Regional Dining Guide - 11
Josef Schwaiger and his son, James, bring a high-quality dining experience to Rockford.
Josef Barbados Steakhouse & Oyster Bar: Elegant and Casual Dining

Josef Schwaiger has traveled the world studying the culinary craft, which is on full display inside his five-star hidden gem of a restaurant.

The Pride of Oregon
Restaurant Profile: Maxson Restaurant & Riverboat Returns

The “Pride of Oregon” and one of the Rock River’s most popular dining attractions is forging ahead, as its new owners continue to improve this local landmark.

Rockford Brewing Co. & Dockside Taproom Serve Up Sporty Fun

A new cool, casual sports bar has arrived at Prairie Street Brewhouse, and it’s just steps away from delicious dockside dining.

Franchesco’s owner Benny Salamone, general manager Michelle LaMay and Fresco manager Jake Ziegler inside the Fresco dining room. (Chris Linden photo)
Franchesco’s Opens Fresco at Anderson Japanese Gardens

Rockford’s newest eatery delivers more than an inventive menu of fresh, organic and locally sourced cuisine — it also brings together two local favorites in an exciting approach to dining.

Joshua Binning modeled his restaurant after one he admired in Colorado. (Samantha Ryan photo)
Lucha Cantina: Fresh Mexican Fare with Colorado Influence

Its Rocky Mountain panache is just part of the spirit of this Rockford restaurant, which is quickly becoming a favorite for its fresh, unique menu. Discover how Mexican cuisine is just the beginning.