Constructed with wood milled from trees that once stood on the same soil, Riverview Restaurant’s sunlit space boasts high ceilings, exposed wood beams, and a stone-front fireplace, all which helped nab it a spot on OpenTable’s list of top 100 romantic restaurants in the country. Walls hung with original artwork surround linen-topped tables where diners savor plated steaks and seafood dishes tinged with miso, sesame, and other fusion flavors. An extensive wine list serves wine by the glass, bottle, or surreptitiously emptied flower vase, and bartenders swirl signature drinks such as pear martinis and pomegranate mojitos. Massive, floor-to-ceiling windows offer views onto manicured grounds, complete with a gazebo where patrons can reenact the scene in The Sound of Music where Rolf and Liesl cleverly disguise themselves as trees.
Sweeping views of Foster Lake mix with friendly conversations amid the diners at The Point Restaurant. The eatery specializes in fresh fare, with highlights including seafood, hand-cut Angus steaks, and house-made meatloaf for second dinner. The chefs tackle dishes from inception to finish, including making bread and pies from scratch.
If you don't know what a piadina wrap is, here's a rundown: It's an Italian flatbread wrap, served from unpretentious stalls throughout Italy, especially in the Emilia-Romagna region. It's part of a long tradition, too. As a writer from Saveur notes, in as early as the nineteenth century, poets were writing homages to the wrap, praising its smoothness and its often-impressive size.
Nowadays, Americans can get in on the historic trend, and dig into custom piadina wrap of their own at Strada: Street Food of Italy. Stuffed with delicacies from sausage to fried rounds of calamari, the wraps come dressed up in customizable extras, too. Pesto or marinara sauces smother more than 25 toppings, including Mediterranean specialties such as white bean relish, black olives, and spicy arugula. There's gelato for dessert, too, rather than the original frosty Italian treat, frozen pizza.
Every dish that leaves the kitchen at Colton Cafe is made from scratch. Cooks mix the batter for biscuits, simmer soups, and press burgers between the pages of War and Peace. The handmade results are such tasty comfort-food classics as patty melts and traditional turkey dinners, as well as breakfast staples including homemade buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy and the whimsically named Who-Hash. Hearty platefuls are served in the cozy dining room, lined with padded booths and framed landscapes.
Sports stream from a fleet of televisions that line almost every wall inside The Spot Sports Bar & Grill. As diners root on their favorite teams and shoot pool, the wait staff hustles between high-top tables and stools with pulled-pork sandwiches, enchiladas, wings, and calamari. The eclectic menu also includes deep-fried peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and super nachos that pack a hearty mix of cheese, beans, vegetables, and choice of meat. A DJ busts out the latest tunes on Friday and Saturday nights, and families gather around the giant projector screen for Thursday karaoke, singing favorite hits or reciting the Latin phrase woven into their family crest.
The exterior of Blue Moon Diner doubles as a lesson in classic Americana. A neon sign perches atop the polished chrome exterior of the long, low building, which evokes a nostalgia for the 1950s even before you step inside and see the silver-trimmed booths and covers of Life magazine hanging on the walls. The menu is another throwback to yesteryear with its diner-style burgers, rich milkshakes, and Cadillac-size breakfast plates.