It’s always nice to be treated to a delicious meal when the parents are in town, but where to go can be a tough decision. Do you go for a fancy meal or would you rather have a good old-fashioned dinner? Where should you go for breakfast? What options are out there that aren’t too expensive? Luckily, Champaign-Urbana offers a wide variety of dining options, so you’ll always be able to find something that caters to your needs.

If you’re looking for a fancy meal:

Pizzeria Antica in downtown Champaign might be a little pricey, but if your parents are willing to splurge, it’s a real treat. Their specialty is the traditional Neapolitan pizza. They even had ovens imported from Naples to cook them in. The pizzas run anywhere from $14-$16 and are worth every penny. A personal favorite is the Margherita speciale, made with fresh mozzarella di bufala (buffalo mozzarella). With fresh ingredients and an impressive oven, the pizzas are as close to an authentic Italian pizza as you’ll get here in Champaign.

Location: 10 E. Chester St., Champaign

If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned meal:

The Courier Cafe in downtown Urbana fits the bill. Residing in the old newspaper building, the restaurant is filled with antiques and decor dating back to the building’s former newspaper days, providing the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a good meal. Not to mention their delicious food and good prices. They’ve got an extensive menu, ranging from a classic burger to delicious sandwiches, plus their wide breakfast options. If you plan to go for breakfast though, be sure to get there early, as the wait can get quite long. Courier is known for their delicious milkshakes, so you won’t be disappointed if you stay for dessert.

Location: 111 N. Race St., Urbana

If you’re looking for a pricey meal that won’t break the bank:  

The Bread Company is the place to go. Located on Goodwin Avenue, it’s right on campus near the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Espresso Royale, so it’s the perfect spot if you plan to catch a show. Specializing in pizza and pasta, it’s a little more expensive for dinner, but with the parents in town, it’s well worth the cost. The atmosphere is inviting, the servers are friendly, and the artwork on the walls is striking. Even the chairs are unique. 

Location: 706 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana

If you want a fast and easy breakfast:

Merry Ann’s is a consistent option, whether you want breakfast in the morning or breakfast late at night. The 24/7 diner is a staple here on campus, located on Gregory Street. Service is quick and easy and the food is tasty, but it certainly won’t break the bank. Try an omelet or the hotcakes if you get a chance, but if you’re not a fan of breakfast food, have no fear. Grab a milkshake and some fries and you’re good to go.

Location: 701 S. Gregory St., Urbana

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Zoe Stein

Hey, I'm Zoe! I'm an English major and Italian minor as well as your resident Shakespeare geek. When I'm not writing, you can catch me in the Lit Lang library, debating whether the bard existed.

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