Local Favorites

Discover Pekin’s Best-Kept Secrets

When it comes to locally owned favorites, Pekin’s menu is hard to challenge. Find out where to go and what to order if you’re looking to try out some local eats.

Maquet’s Railhouse is well-loved for its craft beers, brick oven pizza, and handmade sandwiches. If you’ve never had a horseshoe or hand-breaded tenderloin, this is the place to try it. West Dublin Pub down the street has tasty, Irish-inspired meals on their menu. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried their famous bangers and mash.

Avanti’s, Jimbo’s Jumbos, and LaGondola are must-tries for Italian. Hacienda and Good Tequila’s are top choices for Mexican food and margaritas! As for the best burgers? Our Inn Place on Willow Street, Cranwill’s Drive In on Route 29, Mashie’s Pub & Eatery, Kouri’s Pub, and Ashers Bar & Grille are known for mouth-watering pub-style sandwiches and sides.

BC BBQ on 14th Street is perfect for some delicious barbecue pork, chicken, and brisket. Their nachos are delicious! Ginger Asian Bistro, Ming’s, and Fast Dragon are great for Chinese food. Missy’s has yummy gyros in addition to a large menu encompassing many different flavors. Ernie’s, Mike’s Cobbler Corner Family Restaurant, and McCritter’s Bar and Grill are go-to diners for homestyle dishes like fried chicken, meatloaf, and mashed potatoes.

In search of something more upscale? Venezia Italian Bistro is the place to go. Wild salmon, veal parmigiano, and shrimp ravioli are just a few of the many made-from-scratch dishes on the menu. Don’t forget to snag a piece of their homemade bread too! Yesterday’s Bar & Grill serves up delectable classics including sandwiches, salads, mouthwatering salmon and steak, and specialties like The Burger and their spin on the tenderloin. Don’t miss their special Taste Of series, featuring global cuisines from Mexico, the Mediterranean, France, and so much more!

Is your mouth watering yet? With such a broad spectrum of flavors, you’re bound to find something to please even the pickiest eater!

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Jimbo's provides lunch delivery and deliver/carryout and offers a first responder discount.
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Tom West
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