Bay City Smokehouse's chefs slather slow-roasted meats with signature sauces in a relaxed, Green Bay Packers–themed atmosphere. Hickory smoke envelops succulent ribs with plumes of piquant flavor ($16.95 for a half rack; $19.95 for a full rack), and secret-recipe Sassy Sauce imbues tender beef brisket ($11.95) and pulled pork ($11.25) with zesty spices and Dorothy Parker’s best bon mots. Other classic American fare such as creamy spinach and artichoke dip ($7.95) join the half-pound Ranchero burger ($7.95), which corrals jalapeño poppers, lettuce, and ranch dressing into a kaiser-roll stockade. Darts and a pool table dapple the floor of the lively sports bar, where 20 large televisions beam sports games across the room and vibrant wall murals depict great moments in Packers history, such as the day the color green was invented.
Housed in a complex of four different bars, Time Out scores points with game-day appetites with its hefty playbook of burgers, brews, wraps, wings, and more. Start meals off with a baked plate of potato skins filled with bacon and melted cheese ($5.25) or some pure Wisconsin white-cheddar cheese curds ($4.25). Hands free from inarticulate and accusatory foam fingers work their way through hills of chicken wings in portions of 12, 20, or 50 ($4.95–$14.95), coated in one of seven sauces ranging from money mustard to hot to psychically charged medium varieties. Burger-minded diners find pattyborne paradise in the Vince Lombardi melt, a pair of third-pound burgers stacked with slices of swiss and american cheese under a layer of fried onions on grilled rye ($7.95). Finish off the workweek with Time Out's Friday fish fry, in which platters of perch ($7.95) and shrimp ($7.95) provide a flaky, battered complement to a cold brew and springtime reruns of championship performances.
At Richard Craniums, the scent of no-frills tavern food mingling with the casual atmosphere encourages camaraderie with plenty of distractions to accompany the tavern food. Patrons cluster on couches in the upstairs lounge, noshing on jalapeño poppers or chicken wings in 12 flavors while they watch the big game or community-theater reenactment of the big game on projection televisions. Downstairs, sportsmen lit by the flicker of big-screen televisions test their mettle at pub games including darts and pool. The staff encourages commemoration above all else; patrons can grab a marker and leave their stamp on virtually any flat surface, and the bar will fill and cap beer bottles personalized with a photo of the customer’s grinning face.
The black lights are always on within The Gutter. Pins and neon decor glow bright across the bowling alley's 48 lanes, which are always available for open bowl. Comfy couches let players recharge their stamina bars between turns, and high-definition projector screens show sports over the lanes. The Gutter also boasts a full restaurant, where more HD screens surround visitors as they munch on meat-lovers' pizza, burgers, pasta, and other entrees.
At Ten O One Club, the dinners are hearty Americana—a 14-ounce Angus rib-eye with red wine demi-glace, for example, or a steamed lobster tail. Their lunches, meanwhile, hinge more on sandwiches, from an authentic philly cheesesteak to a burger with blue-cheese crumbles. The ambiance matches the menu featuring tried-and-true decor classics such as exposed brick walls, green-leather booths, and rich, dark wood galore.