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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works Review ~ Champaign, Illinois

On our road trip this summer, I had some restaurants earmarked that we would like to try out. On our second day of travel it was one of our longest days and I wasn't sure if we were going to make it to Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works. We were racing the clock and thankfully we entered a new time zone just before we arrived at the restaurant and we gained an hour!

So with an hour until closing we made it just in time (well most of us made it, someone in the group may have passed out).

Once seated, we tried to pick out our options quickly and then looked around while waiting for them to come out.



It was a really beautiful restaurant and I look forward to returning some day to really enjoy all the little touches inside.




Drinks came out first. Riley went with a soda (of course...how many options does a 17-year old have?). Clearly we were thirsty as I look at the pictures and see the multiple glasses of water we have on the table. I went with the Mayan Muddle ($8.25) which has absolut cilantro, citrus liquor, lime juice, fresh cilantro, and fresh jalapeno slices. It was spicy and fresh all at the same time. If I wasn't driving I would have enjoyed a bunch of those!

There were so many amazing sounding appetizer options to pick from but we ended up with the Cheese Curds ($8.25). These alone, make Riley want to move to Illinois for school. Fried cheese curds have now made my life complete. I look forward to making my way through their appetizer menu in the future.
Riley picked a stone over pizza that was on special. It was a play on a thai pork dish. He was not a fan of this pick but fortunately I was so we switched dishes and all was good in the world again.
I picked the Ancho Chicken Salad ($9.95) which included avocado, black beans, corn, tortilla strips, and lots of other yummy ingredients. The little I was able to eat before Riley took it over was really good. I would definitely order it again (though with so many wonderful options it would be hard to pick).


Then the real stars of our meals came out in the form of dessert! Riley picked the S'Mores and I went with the Banana Cream Pie. I can't say enough good things about this banana cream pie. I occasionally still daydream about it and I am secretly hoping Riley picks Bradley University just for the opportunity of getting to eat this pie again!


Overall, I loved our experience here and would return in a heartbeat (maybe they would like to make their way over to Portland, Maine so I could visit more often). If you would like to try out Destihl for yourself, they are located at 301 N Neil Street, Champaign, Illinois.