You and I both know that there are a lot of amazing restaurants in Rockford; but every now and then, if you're like me, you get the itch to try something new.

Maybe you just get in the car, start driving and hit up any cute little diner that you see on the side of the road; or maybe you already have a place where you make a pilgrimage to at least once or twice a year, just for the cheesecake.

Whatever kind of food you desire, you should make it a point to get out and try something new from time to time.

Get out of Rockford for a day and try one of these ten places that are definitely worth the drive...according to you.

1. Village Tavern & Grill, Schaumburg.

2. Gene and Judes, River Grove. Best hot dogs you will ever eat.

3. Vinny Vannuchi's, Galena

4. Texas DeBrazil at Woodfield

5. Carnivale, Chicago

6. Brick House Tavern + Tap, Downers Grove 

7. El Niagra, Woodstock

8. Kopp's, Milwaukee

9. Sushi Station, Elgin

10. Forequarter, Madison.

What restaurants are you willing to make the drive for?

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