Rockford’s Stockholm Inn — inside Rockford Plaza Shopping Center at 2420 Charles St. — has been named an “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” recipient.
The award, given by the Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT), honors local food establishments around the state that are beloved destinations for visitors and locals alike.
Stockholm Inn is among a select group of Illinois establishments to receive the unique designation. All award winners receive a certificate from the state and a window cling to inform diners of the state designation.
Jen Hoelzle, Illinois State Travel director, explained: “From family-owned restaurants with long and storied histories to the hottest new cuisines in the world, Illinois has emerged as a premier culinary destination for both domestic and international visitors. The ‘Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination’ award honors those restaurants that are authentically Illinois, making a trip to the state unforgettable.”
Stockholm Inn is a locally owned and operated restaurant that has served the Rockford region since 1968. Popular with locals and visitors, this restaurant’s menu and decor echoes Rockford’s Swedish heritage.
In addition to American food, Stockholm Inn prepares Swedish pancakes with imported lingonberries, Swedish meatballs and other favorites.
Stockholm Inn is also home of the Lingonberry Gift Shop with “the best Scandinavian gifts in the world.”
“Stockholm Inn is a true favorite among locals and very deserving of this great award,” said Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO John Groh. “We are fortunate to have had this delicious eatery in the Rockford Region for over 45 years.”
Many travelers come to Illinois because of the state’s flourishing restaurant scene. According to a 2013 D.K. Shifflet & Associates Study, nearly one-third of leisure travelers to Illinois reported participating in a unique “culinary experience” as a key part of their vacation, proving culinary offerings are a key motivator for travel.
To be considered for an award, restaurants must be nominated by a Convention & Visitors Bureau, community member or Enjoy Illinois social media fan. The nominee must be a one-of-a-kind restaurant that is authentic to Illinois and an established part of its community. Only restaurants in Illinois will be considered for the “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award, which is chosen by IOT.
Stockholm Inn can be reached at (815) 397-3534 or online at www.stockholminn.com.
From the Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014, issue