It started with a single store, opened in Fridley, Minnesota in 1964. But Dick Kempe's pizza proved too tasty for one outpost, and Chanticlear Pizza eventually spread to 14 locations in the following years. And although Dick no longer owns the pizzerias, his uncompromising standards for quality pies remain in place. Fresh dough is mixed up and hand-tossed daily. Vegetables are chopped each morning. Instead of adding sugar to their sauce, the chefs rely on the tomatoes' natural, charm school-perfected sweetness. And the from-scratch foundation is always topped with house-shredded, 100% Wisconsin mozzarella cheese.
Once the dough and sauce are ready, Chanticlear Pizza's chefs continue the process by loading them with meats and veggies. The selection of toppings range from shrimp and bacon pieces to a secret-recipe pickle blend. A splash of spicy, bourbon-tinged molasses or chunky salsa can add additional pizzazz to pizzas. Beyond circular eats, polygonal dishes as pastas, calzones, and sides of buffalo wings and garlic toast populate the menu.
From humble beginnings as a single donut shop in Lakewood, California, in 1953, Denny's has grown into a nationwide destination for classic American diner food served around the clock. Today, just shy of 1,800 locations thrive across the nation, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any time that guests feel a hunger for good food. Family owned and operated, Denny's of Otsego's friendly and attentive staff serves up a menu of more than 100 options, including build-your-own breakfasts and burgers and fried fish for an all-you-can-eat meal on Fridays.
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
You'll have a major decision to make at Olde Main Eatery: breakfast or lunch? An all-day breakfast menu of omelets and biscuits and gravy pits itself against a slate of light wraps and hearty patty melts. The french toast tempts with its light cinnamon coating, as do burgers and build-your-own deli sandwiches stacked on sourdough, marble rye, and croissant slices. The 150 year old diner itself exudes an air of small-town Americana, from its green- and white-striped awning and historic photographs lining the wall, to the staff's impromptu productions of The Music Man.
StoneLounge hearkens the rustic, welcoming ambiance of a mountain lodge, greeting hungry guests with a room-dominating stone-faced fireplace that smells like the good kind of burning. Amid the high ceilings and log walls, the chefs populate their lunch and dinner menus with an array of New American fare, including starters such as the southern fried chicken tenders and crab dip, which pair with walleye and myriad cuts of meat. Burgers patties in beef, crab-cake, and turkey form are whisked to the plush, high-backed booths, and flatbread pizzas come garnished with meaty toppings or collections of edible plants. Live music acts take the stage on Saturday nights, offering soulful and funky soundtracks to noshing, dancing, and debating whether the moon landing or the moon itself is the biggest federally perpetrated hoax.
Harvest Grill's guests enjoy upscale American grill cuisine made with local ingredients, as well as rustic, yet sophisticated scenery. While backdropped by a stone fireplace with twinkling candles on a wood mantel, diners dig into cracker-crusted walleye sandwiches, house-cut filet mignons, Summit-beer-battered fish 'n' chips, and squash ravioli. Wines from around the world and crisp draft beers and cocktails complement the feasts.