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You Gotta Eat: Thyme

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PEORIA (WEEK) – Trying something new and exciting doesn’t always have to be out of your comfort zone.

Peoria’s Warehouse District has a spot that’s sure to make a statement.

Something so exciting about the Warehouse District is the idea of making something old, new again.

At Thyme, they decided to not only go “new,” but unique as well.

“I wanted something to be a little bit different,” said owner Travis Mohlenbrink.

Right away when you walk in, the animal heads tall wall of whiskey is quite the conversation starter.

Mohlenbrink said they have over 500 different bourbons and whiskeys and keep one of the largest tap selections ready for thirsty customers.

“It’s not stagnant,” he said. So any time you come in, if you’re here this week compared to next week, you’re going to see 10 new beers that you didn’t see before.”

He said they try to keep the food menu just as refreshing as their atmosphere.

“They just can’t believe this is in downtown Peoria,” he said. “So I just say come give it a try.”

“Don’t let the menu scare you, because even though there are some things that are a little different, the flavor profiles are something that everyone can relate to,” he said.

Mohlenbrink said for this beauty, all starts with the turkey and ends with a sweet bacon jam and raspberry chutney.

“We thick cut that turkey breast and put it on the sandwich,” he said. “Then – you said it – the magic is the chutney.”

“It just adds that little bit of sweetness to it. That’s one of our best-selling sandwiches, especially at lunch.”

But don’t take Luke’s word for it. Repeat customer Celia Arias said she keeps coming back for that house smoked brisket sandwich.

“Yeah, you get a lot for what it’s worth,” she said. “It’s a big sandwich, so if you come with a big appetite, you can smash it down.”

“Otherwise, you can take it to go but it’s inexpensive.”

Inexpensive, eh? Speaking of money, how much did the bill for this sandwich and fries come out to?

Just $14.43.

That’s more than worth the trip down to Thyme… Because you gotta eat.

Jason Howell

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