It is really great to find a city that has all the things you want to do, but without the big city traffic, noise, hassle and price tag. Rockford is in northern Illinois, less than two hours from Chicago, and can offer you and your family anything you might want on a vacation. Alternatively, maybe you’re spending time with friends where you live in the city and want a little variety, so you’d like to find some new places to go. You’re in luck either way! One great way to spend time with family and friends is to go out and get a snack, head out for dinner, maybe have a few drinks. Rockford, Illinois, restaurants offer tons of variety and fun for everyone.
Let’s say you’ve just been cruising around town, seeing a show or checking out local museums, and now you’re craving something sweet or fit for the kids. Swing by Dairyhaus and pick something sumptuous. This family owned ice cream parlour is right in the middle of downtown, and serves up a huge variety of sweets. Want to keep it light? Choose from fat free or sugar free yogurt instead.
If it’s more of a meal you crave, bring the family by the Firehouse Pub. This very cool casual Rockford dining experience takes place in a renovated fire station. You can watch sports, if you choose, or just chow down on burgers, sandwiches and 25-cent wings.
The city offers up all kinds of ethnic cuisine if that’s what you seek. Thai Basil Fusion is critically acclaimed and offers amazing and authentic Thai meals. If you’re craving some warm, homemade Mexican food, there are dozens of wonderful places to choose from. Try La Tolteca for lunch or dinner. Savor offers vegetarian options if that’s your flavor.
For an evening out with friends, or maybe a date, Rockford, IL, restaurants offer some romantic and elegant options. Josef-Barbados, run by renowned chef Josef Schwaiger, provides food from Barbados for a special treat. A seafood and oyster bar is there for you to sample, as well as other fine dining options. Maybe you just want a desert to top off the evening? You must try Chocolat by Daniel. This is one of the most unique restaurants in Rockford, Illinois, and offers a tea service (hats optional!). There is a large sandwich menu (as well as something for kids) but really, this place is all about handcrafted, sinfully delicious chocolate.