14 Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Central Illinois You Should Know

Menus and specials that rotate with the season, farm-fresh ingredients, a commitment to local and sustainable sourcing-- these 14 restaurants have everything you need to satisfy your tastebuds and tug at your heartstrings. Feel good knowing every dollar you spend supports locally-owned restaurants, keeps your food dollars in your community, and builds vibrant, resilient, local food systems.

1. American Harvest Eatery

3241 W. Iles Ave.

Springfield,IL,62711

americanharvesteatery@gmail.com

217-546-8300

American Harvest Eatery is a locally owned restaurant that has been in operation for more than 6 years. It is our mission to provide our guests with a meal comprised of locally grown items that have been transformed in house to create the freshes and most thoughtful cuisine. From our salads to our cocktails, we do not cut any corners and always strive to provide our guests with a product that highlights locality, sustainability, and seasonality. We source seasonally from local farms such as Suttill's Gardens, Small Axe Gardens, Harvest & Blooms Farm, Prairie Fruits Farm, and Good Earth Farms. Hours: Sun: 10am-3pm, Mon: Closed, Tues-Sat: 11am-2:30pm & 5pm-10pm

One of the many seasonal dishes on American Harvest's ever-rotating menu. Innovation and deliciousness are the name of the game!

2. Augie's Front Burner

2 W. Old State Capitol Plaza

Springfield,IL,62701

augiesfrontburner@gmail.com

217-544-6979

Augie's Front Burner is located in historical downtown Springfield and strives to serves the freshest local meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, and dairy. The owner, Augies, was raised on farm-to-table food and continues to stay true to his roots by serving his customers with the same quality of food that he was raised on. We source seasonally from local farms such as Bunn Meats, Suttill's Gardens, The Branch of the Olive Tree, and Odelhers. Hours: Mon-Fri:11am-2:30pm & 5pm-10pm Sat: 5pm-10pm

3. Pease's at Bunn Gourmet

2941 Plaza Dr

Springfield,IL,62704

bob.bunn@bunn.com

217-793-1840

Bunn Gourmet and Pease's Candy Store, two family-owned business operations that have been "Local Since Lincoln," have joined forces under Pease's at BUNN Gourmet™. Located at The Gables in Springfield, the venue offers locally sourced selections including the finest quality confections from Pease's, fresh quiche from Incredibly Delicious, locally raised USDA Prime and Choice beef from the Bunn Family Quarter B Farm and a wide variety of interesting beverages including locally roasted coffee from Custom Cup and the Bean Counter. Mon-Thurs: 7am-9pm, Fri-Sat: 7am-10pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

4. Cooper's Alleyside and StrEATside Bistro

3115 E Sangamon

Springfield,IL,62693

info@cooperstreatside.com

217-836-2657

We are a family-owned food truck and restaurant sourcing local ingredients. We focus on the freshest ingredients when available. Chef Cooper is the 7th generation from a family farm in Williamsville and takes pride sourcing directly from local farmers. He understands that fresh is best! We source regularly from Wolf Creek Farm, R & R Hydroponics Farm and Sugar Grove Farms. Hours: Sun-Mon: 11am-8pm, Tues-Thurs: 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-9:30pm

Breakfast tacos from Cooper's StrEATside Bistro featuring homemade fries, local sausage and eggs, and fresh pico de gallo from the farmers market!

5. Engrained Brewery & Restaurant

1120 Lincolnshire Blvd.

Springfield,IL,62711

info@engrainedbrewery.com

217-546-3054

Engrained Brewing Company is a locally owned micro-brewery and farm-to-table restaurant. Brewed onsite, our beer lineup is crafted to bring friends together with a broad range of styles. Our menu features fresh and affordable food from local family farms. Our brewmaster is always crafting fresh new brews to give you a unique experience with every visit. Gather at Engrained for a drink with friends, a family dinner, or a special evetn at your own local brewpub. Hours: Sun: 9am-9pm, Mon-Wed: 11am-9pm, Thurs-Sat: 11am-close

6. Maldaner's Restaurant

222 S. 6th St.

Springfield,IL,62701

steve@maldaners.com

217-522-4313

Since 1886 Maldaner's has been hailed as one of Springfield's best restaurants. Located in historic downtown Springfield, Maldaner's warm and welcoming setting is a perfect place for Chef/Owner Michael Higgins to show off his American, regional, and Mediterranean flavors using local and regional ingredients. We source seasonally from Suttill's Farms, Living Waters Farms, Good Earth Farms, Small Axe Market Gardens, Harvest & Blooms, and many vendors at the Old Capitol Farmers Market. Hours: Mon: 11am-2:30pm, Tues-Thurs:11am-9pm, Fri:11am-10pm, Sat: 5pm-10pm

7. DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works- Normal

318 S. Towanda Ave.

Normal,IL,61761

jsartin@destihl.com

309-220-9901

Destihl was founded on the promise of supporting local flavor and boycotting bland. We opened our first grastrobrewpub in Normal, Illinois in November of 2007 and a second location in downtown Champaign, Illinois was later added in April of 2011. Our menu focuses on bold flavors that pair well with a wide array of innovative beers for every palate. We are not bound to any particular cooking genre or style of beers. Rather, our commitment is grounded upon an inventive approach to classic American-inspired pub fare and global cooking and brewing traditions. We source seasonal products from local farms such as Living Waters Farms, Ropp Farms, Garden Gate Farms, Sasse's Apiaries and Kilgus Farmstead when possible. Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun: 11am-9pm

8. DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works- Champaign

301 N. Neil St.

Champaign,IL,61820

calwes@destihl.com

217-356-0301

Destihl was founded on the promise of supporting local flavor and boycotting bland. We opened our first grastrobrewpub in Normal, Illinois in November of 2007 and a second location in downtown Champaign, Illinois was later added in April of 2011. Our menu focuses on bold flavors that pair well with a wide array of innovative beers for every palate. We are not bound to any particular cooking genre or style of beers. Rather, our commitment is grounded upon an inventive approach to classic American-inspired pub fare and global cooking and brewing traditions. We source seasonal products from local farms such as Living Waters Farms, Ropp Farms, Garden Gate Farms, Sasse's Apiaries and Kilgus Farmstead when possible. Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun: 11am-9pm

9. The Beer Hall at DESTIHL Brewery

1200 Greenbriar Dr

Normal,IL,61761

jsartin@destihl.com

309-862-2337

The new home of DESTIHL Brewery opened in May 2017 with a larger production brewery space and a 6,300 sq. ft. beer hall featuring the bold flavors of DESTIHL’s beer and food. Guests of The Beer Hall will experience a mix of self and full-service in a communal setting, inside the long, open, brick-walled hall, while enjoying the same family-friendly atmosphere as the gastrobrewpubs™ . The bar in The Beer Hall not only highlights DESTIHL beer, but also adventurous beer-based cocktails and brewed on-site craft sodas and ciders. Tours of the brewery are available. Tickets can be purchased at destihl.com

10. Anju Above

221 E. Front Street

Bloomington,IL,61701

contact@epiphanyfarms.com

309-828-8704

Anju Above's menu features classic Neapolitan pizzas, sushi crafted for the Midwestern palate, Asian dumplings, and a modern, interactive bar. Our purpose is to blend internationally inspired small dishes with socially responsible farming techniques to create a fast and fun, farm fresh experience for our guests. Anju Above is part of the Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group, a pioneering new food system frontier consisting of multiple farms and restaurants working together to create one self-sustaining organism. In addition to growing our own produce and proteins for use in our restaurants, we also purchase locally from PrairiErth Farms, Henry's Farm, Sasse's Apiaries, and Kilgus Dairy when possible.Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun: 11am-9pm

Midwest sushi at Anju Above! Featuring fresh

11. Epiphany Farms Restaurant

220 E. Front Street

Bloomington,IL,61701

contact@epiphanyfarms.com

309-828-2323

Epiphany Farms Restaurant is committed to supporting, growing, and showcasing a thriving, local food culture. Our "Farm-to-Fork" concept represents a concern for every step of the process, linking the meal to the land that produced it. Epiphany Farms Restaurant is part of the Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group, a pioneering new food system frontier consisting of multiple farms and restaurants working together to create one self-sustaining organism. In addition to growing our own produce and proteins for use in our restaurants, we also purchase locally from PrairiErth Farms, Henry's Farm, Sasse's Apiaries, and Kilgus Dairy when possible. Hours: Tues-Thurs: 4pm-9pm, Sat-Sun: 4pm-10pm, Mon: Closed

12. Old Bank Restaurant & Bar

201 E Center St

Le Roy,IL,61752

contact@epiphanyfarms.com

309-468-0112

Old Bank Restaurant & Bar features Midwestern classics, made-from-scratch, using ingredients grown on the Epiphany Farms 10 miles away. "Where You Can Bank on Good Food." Old Bank is part of the Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group, a pioneering new food system frontier consisting of multiple farms and restaurants working together to create one self-sustaining organism. In addition to growing our own produce and proteins for use in our restaurants, we also purchase locally from PrairiErth Farms, Henry's Farm, Sasse's Apiaries, and Kilgus Dairy when possible. Hours: Tues-Fri: 4pm-9pm, Sat: 3pm-9pm, Sun:10am-8pm, Fri-Sat: Bar open until 10pm​

13. Bakery and Pickle

513 N. Main Street

Bloomington, IL 61701

Just your local beyond-farm-to-table modern speakeasy. This is not a straight forward speakeasy that only serves libations mixed strictly by classical standards; this is something more edgy, elegant, & exciting. Enter the hidden world of B&P to escape to luxurious surroundings and savor amazing flavors crafted with care and imagination. Incredible prix fixe dinner experiences, affordable late night a la carte offerings, a wide array of pickles, charcuterie, pintxos, fresh-baked breads, exquisite mixology (w/ the sexiest, most deep & diverse back bar in central IL), extraordinary wine selection, local craft beers and domestic favorites. Hours of Operation: Monday & Tuesday - Closed, Wednesday & Thursday: seating 5pm - 10pm, Friday & Saturday: seating 5pm - 1am, Sunday: seating 4pm - 9pm

14. Piato Organic Food Nanny

300 S Broadway Ave

Urbana,IL,61801

info@piatocafe.com

217-344-9015

Piato's Organic Food Nanny is a meal delivery service in which individuals purchase monthly membership shares consisting of two meals our kitchen prepares each week made with locally sourced ingredients. We source locally from Triple S Farms, Moore's Farmily Farm, Blue Moon Farm, Sola Gratia Farm and many other area farmers whenever possible. Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30am-2pm

15. Timpone's

710 S. Goodwin

Urbana,IL,61801

ray@timpones-urbana.com

217-344-7619

Timpone's is renowned for its changing daily menu. Our philosophy of cooking is based on the best quality ingredients we can purchase- fresh, ripe, seasonal, raw. We are also dedicated to the common interest of the environment and the use of organic ingredients whenever possible. We raise some products through our own personal gardens and we compost our food scraps. Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat: 10am - Evening

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