Flickering candles and a grand chandelier fill Sam's Ristorante's high-ceilinged dining room with a romantic glow. Graceful arches and painted landscapes foster a classic ambiance that carries through to the menu of traditional Italian cuisine. The kitchen crafts its own marinara sauce in house to add rich flavor to orders of veal parmigiana. Pasta varieties, including angel hair, ravioli, and fettuccine, tangle with morsels of seafood, veggies, and housemade italian sausage in specialty dishes. Sauces made with marsala wine and portobello mushrooms coat chicken breasts and center-cut fillets with more flavor than a spice-rubbed quilt.
Fiesta Mexican Grill's chefs dish up generous portions of authentic Mexican classics. Dinner combinations serve to assault taste buds with a cornucopia of different textures and flavors, as duos such as enchiladas and tacos arrive in time to battle their alter egos, chile poblano and enchiladas, and stop them from destroying the moon. Lunch ushers in similarly crafted pursuits, as chile poblanos, tacos, and burritos vie for placement next to beans and rice, with sightings of guacamole salad. Mouths anxiously awaiting the arrival of satisfying entrees can step away from the edge with appetizers such as guacamole, cheese, or bean dips, while nachos available in different toppings send tiny tortilla planes to taxi on tarmac tongues.
Cronies Grill complements its show-stopping menu of comforting American comestibles with regular entertainment for the eyes, ears, and feet, including weekly karaoke and dancing nights. Patrons can prepare themselves to sing like a bird with platters of Cronies' locally famous jumbo chicken wings ($7.99 for 10 wings), doused in secret spices before fried until golden. Homemade onion strings ($5.99) and garlic poppers ($5.99) further hone hand-mouth coordination so that customers can safely attack fully loaded sandwiches such as the 2/3-pound Crony burger ($9.49), topped with grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, BBQ barbecue sauce, and cheddar cheese ($9.49). An all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar ($6.99) pleases leaf lovers with hot and cold plates of omnivorous treats, and Southwestern favorites such as beef or chicken quesadillas ($7.99–$8.99) and grilled shrimp fajitas ($14.99) satisfy south-of-the-border taste buds residing in the lower chin.
Open since 1998, Hawk's View Restaurant serves classic diner fare in a space that underwent major renovations in 2006, adding a lounge and 350-seat banquet area. The brightly lit dining room offers a mix of booth and table seating for guests to feast on a Black Russian deluxe sandwich—which piles corned beef and roast beef onto dark rye bread—that a Rockford Register Star dining columnist called both “tender and tasty.” With a variety of sandwiches, homestyle dinners, and egg dishes, the eight-page menu appeals to picky eaters as well as those looking to streamline the dining process by cramming breakfast, lunch, and dinner into a single meal.
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.