Bill and Amy Wesolowski were no strangers to barbecue when they opened their restaurant. After all, they'd been grilling up mountainous platters of ribs, pulled pork, and grilled chicken at local parties and special events since 2008. Within their cheerful, sunlit joint, the seasoned caterers and skilled barbecue chefs whip up their signature dishes, along with southern-style sides of barbecue beans, collard greens, and coleslaw. The duo even accommodates vegetarians with meat-free menu selections, unlike other barbecue venues that require vegetarians to wear an itchy wreath of string beans around their necks. Plates pair with bottles of beer as they sit atop the white-cloth tables of the casual dining room, where colorful photographs and drawings of jazz instruments adorn the walls.
Since putting the finishing touches on their first burger in 1984, Spot 1 Grill’s chefs have been sating growling stomachs by whipping up traditional bar fare for lunch and dinner. Amid a dining room bathed in the glow of athletic tidings transmitted by 11 large-screen plasma TVs, servers ensure that tables remain piled high with the kitchen’s hearty concoctions such as baby back ribs and their signature chicken wings. To further bolster the restaurant’s convivial atmosphere, Spot 1 staff hosts a weekly lineup of events including karaoke evenings, performances by live cover bands, and NTN trivia nights that make the hours spent memorizing trivia answer keys worthwhile. A fleet of 17 dartboards enables eaters to engage in handheld target practice between quaffs of draught beer, and a free WiFi connection facilitates unfettered postmeal web exploration.
The smell of fresh-baked bread is ever-present at Artisano Bakery Cafes. Thousands of loaves are handcrafted each and every morning here, and you can enjoy them with a coffee and a variety of other fresh, healthy foods. From ciabatta to nordico to fig and walnut loaf, the café’s 25 bread varieties match nicely with its selection of freshly sliced meats and cheeses to form gourmet sandwiches, paninis, and makeshift forts. The selection of meal items also includes made-to-order signature salads, as well as pasta and pizza that follow family recipes. Artisano emphasizes healthy ingredients and preparation, using fresh meats and herbs and extra-virgin olive oil and eschewing deep frying for in-house baking and grilling.
CJs Cafe in Bronte calls people to gather together. They gather at arts events, such as live music performances, authors' readings, craft-making lessons. They gather to admire the ever-changing art on the walls, made by local artists and lending a whimsical air to the high-ceilinged, cozy space. They gather to break bread, choosing from a menu of healthy sandwiches, salads, and wraps, including options for those who eat vegan or gluten-free. They gather over steaming cups of organic fair-trade espresso, made the old-fashioned way, with a pull-method machine, rather than the more modern method of squeezing beans with a vise.
Regardless of which Dave & Buster's location you visit, you can count on being fed and entertained. The sprawling entertainment complexes feature full bars with specialty cocktails and dining areas that serve burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and other dishes that have been voted onto American food menus by congress representatives past and present. Most locations have a billiards area, and all have a Million Dollar Midway, the franchise's uber game room that consists of rows of blinking and ticket-spewing arcade games.
Beach Bird Restaurant seamlessly blends influences from Canada, America, Italy, and Southeast Asia into an elegant, eclectic dining experience. The café welcomes visitors with the scents of sizzling Madras curries, penne noodles swimming in rich vodka sauce, and herb-crusted Atlantic salmon, charming them with a cozy atmosphere and a location an artisanal pizza's throw from the lakefront. Guests begin feasts with bites of Thai spring rolls or fresh green mango salad before digging into hearty four-cheese burgers, tandoori butter chicken, or pizzas crowned with Cajun-spiced chicken.
Artfully arranged meals of colorful vegetables and marinated meats complement a vibrant, wall-sized mural of a tropical beach, and furnishings of wine-dark varnished woods and tile floors make for classy, yet casual surroundings.