Founded in 1911, Schubert's Diner & Bakery has spent the last century dishing out traditional Norwegian fare, including hearty breakfasts, homemade dinner plates, and fresh-baked goods. Norwegian meatballs sidle up to Swedish rye bread in a recipe that has been a signature item for the past 45 years ($7.50). Fresh-baked treats are available for purchase with both meal options and include rosettes, an intricate, fried Norwegian pastry coated in sugar for a snack as light and sweet as a hot-air balloon toting a heap of third graders' valentines ($0.85/1 or $3.99/5). Select the breakfast option for all-day access to morning delicacies. The lefse omelet blankets fluffy eggs in a rolled Norwegian potato flatbread before tucking in a tiny teddy-bear garnish ($6.75). Schubert's Diner & Bakery covers tables with blue-and-white-checked tablecloths and lines its soda fountain with old-fashioned white barstools, upon which guests slurp down ice creams and malts.
Though steak, salads, and wines share the spotlight, it's the fondue pot that transforms the dining experience at Melting Pot into an interactive one. Bubbling at the center of the table, steel cauldrons steam with cheese blends such as aged cheddar and lager beer or fontina, butterkäse, and buttermilk blue. Diners spear slices of granny smith apples, artisan breads, and veggies before dipping them into the thick, creamy cheese. Chasing a wine-and-cheese-fondue pairing with salads before the main course of chicken and steak helps turn the experience into an event. Dessert can continue the dipping feast with any of nine velvety chocolate fondues and a dunkable array of strawberries, marshmallows, or chunks of cheesecake.
Mabuhay Philippine Cuisine serves up traditional takes on barbecue, seafood, and fusion fare. Skewers of barbecue satisfy omnivorous cravings, buffets feature bottomless egg rolls and fried fish. In the future, the husband-and-wife duo who own Mabuhay will add music and karaoke.
Every seat at The Beach House Restaurant and Bar gets a front-row view of the sun as it sinks below the other side of the lake. These nightly sunset shows make it easy to see why the space has been a popular hangout since the 1940s. Although The Beach House only opened its doors in 1995, it's still a haven for old-fashioned fish fries and traditional grilled steaks. The menu also showcases six varieties of salad, including ones topped with grilled salmon or king louis crab, perfect for those seeking a lighter option or extra lettuce to save for rabbit bait.
The menu at Bourbon Street Grille features spicy Cajun dishes served in a dining room situated by the water. Like grizzlies forced to participate in team-building exercises, forks and knives work in tandem to tear into two catfish fillets served blackened or pecan-crusted with honey butter ($13), or the New Orleans stuffed chicken, a poultry breast loaded with Monterey jack and mushrooms and coated in alfredo sauce ($13). Southern-oriented cooks simmer staples such as alligator étouffée, a stew of alligator and tasso ham served over rice, and jambalaya, both of which are served with a corn bread muffin to sop up broth or tears of joy ($8 for lunch; $12 for dinner). Delicate Louisiana strudel showcases chicken, sausage, and pepper jack cheese wrapped in a flaky phyllo dough crust with a side of Cajun cream cheese ($9 for lunch; $13 for dinner).