Patrons can come and go as they please during The Cellar Door's open-house-style tastings, which warm tongues from noon until 4 p.m. and send palates on global jaunts through 20 specialty wines from around the world, each fluent in its own flavor language. Between samplings, sippers can nibble on light hors d’oeuvres as they browse the shop’s ample bottle selection for the perfect aperitif adoptee. The Cellar Door's commitment to providing the finest vintages at vintage-low prices means that guests can find their ideal quaffs without having to cruise the illegal burgundy market.
Since 1981, TCBY has been synonymous with frozen yogurt. The company spearheaded the guiltless consumption of low-fat, chilled dairy treats with iconic flavors such as white chocolate mousse topped with fresh fruit and candy. Today, TCBY yogurt shops across the country continue the tradition with classic and specialty flavors such as caramel supreme, greek honey vanilla, and sugar- and fat-free mountain blackberry.
Meg's Daily Grind owners Chris and Jodi Erickson and their two daughters brew up aromatic fair-trade and organic coffees and blend fresh-fruit smoothies. Swing by one of the cafes to slurp down a blended iced coffee roasted from beans from around the world by A Small Batch Artisan Roastery (a $4.12 value each). Meg's caffeinated beans are ordered weekly to ensure flavors are as fresh as a newspaper straight from the oven. Guests can also get their fruit fill with smoothies that fuse the best of nature's bounty to create refreshing summer libations (a $4.12 value each). Pair any of the morning thirst quenchers with such pastries as a cheddar-herb bagel, a chocolate-chip bagel (a $1.97 value), or a lemon-and-poppy-seed muffin top (a $1.28 value), all baked fresh daily.
Wheatstack, nestled on the historic farmland of two of Lisle's earliest settlers, John and Bertha Hatch, doles out a bountiful harvest of comfort fare made from scratch. Warm up human food processors with an appetizer of choice, including 10 spicy thai or buffalo-style jumbo chicken wings or bruschetta constructed on a baseboard of country bread. To practice synchronized eating, patrons can dive into a serving of penne vodka swimming with pasta, roasted chicken, and parmesan cheese. A plate of sautéed lemon chicken sends angel hair pasta gliding across tongues like Roombas on ice, and seasonal veggies and a bed of wild rice snuggle up to an 8-ounce tilapia fillet, which can be grilled, blackened, or sautéed. Wheatstack's lengthy wine list pours out a variety of grapey nectars, including a Ruffino pinot grigio from Italy and a Raymond merlot. Little mouths 10 years old or younger can feast on offerings from the kids' menu, and guests with dietary restrictions can indulge in the gluten-free menu.
At Two Chefs Cafe & Catering, wait staff carries upscale twists on American traditions past the bar area to an expansive patio that’s surrounded by a picturesque wrought-iron fence. Inside, hosts lead diners to seats amid rustic brick walls and decorative wall pieces that organize bottles of French wine by their region. The kitchen staff makes classic cuisine from scratch for weekly events—such as the Friday fish fry and Sunday brunch—or intimate meals. They coat their six signature pasta dishes with one of five sauces and plate hearty helpings of canadian baby-back ribs. The cozy atmosphere grows more festive on weekends, when live music permeates the space and drowns out the play-by-play announcer in your head.
Just in case you don't believe that all of Muchi Muchi Yogurt's frozen flavors are low- or non-fat, the menu offers up the nutrition facts to prove it. A stocked topping bar invites you to double the chocolaty effect of the triple-chocolate flavor with crumbled brownie bites and Reese's cups. On the other side of the spectrum, fruity, tart flavors refresh and invigorate taste buds with bites of green-tea yogurt topped with mango or pomegranate yogurt sprinkled with gummy worms and Fruity Pebbles. Instead of mixing your own flavor combos, you can head to the smoothie counter for a fruit drink as thirst-quenching as a fire hydrant with a straw in it.