June 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
Nice looking, brushed steel and dark wood restaurant with easy access to the freeway. From Interstate 74, take the Neil St exit and head south. There’s a meter parking lot across the street. The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxing, a modern business lunch place without the need for a suit jacket. Brew barrels line the entry, and the steel vats gleam behind clear glass walls. A chic glass-tiled host station greets you and a rough stone wall ushers you to the restaurant floor.
Completely delicious, lean bison surrounded by fresh lettuce, tomato and a thick bun. It was perfect, not dry! What I love about bison is that it doesn’t have the fat taste of beef, and this burger was no exception. It comes with fries, but I opted for a side salad with the house dressing- a garlic vinaigrette. It was a satisfying combination and well portioned.
My one complaint is the service. There is one server who takes the order, one who brings the food without direction, and many who wander the restaurant without the initiative to look to see what customers might need. We were not checked upon, water was not refilled and no dessert or check offered well after our plates were clean. The restaurant was not full, and I felt neglected. It’s unfortunate for such a fine establishment to be hamstrung by this fault. The food is excellent and I would come back if the experience was better.
301 N. Neil Street • Champaign,IL • 61820
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11am to 10pm • Friday – Saturday 11am to 12am • Sunday 10am to 9pm