Decatur, in Central Illinois, is truly the heartland of America. However, that doesn’t mean that all the food is American and corn-based. Decatur has many options for those seeking something a touch more on the international side, in addition to some great American classics. Have a look at our guide to the best restaurants in Decatur if you’re planing on swooping into town anytime soon.
Head over to Mi Pueblito for a good-sized helping of the best Tex-Mex food in the city. This is a favorite with the students of Millikin University, which tells you right away that it’s great value. The first thing that will appear on your table is the chips and dip, of course, and from there on out you have the choice of all the typical Mexican offerings. Try the Enchiladas Verde for some good spiciness, or any one of the fajita quesadillas. Their cocktail specials, which change every day, are also one of their big draws. Don’t worry, though – like any good Mexican place, they have margaritas available all the time.
Before we get into what Bizou has for you to enjoy, we need to recognize that their driving philosophy is farm-to-table. Whenever possible, the food you’re eating will have come from a local producer, and it will definitely be fresh. Their list of entrees – which includes a specifically vegan section – is full of exciting dishes and flavors. For a real experience, try the TurDucHen, which, for the uninitiated, is turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken. For a little mid-week pick me up, you can check out their Tapas Tuesdays, which features a mixture of Spanish favorites and their own tasty creations.
Bizou, 259 N Main St, Decatur, IL, USA,
Every college town needs a place like Donnie’s Homespun Pizza. Their pizzas, which come in both deep-dish and thin crust varieties, have exciting toppings that will make your choice very difficult and that’s not even factoring in their delicious sandwiches and pita wraps. They also have a great selection of craft beers to go along with your meal, and if you come by on Wednesday, you can check out the local music scene with the open mic night. And even if you’re just looking for something light, Donnie’s Homespun has you covered there with some tasty and healthy smoothies. This laid-back joint is perfect for any night of the week.
Donnie’s Homespun Pizza, 126 S Oakland St, Decatur, IL, USA, +1 217 424 4344
By Lani Seelinger