Coffee & Treats in Midtown

45% Off Frozen Yogurt at TCBY - St. Charles

TCBY - St. Charles

TCBY

$10 $5.50

Fro-yo flavors such as white chocolate mousse, greek, and strawberry pair with toppings such as Heath pieces, mixed nuts, and blueberries

Up to 63% Off Coffee- or Espresso-Making Class

Calibre Coffee

South Barrington

$100 $45

Café teaches coffee drinkers how to make a perfect cup of joe at home or how to brew espresso during coffee classes

40% Off at TCBY – Oswego

TCBY

Oswego

$10 $6

Fro-yo flavors such as white chocolate mousse, and strawberry pair with toppings such as Heath pieces, mixed nuts, and blueberries

Up to 57% Off Tea Tastings at Adagio Teas

Adagio Teas

Multiple Locations

$46 $21

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Groups sample a variety of flavorful teas and take home ceramic teapots

42% Off Smoothies at FITfresh Cafe & Juicebar

FITfresh Cafe & Juicebar

Glendale Heights

$5.20 $3

Build your own smoothie from fresh ingredients such as almond milk, whey protein, bananas, and strawberries for a healthy boost of energy

Half Off at CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar

CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar

Plainfield

$10 $5

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Frozen yogurt in flavors such as Cookie Monster, Birthday Bash, Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel, Chocoholic, and Orange Sorbet

Half Off Frozen Yogurt at BerrySimple Yogurt

BerrySimple Yogurt

Gurnee

$10 $5

Frozen yogurt flavors such as nonfat pumpkin and low-fat orange creamsicle cradle fresh fruit, brownie dough bites, and caramel sauce

Half Off Café Food and Drinks at C U Latte Cafe

C U Latte Cafe

Villa Park

$5 $2.50

Surrounded by local artwork and decorative reeds, café visitors enjoy a menu of coffee drinks, frozen lemonade, and sandwiches

Up to 73% Off Tea Class and Tasting at Prima Tea

Prima Tea

Wheeling

$57 $23

Loose-leaf experts offer lessons and patrons taste samples of gourmet teas from around the world

50% Off at Andresen's Bakery

Andresen's Bakery

Bensenville

$10 $5

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Custom cakes, pies, cookies, sweet rolls, and chocolate-covered strawberries join fresh breads at a bakery with a 50+ year history

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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

The dough spinners at Mancuso's toss up a menu of pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches that captivate even the most capricious of appetites. Occupy fickle phalanges with finger foods, such as the toasted ravioli ($4.35) or the breaded mushrooms ($3.75). With more than 20 hat options for their pizzas, including jalapeño peppers, shrimp, hamburger, and pineapple, diners can create custom pies or spice up a CD to satiate an empty stereo. Leave the garnishing up to the experts with one of the savory specialty pizzas, such as the taco pizza, a circular food-receptacle full of seasoned beef, black olives, chips, and salsa (14", $18.30), or bring more portable cuisine, such as pizza by the slice, an italian beef po’boy ($4.75), or the chicken-parmesan sandwich ($6.25) along for a creek-side picnic or your solo cello performance.

4415 Harrison Ave
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

Cuisine Type: American Home Cooking
Established: 2012
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Shrimp Diablo
Kid-friendly: Yes
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: You will be greeted with a smile and a cheery hello. We are here to make dinnertime enjoyable again.

Q&A with Kathy, Owner

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are a Take and Bake [restaurant]. So I guess what I am trying to say is, "It's not a TV dinner, it's a fresh cooked meal". I do all the shopping and chopping, you do all the enjoying.

Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Remember back when you would come home and mom would have a home cooked meal waiting for you? Well, EZ Dinners can make that flashback a reality. Simply come in tell us what you want and we will get it for you. All you have to do is bring it home and cook it.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our menu changes monthly, but what you need to know is when you come in we always have an "until it's gone" list that you can also choose from. We also have a freezer full of homemade desserts and sides like strawberry rhubarb pie, chocolate mousse brownies, and cheesy mashed potatoes. We are always adding new items.

5533 N 2nd St
Loves Park,
IL
US

Natural light licks the lacquered bar, laden with down-turned coffee mugs, silverware rolls, and the reflection of a smiling server. Spatulas, seasoned pans, and other kitchen utensils adorn the diner's walls, all hinting at what defines Sheri’s Place: real comfort food, everything from house-made meatloaf and fluffy fresh-whipped omelets to a Friday-night fish fry with hand-breaded fillets. The quaint eatery can seat roughly 90 folks at its casual tables and booths, which are ergonomically designed to maximize the speed at which patrons can devour a house-made rhubarb or caramel-apple pie without hands.

5859 Forest Hills Rd
Rockford,
IL
US