Cafes in Northeast

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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

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

Flavors such as salted caramel, Bananas Foster, and chocolate-covered strawberry infuse the specialty lattes at Paradise Java & Ice, a café that the Cutler family opened in July 2013. Patrons can also sip fresh smoothies and or savor a signature treat—Hawaiian-style shaved ice. “[It's] kind of like a dreamsicle because the flavor from the ice drips and melts down into the ice cream,” Dan Cutler said of the dessert during an interview with Beloit Daily News. Rustic blond-wood furniture lines the café, and a cozy lounge area invites patrons to study, read, or connect to complimentary WiFi.

5312 Williams Drive
Roscoe,
IL
US

The Captain's Galley is a locally owned and operated business, and it has been sinking hunger pangs with meaty subs since 1978. Today, the restaurant continues to dole out a wide variety of half- and full-sized sandwiches, including Italian beef, Polish sausage, and pastrami. The Captain's Galley also presents various sub alternatives, such as soups and chili mac, and any sub can be transformed into a salad or a wrap upon request. The kitchen team even offers 10 varieties of party subs, which are traditionally the least strict of military vessels.

305 Oak Grove Ave
South Beloit,
IL
US

Abraham's Bar & Grille hosts casual gatherings fueled by burgers and steaks. Whether dunking chips into spinach-artichoke dip, sipping beers, or tucking into a plate of shrimp scampi, guests at Abraham's have a slew of weekly events to choose from. Those who work late can conclude a long shift at 7 a.m. when Abraham’s opens just for third shifters, welcoming nighttime employees and billiards-loving lions with a full bar, hot food, darts, and karaoke. A DJ spins tunes on Fri-Tini Nights, when the bar becomes a dance club facilitated by discounted martinis and free appetizers. The restaurant is connected to the Hickory Grove Banquet & Convention Center, which houses five rentable halls.

1127 N 7th St
Rochelle,
IL
US

Painted depictions of giant orange slices, strawberries, and cups of coffee grace the pale blue walls inside Off The Wall Caf?. Tables with red seating and a long countertop flanked by bright blue stools host platefuls of fluffy omelets, biscuits, and 10 kinds of skillets. During lunch hours, the grills heat up for burgers and specialty fries, including parmesan-garlic fries and sweet-potato fries with a honey-cinnamon-butter dip.

422 Lincoln Hwy
Rochelle,
IL
US