Regional Dining Guide
Jayme Braatz, general manager of Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint, in Beloit, strives to provide a cozy and familiar environment to diners.

Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint: Serving Up a Home Away From Home


Mouthwatering steaks and succulent seafood are the stars at this Beloit steakhouse, but there’s plenty more to experience inside. Find out how this hangout at Ironworks Hotel pays tributes to its hometown in many ways.

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Signature entrees at Capital House include the salmon filet served with lobster risotto.

Capital House: A First of its Kind in Downtown Rockford

It took longer than expected, but downtown Rockford’s newest destination has finally opened its doors. Discover this restaurant’s unique concept and what makes it so refreshing on the local dining scene.

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The crispy fish taco is one of the mouth-watering items on the menu at Taco Betty’s, 212 E. State St., Rockford.  Samantha Behling photo)

Taco Betty’s: A Trendy Restaurant With Fun, Unique Tacos

Taco Betty’s has become one of the coolest and trendiest restaurants in downtown Rockford. Learn how the menu has evolved and find out what’s in store for the future.

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Restoration Café serves to transition Rockford Rescue Mission residents to off-campus employment. It’s a popular spot for breakfast and lunch.

Restoration Café: Serving Food and Coffee for a Cause

This cozy hangout on Rockford’s west side encompasses more than a great cup of coffee and a sandwich. Find out how every purchase can help Rockford Rescue Mission residents.

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Try the 14-ounce New York Strip steak at Costa’s Pizzeria and Ristorante, in Byron, Ill. The restaurant also offers a variety of wines to pair with your meal.  (Samantha Behling photo)

Costa’s Pizzeria and Ristorante: Where Life is Rooted in Food and Family

Food and family are only part of what makes this comfy Italian joint in Byron, Ill., a favorite for many loyal diners, who flock toward homegrown dishes, succulent steaks and…
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Regional Dining Guide NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – April 18, 2018

  Special Concert Honors Lincoln Laureates Right in Our Region: The public is invited to a very special concert and ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Coronado…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 11, 2018

  4 Mistakes Even Smart Heart Patients Make Right in Our Region: When it comes to your heart, staying healthy doesn’t need to be complicated. The key is to maintain…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 4, 2018

  Habitat ReStore Moves, Expands this Month Right in Our Region: Keri Nelson, executive director of Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity, has big plans for the local organization. This means…
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