Sure you could ask your road trip friends where they want to stop for dinner next time you're visiting Rockford, but wouldn't you rather take the locals' advice?

Breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch, there's always a reason to stop at a restaurant when you're hanging in a new town. Maybe you usually ask your friends where to eat when you're road tripping thru Rockford, or maybe you just stop when your stomach grumbles.

How is that working out for you?

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It can't be that great, or else you wouldn't be reading this.

Instead, take recommendations from people who actually live and work in Rockford! They (we) know best, don't they?

We went to the 97ZOK Facebook page, which is PACKED with Rockfordians to find out which local restaurants our fans always recommend to someone when they visit Rockford.

15 restaurants you must stop by next time you're visiting Rockford, Illinois

  • Mary's Market
  • GreenFire
  • Beef a Roo
  • Magpie
  • Prairie Street
  • Fresco at the Gardens
  • Backyard Grill and Bar
  • Da Catch
  • Lino's
  • Johnny Pamcakes
  • Uncle Nick's
  • Maciano's Pizza and Pastaria
  • Abreo
  • Franchesco's
  • Mexico Classico

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Honestly, that's not even half of the restaurants that we heard about when we asked this question. This doesn't surprise me at all, because since my first day in this city, I've known that Rockford chefs know what they're doing in the kitchen. The food here 'rocks.'

What restaurant would you add to the list?

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