Regional Dining Guide
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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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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Regional Dining Guide NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – June 13, 2018

  Visit 5 Lovely Local Homes on June 23 Right in Our Region: If you need some inspiration for your home and garden, or if you just want to support…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 6, 2018

  Summer Fun, Learning at Midway Village Right in Our Region: Summer is a time to get away from the routine of work and school and enter the classroom of…
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Smart Living Weekly – May 30, 2018

  German Valley Days: Big Fun in a Small Town Right in Our Region: “Laughing Out Loud” is the theme of this year’s German Valley Days, June 8-10, when the…
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