Coffee Shops in Highland

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As a fun slideshow demonstrates, The Little Chocolatier’s staff hand makes an array of treats that fall into four categories: candy, chocolates, nuts, and popcorn. Their handmade chocolates pack white boxes with slabs of english toffee, nut clusters, and mint fluffs spread across trays of assorted chocolates. The team also fills bags with fresh-popped popcorn covered in caramel and cheddar.

1262 S Alpine Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

The family-owned-and-operated shop brews sumptuous gourmet coffee and espresso while serving a plethora of sweet treats and tasty baked goods. Ordered weekly, Meg's coffee is always fresh and many are certified organic, with tempting roasts such as sugar plum berry, white chocolate mousse, and butter pecan ($1.55–$1.78 per cup). Meg's array of caffeinated concoctions includes blended smoothies, iced coffees, cappuccinos, and chai teas, covering the full range of the caffeine rainbow. Meg's menu features several fresh pastries and light lunches, including the ham and cheddar sandwich or feta-cheese-topped Meg's special salad. Visitors can indulge in a blueberry muffin ($1.97) while melting the icicles off their antlers in front of the fireplace at their Alpine location.

1280 South Alpine Road
Rockford,
IL
US

Egg Harbor's menu packs a sumptuous punch of traditional and creative breakfast and lunch dishes for daytime noshing. While standard offerings of bacon, pancakes, and corned beef hash nourish appetites with familiar flavors, the cafe’s savory variety also includes breakfast sandwiches and the salsa-topped, spinach-stuffed dynamite veggie white omelette, which treats tongues to a delicious taste explosion ($8.95). Lunchtime fare consists of sandwiches and burgers as well as Mexican inspired dishes of chicken tacos ($8.95) and harbor fajitas, featuring charbroiled chicken strips and sautéed veggies served with flour tortillas, avocado, sour cream, and more ($9.95). Egg Harbor’s gluten-free options keep the wheat intolerant happy, while the grown-up intolerant can turn to a kids’ menu and choose child-friendly items such as green eggs and ham shot to the table from a Nerf gun ($3.95).

1603 N Alpine Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

Ham, capicola, coleslaw, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and French fries. They're all packed inside the Bronx Bomber, one of Brooklyn Deli's signature sandwiches. Served with the traditional pickle spear, they transport Midwestern eaters' taste buds back east. The same is true of all its menu items, including the warm chicken philly and cold-cut laden "Brooklyn samwich."

5815 E Riverside Blvd
Rockford,
IL
US

Dandy Donuts Coffee Cafe and Lunch Spot offers a wide variety of options for Breakfast and Lunch. New England Coffees, Frozen Hot Chocolate and blended drinks, Fruit Smoothies, fresh oatmeal, Uncle Muggs Biscuits and Gravy-served all day! Fresh Bagels and Spreads. Boar's Head soups, fresh salads, Cheesecake Factory & more!

6551 E Riverside Blvd
Rockford,
IL
US

Synthesizing favorite American pastimes and biological necessities such as eating, drinking, and taking in live jazz music, Garrett’s boasts a large fare menu as well as an expansive selection of wine, beer, and spirits. Diners can savor starters such as dynamite shrimp ($8.99), or save them to blast their way into the car later in case they lose their keys. Entrees include the fresh veggie-jammed jambalaya ($16.99) and the grilled lemon-basil chicken breast ($16.99), whose subtle spices are equally effective at taming tongues and agitating eyeballs. Many draft beers are served in brewer-created glassware so that hops-chasers don’t have to sip from suds-dispensing helmets, and a few glasses of Mexican red Valmar Tempranillo ($10/glass; $39/bottle) work great for loosening up mouth muscles before meaty main events.

1631 N Bell School Rd
Rockford,
IL
US