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2005/09/27 05:29:04 (permalink)

Rockford Il

I’ll be in the Rockford Il area a few days next month. Any suggestions?
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    mayor al
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/09/27 08:15:48 (permalink)

    In the Rockford area--Union, IL-- is the Illinois Rail Museum. It has a great collection of equipment and memoriabilia for visitors interested in the Midestern Rail History.
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/09/27 08:41:53 (permalink)
    State Street in Rockford has grown all the usual suspects of chain food in the last few years however there are 2 regional chains that are pretty good. Owned by the same parent, across the street from one another and near the I-90 are The Machine Shed and Thunder Bay Grille. In Union is Donley's Wild West which has a hokey old west theme but a pretty good steakhouse. Links to all below.

    http://www.machineshed.com/restaurants/rockford.asp
    http://www.thunderbaygrille.com/rockford/
    http://www.wildwesttown.com/
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/09/27 09:26:14 (permalink)
    The Gun Club Restaurant in Beloit, WI is a short ride from Rockford and an excellent place to eat. It's our favorite restaurant in that area.
    http://66.228.51.28/market_place/gun_club.asp
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/09/27 10:03:52 (permalink)
    I've been to both ThunderBay Grill, and the Machine Shed. Both are pretty decent for their kind. Machine Shed is kind of a Cracker Barrell knockoff, just with better food. Breakfasts and their pork loin dinner are pretty good. Thunder Bay, I think I had the walleye.

    You might also consider a german place called the Rathskeller. Good homemade sausage, cabbage, and fried potatoes, if I recall.
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/09/27 12:50:48 (permalink)
    The Steakhouse at Donleys is very good. They use produce from local farmers and everything is always very fresh.

    If you're from outside the area and have never been to a Culver's for a burger, do stop by. One of the best franchise hambrugers around
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/09/27 16:58:07 (permalink)
    I second the Rathskellar. The only non-chain place that stands out in my memory.
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/09/29 02:34:46 (permalink)
    I would definatly go to Diamond Dave's, it looks like a hole in the wall, but the food is EXCELLENT! The only reason I went there was that I got a gift certificate 50% off for $3.00 from http://www.restaurant.com/
    I paid $3 for the certificate then $18 for a family of four.
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/10/03 14:21:10 (permalink)
    The Gun Club was mentioned and the Beloit area also features The Butterfly Club and The Manor.

    My first job was at The Hoffman House on East State St. and the food was actually quite good. I haven't been back there in years but if the kitchen is still under the same leadership I wouldn't hesitate to eat there; you can always call and ask if Dale Vogel still works there.

    Rockford has a strong Italian presence and one of the longtime establishments is Lino's (off of East State between Mulford and Alpine). There are a lot of small pizzerias with names like Sam's, Maria's, etc.

    Beef-A-Roo is the Rockford equivalent of Arby's and each restaurant has a different design theme. http://www.beefaroo.com

    If you take a side trip into Cherry Valley the little restaurant on the northwest corner of State and Cherry serves a good breakfast.

    I'll have to ask my dad for some recommendations; I'll try to remember to post later today.

    Brad O.
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/10/03 15:54:07 (permalink)
    My dad is a private pilot and we used to sometimes fly to Rockford just to eat at the airport restaurant there (I grew up in Chicago). The place wasn't that great, actually, and I think it's long-since closed. Fond memories, though.

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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/10/04 08:33:13 (permalink)
    Dan,

    Might you be thinking of the Wagon Wheel? It was a restaurant/hotel complex that runways, my dad was also a pilot and we used to fly in there. It was a very popular place until they closed in the mid-70's, one of the first resorts around that had an indoor pool, restaurants and a hotel complex like you see in the Dells today.
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/10/04 08:47:35 (permalink)
    Sounds like he might be referring to "The Skyroom", which was the restaurant at Greater Rockford Airport until the terminal was torn down in the early '80s. Can't remember for sure the name of the restaurant in the "new" terminal but it might be something along the lines of "St. Andrews Club" or something like that. When I was young we had a few New Year's Eve dinners at The Skyroom; we considered it a major treat.

    BTW, my dad mentioned Giovanni's (East State St. & Bell School Rd.) as one of the more upscale Italian places and Garrett's (at The Golf Shack, Bell School north of E. State) as a decent sports bar/casual place.

    Brad
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/10/05 16:57:12 (permalink)
    Yes - we once went to the Wagon Wheel - that's a few miles north of Rockford, right? I remember once spending an afternoon there in perhaps 1982. But I think the Skyroom must be the restaurant at Rockford airport that I was thinking of. Just to be sure, I'll check with my dad.

    We also used to fly to Moline to eat at the airport restaurant there, which, if I remember, had some nice fried clams (at least I liked them when I was 10!)

    Thanks for helping me remember.
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/10/05 17:01:16 (permalink)
    Below is the link to a recent (last year) article about the Wagon Wheel Resort. Seems it came to a sad end after closing in 1989. Too bad.



    http://www.rrstar.com/localnews/your_community/roscoerockton/20040327-18985.shtml

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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/10/06 08:45:48 (permalink)
    Thanks for the article on the Wagon Wheel. Besides flying in there my parents took my youngest sister and friends there for swim parties. Other places we would fly in to eat at were Lake Lawn Lodge near Lake Geneva and a place with a castle tower in Dodgeville Wisconsin.

    Back to topic, two more Rockford places I've been told are good plus the address for Hoffman House:

    Irish Rose
    519 E. State

    Cliffbreakers
    700 W. Riverside
    overlooks the Rock River

    Hoffman House
    7550 E. State
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/10/06 10:44:54 (permalink)
    We'd dine at the Wagon Wheel back in the 80's with members of the Chicago chapter of the BMW club(Windy City BMW)during our labor day driving school at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Rockton.
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/11/17 21:56:01 (permalink)
    The place your referring to at Dodgeville would be the DonQ Inn. They have theme rooms for your stay(we went medieval, and a pretty decent restaurant. It's right next to the airport
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    Originally posted by kland01s

    Thanks for the article on the Wagon Wheel. Besides flying in there my parents took my youngest sister and friends there for swim parties. Other places we would fly in to eat at were Lake Lawn Lodge near Lake Geneva and a place with a castle tower in Dodgeville Wisconsin.

    Back to topic, two more Rockford places I've been told are good plus the address for Hoffman House:

    Irish Rose
    519 E. State

    Cliffbreakers
    700 W. Riverside
    overlooks the Rock River

    Hoffman House
    7550 E. State
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    RE: Rockford Il 2005/11/18 08:22:35 (permalink)
    Thanks Pepper Breath! It's been 20 years or so since I did those fly ins with my dad! He joined the Royal Canadian Airforce in 1938, flew through WWII in Europe and North Africa, quit flying when he married my mom and took it up again in 1980 when my mom died. He flew regularly until he was 75, we used to have some great day trips to have lunch, flying out of the Lake in the Hills airport.
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