LOCAL CUISINE

FREEPORT IS HOME TO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF FOOD FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. FIND OLD AND NEW FAVORITES TO TRY FOR A TASTE OF FREEPORT AND STEPHENSON COUNTY.

312 BEEF & SAUSAGE

Sharing good food with family and friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures and is among 312 Beef & Sausage highest values. Self-deemed as “your neighborhood beef, sausage and hot dog joint,” this quick carry out stand wants to give you the Chicago experience 100 miles West of the big city! Try a classic Chicago-style dog or a juicy Italian Beef with au jus and add fresh cut French fries to taste what they’re talking about.

ADDRESS:

116 W Douglas St.
Freeport, IL 61032

CANNOVA’S ITALIAN CUISINE

Voted #1 Romantic Restaurant in Illinois by Only in Your State, this family-owned restaurant and piano lounge prides itself on award winning pizza, pasta, steak, seafood and more. Friday and Saturday nights feature live music.

ADDRESS:

1101 W Empire St.
Freeport, IL 60132

CIMINO’S LITTLE ITALY

Whether seated in the dining room lined with murals of ancient Rome or under the stars in the enclosed atrium, you’ll experience authentic flavor at Cimino’s Little Italy. Serving pizza, pasta and sandwiches, Cimino’s celebrates delicious food, family roots and Italian pastimes. Make any pizza a 24-inch “Hurricane Pizza” with the toppings of your choice.

ADDRESS:

421 Challenge St.
Freeport, IL 61032

HILLDALE

Proudly located in historic downtown Freeport, Hillsdale serves sizable deli sandwiches, pretzel-dawgs, soups from scratch and one-of-a-kind, homemade pretzel-crusted cheesecakes. Dine in or carry out, stop in for daily specials and to peruse the retail store next door. 

ADDRESS:

30 W Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032

IMPERIAL  PALACE

Enjoy family dining in an impressive oriental atmosphere at this local community favorite that has been serving the Freeport community for over three decades. Voted ‘Best Ethnic Food’ in the Region 22 years in a row. Specializing in Mandarin, Szechuan and Hunan cuisine, the dinner menu boasts over 100 entree selections. Lunch specials are served daily. All entrees are made-to-order from the freshest produce and highest quality ingredients. American and children’s menus are available. Enjoy one of our delicious home-made appetizers while sipping on a refreshing cocktail from the bar. Ample parking, handicap accessible with banquet seating up to 40. Quick carry-out service with complimentary business delivery available 11am-2pm ($40 minimum). Open 7 days a week. Reservations welcome but not required. Gift cards available.

ADDRESS:

1735 S Ihm Boulevard
Freeport, IL 61032

MANNY’S PIZZA

From custom-made pizzas to enticing Mexican food, Manny’s in Freeport has many dishes from which to choose. Located on the southern commercial end of Freeport, Manny’s serves an assortment of entrees out of their cozy dining room, including an all-you-can eat-buffet, with a relaxing patio area out back.

ADDRESS:

1726 S West Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032

MARIA’S PIZZA

Enjoy cheesy pizza, creamy pasta and tangy wings tossed in a homemade sauce in this local diner-style pizzeria. Maria’s menu offers a range of favorites including sandwiches, chicken dinners and hearty salads.

ADDRESS:

922 W Galena Ave.
Freeport, IL 60132

PUB 219

This small pub located in historic Downtown Freeport is newly renovated and housed in the old PJ’s Stephenson Street Station. The bar offers a variety of local drafts, wine and cheese. Their dining menu includes appetizers, sandwiches and wraps.

ADDRESS:

219 E Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032

RAFTER’S RESTAURANT, CATERING & EVENTS

On US 20 near Lena, inside a large red barn that is hard to miss when driving past, Rafter’s Restaurant offers a full menu including steaks, pasta, seafood, burgers and more. Rafter’s is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Stick around to Shop at The Red Barn gift shop or grab a craft beer at nearby Lena Brewing Company.

ADDRESS:

9426 W Wagner Rd.
Lena, IL 61048

ROSATI’S

New to Freeport is the popular chain serving real Chicago-style pizza and authentic Italian flavors. Saverio “Sam” Rosati always said, “Give the people what they want,” which is why everything Rosati’s does is rooted in using real ingredients to create real Chicago pizza. Their distinct recipe gives you the taste the tradition of authentic Italian flavor in every bite.

ADDRESS:

2725 IL-26
Freeport, IL 61032