The Best Brunch Spots In Rockford

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Shay Lee

Rockford, Illinois is a thriving city with a booming brunch scene that is sure to delight food enthusiasts. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, starting your day with a delicious brunch is a must. To help you make the most of your dining experience, we’ve curated a fresh guide to Rockford’s top 10 brunch spots. After indulging in mouthwatering dishes, you’ll be energized and ready to explore all that this vibrant area has to offer. Join us as we embark on a culinary journey through Rockford’s best brunch destinations, where delectable flavors and charming atmospheres await.

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Eggclusive Cafe

Eggclusive Cafe is a modern open air cafe. Their menu offers a spin on omelets, wraps and breakfast sandwiches, and the cocktail menu consists of Jamaican cobbler, mimosa, bloody Mary, Caribbean champagne and strawberry blonde. The cafe is located on the northern end of Dekalb County through cornfields.

Egg Harbor Cafe

Egg Harbor Cafe serves gourmet breakfast and lunch meals. Egg Harbor Cafe has eighteen locations. Their menu includes scramblers, Benedicts, omelets, pancakes, crepes, roll-ups, sandwiches, soups and salads.

Johnny Pamcakes

Johnny Pamcakes is decorated in an old-fashioned way – the cushions and tables are worn, but this doesn’t distract from the delicious meals. The Swedish pancakes and omelets are loved by customers; each pancake is made with care, which is why they come out so fluffy. The omelets are filled with cheese, meat and vegetables and will leave most customers feeling completely satisfied.

Fresco at the Gardens

Fresco at the Gardens offers a wide range of breakfast and lunch options. The restaurant designed the menu to support health and nutrition. Their juices are freshly squeezed and the food offers organic, vegan and vegetarian options. Fresco partners with local suppliers to give visitors an amazing experience. Customers can get their salads, wraps, parfaits, bagels and scones to go if they choose not to dine in.

Meg’s Daily Grind

Meg’s Daily Grind serves coffee, pastries, light lunches, desserts, fruit smoothies, ice coffee and tea. The coffee is ordered weekly to ensure customers’ orders are fresh. During holidays, Meg’s offers gift baskets for corporations, friends and family. The first Friday after Labor Day the shop holds Meg’s Golf Playday, which allows customers and their friends and family to play golf and donate money to charities.


In 1958, International House of Pancakes (IHOP) opened its doors to the public. It started as a family business which continues to serve amazing pancakes and other breakfast items, lunch and dinner. When dining at the famous restaurant, customers connect over breakfast, study breaks, sporting events and other activities. The staff takes time to ensure visitors receive great service. IHOP’s philosophy is customers should come as they are, savor every minute spent in the establishment, go with the flow and be their selves. Customers can choose to enjoy breakfast any time of the day, but if breakfast isn’t what they want, they can enjoy steak entrees, pastas, tilapia and chicken parmesan. The desserts are amazing: sundaes and crepes are great after lunch or dinner.

The Sister’s Cafe

The Sister’s Cafe isn’t just a restaurant, it is also a recipe website. The sisters are five women who love to bake and cook for their friends and family. Their names are Melanie, Brittany, Mindy, Erin and Amy. Sister’s Cafe’s menu includes pancakes, waffles, pot roasts, chipotle marinade and chili.

Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay is a bar, steak and burger restaurant. Popular dishes include chicken quesadilla, crispy calamari, flatbread, salad, sandwiches, pork chops and ribs. Staff are friendly and efficient and Thunder Bay is a relaxed environment, perfect for a catch-up with family and friends.

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