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Rockford’s 10 Best Restaurants To Help You Break Up With Your Diet


If you plan on ditching your diet you might as well go out in style.

We’ve all been there, a wedding, a vacation or something like that has given you a reason to get on a diet.

We’ve also been at that point in the diet when you just can’t eat another forkful of kale.

So what do you do? That’s when you tell your diet “look it’s been fun but I decided you’re boring and horrible, and I’ve decided to eat things that are fun.”

If you’re telling your diet “we need talk,” you should probably start at one of the 10 Rockford area restaurants.

1. Lino’s – 5611 East State Street

DIET DEAL BREAKER Egg Plant Parmigiana (with side of Pasta).

You may have had the greatest night ever but I had eggplant parm from @linosrockford so mine was better.

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2. Uncle Nick’s – 918 E. State Street / 5404 East State Street

DIET DEAL BREAKER: Gyros, Pizza Puff & Large French Fries.

Oh hey man, sorry.

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3. Portillo’s – 6090 East State Street

DIET DEAL BREAKERChar-Grilled Maxwell Street Style Polish “Grilled in the traditional way it was done on historic Maxwell Street and prepared with mustard and grilled onions.”

Looks good, tastes good

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4. 15th and Chris – 201 15th Avenue

DIET DEAL BREAKER: PB& J “The American classic made into a burger. Beef patty topped with a nutty Asian slaw and crispy wontons then finished with red jalapeno pepper jelly. Just to add a kick… it’s topped with fresh jalapenos.”

#15thandchris #fiestaburger

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5. Octane Interlounge – 124 N. Main Street

DIET DEAL BREAKER: Twisted Mac N Cheese “Breaded parmesan topping, cavatappi pasta,from-scratch cheese sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, sautéed chicken.”

6. Smokehouse BBQ – 432 W. Harrison Avenue

DIET DEAL BREAKER: Rib Boat “4 Piece Ribs, BBQ Fries & Garlic Bun.”


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7. Social Urban Bar & Restaurant – 509 East State Street

DIET DEAL BREAKER: Cheese Curds “Butterkase, panko, chili salt.”

#porkbellytacos #cheesecurds #saturdaynightbabay @rockfordfoodcravings

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8. Magpie – 307 S. Main Street

DIET DEAL BREAKER: Green Eggs & Ham w/ Potatoes “Spinach infused eggs with roasted potatoes.”

The green eggs and ham is a winner. The biscuits and gravy wasn't too shabby either. Bravo!

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9. Beef-A-Roo – 6593 Lexus Drive

DIET DEAL BREAKER: Cheddar Fries/Sweet Potato Fries.

Happy #FRYDAY!

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10. Dairyhaus -113 Main Street, Rockton

DIET DEAL BREAKERPeanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream.

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