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Taste of Peoria 2007

The 26th annual Taste of Peoria was held on August 8, 2007 at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront.

But Who Won?

The first place winner for Best Entree was TGI Friday's with their Jack Daniel's ribs. Second place winner was Longhorn Steakhouse for their tasty ribs, and the third place winner was Ing's Chinese Express with their General Tso's chicken.

Best Casual Entree winners were: First Place - Gracie's for their mini BBQ beef brisket. Second Place - Echo Valley Meats with their smoked beef tenderloin. Third Place - Papa Murphy's Pizza for their gourmet garlic chicken pizza.

Best Appetizer - Weaver Ridge Country Club took First Place with their quesadillas. TGI Friday's took second place with their J.D. Sesame chicken strips. Third Place - Old Chicago for their chilli con queso dip and chips.

Best dessert - The River Station stole the show with their first Place with their caramel apple tart. Second Place winner was Culver's of East Peoria with their turtle sundae, and the third place winner was Candy Kitchen & Creamery with their ice cream.

Carnegie's 501 and 502 also earned the Best of Show award.
Congratulations to everyone!

These local restaurants participated:

1. Baker's Square - Apple Pie, French Silk Pie.
2. Paddy O'Flaherty's - Irish Bread Pudding, Hot Corned Beef Sandwich
3. Longhorn Steakhouse - Ribs
4. General's Fish & Chicken - Fish, Wings
5. Thanh Linh Vietnamese Restaurant - Grilled Chicken Skewer, Crab Meat Rangoon, & Egg Roll
6. Cookie Shack - Cookies, & Cookie ice cream sandwich
7. Weaver Ridge Country Club - Quesadillas
8. W & J Tamales - Pork Chop, Tamales
9. Gracie's - Mini Chicken Dogs, Mini BBQ Beef Brisket
10. Java Jolt - Mocha Smoothie, Mango Smoothie
11. Ing's Chinese Express - General Tso's Chicken, Jumbo Egg Roll, Crab Rangoon, Fried Wonton
12. Candy Kitchen & Creamery - Ice Cream, Gourmet Popcorn
13. Roly Poly Peoria - Philly Melt, Basil Cashew Chicken
14. Udder's Ice Cream - Ice Cream
15. Cheddar's Casual Cafe - Cinnamon Shell Sundae
16. Carnegie's 501 - Chicken Salad Wrap, Chocolate Covered Strawberry
17. TGI Friday's - J.D. Sesame Chicken Strips, Jack Daniel Ribs
18. Peking Restaurant - Beef Shish Kabob, Shrimp Fried Rice
19. Papa Murphy's Pizza - Pepperoni pizza, Gourmet Chicken Garlic Pizza
20. Hick'ry Stick - Rib Bone, Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork
21. Culver's of East Peoria - Turtle Sundae, Carmel Cashew
22. Echo Valley Meat - Rosemary Beef Tenderloin, Smoked Beef Tenderloin
23. Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe - Chicken Picado, Fried Ice Cream
24. Kelleher's Irish Pub - Guinnes Beef Sandwich
25. Haddad's Restaurant - Gyro, Cabbage Rolls
26. Hooter's - Wings, Caramel Fudge Cheesecake
27. Smoothie King - Strawberry X-Treme
28. Panda House - Egg Roll & Crab Rangoon, Sweet & Sour Chicken
29. Tequila's Mexican Bar & Grill - Quesadillas, nachos
30. J.J. Ryan's Pub & Grill - Cajun Sausage Sandwich
31. Icons - Cajun Chix Sandiwch, BBQ Pork Sandwich
32. River Station - Carmel Apple Tart, Top Sirloin Steak
33. Yogi's - BBQ Ribs, Rib Tips
34. Shang Hai Express - Egg Roll & Crab Rangoon, Top Sirloin Steak
35. Old Chicago - Chilli Con Queso dip & chips, Six Cheese Pizza