so I give it a three.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bloomington, Illinois
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Bad steak, worse management response.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

My filet tasted microwaved. The waiter agreed that because I ordered a well done steak within an hour of closing time it was LIKELY that the cooks would microwave it to speed up the process and get the grill shut down. The manager then came out and argued with us and repeatedly said, "you ate it so i can't offer you anything" even though from the start we had said we just wanted out check and to let him know it tasted rubbery and bad. He even said, "Have you ever actually had good filet before? maybe that's it". And on that note we were done with station 220 forever.

Visited April 2012
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Pricey for the Midwest, but unusually flavorful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

When I travel to the Midwest, I don't usually expect the food to be very good or very interesting, for that matter. Meat and potatoes and iceberg lettuce usually rule. This restaurant, however, has a creative menu, with good execution. We had a special-occasion meal with a family group of nine - and had a large table to ourselves at the back corner of the room (great building, by the way). Service was attentive, but food slow in arriving. The waiter apologized several times for the delays, but when the dishes finally arrived, most were quite delicious. The green salad was really fresh-picked, perfectly dressed - no iceberg in sight. The minestrone and gazpacho tasted exactly as they should. Two of our party had the Epiphany Pasture chicken, which was exceptional - juicy, flavorful, with an unusual potato gratin. My hanger steak was a bit chewy (should have been cut against the grain) and the tomatillo salsa was not like the Southwestern version I am accustomed to, but still acceptable. Two of our party split the 12-oz Ribeye and pronounced it perfect. The filet mignon got a thumbs-up as well. The tiger shrimp were a bit 'fishy' smelling. Most sides are a la carte - at $6 for a bowl of Yukon gold mashed potatoes, it had better be a generous portion and really tasty, and it was. I enjoyed the chilled Quinoa with cherries and pecans - several diners tried the South American grain for the first time and really liked it. Desserts ranged from a skillet-baked chocolate chip cookie a la mode (a big hit), creme brulee (two spoons fought over every bite), and a plate of three house-made sorbets (cherry, passion fruit, and some kind of green herbal variety). Only three members of our party had alcohol (2 beers, 2 glasses of house wine), one had coffee. Total bill, with 15% tip, was $450 for party of nine - a bit more than we expected, but everyone left happy with the meal. It's good we weren't in a hurry, as we were there almost 2 1/2 hours - but it gave the family lots of time to visit.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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