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Fine fare and fair deal 
At Fairview Farms, Grandma still makes Sunday vittles like she used to

Fairview Farms
Location: 5911 Heuermann Road, Peoria 
Phone: 697-4111
Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday.

Ratings (**** is highest):

  • Food ****
  • Atmosphere ****
  • Service ****

Prices: Dinners available by plate ($7.95 to $11.95) or family style ($11.95 to $14.95).

Miscellaneous: Credit cards accepted; no checks; no alcohol; carryout available; no smoking inside. 

Thursday, October 6, 2005
By PHIL LUCIANO of the Journal Star

PEORIA - I know it's only October, but my mind reels with the song "Over the River and Through the Woods," especially the part about "to Grandmother's house we go." I feel like I've just had a snuggly, home-style feast, thanks to Granny - wherever she is. That's the virtual reality you get at Fairview Farms, which has been serving home cooking for more than a half-century. Dining Out hadn't stopped by in more than a decade. And this reviewer, for reasons unknown, had never had the pleasure. So we visited on a recent Sunday, which in retrospect might be the perfect day to pop by. After all, wasn't Sunday the day Grandma put out her biggest spread? You might want to call ahead for reservations. Though we got lucky without, the place gets jammed - especially with the holidays approaching. Fairview Farms is centered by a farmhouse first opened for business by the Heuermann family in 1952. Linen-clothed tables are scattered throughout seven rooms, with the entire place swathed in thick paneling and sparingly dotted with antiques. Many of the tables are sizable, to allow seating by extended families, and a comfortable din of conversation wafts throughout. The place comes off as the ideal for a grandparent's rural ranch house. Simultaneously, it feels like a country inn, yet right in the middle of a residential area near the airport. The service is unfailingly helpful and cheerful. Unfamiliar with the menu options, we received ample help from our sunny waitress. Moreover, the hostess stopped by twice to ensure our satisfaction. The heart of the menu escaped from Grandma's recipe file: cured ham, roast beef, pork chops. Other fare includes shrimp and salmon. You can order two ways: standard plate dinners or family-style. The latter, essentially, means heaping platters of food won't stop coming until everyone at the table is satiated. Either way, each dinner comes with a choice of salad, cole slaw or apple sauce; baked potato, french fries or mashed potatoes with gravy; green beans with ham; and corn fritters. We opted for the plate dinners. My wife's two-piece dark chicken was a steal at $7. I can't recall a better clucker in Peoria: the meat was succulent but not greasy, coated with a thin, crispy batter. I opted for the Swiss steak ($9.95), two flavorful hunks of tender beef in a sauce of tomato, onion and pepper. As for the sides, the potatoes (cut and mashed on site) were heavenly. The homemade French dressing has a nicely sweet taste, while the cole slaw is crunchy with just enough mayonnaise. The beans include actual chunks of ham, and for us the lightly crunchy fritters served as a fabulous dessert in their own right.

Last updated May 2005 
All pricing and menu items subject to change and availability

Reviews

"...the heart of the menu escaped from Grandma's recipe file: cured ham, roast beef, pork chops. Other fare includes shrimp and salmon."

"The service is unfailingly helpful and cheerful. Unfamiliar with the menu options, we received ample help from our sunny waitress."

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Closed Monday

Tuesday - Saturday
Lunch: 11am to 2pm
Dinner: 4:30pm to 8pm

Sunday
12pm to 5pm

Driving Directions

5911 Heuermann Road
Peoria, IL 61607

(309) 697-4111

Donald & Jeanne Carrell
Proprietors