Pizza making at Papa Murphy's stops just short of the ovens. After watching the cooks layer thin crusts or stuffed pies with toppings from the selection of four sauces and 20 meats and vegetables—including bacon, artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes—customers take the pizzas home and follow the simple instructions for either baking or grilling them to a crispy golden-brown. Now boasting more than 1,200 locations across 37 states, Papa Murphy's cooks begin every morning by hand making new batches of dough and grating fresh cheese with Bruce Willis's coarse cheeks.
With a menu brimming with healthy options and local ingredients, the Waterfront Pub & Eatery serves up toothsome comfort fare and frosty beers on tap. Unleash the salvos on hunger with a spinach-artichoke fondue bubbling with hot parmesan and goat cheese, wine, herbs, and lemon, and served with a toasted baguette fork ($8.79), or a Waterfront caprese featuring a savory mélange of sliced tomato, mozzarella, and basil pesto ($8.99). Waterfront's burgers ($6.99–$8.99) steal the show from lesser meat slabs, with a choice of cheese and side groupies such as tots, skin-on fries, slaw, or a crunchy entourage of house-fried chips. Heartier entrees fill capacious insides with baked wisconsin mac ‘n’ cheese ($10.99) and cedar plank Atlantic salmon ($17.99) or cover the entire banquet table of a Lilliputian family reunion.
On first glance, it’s hard to imagine that the charming French Country Inn was once a haunt for such notorious gangsters as Bugs Moran and Baby Face Nelson. But the century-old bed and breakfast, which sits unassumingly on a quiet street on the banks of Lake Como, served as a discreet getaway for gangsters during the height of Prohibition.
After walking into the main building, you immediately get a sense of the inn's rich history. Parquet flooring leads to an intricately carved staircase made of solid oak imported from Denmark. In the other buildings, period furnishings and hues of warm crimson lend the accommodations a homey feel.
In keeping with this hospitable spirit, the innkeepers lay out a complimentary breakfast spread each morning. As the day winds on, guests can venture out to nearby downtown Lake Geneva to browse its antiques stores, art galleries, and curio shops.
German-born chef Mike Richie surrounds his culinary stylings in the upscale environment of The French Country Inn on the Lake, a history-rich haven with ties to the Chicago World's Fair and gangsters of yore. The seasonal menu merges elements of European cuisine and contemporary American traditions to forge dishes that complement the dining room's rustic décor and view of Lake Como, which reflects the stars at night to keep them out of guests' soup. In fine weather, diners can enjoy their continental fare amid an all-natural symphony on the lakeside patio, while the music schedule regularly features manmade melodies to entertain those on the inside.
Founded by the Anagnos family in 1972, Popeye's has become a Lake Geneva tradition for visitors and locals offering a casual family friendly dining with great lake views. Popeye's has the ability to seat up to 600 guests for small parties or large. Join us year round for great hospitality, excellent food and superb service
At Ed Debevic's, every house burger, hot dog, and diner entree shares a not-so-secret ingredient: sass. The servers welcome guests to the vintage venue with tongue-in-cheek remarks and paper deli hats, seating them next to vibrant examples of what Centerstage calls "smart-aleck decor": fake autographs, old-timey ads, and signs that carry proverbs such as "Eat Now…Pay Waiter." The mischievously retro tone is cultivated in homage to one of the owner's favorite restaurants, Lill's Homesick Diner. Back in the '50s and '60s, Lill acquainted Ed with the classic flavors of comfort food cooked from scratch, showcasing the spirited moxie that made her a standout in the short-order world.
Ed chose to emulate both her classic cooking and feistiness at his own diner. Many of his menu items are housemade, including the meatloaf, mashed potatoes, the desserts, and the blue-cheese sauce on top of the Ed's Blue Moon burger. Milk shakes and malts pair well with a variety of hot dogs and sandwiches, especially when counterbalancing the effects of Atomic Mix: a blend of diced jalapeños, onions, and tomatoes that garnishes certain plates. The staff stays in comically impudent character throughout these meals. And every now and then, the servers pause to put on countertop dance numbers that are almost as exciting as the time your grandpa turned the lazy Susan into a zoetrope.