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Food & Drink

Xinh Xinh Cafe is pretty excellent

For fourteen years, an unassuming plaza restaurant called Xinh Xinh Cafe (pronounced Sin Sin) has served Vietnamese food in the same space: a ten-table cafe doors down from Schnucks in Urbana. Sometimes hole-in-the-wall restaurants can …

Market Watch: October 2023

October is the final month of Champaign-Urbana’s outdoor market season, but it’s not over yet! We have four more Saturdays and five more Tuesdays (if we count today, and I definitely am) left to shop …

Five riffs on pepperoni pizza pie

There is a holiday for pretty much any type of food: National Glazed Ham Day (April 14th), National Vichyssoise Day (that’s November 18th), and even National Frog Legs Day (appropriately reserved for February 29th). So …

Five Chicago dogs in Champaign-Urbana

We all know of the famous Chicago dog. Chicago is loaded with hot dog carts, stands, trucks, and restaurants ready to serve an all-beef frank with yellow mustard, diced onion, neon green sweet pickle relish, …

Five ice creams to eat this summer 

If you’re anything like me, ice cream is the cornerstone of your summer. Thankfully, there are plenty of places to get ice cream in Champaign-Urbana. Since I expected most folks were already familiar with the …