About Bacaro

local and sustainably driven farms

About Bacaro

Opened in 2001, Bacaro sets the standard for fine dining in the Champaign-Urbana area. The contemporary and minimal interior features a sleek full service wine bar and lounge. In addition, a semi-private back room can accommodate larger parties. Chefs Thad Morrow and Drew Starkey work with over 12 local and sustainably driven farms, and the eclectic menu reflects the cultivation of these partnerships. Bacaro's Market Monday, a weekly prix fixe dinner menu inspired by the local Farmer's Market, invites guests to enjoy the tastes and flavors of the season. The knowledgeable and polite staff can guide any guest through the menu and the extensive wine list.

Meet the Chefs

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Chef + Owner Thad Morrow

Thad is a creative chef and restaurateur with a deep understanding of gastronomy and wine fundamentals. He received extensive training through a formal education at the Culinary Institute of America, an invaluable internship with Mario Batali, and an intensive study of wine in Los Angeles, California, Sienna, Italy, and Urbana, Illinois. Thad is proficient in Italian cuisine and wine pairings and strives to deliver superb wine, engaging dishes, and an atmosphere that invites the community to learn about great food.

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Chef Drew Starkey

Drew has been cooking for 10 years, studied at Kendall College and has worked at the Southern and Terzo Piano, both in Chicago. His influences are Mario Batali and Thomas Keller, and when cooking he appreciates the simplicity of a dish. His prized possession is his Boston red sox baseball cap, which he has worn in every kitchen he's ever cooked in.

Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday)
5 pm - 11 pm

Seasonal, eclectic menu created to reflect the cultivation of local farms. Explore seasonal menu

Friday Lunch
11 am - 2 pm

Weekly Friday lunch specials.

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