Coming into Rockford, Illinois from I-90 along a strip of motels and big box stores, one would not imagines that a few miles further one will come to a magic spot near the Rock River - a Japanese garden said to be the finest in North America. We sipped sake at the Garden's Seasons restaurant as we watched a fierce but brief thunder storm. We also enjoyed an excellent dinner as the sun set.
Tonight, September 22, we ate at Brio, a small plate restaurant in an antique 1879 building in downtown Rockford. Highlights of the dinner were Roast Elk and Tempura Asparagus. All six plates were delicious.