Regional Dining Guide
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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Jingle Bell Latte

Holiday Drinks to Keep you Warm

If you’re feeling cold this holiday season, grab a hot speciality drink to warm up. We explore five area coffee shops and some of their signature holiday drinks.

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University Club entrees, like this grilled salmon fillet, cater to the tastes of club members. The menu changes seasonally.

Rockford’s University Club: Exclusive Access to a ‘Home Away From Home’

Members of Rockford’s University Club believe they have a “home away from home.” Discover what makes this private dining and social club so special and find out how the chef keeps the members happy.

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Smart Living Weekly – February 21, 2018

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Smart Living Weekly – February 14, 2018

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Smart Living Weekly – February 7, 2018

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