Explore Champaign-Urbana in Summer
Whet your college-town appetite with a thick, cheesy slice of nostalgia at Papa Del's Pizza. Forget cardboard dorm-room pies. We're talking puffy crust and spicy tomato sauce that long-gone alums swear by. See reviews and ratings.
At Black Dog Smoke and Ale House, choose from the week's selection of microbrews to wash down tender brisket, vinegary red-cabbage slaw and sweet potato fries. For an unusual but tasty side dish, try the smoked green beans. See reviews and ratings.
Radio Maria offers a more artsy experience (tarot cards under the tabletops and ornamental metal coverings on the walls). The eclectic menu lists delicious sangria, Spanish tapas, Korean hot pot, falafel and BLTs. At brunch (offered on weekends), try one of the many varieties of omelets. See reviews and ratings.
Down the street, Bacaro has blossomed from wine bar to upscale restaurant, with swanky decor and dishes like pan-roasted sea bass and braised veal. Attention to detail is evident from the crusty bread until the almond cake topped with sorbet and brittle. See reviews and ratings.
Pictured: Grilled pork with roasted pumpkin at Bacaro.