The 10 Best Brunch Spots In Rockford

Photo of Shay Lee
21 November 2016

Rockford is booming with fantastic brunch spots: enjoy our guide to the top 10 before exploring all this area has to offer.

Brunch table | Courtesy of Eggclusive Cafe

Eggclusive Cafe

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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

Cafe, American, $$$
Citizen Cake Omelette
Citizen Cake Omelette | © Michael Fletcher/Flickr
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.

Address & Telephone Number: 3700 E State St, Rockford, IL, USA +1 815 229 7415

Dandy Donuts

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Soup, $$$
Breakfast Sandwich Tray
Breakfast Sandwich Tray | Courtesy of Dandy Donuts
Dandy Donuts Coffee Cafe and Lunch Spot is characterized by freshness, sensible portions and good pricing. Dandy Donuts is a great place for business meetings, lunch gatherings and for relaxing. The restaurant offers a unique, nutritious and delicious oatmeal bar. Customers can choose to use a cup or bowl of whole oats. They can top the oatmeal with fresh fruit, nuts, granola, raisins, cranberries or coconut. There is also low fat yogurt at the bar. Each day, the restaurant offers a soup of the day – the various soups are Mary’s chili, broccoli cheese medley, minestrone, chicken noodle, stuffed pepper, beef vegetable and New England clam chowder.

Fresco at the Gardens

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Mahi Mahi tacos
Mahi Mahi tacos | Courtesy of 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.
Address & Telephone Number: 1141 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL, USA, +1 815 316 8785


Restaurant, American
IHOP | © Mike Mozart/Flickr
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

Restaurant, American
Oatmeal cookie dip
Oatmeal cookie dip | Courtesy of 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

Restaurant, American, $$$
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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