Regional Dining Guide
The Mackaveli from 15th and Chris, in Rockford

The Best Burgers Off the Beaten Path


Great burgers are everywhere, and they’re especially rewarding when found well off the beaten path. Check out seven places well off the radar that are producing some of the best burgers you’ve never heard of.

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Brieanna and Phil Salamone co-own Salamone’s North, in Rockford. They enjoy interacting with their customers at the year-old restaurant.

Authentic Italian Cuisine at Salamone’s North

Rockford restaurant-goers are no longer limited to Cherry Valley to get their Salamone’s fix. Step inside the Salamone’s North location and discover some new menu items.

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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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Regional Dining Guide NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – December 12, 2018

  Give the Gift of Literacy & See People Bloom Right in Our Region: Helping people learn to read, write and speak English might just be the best gift you…
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Smart Living Weekly – December 5, 2018

  ‘Victorian Holiday’ at Midway Village Right in Our Region: The turn of the century in 1900 was a time of great prosperity and growth for the Rockford area. Midway…
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Smart Living Weekly – November 28, 2018

  Klehm Hosts Holiday Open House Right in Our Region: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., is presenting a holiday treat to the community. It includes entertainment,…
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