Specialty Restaurants

Unique Cuisines in the Halls

On designated days, our dining halls offer specialty cuisines. Try them all! The meals in our specialty restaurants are all-you-care-to-eat. Use your classic meal plan, Café Credits, Illini Cash, or a credit card. Guests can use Illini Cash or a credit card.

Better Burger

Ikenberry Dining Hall
Student Dining and Residential Programs Building 
Champaign

Wednesdays: 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. 

(Fall 2018 hours begin Wednesday, August 29)

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Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls
906 W. College Ct.
Urbana

Monday–Friday at PAR: 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. 

(Fall 2018 hours begin Monday, August 27)

Enjoy hand-made hamburgers, juicy chicken and turkey burgers, gourmet buns, and hand-cut fries for lunch! This new specialty restaurant will send your taste buds soaring. Spice up your lunch with comfort food sides like cheese curds, fried asparagus, deep fried pickles, sweet potato fries, and onion petals. Indulgent drinks of the day include cherry limeade, root beer floats, and sumptuous shakes. Vegan options available, too.

Cracked Egg Café

Florida Avenue Residence Halls
1011 W. College Court
Urbana
Tuesdays: 4:45–7:30 p.m.

(Fall 2018 hours begin Tuesday, August 28)

We invite you to experience a wide variety of your favorite breakfast foods—in the evening! Cracked Egg features traditional breakfast favorites and even some non-traditional dishes that are sure to please your taste buds. Each week features omelets made to order and a different carved meat.

La Cocina 

Blue 41 at the Illini Union
Urbana
Mondays: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

(Fall 2018 hours begin Monday, August 27)

La Cocina is a specialty restaurant featuring a variety of Latin American-inspired dishes, like Al Pastor Tacos, Chargrilled Carne Asada and Grilled Fish with Cilantro Sauce. Try the array of fresh salsas made in-house. Available at Monday lunches at ISR during the academic year.

d i s h 

Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls
1005 S. Lincoln Avenue
Urbana
Mondays: 4:45 p.m–6:30 p.m.

(Fall 2018 hours begin Monday, August 27)

Join us on Monday evenings for dinner at the LAR Field of Greens Location for a new dining experience: d i s h! Offering family-style dining with a different culinary experience each week! Please note that while d i s h will be held in the Field of Greens dining space, the menu is not strictly vegetarian.

FAR Out Pizza

Florida Avenue Residence Halls
1011 W. College Court
Urbana
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:45–7:30 p.m.

(Fall 2018 hours begin Monday, August 27)

Be seated by our host and enjoy fresh bread sticks with dipping sauces, a specialty salad bar, and dessert pizzas while you wait for your customized pizza to be prepared and delivered to your table. Also for your enjoyment: try out the video game machine or play a board game. Served in the Oglesby dining room.

Field of Greens

Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls
1005 S. Lincoln Avenue
Urbana
Monday–Friday: 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 4:45 p.m–6:30 p.m.

(Fall 2018 hours begin Monday, August 27)

If you are vegetarian or just trying to eat healthier, Field of Greens is the restaurant for you. From soup to dessert, you can always find a meal with no meat products or meat byproducts. At the request of ovo-, lacto- and ovo-lacto-vegetarians, we offer options with egg and dairy products. Every day, there are two hot entrees, side dishes, a great salad bar and the famous dried fruit and nut bar.

Kosher Kitchen

Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls
1005 S. Lincoln Avenue
Urbana
Sunday–Thursday: 4:45–6:15 p.m.

(Fall 2018 hours begin Monday, August 27)

Kosher meals are served in Allen Hall Dining Room, in the Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls (LAR), Sunday – Thursday from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. during the academic year while the dining halls are in operation. These Kosher meals are under the certification of Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel of Illini Chabad and in partnership with Illini Chabad. 

Neo Soul Ingredient

Ikenberry Dining Hall
Student Dining and Residential Programs Building 
Champaign
Mondays: 4:30–8 p.m.

(Fall 2018 hours begin Monday, August 27)

This weekly menu features a modern twist on traditional southern comfort foods, a celebration of island cuisine and a taste of traditional African foods. Try a Pork Sofrito Burger, Jerk Chicken, and Collard Green and Artichoke Dip. This is sure to be a flavor experience you are not soon to forget. Join us Monday nights at Ike during the dinner meal for Neo Soul.

Oodles

Busey-Evans Residence Hall
1110 W. Nevada
Urbana
Fridays: 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

(Fall 2018 hours begin Friday, August 31)

The Oodles menu features a made-to-order pasta station with a variety of sauces and toppings, as well as favorites like Pad Thai and Udon Noodle Stir-fry. Don’t miss the delectable dessert selections!

Soul Ingredient

Florida Avenue Residence Halls
1011 W. College Court
Urbana
Thursdays: 4:45–7:30 p.m.

(Fall 2018 hours begin Thursday, August 30)

This restaurant features down-home, southern-style cooking with a live DJ. Join us at Soul Ingredient for something different, or just a taste of home.

Taste of Asia

Blue 41 at the Illini Union
Urbana

Wednesdays: 4:45–8 p.m.

(Fall 2018 hours begin Wednesday, August 29)

Featuring Asian-inspired dishes, this restaurant offers you a chance to experience your favorites and discover new culinary delights. Join us! You're sure to discover a new favorite every week.