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After selling their previous venture, Francisco and Carmina Figueroa embarked on a new culinary adventure by building a re-creation of a stunning Mexican hacienda. Inside, guests chow down on familiar plates of charbroiled carne asada or tacos stuffed with flaky tilapia, or they dine on more traditional dishes such as a rich, flavorful pozole stew or a carnitas-stuffed torta. Diners can sip glasses of sweet horchata, Mexican cola, or fruit-flavored margaritas as they share plates of sizzling steak fajitas.

Francisco and Carmina take great pride in the restaurant’s decor and atmosphere: it teems with bright-yellow and rusty-orange walls, handmade Mexican glassware, Oaxacan ceramic light fixtures, and a glowing portal that leads straight to Puerto Vallarta.

758 Beloit Rd
Belvidere,
IL
US

Since the 1990s, Alvarez Restaurant has served up classic Mexican cuisine in a cozy dining room with funky decor. House specialties include bacon-wrapped shrimp topped with monterrey cheese, sizzling fajitas served in iron skillets, and chicken in a rich mole sauce made with peanuts, ancho peppers, sesame, and chocolate. Pair your meal with a Mexican beer, a flavored margarita, or a fruity Mexico City–style cocktail.

1600 S Bell School Rd
Cherry Valley,
IL
US

Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.

Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.

2195 N State St
Belvidere,
IL
US

The cooks Pete's Tom & Jerry's three outposts specialize in all things American food. Line cooks sling everything from charbroiled 1/4-pound burgers to steak sandwiches made with USDA ribeye. The main draw here is their roster of sandwiches. Cooks put together a range of traditional handheld eats, from their specialty gyros?they proudly stake their claim to the gyro throne with the tagline, "King of the Gyros"? to deli classics such as reubens. For those not wanting dinner between two slices of bread, chefs also create 7-inch personal pan pizzas, 21-piece shrimp dinners, and desserts such as traditional baklava, apple pie, and milk shakes.

1495 North State Street
Belvidere,
IL
US

The cooks Pete's Tom & Jerry's three outposts specialize in all things American food. Line cooks sling everything from charbroiled 1/4-pound burgers to steak sandwiches made with USDA ribeye. The main draw here is their roster of sandwiches. Cooks put together a range of traditional handheld eats, from their specialty gyros?they proudly stake their claim to the gyro throne with the tagline, "King of the Gyros"? to deli classics such as reubens. For those not wanting dinner between two slices of bread, chefs also create 7-inch personal pan pizzas, 21-piece shrimp dinners, and desserts such as traditional baklava, apple pie, and milk shakes.

1495 N State St
Belvidere,
IL
US