Named after the early-morning first shift for crew aboard seafaring vessels, First Watch ensures chefs arrive at work with the rising sun, chopping fresh produce, baking muffins, and mixing french toast batter each day. As guests arrive, perky servers greet them with an entire pot of Sunrise Select coffee, as well as the morning paper and free WiFi. Since 1983, First Watch’s carpe-diem philosophy has spread to more than 100 locations across 13 states, pleasing crowds with thin, sweet crepes and fluffy whipped eggs, hash brown skillets, and enormous multigrain pancakes. Recently placed at the top of a Consumer Reports list of best family restaurants, First Watch takes the customer experience seriously. Chefs focus entirely on crafting nourishing sunrise feasts and midday meals, shunning afterthoughts of steaks and burgers for edible masterpieces of omelets, belgian waffles, homemade biscuits, and wholesome lunch salads and sandwiches.
The bar formerly known as Donges Bay Clubhouse took on a new name—Laura’s Donges Bay Clubhouse—to celebrate Laura's 14 years, and it installed outdoor volleyball courts, an outdoor smoking lounge, and brandished a newly revised logo. To make their eatery a fun destination, the staff hosts live entertainment on Saturday nights, car shows once a year, and doesn't correct mispronunciations of "magniloquent." Along with hosting softball, volleyball, kickball, and horseshoe leagues, Laura’s Donges Bay Clubhouse also encourages competition among wings by offering hot, teriyaki, and barbecue varieties. The staff fries seafood during Friday night fish fries by sending walleye, perch, shrimp, and cod into the depths of flavor-imparting oil.
Centennial Bar & Grille satiates thirsts and appetites with authentic, fresh pub fare served in a century-old structure that's home to compelling historical nuances. Peruse the dinner menu and start off with handmade five-onion soup ($5.95), then proceed to the main course with any of the freshly made classics such as grilled tenderloin and mushroom ravioli—hearty cut of beef tenderloin quietly wooing the robust flavors of portabello mushrooms and roasted red peppers in a rich gorgonzola cream sauce ($15.95). After settling disputes between former taste buddies, tempt sweet teeth with a variety of house-made desserts such as cocoa-crazed Guinness chocolate cake ($5.50) or the always-beloved bread pudding ($5.50). Along with daily specials, Centennial features a Friday fish fry, featuring a half pound of tender walleye ($13.95), perch ($13.95), or cod ($11.25) fillets lightly breaded and fried.
The Riversite delivers a delectable menu of steaks, seafood, and other classic American dishes in an elegant setting. Guests can pique palates with one of many distinct appetizers, such as ground bison turnovers ($7) or warm asian duck salad ($7). Pan-seared bistro steak served with balsamic glazed onions and fresh tomato sauce ($20) and the char-grilled mahi mahi drizzled with pesto and tomatillo ($18) make for satisfying main events. Hungry herbivores can feast on the grilled flatbread pizza topped with poached pears, caramelized onions, blue cheese, and arugula ($8). The Riversite’s extensive wine list boasts smooth sippables from California, France, and other fine fermented-juice regions.
Helmed by a professional duo of seamstresses, Fabric Shapers steers apprentices of all skill levels through two-hour private sewing lessons tailored to their individual goals and projects. Amateur stitchers can absorb basic threading techniques as those with prior knowhow learn to tackle more advanced subjects, such as linebackers made from yarn or fashion-design concepts. Acquire the skills to hem your own pants, or study the art of alteration for snugger, more flattering duds. Instructors can also guide students as they chart schematics for a custom garment styled from preexisting apparel, transforming an obsolete dress into a chic blazer or several hundred blindfolds for an upcoming consortium of piñata aficionados.
The Good Life Catering imparts inquisitive culinarians of all ages and skill levels with relevant cooking fundamentals. Students arrange their own lesson by referencing the sample menu, which boasts dishes such as pecan-crusted scallops on corn cakes, wild-mushroom-stuffed tenderloin, and smooth chocolate-espresso-mousse layer cake. Though any menu items can be prepared, students are responsible for ingredient costs ($20–$75 extra). With each pivot of the knife, participants embrace the pressure-free learning environment, perfect for asking questions regarding the proper way to trim fat or what to do if a Boy Scout sells you counterfeit teaspoons.