The grill-masters at Legends sling up signature hot dogs, burgers, and traditional American fare to athletics aficionados in a casual sports-bar atmosphere. The menu showcases variations on a ballpark standard, such as the lucky dog, a half-pound of black Angus beef ($6.99), and the all-beef kosher t-o big dawg ($2.49), which fetches french fries on command. Pile puppies high with additional toppings of sauerkraut, chili, cheese, or jalapenos (75 cents each), or forego cylindrical meats in favor of the rodeo burger, a juicy patty anointed with a sizzling crown of bacon, cheddar, and onion straws ($7.99). Baskets of wings arrive swirled in chipotle lime, spicy barbecue, or one of 13 other sauces zestier than a quick-tempered umpire ($7 for 10 wings).
Open since 1963, Donatos peddles its doughy, cheese-covered delicacies in nearly 200 stores across five states. The Northcoast Double Sausage Pizza is the newest creation from Donatos thin crust sooth-sayers. The pie balances savory forces with both Donatos family recipe sausage and mild Italian sausage undulating on a taste-bud teeter-totter. Stitched together with a mélange of provolone, mozzarella, and cheddar cheeses, the pizza is blanketed by a patchwork of caramelized onions and banana peppers. See the sidebar for a list of all 18 participating Donatos locations.
The first hole on the course at Rustic Hills Country Club carves an arc along the westerly banks of Rustic Hills Lake, a dramatic opening to the relatively short nine-hole track. With a par of 32, the course is dominated by four par 3s, yet makes up for its shorter layout with frequent hills that force swing adjustments and a steady diet of golf balls for the course's many water hazards—including one that almost entirely surrounds the island-like sixth green.
Just off the golf course, the stately grounds of Rustic Hills Country Club encompass a fine-dining restaurant, tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, fishing, and numerous winter sports.
Crowned the Best Irish Pub of 2010 by CityVoters, Brubaker's serves up an extensive menu of pub edibles alongside a lively atmosphere and TVs sporting the latest in athletic endeavors. Quiet nagging hunger mufflers with appetizers such as barbecue-chicken potato skins ($5.75) and the super pretzel with mustard, salsa, or nacho cheese ($2), or tongue-dive into a specialty dish, such as the chicken cordon "bru" ($6.75), the buffalo-chicken wrap ($5.50), or the mega dog ($4). Brubaker's burritos wrap various fillings in the fresh-baked arms of nine-inch tortillas and come in varietals such as the Popeye ($5.50), a hulkifying combination of spinach-artichoke dip, tomatoes, onions, shredded cheddar, and ranch dressing. Brubaker's also offers a wide-ranging beer selection to indulge the fermented fantasies of Prohibition-era taste buds.
Nearly 12,000 years ago, a glacier hungered for a bite of wilderness. The gratuity it left behind isn’t a shiny Loonie but a 385-acre waterway known as Chippewa Lake. In the late 1800s, trains began hauling blocks of ice from its chilly recesses, where vacationers swam and canoed during the summer. One of the railroad’s most prominent families built an estate beside the water, adorning the wilderness with a carriage house, formal gardens, and a portico lined with ornate columns. Inside the mansion, two fireplaces welcomed the rich and famous with stones collected from faraway lands. The same fireplaces warm patrons today, inside a restaurant known as The Oaks Lakeside. In addition to feeding guests at the resort’s wedding receptions, the eatery serves upscale fare in six different dining areas flanked by covered terraces and a shoreside pagoda. During the summer months, visitors can dine al fresco by the lake, where sunsets paint the sky with art as bold and colorful as coffee brewed from ground-up rainbows. The kitchen creates masterpieces as well, loading plates with sculptural configurations of king crab legs and bread pudding. Dishes such as veal piccatta and chicken marsala lend Italian flavors to the dinner menu, while dry-aged rib-eyes conjure the charm of a classic American steakhouse.
Some of the instructors at Lookaway Farm have worked with morgan horses for several decades. The equines, with their chocolate-hued necks arched proudly and their hooves beating quick drumrolls, respond to this extensive experience during lessons, trail rides, and competitions. All instruction is conducted in a one-on-one format and customized in accordance to the rider’s goals of achieving proper technique or making a novel about rollerblading cowpokes more realistic. With regular practice in the saddle, students of all ages can tap into the sport’s myriad benefits, including development of muscles, confidence, and coordination.
The Grille celebrates its heritage with its extensive Greek-inspired menu. Disguised Spartans can whet their whistles with appetizers, which include seven types of meatballs (each $7.95). California meatballs arrive adorned with fresh mango salsa and mozzarella, and the greek meatballs don a feta-cheese suit with diced tomato cuff links and an oregano cummerbund. Entrees round up a herd of burgers, subs, pizzas, and pastas, and the grill gifts gastronomers with Greek delights such as the mediterranean platter, which includes chicken or pork skewers, three spanakopita, and tzatziki ($12.95), or Greek-style chicken breasts that arrive sporting a toga made from mozzarella, feta, tomatoes, and oregano ($12.95). Though this Groupon only includes up to $60 dollars worth of items, diners may quaff off the drink list, suavely swilling a signature martini ($7–$9) or debating the merits of NASA's new manatee-astronaut program over a mojito ($8.50–$8.75).