Open since 1998, Hawk's View Restaurant serves classic diner fare in a space that underwent major renovations in 2006, adding a lounge and 350-seat banquet area. The brightly lit dining room offers a mix of booth and table seating for guests to feast on a Black Russian deluxe sandwich—which piles corned beef and roast beef onto dark rye bread—that a Rockford Register Star dining columnist called both “tender and tasty.” With a variety of sandwiches, homestyle dinners, and egg dishes, the eight-page menu appeals to picky eaters as well as those looking to streamline the dining process by cramming breakfast, lunch, and dinner into a single meal.
Fiesta Mexican Grill's chefs dish up generous portions of authentic Mexican classics. Dinner combinations serve to assault taste buds with a cornucopia of different textures and flavors, as duos such as enchiladas and tacos arrive in time to battle their alter egos, chile poblano and enchiladas, and stop them from destroying the moon. Lunch ushers in similarly crafted pursuits, as chile poblanos, tacos, and burritos vie for placement next to beans and rice, with sightings of guacamole salad. Mouths anxiously awaiting the arrival of satisfying entrees can step away from the edge with appetizers such as guacamole, cheese, or bean dips, while nachos available in different toppings send tiny tortilla planes to taxi on tarmac tongues.
On the second floor of the tri-level Rockton Inn, pictures of palm trees and tropical fish speckle the walls, evoking the elegant ambiance of a far-off island resort or Jimmy Buffet’s billiard room. This same laid-back attitude is reflected by the kitchen, where chefs busily plate helpings of fine dining standbys ranging from USDA Black Angus steaks to sea-fresh scallops. Daily and weekly specials keep taste buds guessing, with popular themes including Tuesday's quesadilla night or Saturday's all-you-can-eat prime rib special. Elsewhere in the sprawling establishment, six HD televisions keep guests tuned in to the world at large, and performance spaces play host to special events, including live music.
Cronies Grill complements its show-stopping menu of comforting American comestibles with regular entertainment for the eyes, ears, and feet, including weekly karaoke and dancing nights. Patrons can prepare themselves to sing like a bird with platters of Cronies' locally famous jumbo chicken wings ($7.99 for 10 wings), doused in secret spices before fried until golden. Homemade onion strings ($5.99) and garlic poppers ($5.99) further hone hand-mouth coordination so that customers can safely attack fully loaded sandwiches such as the 2/3-pound Crony burger ($9.49), topped with grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, BBQ barbecue sauce, and cheddar cheese ($9.49). An all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar ($6.99) pleases leaf lovers with hot and cold plates of omnivorous treats, and Southwestern favorites such as beef or chicken quesadillas ($7.99–$8.99) and grilled shrimp fajitas ($14.99) satisfy south-of-the-border taste buds residing in the lower chin.
JAKS on South Park buzzes with the sounds of Vegas-style slot machines and live entertainment on the weekends. Amid its lineup of exciting accents, the venue gratifies bellies with a spread of hearty eats, including the JAKS monster burger, a one-third-pound patty loaded with bacon, ham, and american cheese. On Fridays, diners welcome the weekend by treating themselves to an all-you-can-eat fish fry or by carving into a T-bone or new york strip steak.
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.