I am sorry that you had a bad experience at that new Big Bob Gibson place. Usually they serve up some of the best and tastiest food.
I am from the Peoria, IL area and I look forward to my trip back "home" (Decatur, AL) just so I can stop and get some of that fantastic BBQ and of corse a Penn’s Hamburger.
I love the Mulligan’s Stew that the place in Decatur serves. It is chocked full of shredded chicken and loads of veggies.
All this talk of Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ has me really longing to get back down south. They just do not know what good BBQ is up here but I must say that there is now a Corky’s in East Peoria. I have not been there yet because it is still fairly new and is always busy. I thought I’d give it a try when the newness wears off.