And sometimes, if you're around Peoria's ICC North Campus, it's a three course meal.
It may be one of the best kept secrets in Peoria...
"We found out it was this fantastic meal," explains Peorian Ann Franklin.
And if a meal like herb crusted rack of lamb, goat cheese mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, for lunch, sounds pretty perfect..it's a secret you need to know about.
The advanced Culinary Arts students at Illinois Central College's North Campus in Peoria are making meals like this, on a weekly basis.
Anyone is invited to dine in...on their lunch hour.
People who've already caught on say the price is right.
"I'm gonna have the rack of land today and it's like $12. You just don't get that anywhere else."
It's a real-world lesson students are happy to get here, too.
It's the last class before they start an internship and graduate.
"They are under a great deal of pressure," says Joy Ashwood, ICC Chef Instructor. "This is their first opportunity to actually prepare a restaurant style meal with somebody coming in and ordering, the ticket goes up, they're under pressure to get it out there in a certain amount of time."
They operate the ICC restaurant.
From the wait staff at the front of the house, to the culinary skills in the back.
"Not too many people are even aware we have a culinary arts program out here," says Ashwood.
By the looks of a packed house, the lunch time trend seems to be catching on.
"This semester, we're trying to make every Wednesday because their food's good," adds Marcella Chapman from Morton.
They say if you make one trip....there's a good chance you'll be a regular, too.
Meals are around $12.00 for lunch, $15.00 for dinner.
You can find out what's on the menu each week at ICC by signing up for emails or checking out their Facebook page.