Their milkshakes are amazing - fresh fruit with ice cream in a shake - SO GOOD!
Benu - even though I love the New York pics, any one that comes out of The French Laundry is pretty f-ing fantastic!
My favorites in Champaign:
1. Papa Del's - hands down my favorite pizza in Champaign (and Illinois). They also used to sell slices at a discount in the afternoons...sausage is the way to go.
2. Monical's - their French dressing/dipping sauce is awesome. Absolutely awesome. If there weren't a 3 ounce rule for flying/baggage check fee, I'd bring it back to New York
3. Za's - order personalized pizzas - my favorite combo: pesto sauce, jalapeños, pineapple, tomatoes, and pepperoni
4. Jupiter's - they have a cracker-thin crust specialty pizza that's worth a special trip - it comes with spinach, olive oil, artichoke hearts, and onions. Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese...yum.
A bagel from Murray's with LOTS of cream cheese
@latenac - thanks for the clarification on spatchcocking vs. butterflying! Here's my buttermilk brine recipe (I saw it in the Williams-Sonoma Thanksgiving planner last year and modified it to make it a lot simpler). For a 15 pound turkey, use 4 quarts of buttermilk, Whole peppercorns (a handful is enough), Fresh Sage, Lemon wedges, Fresh Rosemary, Fresh Thyme, a little salt (if the turkey is already brined). Mix all ingredients together and prepare your turkey by cleaning it with cold water, placing it in a brining bag, and pouring the buttermilk brine over the turkey. Remove air from brining bag and set in fridge overnight.
The post from last year: http://tinyurl.com/bttrmlkbrine and Williams-Sonoma's original recipe: http://tinyurl.com/WSbrine
Good luck with this year's turkey - I'm so obsessed with spatchcocking that I've already spatchcocked 2 chickens this week!