Regional Dining Guide - 11
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.

Pearl Bistro: New Owner, Familiar Menu

The region’s original brick oven pizza bar has a new owner who aims to keep its original flavor. Check out what diners can expect at this Rockford staple.

Olympic Tavern: Changing with the Times for 7 Decades

Now in its third generation of family ownership, this longtime Rockford favorite is still serving the community as the “living room of the neighborhood.”