Regional Dining Guide - 21
Dining Guide:
Fired Up About Historic Setting, Good Food at Fifth Alarm

Restaurant Profile: Meet a family whose Byron, Ill. restaurant reflects a passion that spans through four generations.

Pam Gray, general manager of The Rusty Putter Steakhouse & Pub, in Roscoe, Ill. (Dustin Waller photo)
The Rusty Putter: Good Food in a Friendly Neighborhood Atmosphere

Restaurant Profile: Learn about a restaurant that has everything from prime rib and pastas to burgers and pizzas, all in a casual atmosphere.

Chef Raul Ojeda and owner Michael Verace make it their goal to serve the best meal at the most reasonable price, at Michaels Restaurant, on the Miracle Mile in Rockford. (Dustin Waller photo)
Michaels Restaurant: Verace Knows Just What Rockford Enjoys

Restaurant Profile: Meet a local restauranteur whose newest venture may look and feel very familiar to the Rockford-area dining scene.

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Hailey’s Vineyard & Winery: Let the Grape be the Grape For Winning Wines

Wine Territory: Meet a couple whose Byron, Ill., winery is shaped around local tastes and flavors.

Rosie Burd (left) shows off her holiday cooking, alongside her 4-year-old daughter, Isabelle, and mother, Nina Salamone. (Tom Clabough photo)
‘Meat’ You at the Holiday Dinner Table

Wondering what foods should dress your table this holiday season? Our resident experts share a few tips on selecting the perfect cut of meat.