Snugly situated on a historic 1881 farm once known as the Schwabenlander Homestead, Mulberry Lane Farm takes its name from an ancient mulberry tree that once served as a favorite playplace for the Schwabenlander children. In those days, the 100-year-old tree was so esteemed that the children were not allowed to climb it while wearing shoes. Because of this rule, it wasn’t uncommon to find Lawrence, Harry, Norbert, and their nine other brothers and sisters swinging from its boughs, their shoes respectfully lined around its base.
Today, children still play in the shadow of that mulberry tree thanks to the founders of Green Meadows Farm, the Keyes family. Close friends of the last of the Schwabenlander boys, the Keyes adopted the farmstead and its original brick farmhouse into their petting farm empire in 2005 but gave it its own identity to honor the legacy of the original owners. Guided tours lead groups around the farm on foot and by hayride, where kids and adults are encouraged to interact and swap salad recipes with the goats, chickens, sheep, and rabbits that call the farm home. Along the way, visitors can learn how to milk cows and ride ponies or practice catching a chicken, then swing by the barn to snuggle kittens and Otis, the 900-pound boar. Before departing, visitors each receive a free souvenir in the spring and summer, and those who come in the fall have the chance to pick their own pumpkins from the 6-acre pumpkin patch.
Skyview gratifies gullets classic American fare in a recently renovated smoke-free dining room. The menu invites guests to launch into delectable dishes such as the veggie combo basket, a fete of fried vegetables and cheeses ($6.50), or the french dip supreme, sliced roast beef blanketed with sautéed mushrooms, onions, and swiss cheese atop a grilled hoagie ($8.95). Savvy snorkelers can alleviate oceanic nostalgia with the seafood alfredo, scallops, shrimp, and lobster kept afloat with broccoli, garlic, and linguini and swimming in cheesy sauce ($13.95). Meat-a-tarians can conciliate cravings by chomping on the bacon-wrapped tenderloin steak or by bathing in a beef-bouillon-filled hot tub ($12.95). During the warmer months, Skyview's breezy patio placates pernicious hungry palates amid open air.
Pagoni's Pizza dishes out Chicago-style pizza and other Italian cuisine with Sicilian flair, from calzones and stromboli to ravioli and mostaccioli. Satisfy circle-centric cuisine cravings with one of Pagoni's pies, ranging in dimension from 6 to 20 inches of edibility. Make it Chicago-style with a stuffed-spinach or sausage pie ($10.50–$17) or opt for a specialty thin-crust hawaiian-style pizza, topped with Canadian bacon, ham, mozzarella, and pineapple ($11–$29). Noncircular menu items include the cheese-stuffed breadsticks, flavored with a hint of garlic and served with marinara for dippin' ($4.29–$7.49) and the lighter bites of five different salad options ($3–$6.95). Sandwiches, calzones, and pasta options also abound, sating the desires of the pie-averse with Italic flavors and three-dimensional forms.
The drinksmiths at Kaukauna Coffee and Tea please the inside of mouths and mugs with fresh organic coffees, flavored lattes, teas, and specialty drinks. Start the day by savoring the rich aromas of a 16-ounce white-chocolate mocha ($3.75), or sip a 16-ounce cup of fresh organic coffee ($1.95) to energize before a morning commute or recreational space-shuttle launch. With the punch card, sippers can sample five different flavors from the menu, comparing the chocolaty tastes of the seven-layer mocha ($3.75/16 oz.) to the taste bud–tantalizing riches of the caramel royale ($3.75/16 oz.). Like the bar in the basement of the Smithsonian's warehouse, the café's inviting interior welcomes patrons to lounge on comfy couches amid an eclectic collection of antique lamps and artwork.
Shenanigans? jovial name stands in contrast to its serious culinary ethic of cooking succulent tenderloin steaks and sundry seafood and chicken entrees made from scratch. House-made soups accompany each main dish, and a full salad bar doles out lettuce like wizards hand out instructional beard-growing videos. In a cozy private room with a bar, six bowling lanes compound the excitement of kicking back brews and noshing on pub appetizer classics such as chicken wings and mozzarella sticks.
Fox's Pizza Den is part of a family-owned and operated company that has been plating up pizzas and specialty sandwiches since 1971. Today, Fox's carries on a tradition built on freshness, crafting its pies with hand-tossed dough and a special blend of 100% real cheeses. The business also assembles four sizes of hot strombolis and stuffs its 13-inch hoagie buns with everything from meatballs and steak to buffalo chicken.