Every morning at City Limits Diner and Pancake House begins the same way: the staff unlocks the doors at 6 a.m. and regulars eventually file into their partitioned booths for steaming coffee and homestyle diner classics. Alternating between breakfast and lunch like a picnic on the International Date Line, the cooks fill their griddles with eggs and regular or multigrain pancakes before stirring pots of homemade soups and chili. The extensive menu embraces comfort foods from around the world, placing gyros and crepes alongside American classics such as freshly grilled hamburgers and biscuits with sausage gravy.
Ski's provides a flavorful foray into authentic, Polish-American edible delights with a variety of hearty comfort food. Feel free to solicit the culinary advice of the friendly servers as you scan the menu. The golden-brown sauerkraut balls ($5.99, lunch) are deep-fried concoctions of diced ham and sweet and sour cabbage that create an accordion concerto in your digestive music hall and act as a delectable lead-in to the Chicken a la Ski Bake ($8.99 lunch, $10.99 dinner) and its cheese and cream flow atop mashed potatoes, vegetables, and chicken. Sample the family-recipe potato pancakes ($5.99 lunch, $7.99 dinner) or colonize a mound of mashed potatoes and gravy with a juicy kielbasa sausage ($7.99 lunch, $11.99 dinner).
The culinary wizards at Sidelines cook up hearty helpings of pub grub that patrons can discover on the extensive menu. Limber chomping muscles for a marathon meal with starters such as zesty battered and fried pub pickles ($5.79) or garbage fries, a savory mélange of bacon, tomatoes, and jalapenos lounging atop a bed of waffle fries and blanketed in melted mozzarella and cheddar cheeses ($7.59). The selection of five pizzas allows diners to indulge their craving for a disk without having to endure the gamey texture of a frisbee. Table visitors can also wrap tongues around the Porkzilla sandwich, staffed by grilled ham, slow-cooked pulled pork, and bacon ($8.99), or munch on the Knock-Out burger, a bunless wonder that packs the space between two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon and a half-pound steak burger patty ($9.79). Feel free to lubricate a parched palate by sipping one of the beers cascading from the Sidelines tap, such as Labatt, Killian's, and Blue Moon.
Quimby's dinner menu is stuffed with more upscale American fare than Abe Lincoln’s top hat was stuffed with money. Meaty morsels include an 8 oz. herb-encrusted filet mignon ($19.99), a rib dinner ($12.99 for a half rack), and The Delmonico, a 14 oz. center-cut rib-eye steak topped with onion straws ($15.99). Pasta, seafood, gourmet burgers, and a selection of eclectic home-style eats (such as jambalaya, $10.99, and Italian meatloaf, $9.99) round out the selection. Treat your sweet tooth to homemade crème brûlée ($5.99), and you’ll hear it serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics. Enjoyment of Quimby's delectable eats and comfortable, neighborhoody atmosphere is amplified by [weekend musical performances] (http://quimbysfoodandspirits.com/currentevents.htm).
True to its name, Restaurant Pacific traverses the Asian continent with dishes that borrow from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other culinary traditions. Chefs transform fresh ingredients and spices into time-honored traditional recipes but also create their own interpretations of classic flavors. The menu includes sushi and sashimi, Chinese chicken dishes with zesty seasonings, teriyaki steak and Mongolian beef, and spicy Korean and Japanese noodle soups. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.
The Roadhouse's neon sign may be what initially attracts passersby, but the house-made specialty burgers, chili, and live music keep them there late into the night. In addition to from-scratch comfort favorites, the Swanton hangout has a few tricks up its sleeves, such as steaks and slow-cooked roast beef with mashed potatoes. When it's warm outside, many guests choose to dine on the large outdoor patio, which features a full bar and plenty of space for bands to set up.