Where to Eat and Drink Near Peoria Sports Complex


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Hooters, Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle, and IHOP. There's no shortage of slick-looking and corporate-run fooderies encircling Peoria's Cactus League ballpark, part of the larger Arrowhead Entertainment District (the name of which illustrates the chain-oriented nature of this particular area of the Valley). A few miles past all the polished nosheries, however, are a variety of more low-key eating and drinking establishments of a more mom-and-pop nature.

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A meat and chili-filled omelet at Mercer's.

Concession stand cuisine can be a tad pricey, as can the cost of souvenirs. Save some green before hitting the stadium with a visit to this neighborhood diner for the morning meal. Dirt-cheap prices and huge portions will please the wallet, and its spread of straightforward-yet-scrumptious breakfast selections will satisfy that belly. For less than a five spot, one can snag two-egg breakfast that comes with bacon, toast, and a heap of hash browns. Or as many fluffy pancakes as you can possibly eat. Or a mess of golden French toast. Add another buck or two and enjoy huge omelets stuffed with meat and cheese or a huge slab of chicken fried steak. Remember, every dollar saved is another dollar for ballpark beer.

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Blu Burger Grille


Blu Burger Grille
There's a non-stop sizzle (not to mention enticing bouquet of cooked meat) coming from the kitchen of this upscale hamburger haven, where patrons sit amid azure walls and feast on gourmet beef stuck between primo buns. Snag any of their six signature burgers made from Black Angus beef -- including the namesake Blu version adorned with caramelized onions, gorgonzola cheese, and applewood bacon -- or get creative by building your own masterpiece using ground turkey, salmon filets, or even bison and a slew of cheeses or toppings.

The only thing different about this location of the famed Carolina's Mexican food chain is its westside address and some of the décor. And, thankfully, that's all. Their homemade tortillas are equally epic, the machaca is similarly as juicy and succulent, and the famed Oaxaca Special burrito -- a savory mix of potatoes, potatoes, cheese, and buttery refried beans -- is just as popular. (It's just as cheap as its siblings to boot). Regulars also eat up a slew of both the green corn and red meat tamales, or simply get a bunch to go. Considering doing the same and try sneaking 'em past security and into the stadium.

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