Groceries & Markets in Dixon

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As a fun slideshow demonstrates, The Little Chocolatier’s staff hand makes an array of treats that fall into four categories: candy, chocolates, nuts, and popcorn. Their handmade chocolates pack white boxes with slabs of english toffee, nut clusters, and mint fluffs spread across trays of assorted chocolates. The team also fills bags with fresh-popped popcorn covered in caramel and cheddar.

317 1st Ave
Sterling,
IL
US

Egg Harbor's menu packs a sumptuous punch of traditional and creative breakfast and lunch dishes for daytime noshing. While standard offerings of bacon, pancakes, and corned beef hash nourish appetites with familiar flavors, the cafe’s savory variety also includes breakfast sandwiches and the salsa-topped, spinach-stuffed dynamite veggie white omelette, which treats tongues to a delicious taste explosion ($8.95). Lunchtime fare consists of sandwiches and burgers as well as Mexican inspired dishes of chicken tacos ($8.95) and harbor fajitas, featuring charbroiled chicken strips and sautéed veggies served with flour tortillas, avocado, sour cream, and more ($9.95). Egg Harbor’s gluten-free options keep the wheat intolerant happy, while the grown-up intolerant can turn to a kids’ menu and choose child-friendly items such as green eggs and ham shot to the table from a Nerf gun ($3.95).

1603 N Alpine Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

Thirty years of practice has given the chefs at Irish Rose Saloon a refined sensibility, which they use to craft accessible pub food that pairs flawlessly with the bar's selection of craft beer on tap. The chefs travel to Chicago markets each week to find the freshest seafood, meats, and produce. Once they've dreamed up inventive daily specials, the options are displayed on a chalkboard menu that hangs on the restaurant's exposed brick wall, featuring entrees like duck meatloaf, jamaican pork, and sustainable fish such as Lake Superior whitefish and shrimp that always bring fabric bags to the grocery store.

These specials join the regular favorites on the lunch and dinner menus, including housemade veggie burgers, linguine with housemade italian sausage, and chicken breast baked in a wood oven. Patrons can team their selections with dozens of draft beers, such as regular and seasonal suds from New Holland and Flying Dog breweries.

519 E State St
Rockford,
IL
US

Licensed chiropractor Dr. Nathan Stewart, of the eponymous Stewart Family Chiropractic, realigns corpuses and alleviates ailments including back pain, sleep trouble, and headaches. A 60-minute therapeutic massage kneads rigid muscles into lithe, limber appendage movers as stress beats a hasty retreat and tense tissues relax. During a chiropractic exam, the friendly physician runs a slew of tests to get a feel for which kinds of spine-refurbishing techniques would best get bodies into straighter shape or would help to relieve migraines, sciatica, or sleeping problems. If necessary, x-rays get a sneak peak into the spine's inner workings and assess skeletons for future careers as dancing skeletons.

1406 Sycamore Rd
Dekalb,
IL
US

A locally owned and operated institution, 640 Meats boasts a myriad of specialty meats, vegetables, fruits, and homemade goods for last-minute lunches and upcoming dinner parties. Work up an appetite as you browse the pyramids of produce, fresh-baked breads, and high quality meats and seafood. 640 Meats creates a culinary stockpile of prepared foods, ranging from baked mostaccioli (10 servings for $15.99) to BBQ pork ($4.98/lb.), eliminating the hassle of slicing, dicing, and planning a delicious home-cooked dinner. For those planning a barbeque to welcome our new Neptunian overlords, 640 Meats offers a full-service butcher counter featuring a variety of bacon wrapped filets ($4.49 for 6 oz.), succulent New York strips ($8.29 for 10 oz.), and mouthwatering ten-ounce rib eyes ($8.29 for 10 oz.). And 640 Meats also builds several custom-ordered sandwiches ($2.95-$3.98) for a quick lunch, with meats like salami, corned beef, and summer sausage paired with muenster, colby, and cheddar cheeses.

6410 E Riverside Blvd
Loves Park,
IL
US

The Olive Gallery is more than a boutique store. It is a tasting room set up in the style of a Tuscan kitchen, a place to immerse oneself in flavor and explore the unexpected possibilities of artisan olive oils and vinegars. The room is filled with stainless-steel kegs called fustis, each filled with traditional, first-cold-pressed olive oils from locales such as Italy, California, Greece, or Chile. Some are filled with flavored oils, great for marinating meats or daubing onto pulse points, whereas others carry aged, flavored, or white balsamic vinegars.

The helpful staff members dole out storage tips and recipe advice for making the most of their wares, which include kitchen tools and specialty foods such as gourmet dip-mixes, spices, rubs, stuffed olives, and pastas. They also tout the health benefits of incorporating olive oil into your diet, citing lowered blood pressure, improved glycemic control, and possible anti-aging effects.

2671 N Bridge St
Yorkville,
IL
US