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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

Fuzion Studios offers a fusion of various beauty services under one roof, from traditional salon services to holistic spa treatments. Stylists can snip strands into chic cuts, smooth locks with Brazilian blowouts, and transform manes with vibrant color. Hands and feet can indulge in reflexology treatments, which work to promote whole-body healing. Clients can also receive waxes that swiftly remove unwanted hair, and airbrush tans bronze bodies without requiring clients to bask in the sun or beneath the supermarket's fluorescent lights.

5643 E State St.
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

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.

8179 Starwood Dr
Loves Park,
IL
US