Backed by 100 years of deli experience, Hansen’s Dairy and Deli keeps loyal regulars nibbling year-round. Like a Norman Rockwell painting with a side of ketchup, the bill of fare is an edible piece of Americana, regaling taste buds with creamy milk shakes, crispy thin-crust pizzas, and savory fried-chicken dinners. The deli’s crew also crafts more than 20 different hot and cold sandwiches, stacking bread with everything from turkey and bacon to philly steak and perch.
At both the Green Bay and De Pere locations, an old-fashioned charm washes over visitors. The uniformed staff greets each guest with a friendly smile, and shiny display cases keep a colorful array of ice creams chilled to perfection.
Chefs at Los Magueyes cram authentic Mexican zest into each richly flavorful nook and cranny of the expansive menu. Revamp your tongue's color palate with a coat of avocado-green guacamole ($2.95+), or avoid crossing paths with the fork that stole your spoon by diving into a handy order of beef and bean nachos ($5.25). The burrito especial Texano, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream, envelops a meaty mixture of grilled beef, shrimp, and chicken ($9.50), while the chilies poblanos offer veggie devourers satisfyingly verdant brain fuel ($8.50). Turn the meal into a celebration of epicurean delights with a classic margarita ($4.25+) or draft beer ($3+), libations that go with the menu's zesty flavor-notes like courtroom dramas go with Oscars.
Kreative Cupcakes' mini cake bakers whip up delicious palm-sized confections using only wholesome, high-quality ingredients. The diminutive treats boast artful decoration and small-batch preparation to ensure freshness and reduce modern cupcakes' feelings of isolation and anonymity. Frosting-mad visitors make slow, deliberate choices from the selection of flavors, some of which reappear daily Tuesday–Saturday, including taste bud levelers red velvet and chocolate mocha; while other varieties rotate, such as Wednesday's peppermint patty with crisp peppermint filling or Tuesday's triple coconut, tropical-fruity enough to stir up nostalgia for those ten years spent stranded on a desert island.
Soon after John Issac immigrated to the United States from Lithuania, he opened a small restaurant whose simple, one-word sign conveyed all patrons needed to know—there was chili. As John's recipe caught on, he earned the moniker Chili John, and today—nearly a century since John first dipped his ladle into the American melting pot—chefs still cook up his time-honored blend of beans, spaghetti, and four varying levels of spiciness. At the Green Bay restaurant that bears his name, John's legacy tops everything from hot dogs to burritos, complementing a full menu of Tex-Mex and homestyle favorites that includes Cajun-steak subs and quarter-pound cookies.
Taste buds stand at attention at Lotus Restaurant, eagerly awaiting zesty Chinese and Thai platters summoned to tables or spicy cuisine snagged from the lunch buffet's daily-rotating trove. Morsels of beef, chicken, or pork bask in hearty ladles of pho noodle soup ($7–$9), laced with crushed garlic and cilantro. For slightly spicier sips, guests can net a medley of shrimp, scallops, mussels, squid, and scantily clad ship figureheads in spoonfuls of the tom yum Talay's hot and sour broth ($15). Golden-fried sweet and sour chicken ($9.50) balances savory flavors against tangy pineapples and assorted veggies, and a roster of curry dishes ranges from peppery green ($11) to sweetened mango ($12).
In Tropical Mexican Cuisine’s kitchen, the crew wraps meats and beans in large tortillas to create traditional dishes such as chimichangas and enchiladas, but it’s the house specialties that stand out on the menu. For these, they stir together orange vinaigrette or chile ancho to smother grilled steaks, and carefully craft red and green moles to pair with chicken. People with special diets, such as vegetarians and kids who only eat food smaller than their heads, can order from their own menu.