Special Occasion Chocolates has been handcrafting gourmet gifts for more than 13 years, carefully blending flavor, aesthetics, and charming candor into each scrumptious morsel. Redefine the concept of the word “vegetable” with a bag of chocolate-covered potato chips, or surprise well-behaved taste buds with a bag of white-chocolate or peanut-butter pretzel bites (ranging from $4.75 for a 1/4 lb. bag to $17.95 for 1 lb.). Fruit fans can enjoy nature’s candy ensconced in an edible outfit with a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries or peanut-butter banana gems ($26.95/dozen), or just remix the classics with chocolate-dipped Oreos, long pretzels, and brownies ($1.75 each).
In 1961, J.B. Wilson founded his own barbecue eatery and populated the menu with recipes of his own design. These recipes remained unchanged throughout the years, as did his signature welcome—greeting customers in a top hat and cane. When he fell ill in 2004, he passed the business’s reins to his close friend Amos Adetula. Afraid that J.B’s recipes would otherwise be lost forever, Amos graciously agreed to lead the restaurant into the future. His legacy now secure, Mr. Wilson passed away three days later.
Today, Amos still makes all the original sauces for the restaurant's ribs, brisket, and pork himself, including the sweet sauce that adorns the restaurant’s signature baked beans. Savory dishes complement sweet-potato or buttermilk pies, which the staff makes by hand from scratch each day. A number of longneck brews stands at the ready to cool diners’ tongues in the wake of smoked meats, hot baked potatoes, and periodic fire-breathing competitions. Inside the original location on Apache, large plasma televisions adorn the exposed log cabin–style walls, hanging above booths bedecked in the original black and red checkered style. Outside the eatery's confines, breezy outdoor seating around an original built-in concrete fire pit encourages frequent fresh-air feasts. When lovers of Wilson's require the food to come to them, culinary crews transport the eatery’s fare with full offsite catering services for events such as tailgate parties, where staffers set up and break down after the meal.
Of Czech origin, Kenner’s Kolache Bakery's eponymous, oven-baked pastries come in delicious sweet or savory varieties, with fruit toppings and rich fillings. Batter down a boardroom door with a breakfast tray of fruit-topped kolaches in flavors ranging from apple to strawberry cream cheese ($0.80 each or $8.25 per dozen). Savory kolaches can pull double duty as hearty breakfast and anytime snacks, with varieties such as rodeo sausage ($1.09 each or $10.25 per dozen) and bacon rolls with cheese kolache ($1.09 each or $10.25 per dozen). Other edible indulgences include cinnamon rolls ($1.50 large or $1.09 mini) and Danish melt-a-ways ($1.65 each).
Chefs toss mounds of dough in the air to form even disks and sprinkle on ingredients such as meatballs and jalapeños before sliding the fledgling pizza into a stone oven. When not building their signature pies, the chefs at Birraporetti's Arlington ladle pesto sauce onto jumbo cheese ravioli and bury grilled jumbo shrimp in tangles of fettuccini noodles. Hearty house specialties include grilled pork chops, served with a pillow of mashed potatoes for a postmeal nap in the dining room or underneath the brick arches on the outdoor patio. As a live jazz musician plays guitar during Sunday brunches, the chefs cover long tables with made-to-order omelets and waffles, breakfast tacos, and pork chops.
There’s a big difference between the muffins you pluck from the grocery shelf and those you choose from the counter at Social Bakehouse Cafe. That’s because the in-house bakers wake up early every morning in order to have fluffy cupcakes, flaky scones, and gooey cinnamon rolls freshly made just as customers begin flocking to the shop’s counters.
The pastry chefs liberally wield frosting guns over sweets, applying sugary flowers to the borders of custom cakes and creating seasonal designs on cookies and pumpkins trying to expand their resumés. Once the bakery rush subsides, chefs turn their attention to lunch dishes, such as mandarin chicken wraps and spinach salads drizzled with house-made dressing.
Pure Bliss Yogurt cools tongues and calms rumbling tummies with a selection of sweet snacks and natural frozen yogurt. With cup in hand, patrons choose from a rotating selection of fro-yo flavors that includes cookies 'n' cream, pumpkin, plain tart, and blissful blends of cherry and chocolate. Yogurt mountains are then customized at the topping bar, where 35+ options such as fresh fruit, gummy bears, and cookie dough await to lend an added crunch or pop of color to each frosty spoonful. For fans of un-chilly eats, the shop also curates a fresh collection of cake balls and cupcakes each day with flavors that can include german chocolate, italian crème, and yellow cake hailing from somewhere outside Sheboygan.