American traditions are still alive and well in the Midwest. Especially at this restaurant that is not that far away from Rockford.

Hank's Farm Restaurant is in Ottawa, IL. Yes, it is a barn that has been converted to a restaurant.

Here is the history of how the establishment came about:

"What started as a neighborhood tavern in Naplate 1941 by Hank Mucci, was bought by the Allen family in 1975. After outgrowing the original location, the "Barn" became available in 1985. After it's short life as a smorgasbord in this converted dairy barn created by Jack Hillard it was bought by the family. "Hank's Fine Food" then made the move & became "Hank's Farm". Our families have continued to grow & improve the restaurant & grounds. We strive to bring excellent food in a warm & rustic atmosphere."

Alice K. Via Yelp

This place is known for their delicious food. Gina C. of Chicago was very impressed after a trip to Starved Rock.

"Stopped in Hanks after a long hike at Starved Rock and it didn't disappoint! Started off with the crab cakes for app and they were fantastic!!! For dinner I had the breaded cod which was enormous and my b/f had the fried chicken accompanied by a hefty slice of watermelon. Both included a trip to the salad bar which had a ton of options. (Loved the block of cheese and bean salad) The BEST part of the meal was the side of mashed potatoes...hands down the BEST mashed potatoes I've ever had in my life! I could of just ordered a side of that and been satisfied! Our server Kim was super polite and friendly! A great place to eat with a ton of options! Thanks Hanks!"

Alice K Via Yep

Another great feature of Hank's is the Sunday Brunch. For only $16.99 you can have everything from oysters to french toast sticks. I would love to try out the 16 foot dessert bar.

Paul S. Via Yelp

They also have unique shops next door. Whether it is the day before Christmas or the middle of July, they have a Christmas shop year round. Maybe you are looking for a unique costume for Halloween or any special occasion. There is also a costume shop that you can rent outfits.

It isn't often that you get to experience eating in a barn like they did back many years ago. I feel this is a family experience that shouldn't be missed.