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.
Oley's Pepperoni Cannoli serves up stone-baked pizzas and hoagies crafted from wholesome Grande Cheese Company cheeses, fresh produce, and locally sourced grass-fed meats from Kellner Gardens and Norsk Farm. Diners can feast on signature hoagies such as the grass-fed Italian cheese steak or share double-decker pizzas with two layers of crust and toppings. Sweet treats are also available, including tiramisu and homemade cannoli made with natural ricotta.
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.
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 chefs at Bonsai Sushi and Asian Cuisine build bottle rockets for the dinner table. But the only thing pyrotechnic about this catchingly named sushi roll is its flavor: it comprises shrimp tempura, avocado, cream cheese, grilled asparagus, seared white tuna, chipotle mayo, sriracha, fresh jalapenos, and green onions. And it's not the only clever title on this menu of sushi originals. It joins rolls like Jedi, Wrecking Ball, and Ron Burgundy, which are packed with their own uncommon ingredients like roasted garlic or creamy cabbage slaw. The selection of sushi bites also pairs with an eclectic drink menu that ranges from local New Glarus craft brews to sake and specialty drinks.
Sweet Frog’s frozen-yogurt flavors go beyond the norm. In addition to cookies ‘n’ cream and greek yogurt with honey, the lineup of 75 varieties includes maple-bacon donut, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Patrons can sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit and candies, then savor their confetti’d confections in the lime-green-and-pink restaurant. Smiling frogs and funky white hanging lamps give the stores an air of fun, but founder Derek Cha is interested in giving more than that to the community; through Sweet Frog, he sponsors children in need and dispatches frog mascots to those who need encouragement.