Chow down on hearty sandwiches while sipping fruit smoothies at The Hub, a cozy spot offering a bevy of huggable, Chicago-inspired comfort eats amid an inviting atmosphere. Patrons can choose from a host of menu items that satisfy both discerning and cast-iron palates. Allow taste buds free reign across the asiago roast beef panini, a melty marriage of roast beef, asiago cheese, ground mustard, optional red onions, and toasty italian bread ($6.49). All-beef Chicago-style hot dogs bench-press neon relish, diced onion, yellow mustard, and sport peppers atop a poppy seed bun ($3.39 each). The Hub features plentiful vegetarian options, such as the veggie dog ($3.19), three-cheese panini with mozzarella, provolone, and fontina on tart sourdough bread ($5.95), and harmoniously crunchy salads ($5.95–$7.95). Smoothies ($3.75 regular, $5.50 large) sweet-talk blushing tongues with a variety of flavors, including the breezy Brazilian Orchard (with açaí, peach, pear, and apricot), strawberry pineapple, and bubblegum. Bubble teas ($3.75) and milkshakes ($3–$3.50) pack a flavorful punch that’s more rejuvenating than outrunning a territorial badger during a morning jog.
In large Old-World style letters, August Weber Haus declares its name on its red sign, followed by the telling addendum "Est. 1865." The restaurant preserves much of its vintage charm while serving a modern menu of fondue treats, more than 100 wines, and more than 30 craft beers. Fondue comprises most of the menu, from appetizers to desserts, but only some of it revolves around cheese. Entrees come with hot sauces or flavored oils, with the uncooked morsels following a certain theme. The Sea entree, for instance, boasts bites of scallops, Canadian lobster tail, ahi tuna, and salmon alongside flavors ranging from garlic butter to wasabi soy.
Pino Piroso dedicated himself to founding a distinctive, Roman-style pizzeria, saying that "after years of hard work, we knew we had built something very special." His lauded chain eventually grew to include franchises in six states and two countries outside of the United States. Despite their geographic separation, each location has the same stringent standards for their ingredients and their Exit-sign locations. No kitchen stores pizza fixings in a freezer—instead, the cooks begin every morning by stirring sauces, kneading dough, and dicing fresh seasonal toppings from local farms. The circular or rectangular pies can support as many as 33 of these familiar and nontraditional toppings, such as goat cheese, sweet corn, and roasted chicken.
The Good Life Catering imparts inquisitive culinarians of all ages and skill levels with relevant cooking fundamentals. Students arrange their own lesson by referencing the sample menu, which boasts dishes such as pecan-crusted scallops on corn cakes, wild-mushroom-stuffed tenderloin, and smooth chocolate-espresso-mousse layer cake. Though any menu items can be prepared, students are responsible for ingredient costs ($20–$75 extra). With each pivot of the knife, participants embrace the pressure-free learning environment, perfect for asking questions regarding the proper way to trim fat or what to do if a Boy Scout sells you counterfeit teaspoons.
The bar formerly known as Donges Bay Clubhouse took on a new name—Laura’s Donges Bay Clubhouse—to celebrate Laura's 14 years, and it installed outdoor volleyball courts, an outdoor smoking lounge, and brandished a newly revised logo. To make their eatery a fun destination, the staff hosts live entertainment on Saturday nights, car shows once a year, and doesn't correct mispronunciations of "magniloquent." Along with hosting softball, volleyball, kickball, and horseshoe leagues, Laura’s Donges Bay Clubhouse also encourages competition among wings by offering hot, teriyaki, and barbecue varieties. The staff fries seafood during Friday night fish fries by sending walleye, perch, shrimp, and cod into the depths of flavor-imparting oil.
The Riversite delivers a delectable menu of steaks, seafood, and other classic American dishes in an elegant setting. Guests can pique palates with one of many distinct appetizers, such as ground bison turnovers ($7) or warm asian duck salad ($7). Pan-seared bistro steak served with balsamic glazed onions and fresh tomato sauce ($20) and the char-grilled mahi mahi drizzled with pesto and tomatillo ($18) make for satisfying main events. Hungry herbivores can feast on the grilled flatbread pizza topped with poached pears, caramelized onions, blue cheese, and arugula ($8). The Riversite’s extensive wine list boasts smooth sippables from California, France, and other fine fermented-juice regions.