This past Thursday I drove from Rockford to Riddott Corners Tavern, at the intersection of Business 20 and Rock City Road. An easy 30 minute drive, and an easy place to find. (seriously nothing else around - you cannot miss it!) Having heard about this place for years, then reading a review of them in the Rockford Register Star, I knew I had to give it a try. Legend has it the fry griddle is seasoned with pickle juice. Freaky or flavorful? I wanted to find out.
I arrived during a very cold January lunch hour, the tavern dotted with a few farmers and construction workers. The owner was the only one working, hustling behind the bar and grilling at the same time. While this is a tavern in name, I would feel comfortable bringing my kids here for the lunch hour. I ordered a cheese burger (four types of cheese to choose from), a bag of chips and a beer. Hey, it's a tavern after all
The meat was cooked through, no pink, yet still juicy and flavorful. My only complaint is ... the cheese. I had pepper jack on mine. No jack flavor, no pepper bite. It was non-existent. How thick a slice of cheese is necessary to present its flavor against a beef burger? That is the conundrum.
Overall, I would give this place a four out of five stars. And the price? Two burgers, one bag of chips (local from a company in Freeport Illinois) and two beers, with tip~ just $18.00.
If you every find yourself heading west out of Rockford, for any reason, stop at Riddott Corners for a burger. You will thank me.