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Restaurant review: The Machine Shed in Rockford, Illinois. Offers great steaks, and a down home country environment that reaches back to the past.

By Aaron Hanania

AaronHananiaHeadShot1smlrThe restaurant Machine Shed I went to in Rockford is at the intersection of Bell School Road and State street. On the exterior, they have quite a few large machines that were once used for farming.

I thought by the name that there would be more things inside having to do with machines.

When you first walk through the door, there is a very large gift shop.They sold a bunch of things including cookies, plates and chinaware and even John Deere farming toys and nick knacks.  We were walked to our table, though the pretty large restaurant.

It’s a lot bigger on the inside than it seems from the outside. Since it was Saturday, my dad and I both tried the 18 ounce smoked prime rib called Hoss. They only serve the smoked prime rib steaks on Saturdays. My mom got 1/2 Slab of ribs.

The Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford, Illinois
The Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford, Illinois

A cool minor thing about the restaurant is that they serve water and drinks in clear glass mason jars. They also had some cool antique signs and advertisements hanging on the walls.

It took under 20 minutes for the food to come.  My dad and I were immersed in a way about writing when the food came. We were racing to beat each other to be the first to post and write a review. I’m 99.99% sure I won because I wrote this while sitting at the restaurant.  Our steaks were larger than I was expecting. I forgot that I ordered a
smoked steak, so when I first ate it When It did come I thought it tasted a bit like ham. It was pretty good though. The flavor is rate about 6 out of 10 based on other steaks I’ve had. The eatability of it was a solid 8 of 10, 10 being very easy to eat. Pricing for the 18 ounce steak was $26. My mom and dad both liked their food.

Would I recommend this restaurant? Yes because the pricing was good and the food was good. They also had a nice array of  menu choices.  Overallis rate this restaurant 6.8 out of 10.

Potato soup at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford, Illinois
Potato soup at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford, Illinois
Soft drinks served in a Mason Jar at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford, Illinois
Soft drinks served in a Mason Jar at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford, Illinois
Steak from the Machine Shed Restaurant
Steak from the Machine Shed Restaurant
Prime rib from the Machine Shed Restaurant
Prime rib from the Machine Shed Restaurant

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