You Gotta Eat: Black Rabbit

By WEEK Producer

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM CDT

PEORIA, IL. -- The second time eating at Black Rabbit in Peoria is even more memorable than the first dining experience.

They have made some alterations in the kitchen, at the bar, and have even changed some of the ambience inside and out.

"Just being a relax, lounge area, live music, home-made food."

General Manager Jon Glazier says he is most excited about the restaurant's new deal to provide burgers from grass-fed cattle locally provided by Durre Farms. It's one of the changes Black Rabbit's staff has made to ensure all of their ingredients are fresh.

"Natural produce and things along those lines, as opposed to going through a primary grocer, helping out the farms across the area"

By recommendation of the general manager, Larry Foulk ordered a Reuben Sandwich, broiled corned beef with Swiss cheese, which Larry rated as excellent. Even the french fries were especially good. I ordered the burger that I kept hearing about with cheddar cheese and bacon. The bacon has a sweetness that gives an excellent barbecue flavor without the condiment to distract from the lean taste of the Durre Beef. If you've never had meat from a local farm, you should try this as soon as possible. It's amazing.

A sandwich, the best burger around, and two soft drinks came to $19.00 even, plus tip.

"I think that what we do is the exact blueprint for what a successful restaurant should do."

Black Rabbit is at 456 Fulton Street in downtown Peoria. They open at 11 am Mondays through Fridays and 4 pm on Saturdays. The kitchen closes at 9 during the week and at 10 on Fridays and Saturdays. They are closed Sundays.