Food & Drink in Downtown Rockford


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  • District Bar & Grill
    District Bar & Grill's menu is full of old familiars done well. For customers hunkered down at the bar, a range of appetizers can hit the spot, like potato skins loaded with crispy bacon, two cheeses, and tangy lime sour cream. More substantial meals can be anchored with a classic cobb salad, a half-pound burger topped with swiss and saut?ed mushrooms, barbecue pulled pork, or golden-brown fried cod. The restaurant also delivers on the entertainment front. Numerous flat-screen TVs broadcast all manner of professional and college sports for rapt crowds, while a pool table and dart boards help tide them over during halftime. A raised stage hosts DJ sets, local acts, and live music by nationally touring artists like rockers Trapt and up-and-coming country star Eric Paslay. As a supporter of Rockford's Main Street District, a community organization that promotes the downtown area, District Bar & Grill participates in its Two-Block Parties, which take place multiple times a year and hosts bands from around the country.
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    205 W State St.
    Rockford, IL US
  • Main Street District
    Most days, the area surrounding the corner of State and Main Streets is home to lively businesses including Kiwi Cafe & Bar, Kryptonite Bar, and J.R. Kortman Center for Design. Twice a month from May to September, however, the intersection is transformed into a giant block party thanks to Main Street District, a community organization that seeks to promote cultural activities, shopping, and dining in Rockford. While shops and restaurants exhort visitors to eat and shop local from vendor booths, live musical performances get the two blocks rocking. Music serves as the uniting factor for these three-day block parties, which have featured such performers as alt-rock band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, country music star Rodney Atkins, '80s/'90s tribute band Too White Crew. Locals can get it on the act by singing along with dueling pianos and live-band karaoke, giving them a chance to work out their unresolved feelings toward a high-school crush in song.
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    205 W State
    Rockford, IL US
  • Octane Inter Lounge
    Enjoy a cold brewski and catch up with friends at Octane Inter Lounge. Octane Inter Lounge is making food that everyone loves. Taking it back to the high-calorie basics. Round out your meal with something from the cocktail menu or wine list. Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Octane Inter Lounge's free wifi hotspot. Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Octane Inter Lounge is a great summer destination. If you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted. No need to gussy up for a trip to Octane Inter Lounge, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. For those in a rush, the bar lets you take your food to go. Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Octane Inter Lounge. Your bill at Octane Inter Lounge will rarely go over $15, so you can really indulge! At Octane Inter Lounge, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
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    124 N Main St
    Rockford, IL US
  • Rockford Coronado Concert Association
    Created in 1936 to bolster fine-arts exposure, the Rockford Coronado Concert Association brings box-office lurkers five classical, semiclassical, and dance performances each season at the architecturally stunning Coronado Performing Arts Center.
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    314 North Main Street
    Rockford, IL US
  • Roly Poly
    Offering more than 30 healthy handheld eats prepared with super-fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, Roly Poly’s menu has something to fit any discerning taste. Lunch on tongue-torpedoing sandwiches rolled in tortillas, hot-pressed panini-like sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads. Sandwiches, such as a cold Cobb chicken salad roll, chicken Caesar roll, or hot-pressed pesto chicken, are served in 6” or 12” varieties (usually $3.95/$6.25). The hot-pressed Spinach Popper with light cream cheese, baby spinach, plum tomatoes, onion, sliced jalepenos, with a side of salsa ($3.95/$6.25) soothes any veggie lover's grumbling food sack.
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    308 W State St
    Rockford, IL US
  • Stewart Pizzeria
    Stewart Pizzeria's crafty chefs hand-toss their homemade pizza dough to create flat landing pads for fresh sauce, mounds of cheese, and myriad toppings. Each of their menu's personal pies ($5+), like a studio apartment, offers the freedom to arrange toppings however you'd like within 8 inches of personal space. Diners can conceal their pizza's bareness with a blanket of meats comprised of pepperoni and sausage ($1 each), or honor vegetarian vows with fresh produce including spinach, mushrooms, and jalapenos ($.50 each). Those who would rather leave pizza creation to the professionals can match their appetites against one of Stewart’s specialty pizzas, such as the recently featured hawaiian with home-style ranch sauce, ham, and pineapple ($7). Wash down the gooey goodness with a medium soda ($1.75) or splashes from your neighbor's sprinkler, and add chips or a cookie for a combo meal ($.50 with purchase of a drink).
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    308 West State Street
    Rockford, IL US
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