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Where to eat by airport?

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Peoria, IL
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Where to eat by airport?

Driving in from Peoria and want somewhere fir lunch before we fly out. What restaurants are close to the airport? Would prefer "real food" not fast food places.

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Illinois
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1. Re: Where to eat by airport?

There's all kinds of restaurants along Veteran's Pkwy near the airport, but Baxter's American Grille is virtually right across the street from the airport exits, as is Buffalo Wild Wings (probably others by now, too).

Cocoa Beach, Florida
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2. Re: Where to eat by airport?

On the airport grounds, at the next traffic signal on Empire Street west of the airport entrance (turn at the Commerce Bank building and then drive south to the large, single-story building) is CJ's Restaurant. A fave of many in Bloomington for a casual meal, it has sandwiches, entrees, pizza and an outdoor patio with a view of one of the runways.

Right across from the airport Empire Street entrance:

Baxter's American Grill, in the Holiday Inn. Great restaurant, with steaks as well as sandwiches, but allow time to enjoy.

Buffalo Wild Wings, next to the Holiday Inn.

Avanti's, the same chain as in Peoria.

A new McDonalds also opened just west of the Holiday Inn a few months ago, and Moe's Southwest Grill just opened about a half mile west of the airport on the south side of Empire Street.

As mentioned, there are dozens of restaurants along Veterans Parkway, and most of the major chains are represented. There is also a food court in the Eastland Mall, about a mile west of the airport, and an Applebee's next to the mall. Across from the mall on the north side of Empire, you'll find the Garden of Paradise coffee shop.

There are two restaurants in the airport terminal itself -- one on each side of security. The one after security has a lighter selection, mostly sandwiches. Both serve liquor.

Edited: 10:21 am, April 27, 2013
Cocoa Beach, Florida
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3. Re: Where to eat by airport?

Just remembered that Baxter's has recently been open only for dinner, so check ahead. It is a great spot for dinner.

Normal, Illinois
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4. Re: Where to eat by airport?

CJs is actually located in the old airport, just west of the new one. It's a nice hidden gem. Located at 2901 E Empire, it is literally two blocks from BMI. It is closed on Mondays. Every other day they offer a damn fine breakfast, served until 2pm and a large variety of lunch and dinner items.

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Chicago
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5. Re: Where to eat by airport?

As another option there are Tortas Fronteras by Rick Bayless in Ohare in terminal 1 and terminal 3 that are very, very good. They are also in the airport past security so you can relax a little an not worry so much about time. There is also Wicker Park sushi between terminal 2 and 3 that is good.

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6. Re: Where to eat by airport?

B - wrong airport. You're in the Bloomington forum.

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