A family-friendly co-op, Kaleidoscoops cools overheated taste buds with more than 70 flavors of ice cream, along with a host of variations on a similar dairy theme (single $2.39, double $3.99).. Raging chocoholics can indulge in flavors like More Cowbell, chocolate ice cream speckled with chocolate chunks, chewy brownies, and Oreo cookie pieces. Health-conscious connoisseurs, meanwhile, can savor low-fat options like black cherry or peach Depending on the size of their stomach and the scope of their bravery, diners may dive spoon-first into a lactic lagoon dubbed the Kaleidonator: 8 -12 scoops of ice cream rub elbows with brownie and pound cake fingers, waffle crisps, a banana, two of the neighbor's kids swimming laps, four toppings, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries. Kaleidoscoops also freeze-bakes a variety of ice cream cakes for all occasions (priced from $10-$45).
Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ expert baristas brew fresh cups of coffee using Rainforest Alliance beans and a passion for carefully cultivated caffeine. Whirlwinds of crushed ice co-mingle with richly roasted coffee to craft 24-ounce chillers—a slushy, sweet treat dense with dessert-like flavors. Celebrate seasonal transience with a pumpkin-spice chiller, or tickle taste buds with a frosty, slurpable snow globe in the form of a white-chocolate-caramel-cookie chiller. Five dark-chocolaty cocoa-loco chillers can help customers stay cool and caffeinated for a full workweek or provide a necessary jolt of get-up-and-go to an entire bicycle polo team after a night spent dreaming of steel children and living motorcycles.
Michael's Italian Restaurant's kitchen cupboards are bare. Their sparseness doesn't stem from a food shortage, but from the eatery's devotion to fresh ingredients. To wit: chefs deftly knead fresh batches of homemade pizza dough daily, and they coat the disks with ladles of from-scratch pizza sauce. They simmer organic beef with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and they fly in fresh fish from Chicago each morning before enhancing the fillets with white wine lemon sauce. In addition to traditional dishes, they've added contemporary flourishes to the menu such as gluten-free pizzas and pastas and meatballs equipped with 4G technology. Regardless of which entree guests select from the expansive menu, knowledgeable servers are always on hand to suggest pairings from the eatery's vast wine list.
West-Mex is a cooking style and an approach to service at Taco John’s. The menu is stacked with bold-flavored twists on Tex-Mex standards and Taco John's staff is committed to service and community. Greenhorn customers are howdied in by fresh corn chips bathed in nacho cheese ($1.69) while the crispy taco ($1.19) sets a familiar tone with its simple layers of cheese, lettuce, seasoned beef, and déjà vu proclivity. Insulated in cheese and a soft tortilla, the stuffed grilled-beef taco ($2.59) transfers its heat to bellies while the golden beauty of potato olés nestles highly classified seasonings throughout elegant nugget rounds (small $1.69, large $2.29). Taco John’s meals are made fresh to order, like instant strawberry patches and mom’s apple pie.
Between the years of 1904 and 1944, the Greek Revival–style mansion that now holds Eric's Porter - Haus was home to former Waukesha mayor Isaac Lain. Today, it's a bustling supper club where servers make the rounds to multiple dining rooms, one of which is equipped with a fireplace lined with fresh cookies for Santa. Chef Chris prepares Old World specialties such as black forest schnitzel made with natural range-fed veal. Another specialty is steak; tender filet mignon sizzles alongside 24-ounce porterhouse cuts. Bottles imported from Germany, Australia, Italy, Spain, and California also make appearances on the wine list.