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.
Although Onyx Bar and Grill's live entertainment rotates among comedy, music, and karaoke, one source of amusement remains constant: sports. Flat-screen TVs throughout the spacious bar showcase the day's biggest games, which patrons can enjoy over wine, spirits, or 12 draft beers. Besides sports, those libations complement feasts that put a creative spin on bar-food classics. Alongside crowning burgers with Mexican-inspired fixings like jalape?os and chipotle aioli, cooks toss wings in 12 different sauces, including honey bourbon and mango habanero. The culinary team takes a more traditional, upscale approach to main entrees with dishes like hand-carved tuna seared medium rare and paired with lemon-dill sauce.
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.