Scanning the web I noticed something called "The Best Hole-in-the-Wall Diner in Every State."

Flipping through the pages on MSN I landed on Illinois. They said Daley's Restaurant in Chicago is the "Best Hole-in-the-Wall Diner" in Illinois.


One of Chicago's best greasy spoons, according to Eater ChicagoDaley's serves old-school favorites like patty melts, steer's liver, and roast turkey breast, plus a dizzying list of daily specials. The famed eatery moved to a new location across the street from its previous site this year.

I'm sure Daley's Restaurant is pretty great but how many of us in Rockford will make it to Chicago to try it?

Because of that, I figured I would get you a list of Rockford "Hole-in-the-Wall Diners" that you could try instead.

I used Yelp for a little bit of help.

Here are some of the best hole-in-the-wall diners in Rockford.

1. Smokehouse Barbecue, 432 West Harrison Avenue

Deanne S.:

I was a little leary of going to this little hole in the wall, but it was one of the best BBQ joints I have been too!   The service is great too, plenty of friendly faces here! Get there early because they run out of food! Had the Showboat, ribs and chicken....all excellent!   We will definitely be back!

2. Sandwich Factory, 2203 Charles Street

Yelp user Patrick B.

Tammy T:

I love this hole in the wall spot! Their rib tips are sooooo good! Very tender & smothered in some decent bbq sauce.

3. 15th & Chris, 201 15th Avenue


We were in the area for some adventuring and had to find a place to eat fast. Yelp suggested this place, and we were off! Once we pulled up, I didn't think much of the place- it looked small, a hole in the wall more than anything. However, once we entered, I realized I was totally wrong.

4. Buddy's Burgers. 6551 East Riverside Boulevard

Michael G.:

Ate here during soccer tournament. Wow what a great place! Freshly made burgers made to order plus a great variety of sides. Hand cut fries! Exceptional food ! Would eat here again in a second! Great little hole in the wall place for a great burger!

My methodology: Use Yelp and in quotes, Hole-in-the-Wall to find the four best in Rockford. I also used my brain to rank the eateries.

What is your favorite hole in the wall diner? Tell us!

Sweet Lenny is the brand manager of 97ZOK, Q98.5, and Operations Manager for Townsquare Media Rockford. Catch him afternoons 3 to 7 on 97ZOK. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and like his page on Facebook.