It's not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. That's a good possibility for the guests of The Murder Mystery Company, who find themselves in the middle of a investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, the company's troupe of professional improv actors ignites the dining room with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, guests work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask. Birthday parties, bachelorette celebrations, and corporate events can also get in on the interactive action by scheduling a private murder-mystery dinner.
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
Acclaimed Supper Club | Steaks and Seafood | Massive Portions | Brandy Old-Fashioned Cocktails | Retro Vibe
The Vibe: If one phrase best sums up Jackson Grill, it's "old fashioned." This descriptor applies equally to the decor of candlelit white linens and to the way the same family has run the establishment for decades. It's also the name of one of Wisconsin's most beloved cocktails, which the restaurant's bartenders strive to perfect.
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Since 1934, three generations of the Mazos family have ground fresh burgers daily and slid malted milkshakes down the counter to eagerly awaiting stomachs. Burgers dominate the restaurant's menu, with choices such as the eternally popular bacon cheeseburger, whose meaty middles are smuggled betwixt a toasted bun and a choice of swiss or american cheese. The mushroom cheeseburger tops its circular base with a saute of Mario's favorite power-ups, and the double cheeseburger stacks reunited cheeseburger twins. No longer hiding behind the anonymity of its initials, a bacon, lettuce, and tomato pairs with grilled-cheese sandwiches to offer diners beef-unrelated fare. Both burger and non-burger sandwiches accompany a choice of two sides to diners' tables, including french fries, coleslaw, baked beans, napkin swans, or a homemade cup of soup of the day.
Most of Wild Flour's loaves are crafted with traditional old-world European techniques, which exclude fat, oil, sugar, eggs, dairy, and preservatives and replace them with high-quality flours. Artisan favorites, such as the olive rosemary and cranberry walnut, complement any meal, while health-conscious selections such as the whole-grain flax-seed bread and the multigrain sourdough will allow nutrition-minded architects to nosh guilt free. Each of Wild Flour's four cozy stores serves hot lunch daily, with a rotating soup selection that pours the likes of Catalina chicken, cream of potato with bacon, and tomato red-pepper bisque alongside hot grilled sandwiches such as the zipper (ham, salami, provolone, tomato, onion, jalapeños, and mayo, $5.50) and the hot vegetarian (marinated eggplant, red peppers, portobello mushrooms, and pesto sauce, $4.90). Cold deli classics also sashay out of the kitchen, including egg salad ($4.90) and chicken salad ($5.50) and a wide selection of salads (starting at $3.25).