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Fort Jesse Cafe

1531 Fort Jesse Rd, Ste 1, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61761
+1 309-451-5656
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1531 Fort Jesse Rd, Ste 1, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61761
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In for ISU family weekend - An hour wait? Oh but it was totally worth it. Limited menu but all 4 of us were happy with our entrees. Service was great, place was clean & staff friendly.

1  Thank mmueller2016
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

The breakfast was amazing!!!!! We had an egg special with hollandaise sauce and fresh garden veggies and potatoes with a side of gravy!!! Decent prices and great waiters! The only reason is not a 5 star is the interior is less than appealing.

1  Thank Lori V
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I have never been for lunch, but breakfast is phenomenal. I haven't had a bad meal here. They are probably known most for the chicken and waffles which are my favorite, best I've had anywhere. Staff have always been friendly and very helpful, even though...More

1  Thank WandererPS
Reviewed 2 October 2018

the buffet... was typical of a restaurant... however they did have a guy making omelettes and they were outstanding. The wait staff... horrible/non-existent/oblivious. Sorry. They would have to have a 1 rating for service and 4 for the food. Pretty Hi/Fi joint for average food.

1  Thank MissPEteacher
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

I am so very upset with these folks this morning. We walked up and they sat us immediately......then we proceeded to watch 2 hosts and 5 wait staff ignore us for about 5 minutes. No one made eye contact, all 7 people walked by our...More

2  Thank DEPluma
Reviewed 20 September 2018

I'm not going to go into a long argument about why you should eat here. JUST GO EAT HERE. Thank me later. Best breakfast in Bloomiongton/Normal, bar none. Stop reading this and go get some deliciousness!

1  Thank Andy B
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

This was our third visit to the Fort Jesse Cafe and each time we have had to wait for seating. You can grab a cup of coffee while you wait but it is worth it. The food is really good and a variety of things...More

1  Thank Joanne K
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

I come here and have breakfast with my friend often. The food is good and the coffee is too. If you can get past the wait that is there most days then I highly suggest you try it. The wait is longer on the weekend...More

1  Thank Heather P
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

There were about 10 things on the menu I would have loved to try... but we went for the shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. They were great!

1  Thank love2trynewfoods
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

This is a hidden gem. Delicious food choices that are unique and flavorful. Helpful and courteous wait staff make this a great choice for breakfast.

1  Thank 235kevine
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Pamela L
8 September 2017|
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Response from Philip E | Reviewed this property |
there is not a particular menu for gluten free. but the staff is very accomidating.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1531 Fort Jesse Rd, Ste 1, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61761
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington-Normal  >  Normal
  • Phone Number: +1 309-451-5656
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Pursuing a vision of fantastic, fresh, homemade fare; in an unpretentious and uplifting atmosphere.
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