Rockford’s oldest restaurant, Der Rathskeller, obtained its first liquor license for $225.00, a hefty sum when it opened in 1931, at the end of Prohibition. It serves imported German beer and traditional foods like brats and Wiener Schnitzel served with Lyonnaise potatoes. The Wiener Schnitzel is delicious (though I’d choose something else if you don’t approve of veal). As for beer, I had the Franziskaner Weissbier, a light, lemon-accented wheat beer.
On a Friday or Saturday night, Der Rathskeller is a busy place. The bier garden is open during the summer. Prices vary from reasonable to expensive ($4-8 for a beer, $10-25 for a meal at dinner).
1132 Auburn Street
Rockford, IL 61103
Der Rathskeller also have a Facebook page.