When they describe their pulled pork as slow-smoked, the pit masters at South Moon BBQ aren’t kidding around. The dry-rubbed meats are smoked over a combination of woods for a full 15 hours before they’re deemed fit to be heaped onto a sandwich, piled into a homemade taco, or sprinkled atop homemade nachos. Beef brisket and full- and half-slabs of ribs receive similar treatment before cooks slather them in homemade sauces, including a thin, tangy, vinegar-based variety and a sweet St. Louis-style sauce. The barbecue experts also pile a combination of pulled pork and brisket onto the “Cliff Combo”, a sandwich named after a regular customer, and add a fresh bratwurst to the mix to create “The Steve” or a hat with an arrow through it to create “The Steve Martin”.
To make really good barbecue, you have to take your time. For the grillmasters at Baby Back Blues, that means slow smoking slabs on ribs over hickory food for four hours, at which point, they emerge juicy, smoky, and fall-off-the-bone tender. But that's a blink-of-an-eye compared to the time it takes to make the shop's pulled pork. The dry-rubbed pork butts get a dry rub before luxuriating in the smoker for 16 hours before being pulled apart, slathered with sauce, piled onto pillowy buns, and paired with sides such as mac n cheese or the house fresh-cut fries.
Baby Back Blues can also package up its juicy barbecued meats by the pound, or create family packs that pair the chosen meats with home-style sides. For big celebrations, they can even bring the smoker to guests' homes for a backyard pig roast that can feed 50 to 100 guests or two dinosaurs meeting for a light lunch.
Pockets' health-conscious chefs have stuffed stomachs with fresh, all-natural ingredients for more than 20 years, creating low-fat, high-protein combinations of vegetables, fine cheese, and lean meats. Within freshly baked multigrain bread, selections such as spinach, salami, turkey, and tuna combine with edamame beans, crunchy noodles, dried cranberries, and a splash from one of more than 10 dressings, creating a snack more portable than a bicycle made of chocolate. Menu pages also brim with eight healthy salads, seven hearty calzones, and a kids' menu with pint-size portions and sides of magic. Not content with just challenging fast-food ideals, the locally owned Pockets furthers change in its community by regularly donating up to 50% of its profit to charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Fox Valley Heart Foundation.
With a stay at Par A Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria, you'll be convenient to Spirit of Peoria and Contemporary Art Center of Peoria. This casino hotel is within close proximity of Illinois Central College and St. Mary's Cathedral.
Make yourself at home in one of the 202 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Head straight for the casino, or wait for that lucky feeling while you enjoy one of the other recreational opportunities, such as a casino and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access and gift shops/newsstands.
Satisfy your appetite at a coffee shop/café serving guests of Par A Dice Hotel Casino. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include business services, audiovisual equipment, and express check-out. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and free parking is available onsite.
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, a USDA–approved big-cat rescue facility, plays motherly host to a roaring family composed of five tigers and a lone lioness with a sultry swagger. Adopting philanthropists can align with their striped or unstriped spirit animal, choosing from noble felines such as the elder Mohan—a white male tiger with blue eyes, a pink nose, and a natural screen presence—or Raja—the relentlessly caring mother of sisters Gracie and Thor.