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.
Backed by 100 years of deli experience, Hansen’s Dairy and Deli keeps loyal regulars nibbling year-round. Like a Norman Rockwell painting with a side of ketchup, the bill of fare is an edible piece of Americana, regaling taste buds with creamy milk shakes, crispy thin-crust pizzas, and savory fried-chicken dinners. The deli’s crew also crafts more than 20 different hot and cold sandwiches, stacking bread with everything from turkey and bacon to philly steak and perch.
At both the Green Bay and De Pere locations, an old-fashioned charm washes over visitors. The uniformed staff greets each guest with a friendly smile, and shiny display cases keep a colorful array of ice creams chilled to perfection.
The cozy interior of George Street Cafe, once known to locals as the Chatterhouse, makes it an ideal place to hang out for a drink or dinner, or munch on items from the lounge menu during the in-between times. Regular events include a rousing karaoke night, vinyl night, and ladies' night, as well as 35-cent wings every Tuesday. Customers can pair their snacks with a glass of wine, or a beer drawn from one of the lineup of taps along the bar. George Street Cafe welcomes family gatherings, private parties, and business meetings.
The staff at Big Apple Bagels toasts bread and bakes 18 different flavors of low-fat and low-cholesterol bagels using a classic recipe before slathering them with 10 different flavors of cream cheese or topping them with deli meats, cheeses, or breakfast favorites. The team also bakes cake-like muffins made with soybean oil, which produces a sweet treat low in cholesterol. Fresh-brewed coffee complements both the sweet and savory menu items while fueling heated discussions about the bagel’s natural enemy, time.
Oak Street Café's cooks fire up grills with the dawn and whip up a menu of homestyle omelets, skillets, and sandwiches. Open daily 5 a.m.–2:30 p.m., the café hosts diners as they launch into the day with breakfast dishes such as the Big Oak ($7.99), in which a plate wobbles under a hearty tower of three eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausage links, a sausage patty, and a choice of a pancake, toast, or a slap in the face. A selection of omelets and eggs are available all day, such as the Works omelet ($7.49), in which a cheese referee hosts a cage match between a meaty trio of bacon, ham, and sausage and a tag team of mushrooms, onions, and green pepper. Lunchtime-dining duos can fill bellies the Reuben sandwich ($6.49)—in which corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand-island dressing pillow fight on a cushy mattress of grilled rye bread—and mashed potatoes and homemade meat loaf ($6.49), which disguise themselves in gravy in an attempt to slink past teeth unnoticed.
Papa John's has carefully crafted a menu of specialty pizzas to satisfy any taste or mouth shape. Order a Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, gourmet baby portabella mushrooms, and ripe black olives. Satisfy herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a Tuscan Six-Cheese or Garden Fresh pie. The full list of specialty pizzas includes several more; take the hassle out of haggling over individual ingredients and boldly cast your straight-ticket ballot for the pizza party that your conscious dictates.