Sure, you can hit up the same old same old this weekend, but what if you were to go off the beaten path?

Not like out of town or to an area you don't normally travel to, but a place you probably drive by often and never give a second thought? A place that is so secluded some folks don't even know if it's open or closed.

Because to me, that's what makes a restaurant a hidden gem. No flashy decor, kind of hard to spot, but at the same time, they serve up some of the most incredible food around. You just have to find it first.

Without a doubt, the title of "finest hidden gem restaurant in Rockford" goes to Marc's Fusion Cafe at 4133 Charles Street.

TripAdvisor has Marc's listed as the top hidden gem restaurant in the Forest City. Scoring a 4.5 out of 5, it's also the 12th ranked restaurant in the entire city.

One TripAdvisor review said it was the "Best steak and sushi I've ever had" and another chimed in with "Literally the best sushi in the area." While others complained about the "distractions" and "grumpy" service.

What about you? Do you love Marc's? Is it Rockford's finest hidden gem restaurant or do you think that title should go to another place? Tell us!

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