Alongside 140 homesteaded acres of land that initially belonged to Civil War veteran Milo Porter, Porter’s Patch sits adjacent to the original parcel of land, and was purchased by Milo’s son back in 1913. Handed down through the generations, Porter’s is now the pride of Troy Porter, who oversees 75 acres of farmland, and 85 acres of wetlands and woods. Since 1986, the farm’s expanse of tillable acres has propagated rows of strawberry bushes, and has since added raspberries, blueberries, asparagus, and Ichabod Crane replacement heads.
Located on the rolling greens of Brown County Golf Course, Safari Steak House offers diners a scenic destination for steakhouse cuisine and drinks. Chefs smother baby back ribs in barbecue sauce and sear USDA Choice cuts of juicy rib eye, porterhouse, or New York strip steak to order. Patrons can also opt for surf and turf entrees that pear tenderloin with haddock or broiled scallops.
The talented meat maestros at Bates City Bar-B-Que win over palates with a toothsome menu of smoked slabs and saucy fixings. Diners can wrap their mitts around a pulled-chicken sandwich for bites of slow-smoked poultry ($5) or match their mandibles against a full slab of Kansas City–style ribs before stacking the clean bones for a meat-inspired game of Jenga ($14). The sampler-platter mixed plate treats meat connoisseurs to a half pound of ribs and a choice of two meats ($10.50), and sides of garlic mashed potatoes ($1.75) and cornbread ($1) sop up reservoirs of tangy sauce. As guests feast on the fall-off-the-bone delights of Bates City's carnivorous spread, they can belly up to the full bar or take in the air on the outdoor patio, wistfully remembering the hickory-hazed memories of barbecues past.
The seasoned chefs at Instant Replay Sports Grille dish up a mix of classic pub favorites and upscale seasonal noshes. After drinking in the full-bar menu, warm up before the game with the bruschetta ($6.99), seasoned flatbread decorated with tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and parsley, or ward off unwanted amorous advances with the onion-ring tornado ($6.99), fried sweet onions served with dipping sauces. Carnivorous customers can chomp the Day/Night Doubleheader burger—an Angus-beef patty disguised as breakfast in a suit of Hormel bacon, fried egg, pepper-jack cheese, and chipotle ranch ($8.49)—or the New York strip ($16.99), a USDA-prime, aged, certified Angus-beef slab served with two sides, such as beer-battered fries, grilled asparagus, and housemade potato chips.
Bay City Smokehouse's chefs slather slow-roasted meats with signature sauces in a relaxed, Green Bay Packers–themed atmosphere. Hickory smoke envelops succulent ribs with plumes of piquant flavor ($16.95 for a half rack; $19.95 for a full rack), and secret-recipe Sassy Sauce imbues tender beef brisket ($11.95) and pulled pork ($11.25) with zesty spices and Dorothy Parker’s best bon mots. Other classic American fare such as creamy spinach and artichoke dip ($7.95) join the half-pound Ranchero burger ($7.95), which corrals jalapeño poppers, lettuce, and ranch dressing into a kaiser-roll stockade. Darts and a pool table dapple the floor of the lively sports bar, where 20 large televisions beam sports games across the room and vibrant wall murals depict great moments in Packers history, such as the day the color green was invented.
The roller-skating staff at Sonic Drive-In sidles up to cars bearing fresh American fare, ranging from coney dogs to hamburgers to onion rings. The Sonic burger simmers with a quarter-pound of pure beef nestled on a bun with your choice of toppings. Tasty add-ons include crispy, handmade onion rings, chili cheese tots, and mozzarella sticks, covered in italian breadcrumbs and easily used as a microphone substitute to sing along with the local weather report. Banana splits satisfy sweet teeth with a freshly peeled spear of fruit cooling under real ice cream and scrumptious toppings.