Josef Barbados Steakhouse & Oyster Bar: Elegant and Casual Dining

Josef Schwaiger has traveled the world studying the culinary craft, which is on full display inside his five-star hidden gem of a restaurant.

Amici Italian Grill: Hands-On Owners Offer Fresh Italian Fare

Meet a pair of brothers who go the extra mile to create a warm, inviting atmosphere at their brand-new Roscoe restaurant, and discover some of the mouthwatering dishes they’ve dreamed up.

Merrill & Houston’s: A Steak Joint With Plenty of Sizzle

Meet the faces behind downtown Beloit’s newest favorite, and discover some of the local history that’s memorialized inside.

Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint

500 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis.
(608) 362-5500
www.merrillandhoustons.com

Jezebel Gourmet Bistro: Intimate, Charming, Eclectic

Discover a new restaurant that’s cozy and inviting, and launched by a restaurateur who’s worked every part of the business.

Cartunes Grill & Bar

Casual/American. Local, fresh burgers, steaks, sandwiches; homemade potato chips, onion rings, soups; seafood, chicken, ribs; salads.
2640 Prairie Ave., Beloit, Wis.
(608) 362-3362
Lunch, Dinner

Costa’s Italian Ristorante: Where Old Family Recipes are Treasured

Restaurant Profile: Like many Italian-Americans, family is everything. Meet a restaurant owner who takes that to heart, with homemade food and a welcoming atmosphere.

Michaels Restaurant: Verace Knows Just What Rockford Enjoys

Restaurant Profile: Meet a local restauranteur whose newest venture may look and feel very familiar to the Rockford-area dining scene.

Public House

Casual-Upscale/American Contemporary. Fresh seafood flown in daily. Steaks, burgers, pasta.
2 W. Geneva St., Williams Bay, Wis.
(262) 245-5100
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Maria’s Italian Café

Italian, steaks
828 Cunningham St., Rockford, Ill.
(815) 968-6781
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