Rockford Region Restaurant Week is back! 

Monday, January 24th - Sunday, January 30, 2022

During the Rockford Region Restaurant Week, your favorite local restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, brewers and bars will offer unique specials, deals, packages and experiences! 

There are flavorful specials for all palettes, contests, giveaways and the opportunity to safely (order to-go!). Help our small businesses continue to grow throughout 2022 and see how you can win big!

For details on Restaurant Week Awards Categories, to vote & chances for you to win a $100 gift card, click here.

Local business owner? If you are interested in submitting a special please email info@gorockford.com.


2022 Restaurant Week Specials


8th Ward Pub

8th Ward is a cozy, urban style pub offering a unique dining experience by providing an open-air atmosphere. We offer a tapas-style menu with specialty craft cocktails and a vast craft beer selection. A great place to unwind, refresh and socialize. Specials include, offering a bottle of wine with a charcuterie board for $40. Also their Ward 8 drink for $6. 

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Aero Ale House

American style gastropub located in Loves Park serving up fresh food and delicious beverages. In-person special includes $5 off for every $25 spent. 10% off any to-go purchase. 

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Baker Street Burgers

A welcoming space serving elevated burgers, mac and cheese, salads and sandwiches along with a full bar serving craft cocktails, craft brews and an impressive whiskey selection. To-go specials include, the BSB Special - Burger Shot and a Beer Carryout Special with every burger purchased, guests can add a shot and a beer for just 5 bucks. Choose from buffalo trace with Toppling Goliath pale ale, Wheatley vodka with Vandermill cider,  “The Industry” Fernet Branca with Miller High Life.

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Beef-A-Roo

Famously delicious, fast-casual restaurants offer fresh handmade meals at affordable prices. $1.00 off Avocado Turkey Jack Wrap or Sandwich. On social media they will be giving away a $150 catering package to a local company.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, January 30th.  

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Chilangos Authentic Mexican Cuisine (Rockford)

Everything you love about Mexican cuisine all in one place, including tacos, burritos, guacamole and tortilla recipes. Special includes, two enchilada rice and bean for $7.99 Taco Tuesday and Big burrito and fountain drink for $8.99. 

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Deli Italia

Pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, chicken dishes and seafood. Special includes, purchase any large cheese plus one topping and receive another of equal or lesser value for free.

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District Bar and Grill

Rockford’s only live music venue! Serving a wide variety of American fare, appetizers, salads, burgers, chicken sandwiches, wraps, paninis, mac ‘n cheeses and more! Special includes a free $10 e-gift card for the next visit with any food order in-person, or to-go over $30. 

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Elixir Juice Company

They do cold pressed juice! Elixir's base is fresh, organic and local. Special includes two cold pressed juice bottles for $15.

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Ernie's Midtown Pub

Their food is all 95% fresh never frozen made in house items that always have their own special twist. They have a unique Rockford themed atmosphere with one of the best beer and cocktail lists in town. They have been open a little over four months now. They will feature a special of Italian beef nachos, fried wonton chips with our slow roasted and sliced Italian beef, mozzarella cheese, peperoncini, marinara dipping sauce for $10,  jalapeño popper grilled cheese, freshly rolled and baked bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers, cheddar cheese grilled on Texas toast with house fried chips for $8.15 all week. Featured cocktails include, Ernie’s classic bourbon old fashioned - Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Ernie’s Simple Syrup/Bitters mix, Filthy Cherries, Oh Clementine - Rush Creek Vodka, Fresh Lemon Juice, Orange Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Rosemary. Featured beer includes, Pabst Blue Ribbon $3.

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The Firebarn

The food is as close to homestyle eating as possible. The creativity in the kitchen does not just say “I can cook”, it says “I love to cook”. They are known for their full bar with a constantly updated seasonal cocktail menu and local craft draft beers. They are known as the home of the rum bucket. The Firebarn is a fully restored barn, built in 1890. It has been converted to a full-service bar and family friendly restaurant. Located in downtown Durand, IL.

Specials include, but are not limited to: The Burger of the Week is the Barnyard Burger $11 - served with a side. Hand patty hamburger with a sausage patty on top, a fried egg and pepper jack cheese, topped with hollandaise sauce. Homemade fried pickle chips with a zesty ranch sauce $9. The pizza special of the week is the Spicy Hawaiian Pizza $12 (10 inch) – Topped with fresh pineapple, ham, onion, jalapeños, green peppers, bacon, and crushed red peppers. Thursday pizza and wings $15. Friday fish fry! Cod two or three piece grilled, baked and fried or Walleye two piece fried. Served soup or salad, vegetables and a choice of side. They recommend their homemade twice baked or au gratin. Friday surf and turf dinner $32 - 10oz ribeye with crab and shrimp. Soup or salad, vegetables, and choice of side. Saturday prime rib dinner $23 (10oz) or $26 (14oz). Add Blue Gill for $5 or order it as an appetizer for $9. Homemade baked French onion soup $4. Or $2 with meal. They also offer a variety of homemade desserts. Price varies. 

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Forest City Pub

A dine-in restaurant with a wide menu featuring burgers, pizza, pasta, salmon, ribeye steaks and lots of desserts. Their special for the Rockford Restaurant Week is their delicious cheeseburger with homemade chips for only $10. 

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Franchesco's 

Beauty, innovation, and culinary excellence only begin to describe Franchesco's Ristorante, one of the region's finest dining and banquet facilities. In 1986, 20 years after reaching the "Land of Opportunity", the Salamone Family opened the original Franchesco's with the dream of introducing our family's Sicilian history and traditions. Food preparation techniques, and recipes that were handed down over the last two centuries are certainly evident in our daily routine. At 93 years of age, Frank Salamone the family patriarch, continues to prepare his original sauces and dishes that have attracted guests from all corners of our country. After 33 years of striving towards culinary perfection, our latest generation of Salamones guarantees your experience at any of our restaurants will be unique, as well as exemplary. Join us as we visit our family's most memorable event of the day, 'DINNER', where every sitting is always considered a feast. Now introducing a live pasta wheel in our main dining room on Friday and Saturday nights! 

Another one of a kind dining experience from Franchesco's! Their chef will prepare a delicious, creamy, cheesy pasta appetizer like nothing you've ever tasted before, pasta formaggio parmaggiano.

They always feature amazing carryout specials right through our very own carryout window.  Just $14.95 for their pasta family special which includes 1/2 gallon spaghetti or mostaccioli, special salad, and a two-liter of Pepsi, or our pizza family special which includes, one large cheese pizza, special salad and two-liter of Pepsi.

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Garrett's Restaurant and Bar

Established in 2000, Garrett's opens at 11 a.m. serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Their full-service bar offers 16 local and craft draft beers, a full wine list and cocktail menu. Their food menu is a fusion of fresh seafood, sandwiches, salads, house-made pastas and fresh meats. Family-friendly and located on the Golf Shack Driving Range, the best outdoor patio in Rockford! Special includes, add a bottle of featured wine to any dine-in or carry-out order for $12 (must be 21+ yrs). $6 Dynamite Shrimp Appetizer all week! Check-in to Garrett's on your Facebook Page for chance to win $50 gift certificate (Jan 24 - Jan 30)

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Güzel Restaurant 

Focused on Middle Eastern Food, the special includes a whole roasted chicken stuffed with rice, bread, hummus and baba ghanog for only $25!

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Halo Cupcake

A storefront bakery offering cupcakes, bars, cookies, custom cakes, wedding cakes and sweet tables! This year's tasting box will have one each of our buttercream filled sugar cookie sandwiches, an eclair, a salted caramel cheesecake bar, and a bag of their Oreo popcorn for $15!

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Irish Rose

The Irish Rose is a cozy downtown restaurant & saloon known for using only the freshest and best quality meat, seafood, & produce. These are hand-picked from the markets in Chicago twice a week, never frozen. We take pride in our all-scratch cooking and preservative-free!

In-person special includes, complimentary bread spread plate appetizer with purchase of any bottle of wine. This signature appetizer includes fresh home-made baguette, fresh home-made basil pesto, fresh home-made tomato pesto and freshly grated parmesan cheese topped with imported extra virgin olive oil from Italy. To-go special includes, soup, salad & bread plate, home-made soup of the day or home made vegan chili, their mixed green house salad with your choice of blue cheese dressing or basil or French vinaigrette topped with fresh tomato wedge and their signature bread spread plate appetizer with home made baguette for two people for $15.95  This signature appetizer includes fresh home made basil pesto, fresh home made tomato pesto and freshly grated parmesan cheese topped with imported extra virgin olive oil from Italy.  

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Katie's Cup

Katie’s Cup is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit coffee bar, bookstore, and event space located in the heart of the Midtown District on the ground floor of the historic Lantow Building, one of the greenest buildings in the Rockford area. They are deeply committed to supporting the revitalization efforts of the Midtown District through education, engagement and the assembly of community members from all walks of life to assist in bridging the issues that divide us. Every purchase made in-person and online supports our efforts and allows us to continue serving the community through multiple low and no-cost programs, public events, community partnerships and provides a safe, welcoming and affirming space for all. 

The Restaurant Week meal deal includes buffalo chicken salad sandwich, choice of side, cookie and specialty coffee drink for only $10.99. Salted Caramel Mocha specialty coffee drink for $3.99.

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LimaMar

Peruvian fare with the culinary expertise of Chef Rossana. They are going offer a special menu for restaurant week with some new dishes and cocktails specifically for restaurant week. They will be offering family combos on their carry out menu and with Grub Hub and DoorDash.

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Lino's Restaurant

Atmospheric Italian restaurant with Leaning Tower inspired decor & a menu of pizza, pasta & more. An In-person special includes, 1/2 off Graze Box, an assortment of cured meats, cheeses, olives, and fruit. Free upgrade to our homemade gelato with the purchase of a meal, flavors vary. The to-go special includes, $17.95 large one-topping pizza special, including special salad for two, and two-liter soda 1/2 off Graze Box, an assortment of cured meats, cheeses, olives, and fruit. Add any bottle of Battista Select Wine for $8   (cabernet, merlot, white zinfandel, chardonnay)

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Little Nick's BBQ

Rib Tip Special - One whole rib tip that’s been slow-smoked over a hickory and pecan fire for 5-7 hours with your choice of two Little Nick’s side dishes. $12.99.

2 Meat Lunch Combo - Your choice of brisket, pork, chicken, or polish served with fries and your choice of any side. Served Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $12.99.

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Lucha Cantina

At Lucha Cantina they take the stress out of choosing where to eat by offering food, drinks and experience that you, your family and your friends will feel good about. For the first time ever Lucha Cantina is offering a 'Best Of' appetizer and a 'Best Of' taco sampler. The 'Best Of' appetizer sampler includes portions of our elote dip, chicken flautas, fried calamari & our popular Lucha tots. The 'Best Of' taco platter includes a serrano steak taco, a Hawaiian shrimp taco & a chicken fajita taco along with our smashed black beans and cilantro rice.

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Magpie

Fresh. Local. Tasty. They will be featuring their Elvis French toast (bacon, peanut butter and caramelized bananas) and three mimosas (wintermosa, mellowmosa and anti-aging mimosa). Also introducing the Magpie Cristo (turkey, ham, Swiss, chipotle House Jam)!

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Mamma Mia's

Local mom-and-pop shop serving up hand-made pizzas! To-go special includes a large one-topping pizza for $8.99.

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Murphy's Pub and Grill

We serve authentic Irish meals and popular local food items as wings, burgers, pizza. We do have great options for every dietary need. Family-friendly with weekend entertainment. Our daily dine-in specials:  Monday-Taco's, Tuesday-Irish lamb Dip, Wednesday-Rueben, Thursday-Salads, Friday-AYCE fish, Saturday-appetizers, Sunday-rib bucket. To-go special includes, Free delivery on all orders placed directly to Murphy's Pub and Grill!

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The Norwegian

Creative team of locals serving brunch with a Scandinavian flare, and a new dinner menu every week. They strive to be inclusive in our practices, conscious in our consumption and active in our community. They will be running $5 specials all week. For breakfast: daily rotating flavors of æbleskiver (Danish pancake balls) for $5. For lunch: choice of 5 house soups, each just $5.  For anybody who is unable to pay, please ask for "soup on the house," and we'll give you a bowl, no questions asked.  For dinner: personal candle-lit pan of hot raclette cheese from Switzerland for $5.

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Octane

For Restaurant Week, they will be featuring pork lumpia eggrolls and sweet chili fried chicken bao!

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The Olympic Tavern

The Olympic Tavern is running some classics that our guests have been demanding we bring back to the menu: $7 Beer Battered Onion Rings, $13 No Bread Fred, $16 Crab Rangoon Pizza, $21 Smoked & Grilled Bone In Pork Chop with bourbon maple glaze, $9 Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel w/cream cheese vanilla bean icing. Plus, we're running $1.50 raw oysters (selection changes daily) and a different $4 pint of beer and a $4 whiskey shot every day!

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Onyx Bar and Grill

Local neighborhood establishment serving cold drinks and beers as well as freshly prepared American fare including appetizers, burgers, chicken sandwiches, club sub sandwiches, big salads and more! Special includes, 25% off all food items in-person and 25% off all to-go orders.

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Panino's

The Panizza® 4-pack for $18.99, including two cinnabreads with icing for free!
No more arguing over pizza toppings! Everyone can have their own when you get 2 cheese PANIZZAS® and 2 PANIZZAS® with one topping. Extra toppings add $0.75 each. And during Restaurant Week, you get two cinnabreads with icing free when you mention this promo! Offer cannot be used with Doordash or Grubhub. Please mention 2022 Restaurant Week to receive the deal.

Their Drive Throughs are open and ready to serve you at 5403 E. State Street and 2725 N. Main Street.

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Prairie Street Brewing Co.

Historic brewpub located on the banks of the Rock River. Focused on delicious hand-crafted food and beer! They also have numerous event spaces for small meetings to large weddings. Cheers! The Restaurant Week special includes Far East features - PSB Ramen, Hiyashi Chuka (cold ramen), Plant Based Crispy Tofu Udon, Korean Fried Chicken and togarashi waffle fries!

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The Pomodoro

Fresh, Italian cuisine, seafood, steaks, New York style pizza, delicious cocktails and an amazing wine selection. In-person specials include, Pomodoro Campione (Pomodoro Sampler in Italian), bruschetta, fried mozzarella, coconut shrimp, arancini bites for $18. To-go special includes, $1 Bottle of House Wine with every two entrees.

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Salamone's Cherry Valley

A locally owned Italian family restaurant providing the area with their family recipes for the past 21 years. Their specialty appetizers, pastas and award winning pizzas are a must when dining with them. Come for the food and the experience. They pride themselves on giving the best service, making everyone feel like part of our family. Dine-in special includes, buy any appetizer at full price get one of equal or lesser value half off. The to-go special includes, Feed the Fam - 16" cheese (two topping) pizza, garlic cheese bread for only $20 plus tax and delivery fee if applicable, not valid with any other offer.

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Salamone's North

Dine-in special includes, buy any appetizer at full price get one of equal or lesser value half off. The to-go special includes, Feed the Fam - 16" cheese (two topping) pizza, garlic cheese bread for only $20 plus tax and delivery fee if applicable, not valid with any other offer.

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Shooter's Bar and Grill

One of Rockford’s best entertainment venues located inside Don Carter Lanes that has a full bar, taproom and full service restaurant, bowling center and arcade. The in-person special includes a $10.99 Bomb Burger, two 1/3 lbs patties, swiss cheese, bacon,  cheese curds, lettuce, tomato topped with chipotle mayo served with fries. $4 pints of 815 Different not Broken (tangerine vanilla cream ale with all sales to benefit autistic children in the 815 area). The to-go specials include a $18.99 20 Boneless wings and fries (all one flavor or split 10 and 10). Wing Sauce Flavors: 4 Alarm (Mild), Southwest Ranch (mild), 7 Alarm (Med), Southwest Ranch (med), 10 Alarm (Stupid), Garlic Parmesan Red sauce (mild), BBQ, Garlic Parmesan Red Sauce (med), Garlic Parmesan/Butter Sauce, Hot BBQ, Mango Habanero, Teriyaki and Cajun.

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Spider Sushi at Harrison

They have sushi, hibachi and rices that are to die for. They also deliver within eight miles. The special includes, 25% off on select items from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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Stockyard Rock Burger Bar

A Rock ‘N Roll Burger Bar featuring live music from local Rockford rock bands. Serving cold beer and drinks along with freshly prepared burger creations, salads, wraps, and more! They have a full arcade room for adults and for kids! The special includes, 15% off all food items in-person and 15% off all to-go orders.

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Thunder Bay Grille

Specials include, crab stuffed catfish, cedar plank salmon, chicken paillard, chicken or shrimp jambalaya, 24 hour ribs, filet medallion trio and prime rib. 

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Tower Kitchen & Bar

Be inspired by their unique menu and industrial chic décor. Located in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront, their American style kitchen and bar is the perfect place to sit back, relax and unwind. Explore the debut of their new "pick two" lunch menu featuring some of your favorites along with fresh new options! Introductory pricing during Restaurant Week is $13.50. Options include: cup of soup de jour, cup of homemade chili, petit salad of choice, queso blanco mac n' cheese, ½ Tower gourmet grilled cheese on artisan bread, ½ Tower grilled roast beef and swiss on artisan bread with au jus, BBQ pork sliders (two), prime beef sliders (two). Open for lunch 7 days a week! Be sure to ask your server about their full menu of options while you're there!

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Wammy's Kitchen

Everything made from scratch with the freshest ingredients possible. Upscale casual in-house dining or carryout. Featuring the famous Wammy burger, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, turkey burgers, grilled bone-in cowboy pork chop, pearl specialty salad, chicken wings, foot long Polish sausage, and so much more. Each order comes with fries or onion rings.

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Wired Cafe

Located in downtown, Rockford  they will be participating with $1 off our box lunches with the mention of Restaurant week. Box lunches consist of sandwich of choice, two sides (Mrs Fisher's chips, fruit or raw veggies with ranch dip) and a homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie.

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Woodfire

Wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas and rustic Italian small plates. They will be debuting two new pizzas during restaurant week which include the Bourbon Street: spicy crawfish with creole sauce, fresh mozzarella, green peppers and red onions and the Teriyaki Porchetta: house made teriyaki with slow roasted pulled pork, pickled onion, ginger & sesame seeds  And bringing back a favorite, house made pasta: Roman-style gnocchi with ox-tail ragu.

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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Every Lou Malnati’s pizza is handmade from scratch using the finest and freshest ingredients. Every year, the Malnati team hand selects California vine-ripened tomatoes for the perfect sweet and tangy taste. The exclusive sausage blend is seasoned to our exact specifications. The fresh mozzarella cheese comes from the same small dairy that has supplied Lou Malnati’s for over 40 years. And their family’s secret recipe for flaky, buttery crust has been passed down from generation to generation. You’ll know with every bite that each pizza was made with care and special attention. They are a carryout/delivery business only and do not have dine in. Specials include, $10 off $25 minimum purchase. Online code: RRRW22$10

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The Machine Shed

Specials include, breakfast for $9 per person and features the Plowman's Favorite, the Shed's Omelet, Cakes and Everything Breakfast, Classic French Toast with Bacon. Their lunch specials include for $9 per person, Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, Barbequed Beef Brisket Sandwich, Chicken Bacon Dijon Sandwich, Classic Reuben, Smoked Turkey Reuben. Finally, the dinner special features a two course dinner for $16 per person and includes, Old Fashioned Pot Roast, Cattleman's Sirloin Tips, Hand-battered Chicken Tender Dinner, Grilled Chicken Breast Dinner, Classic Fried Chicken, Parmesan Crusted America's Cut, Plowman's Meatloaf Dinner and Roast Turkey and Dressing. 

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