Taste of the South on Broadway transports the atmosphere of the French Quarter to Green Bay with Mardi Gras décor and a hearty menu whose seafood slips into frying pans and splashes into spicy gumbo. Gustatory gurus calibrate spice according to patrons’ requests, letting tongues fearlessly savor jambalaya and focus on a choice of five corn-bread flavors. Light-yellow walls hung with paintings encircle diners as they nibble at meats such as barbecued ribs and fried chicken, sip the distilled essence of the South in sweet tea, and kiss frog legs in the hope of meeting a prince.
Sometimes, seeing a city from the water that surrounds it gives you a deeper appreciation of its beauty. That's the approach behind Foxylady Cruises, a company that grants its guests sweeping views of Jacksonville from their perches on a luxurious yacht. From the various open-air decks, visitors can take in skyscrapers, bridges, and squirrels playing chess in nearby parks during dinner cruises, cocktail cruises, narrated cruises, and even weddings.
Overlooking the Fox River, The River Room Restaurant appeases appetites of all sizes with a mouthwatering menu of succulent delicacies. Inaugurate a dinner with friends, coworkers, or a selection of porcelain dolls with the chilled shrimp martini, which drenches skinny-dipping crustaceans in a horseradish cocktail sauce ($7). The potato-crusted cod ($14) halts hunger with a flavorful barricade, and the chicken 'n' bacon alfredo ($14) entrances taste buds with the hearty harmony of an edible Sonny & Cher concert.
Cup O' Joy, a nonprofit venue, provides an intimate and melodious experience in a family-friendly and alcohol-free environment. With the early bird pass, attendees can arrive 15-20 minutes before the general public and get the best seats at a Friday or Saturday night show. National and regional Christian artists of every style grace the Cup O' Joy stage, including folk strummers, bluegrass twangers, punk screamers, and electro-Gregorian chanters. Catch classic country songwriter Bobby Solberg on Friday, February 4, the Celtic punk energy of Flatfoot 56 on Friday, February 18, or any other upcoming show. While basking in sweet harmonies, you can use this deal to sip on a soda, Snapple, or Monster Energy drink.
Vintage Liquid Emporium refuses to be pigeonholed by catering to a broad clientele of craft-beer lovers, oenophiles, and cocktail enthusiasts. Owners Billy Duranceau and Matt Layden crafted a welcoming art-deco ambiance abounding with beverage options and geometric shapes. Duranceau told Alex Morrell of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, "What I like to do is take a really old-school approach and talk to somebody, find out what they like and just make something up for them they’ve probably never had." For some, that is a unique, hand-muddled mixed drink. For others, it is a draft beer from local craft companies, such as Titletown or Central Waters. For wine connoisseurs, it could be a glass of Pennywise petite syrah from Napa.
Backed by 100 years of deli experience, Hansen’s Dairy and Deli keeps loyal regulars nibbling year-round. Like a Norman Rockwell painting with a side of ketchup, the bill of fare is an edible piece of Americana, regaling taste buds with creamy milk shakes, crispy thin-crust pizzas, and savory fried-chicken dinners. The deli’s crew also crafts more than 20 different hot and cold sandwiches, stacking bread with everything from turkey and bacon to philly steak and perch.
At both the Green Bay and De Pere locations, an old-fashioned charm washes over visitors. The uniformed staff greets each guest with a friendly smile, and shiny display cases keep a colorful array of ice creams chilled to perfection.