At Handsome Hobo Pizzeria, the chefs put a local American twist on classic Italian cuisine. In the kitchen, they toss risottos with vegetables and seafood, and pastas with meats and sauce. They also prepare both Chicago-style deep-dish and New York-style thin-crust pizzas. At the bar, 16 wines pour from a refrigerated tap. The aromas of herbs and spices waft through an eclectic space created by interior designer and HGTV Star finalist Tylor Devereaux, conjuring an atmosphere that seems to fit the restaurant's name. Seats gather on the outside rims of striped banquettes, and against a brass-topped table curved around an open fire pit. The restaurant's walls, some painted and others covered with reclaimed wood, are hung with everything from vintage signs to typewriters.
The chefs at Serafina's Italian Bar and Grille may source their recipes from overseas, but they find their ingredients much closer to home?sometimes from local farmers, sometimes from their very own organic vegetable and herb gardens. They serve their classic Italian pizzas and pastas?along with dishes from a new international menu?in a casually appointed dining room or out on a patio framed by a painted wooden structure that provides a bit of shade. Serafina's is also a great place to come for a drink, thanks to a full-service bar with four big-screen TVs and plenty of napkins for drawing funny faces on.
The 39 holes at Loeschner's Village Green Family-Style Miniature Golf lead putt-putters through a wide-open course framed by charming white picket fences, winding through a scenic setting trees and shrubs. In addition to upkeeping the course, the staff encourages guests to keep the competition going by instigating a soft-drink-chugging contest or enjoying offerings such as ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy, and hot dogs at the snack bar.
Wooden bar stools and buck heads create a rustic atmosphere at Charley's Pub and Grill, which serves traditional, hearty bar food including half-pound burgers, pizza, and subs. For a family outing, select from a variety of entrees including teriyaki chicken and 8-ounce sirloin steak.
Sister restaurants One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom and The Cottage Bar & Restaurant share more than their owners?they're located on the same street corner. That makes it easy for guests to visit both in one night, stopping at The Cottage to grab a beer before heading to One Trick Pony for a pork porterhouse, or ordering a glass of wine at One Trick Pony before eating the USA Today awarded Cottage burger next door.
The two restaurants also share a love of entertainment. One Trick Pony hosts live music each Thursday and Saturday, with acts such as rockers Mid Life Crisis and acoustic folk singer Gabrial James Lundy entertaining diners. And musicians also play at The Cottage Bar's annual chili cook-off, where 40 amateur chefs gather to show off their secret recipes and plan a chili stain-off where they try to wash tomato sauce off their aprons.