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.
Savory scents beckon diners to the 14 hibachi tables inside Osaka Japanese Steakhouse. Like gymnasts tired of the same old floor routine, morsels of steak, chicken, or seafood tumble atop sizzling teppan grills as personal chefs prepare each meal. Alternatively, tables in the traditional dining room fill with fine pan-Asian fare, from pad thai and General Tso?s chicken to a wide selection of sushi. Osaka also boasts a full bar, a carry-out menu, and a private party room, and caters to families by offering kids their own exclusive bill of fare.
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.
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.