Regional Dining Guide
Take in a cool, summer breeze and sip on a margarita on the rooftop at Taco Betty’s as you overlook the hustle and bustle of downtown Rockford.

10 Great Places to Dine Outdoors


At this time of year, there’s no better place to enjoy a delicious meal than on an outdoor patio. Discover 10 places in our area where you can enjoy a little fresh air with your meal.

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Head Chef Anuar Ojeda has a passion for creating new dishes inspired by local products. He oversees the day-to-day cooking at Toni’s of Winnebago. (Blake Nunes photo)

Toni’s of Winnebago: 20 Years of Passion for Local Flavors

With an eclectic menu, a comfortable atmosphere and Winnebago’s first bar in more than 100 years, Toni’s of Winnebago stands out to locals and travelers alike. Join owner Michelle Princer as she reflects on the restaurant’s two decades of service.

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The AvoCobbo bowl features spring mix, avocado, sweet potato, egg, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and hemp and sunflower seeds.

Thrive Cafe: Healthy, Flavorful Options

Finding a healthy meal that tastes good doesn’t have to be frustrating. At this trendy restaurant, you can feel good about eating food that’s healthy and delicious.

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Josef Schwaiger, chef and owner of Josef Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, in Rockford, fills his restaurant with eclectic artwork. When it comes to cuisine, he prioritizes fresh ingredients. (Samantha Behling photo)

Josef Steakhouse and Oyster Bar: Epicurean, Aesthetic Delights Await

Known for its delectable cuisine and elegant, upscale atmosphere, this Rockford destination is exciting both on and off the menu.

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Rose Mary Leggio and her daughter, Leandra Sandahl, show their love and passion through the food they make at Cucina di Rosa, in Rockford.

Cucina di Rosa: Showing Love Through Authentic Italian Cuisine

Food, family and Italian ambiance are some of the reasons why people return to this popular restaurant on Rockford’s east side. Find out why the food at this Italian eatery is filled with love and passion.

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Regional Dining Guide NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – August 15, 2018

  Trends that are Shaping Local Golf Right in Our Region: The game of golf is experiencing many changes as new generations arrive on the greens. Visit the links this…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 8, 2018

  97th Winnebago County Fair Fun Aug. 15-19 Right in Our Region: The Winnebago County Fair is closing in on a century of celebrating agricultural living and all that it…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 1, 2018

  Mendota Sweet Corn Festival Aug. 9-12 Right in Our Region: The 71st annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival is about everything in abundance, especially fresh-picked corn on the cob, steaming…
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