Philo Tavern

101 W Washington St
Philo, 61864
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Okay, so remember my review of El-Farol when I said I would dive into the huge pile of steak and start with the reddest, juiciest parts first? That's what I did here with my prime rib. Benjamin said he would save the best pieces for last. True, true, I usually save the best stuff for last. BUT NOT IF THE MEAT'S GOING TO CONTINUE TO COOK! This was absolutely perfect and I wanted to enjoy the perfection from the get-go. So I started with the rarest, juiciest parts, but truth be told the entire prime rib was amazing. And affordable! This is why we usually don't pay the arm and leg for a steak in Chicago. Philo is a tiny town with supposedly only one restaurant (except for pizza at a Casey's). THIS restaurant. The place to go in town -- townies come here for dinner, for a drink at the bar...even teenie girls with their homecoming dresses stopped by for a meal before heading out to twirl on their gymnasium floor in their shiny dresses (man, were they shiny). We sat in a large, screened-in porch area with a view of a gorgeous fountain-garden with the most lovely, pale purple flowers I'd ever seen (wish I knew what they were). And service was impeccable. She was so sweet and quick-witted. Benjamin thought he'd joke with her about the strawberry daiquiri he ordered and she was right there with him, whipping out retorts so fast we didn't know what hit us. She was gracious and attentive. Wish I got her name so I could recommend her specifically, but alas I didn't. Oh, and Sara insisted on Hush Puppies to start. Now, I'm not really a fan of hush puppies. I used to like them when I was little, but that was when I wanted to eat nothing more than bread or other easy starchy products whether fried, baked, processed.... As an adult, ordering hush puppies has always been a disappointment and I'd wonder why I did it. But these are truly hush puppies you must try. Not dry, not over-greasy, had a great flavor. And for $1.50 extra you can have your baked potato Twice Baked. This is not the kind you pull out of a box and throw into the oven or microwave. This is painstakingly baked, scooped out, mixed with all sorts of delicious treats like sour cream, cheese, bacon, and put back into the potato skin to baked once again. Seriously, people, it's a buck fifty extra. Do it. Really. Worth the 10-minute trip outside of Urbana. I will definitely go back.
I had pretty low expectations coming here. It's definitely not a fancy place LOL. With that said, the salad bar was fair, the prime rib dinner on Saturday was good! Not sure if for 17 dollars you can expect to be getting LAWRY'S Chicago prime rib, but for philo Illinois it was perfectly fine. I look forward to going back to try the frog legs!
Great pub food for a good price. Off the beaten path from Champaign-Urbana - but worth the drive out. The best thing is the Saturday night Prime Rib Sliders. They are the best thing EVER. Melt in your mouth awesomeness. With the twice-baked potato, of course. The fried chicken is also a favorite - but hands down - prime rib is the best. And the price is great! Most of the staff is friendly - if you get Fay or Annie....you get sassiness along with great service. Which is my favorite thing ever.

(217) 684-2117

American (Traditional)

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Casey’s Carry Out Pizza

408 N Lincoln St
Philo, 61864
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(217) 684-2148

Pizza

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