May 8, 2008

You Gotta Eat: Jill's on Galena

By WEEK Producer

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

Sunday brunch is a Mother's Day tradition for many families.

Eric Shangraw take his mom to "Jill's on Galena" for this week's You Gotta Eat.

Jill's on Galena is one of Peoria's finest casual dining spots. Jill Grube is a Woodruff High School graduate with a business degree from Purdue. And she's a professional chef. In Jill's kitchen, nothing comes pre–maid in a box.

"We do everything from scratch. It is not out of a can or a box. I think that is what makes us unique," said Grube.

Jill's Sunday brunch is something to tell Mom about. I went a step further and brought Mom. Stephanie always fixed three square meals a day when I was growing up. There was a basic rule at the Shangraw table.

"I always encouraged you to finish everything on your plate. I didn't want anything to go to waste," said Mrs. Shangraw.

Jill prepared a few of the special items from her buffet. The fresh fruit includes mango, papaya, grapes and pineapple. The omelets are fresh made and exquisitely pared with potatoes that come with onions sautéed in bacon fat. Jill's chicken is cooked in a heavy cream and topped with Cheddar sauce. Mom savored the chicken. My favorite was the prime rib. It's slow roasted overnight and seared... keeping all the juices in for extra flavor. I cleaned my plate, so mom said I could have dessert. Jill's sweets are made in–house. The S'mores Bar is an Oreal Cookie crust with chocolate chips, topped with marshmallow and caramel. It is rich. And so are Jill's brownies and carrot cake. Her Sunday brunch is usually $19.95. Its' $21.95 on Holidays because of the extra goodies on the buffet line. $9.95 for kids ten and under. You don't necessarily need a special occasion to enjoy the finer flavors at Jill's.

Jill's on Galena is open six days a week. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5-10pm. Sunday Brunch is 10am-2pm. Extended until 4pm on Holidays.
Walk–ins are welcome any other time.

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