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Hi All,


I haven't posted in a loooooooooooong time. I hope everyone is well. Someone sent me an email at work asking what restaurants were open on Christmas day. Any ideas? The viewer was looking for places in Peoria or Blm...he lives in Mackinaw. Thanks for your help. Happy Holidays.


Ian Schwartz


(p.s. he said he does not like Chinese food)

Dec 24, 2008 - 07:43 am
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movie theaters are open, he could go get a big tub of popcorn.

Dec 24, 2008 - 08:24 am
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Hoops & Richards in downtown Peoria said they will probably be open in the evening.

Dec 24, 2008 - 08:54 am
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Boyd's Steakhouse in the Par-A-Dice is open, and I'm sure their buffet is, too.

Dec 24, 2008 - 09:37 am
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Paradice Casino has a buffet from 3:30-8:00pm and add special items for the holiday. Mings will serve from 11:00AM-9:00pm. They have a huge buffet which is a blend of Orential & American food.

Dec 24, 2008 - 09:42 am
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Dunkin' Donuts is open.

Dec 24, 2008 - 09:47 am
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It's very important to have donuts and popcorn. Who needs food anyway? It's way over rated. I agree, just because he don't like Chinese foods don't outright eliminate Chinese restaurants. They make the best fish I've ever had and the one over in East Peoria (not mings, the other one on Camp Street) serves steamed Sea Bass which I absolutely love. They also have better sushi. Not like po po's but not bad for a Chinese buffet. Which by the way if your going to do a buffet Chinese is the only one that's forgivable. The rest are really just the bastardization of anything that's edible. Oh and you do NOT want to get me started on that stinky, smelly, smoke filled tug boat in East Peoria.

Dec 24, 2008 - 09:59 am
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Liquor stores are open too.

Dec 24, 2008 - 10:07 am
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stinky, smelly, smoke filled tug boat in East Peoria

It still is with a smoking ban that is enforced ?

Dec 24, 2008 - 10:19 am
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No smoking allowed but the musty scent is still there Mom.. it will take them years to get that stench out. They should just level it and start from scratch.

One time I tried to go out on that boat.. I was chased off of it by a wave of smoke.. literally chased me down the ramp! What? Did they all light up at once? Keep in mind this was my very first time in Peoria after living in Florida for 25 years. The smoking ban had already been in effect for a couple years there and I'd forgotten how offensive that smell truly was. It's a real struggle getting that smell out of your clothes and hair so I absolutely refuse to go into a smoke filled environment and it was very thick on that boat.

Dec 24, 2008 - 10:51 am
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Different strokes I guess, smoke does not bother me, I am annoyed by people on cell phones, I have a jammer on the way though! So if you are in a bar a restaurant and find that your cell and laptop will no longer connect perhaps it is because I am there and decided to turn everyone off for the duration of my visit.

Dec 24, 2008 - 11:15 am
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You snot! I swear I think my boss has one of those things because some days my phone don't work there and some days it does.

Smoke only bothers me if it makes ME smell like that. A girl at work always comes in smelling so strong it's offensive. But the girl behind me smokes and you never smell it on her except for a few moments when she walks in the door. Before the smoking ban anytime I'd go to a restaurant or bar that allowed smoking, my clothing and hair had to be fumigated the next day just to be tollerated. After the smoking ban I became spoiled and now go out of my way to avoid the smell. Perhaps its just in my head but it's almost like I've developed allergies. I get headaches and very stuffy if I'm around it too long. The old left over musty smell over on the tug boat is more reminiscent of cheesy motels in the Keys. Not overly offensive so I'll go now, it's just not pleasant.

Dec 24, 2008 - 11:24 am
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And who forced you to go into these places, Christi? did someone have a gun to your head? There were a few places in Peoria like that and if people I was hanging with decided to go there, I just didn't because of the next day after effects I knew I would suffer through.

Dec 24, 2008 - 11:24 pm
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Oh, and for restaurants open on Christmas. Even if I knew of any, I wouldn't mention them. Personally, I think it sucks that owners make their employees work instead of being able to celebrate Christmas with their families. If the owners want to be open and be away from their families on Christmas, let THEM cook, wait tables and wash dishes.

Dec 24, 2008 - 11:28 pm
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No one forced me Chef... when I lived in Florida and before the ban I didn't know any better. I just went because I wanted to go out. After the ban I got spoiled and realized I didn't have to put up with those effects anymore so it was a bit of culture shock when we moved up here. In Florida John and I never cooked (no time) except on holidays. It's a bad habit but what can I say. We ate out probably twice a day 6 days a week easily. Different world, different income bracket. Moved up here and tried to mimic those habits and discovered two things. This town lacked healthy options (decent salad, soup, vegetarian) and a smoke free atmosphere. I broke that habit of eating out real quick. We completely restricted our dining to smoke free restaurants only and because there were very few healthy restaurants we discovered we were packing on pounds. Not just me, John too and he's got this amazing metabolism. I don't blame that entirely on the food because in Florida we literally worked out twice a day 6 days a week and when we were not working out we were dancing. We could both pretty much eat anything we liked it never affected us. To stop our weight gain we completely eliminated dining out until the smoking ban went into affect then I've begun to slowly add a restaurant here and there. Mostly in East Peoria because they honored the smoking ban a little better there. Now, I have options and if I'm in a restaurant where there's smoke I walk out and I tell them too. Its a real shame the law had to step in to force them to give me those options though. Honestly, had that law not been pending I never would have moved back to Peoria. It meant that much to me.

Dec 24, 2008 - 11:52 pm
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