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Reviewed February 18, 2022 via mobile

A quaint little gym in Bloomington/Normal. The food speaks for its self here, the decor. The choices were shrimp and grits, a chicken sandwich of the month, which was a Nashville hot fried chicken with a honey hot sauce slaw. (The fries were seasoned to...perfection. We had a friendly server by the name of Taylor who was very informative of the menu and super friendly. This place closes at 2 PM so come in early with an appetite and ask for Taylor! Tell them Keith-Donovan sent you.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 8, 2022 via mobile

Food always tasty and well-presented. Atmosphere a bit tight but welcoming. Staff always very friendly. Go Ray!

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed January 26, 2022 via mobile

Highly recommend you have a reservation as we did. People were lined up waiting when we arrived. Therefore we were seated promptly. Atmosphere is very casual and friendly. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. I had the Grandpa breakfast of eggs, hash browns and bacon,...my spouse had the Belgian Waffle both were cooked perfectly and tasty. Portions were decent size but still more than we could eat. Plenty of free parking available in the parking lot. Would definitely like to be able to come back in the future.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed January 21, 2022 via mobile

My wife had the Advo Brekkie Sandwich which she described as "an explosion of great flavors". I had the Chicken and waffle benedict which was not only excellent, but contained the best tasting, most perfectly presented poached eggs I've had, in my life. Ray, our...server was knowledgeable, on the spot and excellent when we asked for suggestions. The coffee was terrific, better than the Star####s we grind at home every morning. Cool, hip, happening menu that has tremendous variety and creativity. A fantastic local treasure.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed November 7, 2021

The ideal wake up restaurant, superb menu offering original items, good value, and enticing simple atmosphere with lots of friendly people. Us five kids enjoyed the pancakes, hash browns, very fresh fruit, and eggs in all sorts of ways. My barbecue Benedict was especially wonderful...and fixed up with the jalapeno corn muffins and fried jalapenos had me winning all day. Too few places make good use of the spicy green fruit. We didn't even make it to bedtime before musing about going back again! One of those things that sets apart the typical brunch station from the special ones. I personally noticed that most places make pancakes way too sweet; true here, my buddy ordered the mascarpone pancakes didn't need syrup. That might be my one calm with pancakes in general is that I would want more flavors that call for a little sweetness. That small matter because this menu is perfect in every way and offers so many options I will have to come back to try.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 26, 2021

March of last year, a year and four months ago, my wife and I were just racing home from Miami Beach ahead of Covid before the country shut down. After being sequestered for a year and 4 months, we decided to try the waters again...and unfortunately, I think we’re going to be…..just before the country shuts down again. We’re heading south and that can’t be the greatest decision 2 grown people have made. For a bit of normalcy, we started by stopping at the Fort Jesse Cafe in Normal, Illinois. This has traditionally been our breakfast stop any time we head south. It did not fail to give us a sense of well being. This service is still excellent, the food is still delicious, the atmosphere is still familiar and welcoming. Even my one egg over easy with sausage links and sourdough toast was something unexpectedly delicious. My wife on the other hand, doubled the eggs over easy, had some great hash browns with crispy bacon and a side of sourdough toast. And I have to admit, when I saw it, I got quite jealous. Shame on me. And so it begins.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 15, 2021

Food was great. Noise level in the dining area very loud . Not a place for relaxing meal. Good selection of different types of entrees

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed May 17, 2021

Went here on the strong recommendations of a few people, and we were still overwhelmed by the experience. It's so good; quality food, impressive portions, and much of it is clearly homemade. No, it's not going to be a go-to place if you're looking for...spicy, but great googly moogly, this is central Illinois. Service was great (Jack was a top-notch server!), and we all gave each other bites of what we ordered because it was too good not to share. We'll definitely be back!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed February 7, 2021

We ordered food for delivery from this restaurant and received soggy french fries under cooked chicken tenders and very soggy. It was packaged in plastic containers that trapped a lot of moisture inside. The hashbrowns were burnt as well. There was no flavor seasoning on...my Angus breakfast burger. People have told me that this is a great place to eat but the food was very under par. We spent a substantial amount of money for small portions and terrible food.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed October 4, 2020 via mobile

FJC is very popular and often busy but we called for a reservation this morning and so pleased we got in immediately! Coffee is always full flavored & delicious. Large variety of menu items with many unique choices. Fresh, nice size portions, wonderful flavors in...everything they make, our breakfast selections were delightful. Dining at FJC this morning was a real treat! Service was wonderful, all staff wearing masks, social distancing guidelines being followed, cleanliness was awesome. FJC goes above and beyond in every way and it shows!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed August 1, 2020

The gravy was bland, and the other items were mediocre. Not even in the same ballpark of 5 star food. Don’t believe the hype like we did

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed March 10, 2020

Because of it's popularity, we had quite a wait for our party of six. It was well worth the wait! Everyone ordered something different; I had the shrimp and grits, my hubby had a skillet, the kids ordered waffles and biscuits and gravy--everything was delicious...and several of us took part of our meal home.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 28, 2020

The special for February (for one more day) is the Pesto & Goat Cheese skillet. Eggs however you want them cover grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, asparagus, and halved grape tomatoes on a bed of hashbrowns. I got the pesto on the side because not...all pesto is created the same. To round out the dish was toastserved with their very blackberry jam. Yum!😄😛More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 18, 2020 via mobile

Had a flight from Bloomington and checked Trip Adviser for a breakfast suggestion and they did not disappoint. Superior service and excellent food. If I am ever in the area again I would certainly visit again.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 10, 2020 via mobile

Late breakfast.I had the skillet special so I guess its all day.verygood qulck service.not real busy on a week day.i wluld return.

Date of visit: January 2020
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there is not a particular menu for gluten free. but the staff is very accomidating.
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Yes, Fort Jesse Cafe offers takeout services.

Fort Jesse Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5