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.
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."
Cuisine Type: American Home Cooking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Shrimp Diablo
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.
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.
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor 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.
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.
Beneath a ceiling painted with a cloud-speckled sky, bistro-style chairs, faux-stone walls, and French signage evoke an outdoor Parisian café. After passing through an arched doorway, low light illuminates a sea mural on the wall, vines interwoven in a latticed ceiling, and a painting of the Eiffel Tower. American Culinary Federation–certified chef Erich Weber’s take on traditional French and Mediterranean dishes further transports guests to a European cityscape.
He folds meat, cheese, and sweets into delicate crepes, crowns juicy steaks with rich bordelaise or compound garlic butter, and tosses pastas with herb-studded sauces—all easily paired with wine by the glass or bottle. On the weekends, guests chew to the rhythm of live music, then take the advice of Caza’s wall signs, which suggest "Bon Appetit" and "Le Bathroom This Way."
Only the best will do for the staff at JavaMania Coffee Roastery, so they evaluate Arabica beans from the world over to select what they deem to be the most flavorful and highest quality. A fluid-bed roaster handles these beans in small batches, heating each one evenly?a difficult task with ordinary roasting methods?and even holding them individually over a lit match. Within hours of roasting, they're shipped to online customers or stocked on the shop's shelves. A wide variety of coffees line those shelves, ranging from single origin and blends to organic and fair trade. And flavored coffees go beyond the expected hazelnut, with selections such as chocolate hazelnut, peanut-butter cookie, and s'mores.