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    Abreo Restaurant serves an attractive and creative small plates menu in downtown Rockford’s Block 5. Join us for dinner at just about any occasion. We strive to innovate, create, and experiment so you can keep enjoying your experience with us in new and exciting ways. Our food menus stay seasonal read more


    Alpine View is a family friendly environment catering to many people in the state line area. At Alpine View we have a motto, “Home-made meals, done the right way.” And many of our regular customers are pleased to say that we exceed this motto. With a wide variety of delicious read more

  • Beefaroo

    Since 1967, Beefaroo has been dedicated to serving fresh handmade meals at affordable prices . We’re a family-owned independent chain of 7 locations in the Rockford area. Our famously delicious, fast-casual restaurants offer classic roast beef, wraps, specialty sandwiches, burgers, chicken & turkey sandwiches, soups & salads and a selection read more

  • DITULLIO’S Italian Market & Cafe

    DiTullio’s is a unique combination of a gourmet food store and charming neighborhood cafe.  We carry a wide selection of Italian and European specialty items such as Parmigano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  Enjoy our signature sandwiches, coffees and gelato in our cafe, with many read more

  • Edgebrook

    Edgebrook offers a unique blend of locally owned eclectic boutique shops, excellent restaurants, convenient service-oriented businesses, and seasonal events. Where there is truly something for everyone. Edgebrook encourages and supports all of our merchants and of our merchants support each other. If you would like become part of the Edgebrook read more


    We are a fine dining restaurant, casual bar & banquet center serving delicious, imaginative food at affordable prices. We also have an extensive and interesting wine collection with many small, independent wineries represented. Our lunch & dinner entrees start at $6. You can dress up or down as much as read more


    Daily drink & food specials. Video poker & slots. Outdoor seating. DJ every Friday & Saturday at 9:00. Bloody Mary Bar & breakfast every Sunday. Full food menu availability for carry out.


    Katie’s Cup was opened in January of 2009 by ZION Development in partnership with Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries. In the spring of 2012, the Seventh Street Coffee, Inc. not for profit was formed for the purpose of purchasing Katie’s Cup from ZION Development. The transaction was completed on July 2, read more


    “Come Home” To Lino’s! – 3 Generations of Italian Family Tradition Whether your party consists of two, fifty or two hundred we can accommodate you in our gracious atmosphere of Old Italy. Sit in the Leaning Tower, the Casa Royal or if your not in good graces with our Uncles, read more


    Lucha makes nearly everything we serve in house. We like good meats, veggies, and cheeses. We make all of our salsa, dressings, sauces, and marinades using only fresh produce, herbs and spices. The focus here is on the food… and the margaritas.

  • Mary’s Market

    Mary’s Market is a fast and casual cafe that serves fresh, real food made from top quality ingredients by people who care. Since 1982, we’ve built a reputation for serving wholesome, authentic and healthy cuisine in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere at a value. All our foods are made from read more


    Up Beat, Hip, Casual Dining in Downtown, Rockford Illinois. Steps away from the historic landmark, The Coronado Theatre, as well as the BMO Harris Bank Center. Culinary Team led by Patrick Alberto. Come for gourmet coffee, lunch, dinner or a snack!

  • Panino’s Restaurant

    Home of the Panizza™ Quick service Italian food. Specializing in fresh bread baked daily. Our breadmakers arrive early every morning to mix the freshest ingredients and bake the bread that sets Panino’s apart. Our special family recipe creates the bread that is the base for our delicious sandwiches and the read more

  • Pig Minds Brewing Company

    In our 5th year of existence we proudly boast being America’s first and only vegan brewery! Showcasing a solid line up of core brews such as Southy Bitch Slap, Sweep the Leg and Happidaze. Along with delicious seasonal varieties and heavy hitters from our barrel aged beer program. We have read more

  • Poison Ivy Pub

    Whatever you’re looking for you’ll find it here with a little bit of everything all in one amazing place! Watch sporting events on one of our 19 HDTVs (MLB NFL packages), breakfast on the weekends, delicious martinis, 30+ craft beers with seasonal hard to find varieties, fresh seafood ~ innovative read more