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.
In 1978, brothers Eugene and John Jetts lent their name to the sign above their pizza shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In the more than 30 years that followed, they’ve lost one of the Ts but gained more than 200 franchises across the country. Jet’s Pizza churns out thin-crust rounds and signature square-shaped pies in hearty deep-dish form. The eight-corner deep-dish style lets each member of a dining octet enjoy a slice of corner crust without fearing the paper cuts inherent in triangle slices. After loading pizzas with heaps of meats and veggies, guests have the liberty of flavorizing their crust for free, choosing from eight options such as garlic, sesame seed, Cajun, or poppy seed. To augment pies, Jet's chefs whip up triple-cheese turbo sticks filled with mozzarella, cheddar, and romano as well as regular and boneless wings draped in hot or sweet sauces.
At Kim’s Place, the smells and tastes of home-style cooking combine to offer diners comforting meals highlighted by buckets of Genuine Broaster chicken or fresh fish. Meals are served with hearty sides such as mashed potatoes and gravy and tater tots, and diners can close out their meals with soft-serve ice cream or pies that were made in-house instead of imported from Candyland.
Before Paul and Jared Smith came onboard, the company that became Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co. had no coffee to speak of: it only sold chocolate by the bag, box, or individual morsel. But the brothers recognized how well their rich chocolates complemented a hot cup of joe, and by 2004 they started roasting their own beans. Today, those yield coffees such as the Black & Tan, a combination of dark and light roasts, and the Honduran High Grown, which is harvested on the wings of airplanes.
The coffees add a jolt to Great Lakes’ hot drinks, including seasonal selections such as the pumpkin-pie latte. Organic and decaf teas, as well as cold beverages such as frozen lemonade and fruit smoothies, round out the shop’s drinkable options, all of which complement this family owned and run business’ stock of sweet treats.
Only after slow-roasting leaves them piping hot and full of their natural juices do the prime ribs at Marty’s Place earn their titles of Queen and King. The respectively 16- and 26-ounce steaks headline a rich menu that unites surf, turf, and Italian food. The lengthy selection includes lobster tail, Alaskan king crab legs, baked lasagna, barbecue ribs, and Italian stuffed tenderloin, filled with mozzarella cheese that melts before you can read the fortune written on it.
Patrons scan Gameday's menu to tempt their appetite with brews and sports-themed offerings including burgers, sandwiches, and wings while watching games on more than 50 high-definition TVs. Each morsel of traditional ($3.99–$13.49) and boneless ($4.49–$8.99) wings bathes in one of dozens of sweet or hot flavors, which cause mouths to whistle at a higher pitch with each increasing level of spiciness. Chefs sprinkle pepperoni, ham, and sausage on a Grand Slam pizza ($12.99). Fingers wrap around sandwiches such as an Ultimate BLT on grilled texas toast ($6.99) or the Philly Flyer ($7.49), which beckons chompers to dissect grilled sirloin and swiss cheese piled atop french bread. A Bambino burger's blue-cheese dressing ($5.49) tackles palates while salt and pepper shakers give bite-by-bite commentary. Patrons complement their eats with a selection of bottled and draft beers.