A pink ‘59 Cadillac flips on its headlights and a waiter strides to the window. “What’ll it be, Mac?” This was the golden age of carhops, when root beer cost a nickel and Roy Allen and Frank Wright—A&W themselves—were in the midst of expanding what was once a simple root-beer stand into an international chain. Today, A&W continues to slake thirsts with their signature root-beer floats, accompanied by an expanded menu of classic American foodstuffs to inspire both hunger and nostalgia for the sock-hopping, roller-skating days of last week. Now, icy treats share space with hot dogs made from American beef, fried cheese curds of creamy Wisconsin white cheddar, chicken strips, and single and double burgers.
De Nova Coffee Cafe serves up a menu full of fresh café fare and eyelid-expanding beverages from both its relaxed café and drive-thru window. Specialty sandwiches such as the sourdough-hugged horsey beef ($6.95) or the turkey pesto ($6.95) are served with chips and a pickle spear, the only valuable weapon for fighting against condiment rebellions, and the cranberry-walnut salad ($6.75) feeds famished vegetable stalkers. Breakfast plates report to demanding tongues with a cargo of potatoes and toast and the choice of two eggs ($5.50) or two eggs and two slices of bacon ($7). Signature drinks include hot, iced, or blended versions of mochas ($3–$4), lattes ($2.75–$3.75), and cappuccinos ($2.50—$3.50), as well as hot ($1.25–$1.75) and iced or blended ($1.50–$2) coffee.
Slices of thick, smoky bacon accompany hash browns, scrambled eggs, and pancakes on breakfast plates inside Covered Bridge Cafe. Lunchtime finds the cooks plating burgers, and salads. The café joins tables together while hosting parties celebrating graduations, birthdays, and National Chip and Dip Day.
For 60 years, Wooden Nickel Pub & Eatery has served up hearty eats in a wood-paneled bar with games, live music, and the familiar ambience of a hometown hangout. The pub's cooks smoke, cure, and brine meats in-house, sandwiching them within breads baked on-site. In addition to slow-smoked prime rib, German sausages, and sizzling fried chicken, they simmer pots of jambalaya or shrimp and grits. Diners can find the same savory, homestyle food at a second location in Sublimity.