Food & Drink in Loves Park

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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

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
Machesney Park,
IL
US

Papa John's has carefully curated a menu stocked with robust topping options to adorn blank pizza canvases. Unify bubbly discs under a blanketing of freshly cut roma tomatoes, or spice up bites with jalepeño peppers. The pizzeria imports its black olives from Spain's Herrara grove, where they peak in plumpness and accomplish astounding feats of international diplomacy before populating Papa John's pizzas. Meaty options such as grilled all-white-meat chicken, filler-free spicy italian sausage, and hickory-smoked bacon add layers of heartiness to slices, and reinforcing mozzarella with parmesan, romano, or a blend of asiago, provolone, and fontina improves the genetic robustness of cheese.

5028 N 2nd St
Loves Park,
IL
US

Jax Pub opened in September of 2009 and has built a solid reputation on Great Food, good service & a friendly staff. Jax has a diverse menu with something for everyone, from Pizza to Handmade Burgers, Ahi Tuna, Walleye, Baked Cod, Homemade soups, salads, fish tacos, grouper, wraps & sandwiches & a diverse bar selection too

4160 N Perryville Rd
Loves Park,
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.

1602 E Riverside Blvd
Loves Park,
IL
US

When Rockford Register Star reviewer Anna Derocher stopped by Coco Joe's, she didn't hesitate to bring her family. The all-American grill and ice-cream shop did not disappoint; "All of us went home stuffed," she writes, including her 9-year-old son who gave "two thumbs up" to his double cheeseburger. The menu of hot sandwiches and crinkle cut french fries was even enough to satisfy Derocher's 14-year-old niece, who was pleased to find her chicken sandwich crispy instead of greasy. The housemade root beer was by far the family favorite, a suitably sweet prelude to desserts of chocolate shakes, M&M's-dotted flurries, and waffle cones so big they double as dunce caps. None of the dishes—from the fried-fish sandwiches to the hearty bowls of chili—are pre-made, but the Derocher family agrees that each treat is "worth the wait."

1034 Windsor Rd
Loves Park,
IL
US