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.
Chateau De Pere's French-country theme pays homage to the adventurous spirits of Wisconsin's first known European visitors—17th-century Frenchmen such as Jean Nicolet, Nicolas Perrot, and Toussaint Baudry. The hotel's visitors, however, find much more elegant accommodations than the French explorers did. Built on the foundation of a 19th-century mill, Chateau De Pere houses 36 suites, all with queen or king beds, a seating area, flat-screen TV, and wireless Internet. In king suites, which overlook the Fox River, guests can slip into single whirlpool baths, snuggle beneath rich, floral-printed covers, or cozy up next to the see-through fireplace that divides the bedroom and living-room areas.
In accordance with the France-inspired theme, executive chef and Provence native Sebastien Amoruso serves up French dishes, such as a pesto-slathered panini provence grilled with goat cheese, within Chateau De Pere's restaurant, Café Chanson. In addition to sandwiches, crepes, and burgers, Amoruso and his team also craft traditional French dishes, such as beef bourguignon and a slow-roasted, herb-crusted rack of lamb with rosemary cream sauce. Additionally, beret-clad roosters wake travelers each morning for a complimentary breakfast.
Food preparers at George Street Café delight customers with their full breakfast, lunch, and rotating dinner menu items chock-full of fresh ingredients. The Truckers Plate ($7.99) – a breakfast menu option with three eggs, a large order of hash browns, two sausage patties, three strips of bacon and a three mini pancakes – fills up stomachs with enough food fuel to power an effective hangover cure. Kick off lunch with a cherry balsamic chicken salad with cranberries, walnuts, red onions, and more ($6.95) or opt for the Big Chicago ($9.49), which blends roast beef with mozzarella cheese, marinated mushrooms, caramelized onions, peppers, and pizza sauce. George Street Café is most famous for its colossal burgers made to-order from fresh, 100% ground beef and infused with the requested toppings. Burgers, which can also be made into wraps for carb-conscious consumers, come in petite (4oz.), regular (8oz.) and widow maker (1lb.) – named for its ability to widow eaters from their departed burgers. During the genesis of the Cowboy Burger ($7.49 for a regular), a bacon-blended beef patty lassos strips of bacon and caramelized onions, forcing them under a bun and branding them with BBQ sauce. An Apple Jack Burger ($7.10 for a regular) rotates between shots of Jack Daniels Sauce and fried Granny Smith apples to create an intoxicating mouthful. Regular and dessert pizzas such as the First Date ($11.99 for a 12") also contribute to the lunch menu.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for more than 25 years, arranging a lineup of specialty pizzas and sides on a munificent menu. Patrons can bedeck dough disks with carnivorous confetti in the form of pepperoni, ham, spicy italian sausage, bacon, sausage, beef, or grilled chicken. Golden-voiced fresh vegetables make palates swoon with a jukebox's selection of green peppers, portobello mushrooms, roma tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, onions, black olives, pineapple, banana peppers, and newly harvested 45s. Eaters can prod cooks with the click of a mouse, alerting them to special requests such as an extra layer of parmesan romano or the three-cheese blend of the asiago, fontina, and provolone. Like a popular club or an especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune place to stock up for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
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.
Orange Leaf’s decor inspires visions of fruit flavors with its lime-green and orange colors, as well as the glistening tiles that surround each serving station. Inside these cheery confines, a rotating menu offers treats made entirely from fat-free milk and includes such dietary considerations as no-sugar-added flavors. Mountains of toppings can be piled onto creamy swirls, including fresh fruit, candies, and cereal.
Chefs at Los Magueyes cram authentic Mexican zest into each richly flavorful nook and cranny of the expansive menu. Revamp your tongue's color palate with a coat of avocado-green guacamole ($2.95+), or avoid crossing paths with the fork that stole your spoon by diving into a handy order of beef and bean nachos ($5.25). The burrito especial Texano, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream, envelops a meaty mixture of grilled beef, shrimp, and chicken ($9.50), while the chilies poblanos offer veggie devourers satisfyingly verdant brain fuel ($8.50). Turn the meal into a celebration of epicurean delights with a classic margarita ($4.25+) or draft beer ($3+), libations that go with the menu's zesty flavor-notes like courtroom dramas go with Oscars.