Grand Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 615 N Main St

    Bloomington, IL 61701

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  • 615-662-4678

About Grand Cafe

Hours
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11:30am - 9pm;Fri. 11:30am - 10pm;Sat. 4pm - 10pm

Food

Food
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While the service and the quantities of food were good, the food quality was terrible. This was probably the worst Chinese food I've eaten. Bland, saturated in gravy, and greasy. The leftovers weren't worth taking home.

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★☆☆☆☆

While the service and the quantities of food were good, the food quality was terrible. This was probably the worst Chinese food I've eaten. Bland, saturated in gravy, and greasy. The leftovers weren't worth taking home.

Pros: quantities

Cons: everything was covered in tasteless gravy or greasy.

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Grand Cafe is the best Chinese restaurant in town!! The food is WONDERFUL!! The decor is lovely. You can't beat their lunch prices. Their Egg rolls are to die for!!

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★★★★★

Grand Cafe is the best Chinese restaurant in town!! The food is WONDERFUL!! The decor is lovely. You can't beat their lunch prices. Their Egg rolls are to die for!!

Pros: Wonderful food

Cons: Parking lot is too small and crowded

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Found intact artery (2 inch long, 5 mm diameter) with associated vein, nerve and lymph node in eggroll. They totally use waste meat in eggrolls. Many dog food factories won't even use these parts!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Found intact artery (2 inch long, 5 mm diameter) with associated vein, nerve and lymph node in eggroll. They totally use waste meat in eggrolls. Many dog food factories won't even use these parts!!

Pros: None

Cons: Waste meat in food!!

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Lots of food and it was delicious!! The service was friendly and prompt, and you definitely get your money's worth. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice sit-down Chinese meal.

4
★★★★☆

Lots of food and it was delicious!! The service was friendly and prompt, and you definitely get your money's worth. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice sit-down Chinese meal.

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Grand Cafe has been around for a long time. Their food is consistently good as is their service. Their egg rolls are the best I have tasted.

I highly recommend Grand Cafe!

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★★★★★

Grand Cafe has been around for a long time. Their food is consistently good as is their service. Their egg rolls are the best I have tasted.

I highly recommend Grand Cafe!

Pros: Best Chinese Food in Bloomington/Normal

Cons: The location is hard to get to and the parking is limited.

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I have searched the world over for egg roll that compare to those found at the Grand and after 25 years of searching have determined that there is no better egg roll, anywhere. It has truly ruined Chinese food for me. I am always disappointed by egg roll everywhere else. SO, at least once a year, I make a trip to Illinois and make my first stop the Grand Cafe. I have never been disappointed by their food since the first time I ate there, 40 years ago. I just wish I knew what ingredient makes their egg roll taste like it does!

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★★★★☆

I have searched the world over for egg roll that compare to those found at the Grand and after 25 years of searching have determined that there is no better egg roll, anywhere. It has truly ruined Chinese food for me. I am always disappointed by egg roll everywhere else. SO, at least once a year, I make a trip to Illinois and make my first stop the Grand Cafe. I have never been disappointed by their food since the first time I ate there, 40 years ago. I just wish I knew what ingredient makes their egg roll taste like it does!

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I lived in Bloomington in the 80's and now live nearer to Peoria. Last night found ourselves over in Bloomington about dinner time and decided to go back to Grand Cafe, a place we used to visit for lunch very often back in the day.

I had forgotten how good they are. Now, if you're after haute cuisine Chinese - all wood ear mushrooms and exotic presentation - you're not likely to find it here. It's much more along your "chicken almond ding/moo goo gai pan" type of dishes. However, here's what sets Grand Cafe apart: everything, I mean *everything* appears to be homemade from scratch. And it all shows. They have the best egg rolls anywhere. Forget about those frozen ones everyone else puts out. These are made on site, stuffed with cabbage, pork and whole little shrimps, and seasoned to perfection. They are awesome. Similarly, the crab rangoons have not seen a day in a freezer. They are fresh and creamy and incredibly crispy on the outside. The shrimp dish we ordered was overloaded with shrimp. My husband had orange chicken and it was big hunks of chicken breast (not little nuggets of "stuff" and scraps like other places) breaded in a light, cornmeal tasting (?) batter - it was delicious.

The location of this place stinks. The decor is dark and hasn't changed in the 30 years I've known the place. But there's a reason they've been around as long as they have. The service was excellent, the food reasonably priced and really, really tasty. Like the best Chinese comfort food ever. I highly recommend this place. I have been away from it too long and I'm looking forward to going back again soon!

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★★★★☆

I lived in Bloomington in the 80's and now live nearer to Peoria. Last night found ourselves over in Bloomington about dinner time and decided to go back to Grand Cafe, a place we used to visit for lunch very often back in the day.

I had forgotten how good they are. Now, if you're after haute cuisine Chinese - all wood ear mushrooms and exotic presentation - you're not likely to find it here. It's much more along your "chicken almond ding/moo goo gai pan" type of dishes. However, here's what sets Grand Cafe apart: everything, I mean *everything* appears to be homemade from scratch. And it all shows. They have the best egg rolls anywhere. Forget about those frozen ones everyone else puts out. These are made on site, stuffed with cabbage, pork and whole little shrimps, and seasoned to perfection. They are awesome. Similarly, the crab rangoons have not seen a day in a freezer. They are fresh and creamy and incredibly crispy on the outside. The shrimp dish we ordered was overloaded with shrimp. My husband had orange chicken and it was big hunks of chicken breast (not little nuggets of "stuff" and scraps like other places) breaded in a light, cornmeal tasting (?) batter - it was delicious.

The location of this place stinks. The decor is dark and hasn't changed in the 30 years I've known the place. But there's a reason they've been around as long as they have. The service was excellent, the food reasonably priced and really, really tasty. Like the best Chinese comfort food ever. I highly recommend this place. I have been away from it too long and I'm looking forward to going back again soon!

Pros: great homemade food, well priced, great service

Cons: poor ambiance, weird location

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I really love the food at The Grand Cafe. Best Crab Rangoon I've ever had in my life. The decor is a little tacky for my personal tastes, and I don't care for the lighting, but the food is so worth it...I can easily excuse the aesthetics.

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★★★★★

I really love the food at The Grand Cafe. Best Crab Rangoon I've ever had in my life. The decor is a little tacky for my personal tastes, and I don't care for the lighting, but the food is so worth it...I can easily excuse the aesthetics.

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This Chinese restaurant has been in business and in the same family for years, They have very good food, and delicious egg rolls, we sometimes go their to eat just for them, and always bring some home, their Chinesse food is always very hot and really good, they are really resanablly priced.

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★★★★☆

This Chinese restaurant has been in business and in the same family for years, They have very good food, and delicious egg rolls, we sometimes go their to eat just for them, and always bring some home, their Chinesse food is always very hot and really good, they are really resanablly priced.

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The Grand Cafe has been family owned and operated for over 25 years. They have the best egg rolls ever. The food is wonderful, fresh, and oh so good. The portions are huge and the prices are low. They offer combination platters and family meals as well. The staff is friendly and helpful. They also serve american food so I can even take the kids even though they do not like chinese food. Hands down the best chinese food in town. Highly recommend it.

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★★★★★

The Grand Cafe has been family owned and operated for over 25 years. They have the best egg rolls ever. The food is wonderful, fresh, and oh so good. The portions are huge and the prices are low. They offer combination platters and family meals as well. The staff is friendly and helpful. They also serve american food so I can even take the kids even though they do not like chinese food. Hands down the best chinese food in town. Highly recommend it.

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