The staff at Big Apple Bagels toasts bread and bakes 18 different flavors of low-fat and low-cholesterol bagels using a classic recipe before slathering them with 10 different flavors of cream cheese or topping them with deli meats, cheeses, or breakfast favorites. The team also bakes cake-like muffins made with soybean oil, which produces a sweet treat low in cholesterol. Fresh-brewed coffee complements both the sweet and savory menu items while fueling heated discussions about the bagel’s natural enemy, time.
Oak Street Café's cooks fire up grills with the dawn and whip up a menu of homestyle omelets, skillets, and sandwiches. Open daily 5 a.m.–2:30 p.m., the café hosts diners as they launch into the day with breakfast dishes such as the Big Oak ($7.99), in which a plate wobbles under a hearty tower of three eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausage links, a sausage patty, and a choice of a pancake, toast, or a slap in the face. A selection of omelets and eggs are available all day, such as the Works omelet ($7.49), in which a cheese referee hosts a cage match between a meaty trio of bacon, ham, and sausage and a tag team of mushrooms, onions, and green pepper. Lunchtime-dining duos can fill bellies the Reuben sandwich ($6.49)—in which corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand-island dressing pillow fight on a cushy mattress of grilled rye bread—and mashed potatoes and homemade meat loaf ($6.49), which disguise themselves in gravy in an attempt to slink past teeth unnoticed.
Since 1924, Scray Cheese has been churning out an assortment of fine cheeses from its family-owned factory. Smoked swiss ($6.50/lb.) gives dairy devotees a taste of local flavor, while the cheddar blue cheese ($6.50/lb.) and olive jack ($5.00/lb.) provide infrequent fliers with a sampling of more far-out fare. Grab a wheel of Scray's renowned gouda or mold a mound of edam into an edible bust of town titan Vince Lombardi. Once curd cravings have been quelled, enjoy 10% off any product of your choosing above and beyond your $10, from Usinger Meats and Door County Wines to espressos, shakes, smoothies, ice creams, or more curdulgences.
The culinary team at Country Express Family Restaurant whips up comfort food anytime?breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even on Christmas Day. They've been at it for the past 25 years, custom grilling steaks and piling plates with other classic American dishes including burgers, country skillets, and hand-dipped ice cream shakes.
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.
The Spice & Tea Exchange's flavor-experts hand-mix spices from around the world to create distinctive blends and rubs available by the ounce. Banish blandness from any meal with a wide variety of spices (starting at $1.29/oz.), more than 60 custom blends and rubs (starting at $4.29/oz.), and a plethora of salts, peppers, and chili powders (starting at $0.99/1.5 oz.). Office workers can pry themselves from the grip of the break room's coffee czar with dozens of loose-leaf teas ($4.89/oz.) sweetened with more than a dozen naturally flavor-infused sugars ($4.29/1.5 oz.), including blueberry sugar, green chili sugar, and espresso sugar, making it easy to craft long-held culinary fantasies, such as a blueberry-glazed bread or a robust, sugary taco.