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 – October 17, 2018

  It’s Apple Season Again at Ten Eyck Orchard Right in Our Region: Ten Eyck family members have been nurturing apple trees all year long. Now, the fruit of their…
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Smart Living Weekly – October 10, 2018

  Rockford IceHogs Open 20th Season Right in Our Region: Hockey fans rejoice! The Rockford IceHogs are back for another season of thrills on the ice. It’s been two decades…
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Smart Living Weekly – October 3, 2018

  Enjoy ‘Autumn at the Arboretum’ Oct. 14 Right in Our Region: Autumn at the Arboretum is a free gift to the community and another opportunity for everyone to get…
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