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As early as age 11, Joanne Weeden was baking treats for her mother to bring to patients at the hospital where she worked as a nurse. Years later, Weeden is still at it, making fresh cookies, cupcakes, dessert bars, and breads at Boomerang Bakery (the name is a tribute to her Australian roots). In addition to offering these goodies, Boomerang is dedicated to making a positive impact on the community in large and small ways, whether that means donating to local charities or teaching customers useful magic tricks such as how to make a cupcake disappear.

1117 16th Ave
Monroe,
WI
US

Synthesizing favorite American pastimes and biological necessities such as eating, drinking, and taking in live jazz music, Garrett’s boasts a large fare menu as well as an expansive selection of wine, beer, and spirits. Diners can savor starters such as dynamite shrimp ($8.99), or save them to blast their way into the car later in case they lose their keys. Entrees include the fresh veggie-jammed jambalaya ($16.99) and the grilled lemon-basil chicken breast ($16.99), whose subtle spices are equally effective at taming tongues and agitating eyeballs. Many draft beers are served in brewer-created glassware so that hops-chasers don’t have to sip from suds-dispensing helmets, and a few glasses of Mexican red Valmar Tempranillo ($10/glass; $39/bottle) work great for loosening up mouth muscles before meaty main events.

1631 N Bell School Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

Dandy Donuts Coffee Cafe and Lunch Spot offers a wide variety of options for Breakfast and Lunch. New England Coffees, Frozen Hot Chocolate and blended drinks, Fruit Smoothies, fresh oatmeal, Uncle Muggs Biscuits and Gravy-served all day! Fresh Bagels and Spreads. Boar's Head soups, fresh salads, Cheesecake Factory & more!

6551 E Riverside Blvd
Rockford,
IL
US

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.

1262 S Alpine Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

It can be rough feeding a family, with parents figuring out how to find time to prepare healthy, delicious meals and still complete their long, grueling work schedules. That’s why Shane and Angie Huber at U-Bake decided to help their clients hurry dinner to the table by specializing in prepared, take-and-bake dinners and meal supplies. This allows their regular shoppers to easily and efficiently assemble entire meals with only an oven, a stovetop, or a third and final genie wish.

Though they’re known for their housemade dough, including pizza dough and more than 50 types of cookie dough, they also sling pastries, dry and frozen soups, and jellies and spreads to enhance any main course. They help families cope with dietary restrictions without compromising taste by whipping up a variety of gluten-free items, and their website promotes creative culinary pursuits by featuring signature recipes that only require ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

4162 N Perryville Rd
Loves Park,
IL
US

Cuisine Type: American Home Cooking
Established: 2012
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Shrimp Diablo
Kid-friendly: Yes
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: You will be greeted with a smile and a cheery hello. We are here to make dinnertime enjoyable again.

Q&A with Kathy, Owner

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are a Take and Bake [restaurant]. So I guess what I am trying to say is, "It's not a TV dinner, it's a fresh cooked meal". I do all the shopping and chopping, you do all the enjoying.

Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Remember back when you would come home and mom would have a home cooked meal waiting for you? Well, EZ Dinners can make that flashback a reality. Simply come in tell us what you want and we will get it for you. All you have to do is bring it home and cook it.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our menu changes monthly, but what you need to know is when you come in we always have an "until it's gone" list that you can also choose from. We also have a freezer full of homemade desserts and sides like strawberry rhubarb pie, chocolate mousse brownies, and cheesy mashed potatoes. We are always adding new items.

5533 N 2nd St
Loves Park,
IL
US