From its humble origins as a soda fountain in 1930s Saint Paul, Green Mill Restaurant and Bar has grown into a franchise with more than 28 locations all over Minnesota and the Midwest. As TV screens blast sports news in the background, patrons at each eatery dine on a menu of classic American and pizzeria fare. Thick, hand-pressed burgers form bunned towers with hefty toppings such as smoked bacon, haystack onions, and chipotle mayo. Families looking to bond can practice fractions on regular, deep-dish, or thin and crispy pizzas or group juggling acts with samplers of 27 juicy wings. In addition to pastas and salads, each location's bar carries a varied drink menu that includes draft beers such as Blue Moon and Samuel Adams alongside wine, martinis, and margaritas.
Some people try to give their pizza a little kick by dousing it in red pepper flakes or hot sauce. When they order from Majestic Pizza, they can skip that extra step by ordering their pie with spicy sauce. Every day, the kitchen staff makes this spicier marinara sauce in addition to its milder iteration, as well as hand-kneaded pizza dough, ensuring a freshness that tastes better than astronaut dough. Pizzas get topped with traditional topping such as sausage and mushrooms, or gourmet ingredients such as white sauce and spinach. Chicago-style pizzas fit twice the toppings between two layers of dough.
The crew at Cobblestone Cafe has manned crackling griddles and grills for more than three decades to forge a menu of time-tested diner fare. Around the forest-green eatery, patrons at outdoor tables feast on egg skillets, pancakes, and breakfast wraps or enjoy fresh air not purchased from corrupt park rangers. As the sun rises higher in the sky, plates clatter with loads of meatloaf, burgers, and french-dip sandwiches.