Jersey's Bar & Grill serves up plates of hearty pot roast, thick burgers, and crispy chicken tenders as live country and rock bands serenade crowds. Like Garrison Keillor's alternate glam-rock stage persona "Gary Sonorous," the selection of Juicy Lucys combines a treasured Minnesota touchstone with a touch of decadence. Beef patties are stuffed with provolone, applewood bacon, or American cheese before getting topped with caramelized onions, Cajun mayo, or grilled peppers. Burger aficionados pore over the customizable burger menu, building their own creations from multiple topping, bun, and meat choices. For breakfast (9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday), chow down on omelets, hash browns, steaks, and pancakes.
Generally speaking, there's not a bubble to be found in bubble tea. Instead, the "bubbles" that the cold Taiwanese drink takes its name from are chewy tapioca pearls or jellies resting at the bottom of the glass, waiting for a straw to suck them up. The tea is there, however—but it's not alone. Mixed with it is the flavor of mango, matcha, or peppermint. In fact, at Steepery Tea Bar—owned by the same aficionados as the Tea Garden—more than 30 flavors combine with 10 bubble varieties to exercise creative muscles and comfort anyone who's afraid of repeating themselves.
Bubble tea is just one of the drinks at Steepery Tea Bar. And it's not even the only drink that can contain bubbles. Shakes and coolers can also hold the chewy treasures in their depths, as well as the cafe's signature drinks such as the royal tea latte. Of course, being a tea bar, Steepery brews up hot drinks too. More than 50 kinds of green, black, white, and herbal loose-leaf tea—most of which are fair-trade, organic, and inclined to give only positive fortunes to tellers—fill cups and pots.
Opened on St. Patrick's Day nearly 10 years ago, O'Malley's carries on the tradition of neighborhood pubs by truly embodying its community. The bar itself was built by O'Malley friends and relatives, and locals are credited with decorating the space and developing the menus. Those menus include classic Irish dishes such as homemade shepherd's pie, as well as pub staples like bacon burgers. It's easy to become a regular at this gathering place, too, thanks to recurring events such as trivia, Texas hold 'em, and being open.
Jensen's Food and Cocktails is a type of place that would not seem out of place in the 1950s with its Midwest prime rib roasted for 18 hours, its surf ?n? turf combos, and its extensive martini list. It?s a place where large groups go to celebrate special occasions?it can accommodate groups of up to 100?and where popovers and house salads accompany each entree.
The eatery is partly an homage to owner Doron Jensen?s grandfather Al, who founded Jensen?s Cafe in Nebraska in 1947. Doron worked in that caf? until his grandpa passed in 1979. He wanted to take over the family business but was too young at the time, so he moved on to work in the restaurant industry, even founding a steak-house chain. But Doron eventually grew tired of chains and, in 1996, decided to open a local supper club that would pay tribute to his grandfather and a simpler era with its uncomplicated?but delicious?food and lack of robot waiters.