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“A hidden gem!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Z Best Cafe on Main

Z Best Cafe on Main
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Sheffield
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Princeton, Illinois, United States
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A hidden gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

We took our extended family (some from big cities) to this nondescript storefront in the one old downtown block of Sheffield. They thought I was pulling a prank until we all went inside and sat down to a great evening of wonderful food. This restaurant will hold it's own with any metropolitan area establishment. The food is well prepared, delicious, and very high quality. The chef is an artist. Do get reservations because they only accept the number of customers they can handle well. If you are in the area and interested in a great dining experience, come to Z Best!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Princeton, Illinois
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167 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“More than meets the eye!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is our favorite local place to dine. Do NOT let the drive to Sheffield / out of the way location stop you. The local art work, murals, and exposed brick give this place a lot of charm. In addition, the food is amazing. The chef is dedicated to local and organic produce and meat. The beef and pork come from the area and are hormone-free.
The specials change weekly, however I love the corn-crusted catfish with crab. Last time my DH had the pork belly and just raved. The soup is often inventive and made on site. There is no kids menu, however the chef is happy to whip up some grilled cheese or a simple chicken breast as needed. My kids like most of the salads and the spin art chicken with artichokes.
Be sure you call ahead for a reservation. There is limited seating and the place often sells out, and there is no comfortable place to wait for a table.
There are a variety of steak options and burgers too. But don't be fooled. This is high-end food. In the city, the meal would be twice the price. My only complaint is the limited beer and wine selections. Most are rather low-end to be paired with such excellent food.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tracy61356
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Princeton, Illinois, United States
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Gourmet Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

The food is gourmet quality and sophisticated in style. The dining area is small, so call ahead for reservations. A hidden gem in the Illinois River Valley.

Visited July 2012
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Thank Barry G
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Sheffield, Illinois
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“"Great Food"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

Very interesting menu , the staff is friendly and work hard to get the food to the table in a timely fashion. When you taste the flavors the chef puts together, you will know you have arrived and taken part in something special. Very affordable fare and finger licking great !!

Visited September 2012
Review collected in partnership with Best Western

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