Yelp put together a list featuring the 10 best restaurants in Rockford open on Thanksgiving including, with what some might believe to be, a surprising addition.

Truth be told, I have no idea how Yelp decides which is best or worst but the list as a whole was a headscratcher.

Before I get to the top 10, at #11 was Mrs. Fisher's Potato Chips. I love their chips like any good Rockford area resident would and should but I'm not sure I would consider it a great place for a Thanksgiving meal. If you disagree, then man, you must really love some chips.

Here's the 10 Best Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Rockford according to Yelp:

  1. Hoffman House
  2. GreenFire Restaurant Bar & Bakery
  3. The Machine Shed
  4. Stockholm Inn
  5. Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
  6. Franchesco's Ristorante
  7. Granite City Food & Brewery
  8. Five Forks Market
  9. Thunder Bay Grille
  10. Mary's Market

Just missing the top 10 were Irish Rose, Izakaya 88 and Stone Eagle Tavern.

I haven't been to Golden Corral in many years. The "shared foods" idea has long been a phobia of mine and one that I don't see myself getting over, like ever, so I can't tell you if the popular chain buffet belongs on the list.

What do you think? What is the best restaurant for Thanksgiving in Rockford?

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