Carolyn’s talented baristas transform beans, leaves, and other ingredients into an array of carefully crafted drinks, which can be enjoyed solo or paired with a selection from a menu of cafe classics. Rely on a bombardment of fresh-brewed Intelligentsia coffee ($2.10 for a medium) or a coffee drink such as a cappuccino, macchiato, or latte ($3.64 each for a medium) to perk you up after a long night of stargazing, asteroid hunting, or moon taunting. Unbeaned beverages include green tea lattes ($3.18 for a medium), chai ($4.12 for a medium), and cold mocha frappes and fruit smoothies ($5.40 each for a medium). To celebrate its role as the most important and least candle-lit meal, breakfast is served all day, halting hunger with filling fare such as a quiche Lorraine, whose eggs, bacon, gruyere cheese, seasoning, and cream are transported mouthward on an all-butter crust ($4.50). Midday munchers can choose from hot sandwiches such as the roast beef and cheddar or cold classics such as smoked turkey, each served with chips and a choice of side ($6.95 each). Guests in search of greener fare can dive mouth-first into the spinach salad bursting with raisins, red onion, feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette ($6.95).
Pub 22, a Kenosha watering hole that opened in early 2012, serves up classic pub snacks paired with cold drinks. The spot's cooks toss chicken wings with piquant sauces, fry fresh potato chips for pub nachos, and grill burgers to serve with helpings of fries or tater tots. Local bands frequently take the stage for live shows.
Little plates such as fish tacos with chipotle aioli—culled from Lake Michigan’s little-known chipotle waterfalls ($10)—or the hot beef sliders ($9) set the culinary scene for heavy-hitting entrees. The seared duck breast (served with cabernet sauce, roasted grapes, and asparagus, $18) is a delicious bird. The Asian salmon in shrimp fried rice ($17) delights omnivores who occasionally foray into seafare.
The chefs at Pita Express in Kenosha specialize in homemade Mediterranean cuisine rich in spices and prepared with no fillers or preservatives. They populate their menu with authentic dishes such as grilled rib-eye-steak kebabs, marinated-chicken shawarmas, and falafel sandwiches crafted with fried ground chickpea-and-fava-bean patties seasoned with herbs and spices.
Twisted Cuisine swirls together gourmet flavors from across the nation in a rotating roster of seasonal eats. Drop in during meridial hours for a lunch order of pulled pork with the Super Trooper (braised pork shoulder with house-made barbecue sauce served on a split-top bun topped with coleslaw, $8) or a build-your-own-burger bonanza—one angus beef ($8.50), buffalo ($9), turkey ($8), or veggie ($8) patty on a bagel, split-top bun, or English muffin with choice of sauces and a bevy of optional, additional toppings such as bacon, avocado, and various cheeses (toppings 50¢ each). Alternately, shun the sun and pop in for dinner, beginning with jalapeño heart attack shrimp ($8.50), stuffed with jalapeno cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, and deep-fried to seal in their Neptunian juices. Experience the exotic with pan-seared kangaroo cutlets ($18), or take on a more domestic delight with St. Louis-style wild boar ribs slow-smoked and finished with a session on the grill ($19.50).
Though typically The Papas House only stays open for breakfast and lunch, Fridays are a bit different. Doors stay open until 3 p.m. so that patrons can enjoy its signature Friday fish fry, just one of the many tempting dishes cooks create from fresh ingredients. Daily menu items include towering stacks of flapjacks and french toast, crepes and waffles, sandwiches and burgers, and hefty omelets and breakfast skillets.