The Metropolitan's chic, lounge-like interior gleams with polished wood and rich-colored furnishings, with exposed brick walls showcasing a variety of eye-dazzling art pieces. Adventurous appetizers cushion culinary landings, ranging from bacon-wrapped water chestnuts served with honey dipping sauce ($9), to spicy chicken egg rolls packed with jalapeño and mozzarella ($9). The Metropolitan's high ceilings accommodate the towering flavors of entrees, which include steak frites, a succulent cut of beef napping fitfully in a bed of potatoes and fresh greens ($24), and the shrimp and scallops, shyly cloaked in a veil of white wine sauce with asparagus and lemon ($26). The Metropolitan opens its lush interior to the public for lunch and dinner on weekdays but limits epicurean visits to dinner hours on Saturdays to encourage people to catch up on cartoons and lazy clocks to count faster.
Sizzling burgers and steaming tangles of pasta leap from kitchen to plate in Ground Round's family-friendly dining room or sports-centric lounge. Families pile into cushy booths on one side of the restaurant to peruse the ample menu of generously-portioned burgers, gluten-free offerings, and desserts as decadent as a king playing badminton with truffles. Adults can congregate in the adjoining lounge crowned with a full-service bar, and personal TV screens at each booth provide instant access to big games and TV shows.
The course at Glen Erin Golf Club harkens back to the earliest days of golf with a links-style layout inspired by traditional courses in Ireland. Though it opened in 2003, the course pays homage to yesteryear with rolling fairways, oversize greens, and deep pot bunkers. Native fescues ensnare wayward shots that venture outside the first cut of rough, forcing players to chop through dense grasses with scythe clubs just to get the ball back onto shorter grass. The back nine is bookended by par 5s on holes 10 and 18, each more than 575 yards in length and unreachable in two strokes for all but the longest hitters or golfers who have wired their golf ball with hummingbird wings.
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The gourmands at Fins Bar and Grill lure patrons in with a riverside patio, a menu of pub comfort fare, and a beverage list bursting with tropical libations. The eatery's brick oven bakes specialty pizzas such as the Cheeseburger In Paradise, an American masterpiece of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses with beef, ketchup and mustard sauce, red onion, and bacon arranged into a portrait of Jimmy Buffet's face ($13 for a 12"). A grilled hawaiian panini keeps mouths busy with tropical bites of ham and sautéed pineapple ($9), and seafood offerings such as coconut shrimp ($10) and lobster gruyere mac 'n' cheese ($13) bring ocean flavors to the river.
Located on the Rock River, Dockside Bar & Grill pairs its view of the water with a full bar and a broad menu of salads, wraps, burgers, and pizzas. Their Volcano burger comes topped with buffalo sauce and pepper jack cheese, and white Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds and chicken wings round out any order. Live entertainment regularly swings by the restaurant; see their event calendar for details.
You could try a different Neli’s entree every day for five months and still not have tried everything. The menu, which comprises more than 150 distinct items ranges from three-egg omelets and Belgian waffles, to Asian stir-fries and juicy, 12-ounce rib-eye steaks. Also available are hearty pastas, flame-kissed half-pound burgers, and amply stuffed deli-style sandwiches.