Owners Brian Glassel and Tim Nicholson eventually teamed up to bring Glass Nickel Pizza Co. to fruition in 1997 after spending their teenage years working around the nostalgic aromas of baking pizzas in Wisconsin eateries. They met while working in the same pizzeria and shared a passion for gourmet pies, so they spent a year planning and dreaming. Then they gathered a small but dedicated team to flip the saucy dough and accommodate patrons with first-class customer service, including the provision of tall glasses brimming with cold beer. Their dedication to this modus operandi helped the restaurant to bloom into a statewide fixture with several locations throughout Wisconsin.
While keeping pizza the star of the menu, Brian and Tim augmented it by adding battered-fish baskets, meaty lasagnas, stacked sandwiches, and crispy chicken. Committed to quality, the duo uses house-made sauce and dough, as well as Boar’s Head deli meats. With an equal commitment to their community, they help to support various nonprofit organizations and keep all their restaurants green through the use of ovens that shut off when not in use, energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, and cars that run on used vegetable oil and time-travel only when absolutely necessary.
The Wooden Nickel Sports Bar & Grill could easily throw out the tables and chairs, burn the menus, and close down the bar—even then, people would have plenty to do and see. While diners feast on burgers, they bask in the glow of televisions broadcasting sports from ESPN GamePlan, NFL Sunday Ticket, and Fox Sports Network. Trivia competitions bring friendly rivalries into the eatery on weeknights, where players can match minds to win free drinks and bragging rights at the next Mensa track meet. The kitchen's pub grub mixes well with draft and bottled beers, which wait in the wings to swoop in and extinguish thirst pangs or rinse burger residue from hands.
TJ Thai and Japanese Steakhouse’s chefs slice and dice fresh ingredients over hibachi grills in dishes pulled from lunch and dinner menus that include more than 15 traditional sushi rolls. Grill masters craft flame-kissed shrimp, new york strip steak, and mahi-mahi dishes as diners look on, supporting main courses with an entourage of veggies and fried rice. Chefs bundle up compact sushi rolls, including spicy crab jalapeño and vegetable tempura, and pack Japanese lunch with california rolls, fried dumplings, and the ghosts of juice boxes past.
Winner of a Golden Fork Award for Best Sandwich and runner-up for Best Gourmet Deli Dine-in from Fox Cities Magazine, New York Deli treats ravenous patrons to an impressive spread of sandwiches, subs, gourmet paninis, wraps, made-from-scratch soups, and fresh salads. New York Deli culls gourmet ingredients, local produce, and high-quality Boar’s Head meats to furnish each menu item. Sink sharpened mouth knives into the corned beef-loaded classic Reuben, New York Deli’s most popular bread-framed treat ($7.29). The BLT&A provides a tropical twist on the classic sammy, pairing it with avocado, swiss cheese, and chipotle-lime mayo ($5.99). Like the Jimmy Carter/Richard Nixon comedy hour, the turkey apple harvest wrap combines sweet and salty beltway charm of turkey, bacon, provolone cheese, and apple butter ($6.79). Herbivores and herbivoyeurs can feast on the greek salad ($6.95), or tomato and mozzarella panini ($5.79). Cap off your mealsperience with a sweet sampling of dessert such as New York–style cheesecake or german chocolate cake baked fresh daily.
Celebrating more than half a century in business, Tom's Drive-In sates speedy appetites with a multifarious menu of quality eats and prompt, courteous service. Swing by for the signature Tominator combo and have the flame-broiled quarter-pound burger patty with a slew of toppings saunter into the stomach alongside french fries and a regular soda ($4.59). Feed a whole household or a gaggle of orphaned condor hatchlings with a family pack, which includes six Works cheeseburgers topped with a choice of four unique sauces and paired with a box of fries ($9.19). While relaxing in a sleek, space-pod¬–styled booth and soaking in the retro décor, treat taste buds to an arctic blast of ice cream and chewy sweets ($2.50+) before driving off into the dim sunset or groping forward into a beaming eclipse.