At Firehouse Grille, meat is serious business. When dinner rolls around, the aromas of sirloin and new york strip steaks fill the room. These tender cuts arrive at tables accompanied by classic sides such as onion rings and baked potatoes, but even that isn't enough to grant them top billing. No, that belongs to the burgers, each one a testament to the victual artistry of Firehouse's chefs. Molded from certified Angus ground chuck, the patties are garnished with specialty toppings such as bacon, barbecue sauce, and gooey mozzarella cheese. The patties seem to have mastered the buddy system, as no burger is complete without at least two. They're also joined by an impressive selection of draft beers, all of which are perfect for sipping or dunking tater tots into.
Executive Chef Keith Johnson pairs premium ingredients with homemade touches to build Chart House's menu of hearty gourmet fare. Canadian walleye, scallops wrapped in apple-smoked bacon, hand-cut steaks of premium corn-fed cattle, and Alaskan snow crab form the basis of mouthwatering dishes, with unique elements including housemade applesauce, seven-spice butter, and grade-A pure maple syrup enhancing the already heady flavors. A Friday night fish fry welcomes guests to the softly lit dining room throughout the season of Lent, and regular live music events fill the air with sounds more melodious than the yawns of an opera singer.
The restaurant, which opened in 1968, is part of a larger event center that has indoor and outdoor reception sites used for weddings, corporate events, and Juggalo Championship Wrestling competitions. Located on the shores of Lake Kingsley, Chart House offers picturesque lakeside and garden views.
Ronin Cafe's colorful menu of creative mouth entertainment combines spicy Thai specialties with Japanese dishes. Appetizers of grilled satay chicken ($5.95), with marinated cucumbers and peanut sauce, and deep-fried tofu ($4.75), served with sweet chili sauce and relish, bang the stomach gong before a delicate kabuki of sushi and sashimi unfolds. Along with various nigiris ($2), sashimis ($3), and vegan makis (6 pieces, $4–$6), specialty small rolls (4–6 pieces, $6–$12), such as the spicy yellowtail with garlic chili, and specialty big rolls (8 pieces, $14 and up) are tenderly crafted with shrimp and crab by expert chefs and christened with creative names such as dragon, red scorpion, white elephant, and enraged anteater. The indecisive and the nigiri novices can take the splitting headache out of menu decryptography by opting instead for Ronin Cafe's omakase ("trust") service, in which diners simply find a comfortable chair, name a price limit, and trust the chef to select the appropriate meal via telepathy.
Beneath a traditional red archway, two doors bearing coquettish, intricately painted geishas open to welcome guests into Kami Japanese Steakhouse’s contemporary dining room. Flames shoot off hibachis as talented chefs skillfully dice and flip steak, chicken, and veggies upon these communal tabletop grills, each set ablaze by a baby dragon. Sushi chefs continue the culinary show, performing for guests seated at a stately sushi bar as they carefully carve raw seafood. Thanks to all-you-can-eat sushi meals, their work is never done—their hands are a constant blur of smoked eel, albacore tuna, and surf clams rolled to order. In the kitchen, yet another team of chefs whips up udon-noodle soup, fried yakisoba noodles, and teriyakis. Bartenders pair each of Kami’s entrees with tangy sakes, Japanese beer, and global wines.
At Fiesta Mexican Cuisine, the chefs create tasty dishes from various parts of Mexico. From Yucatán, there's a Mayan-style pulled pork; from Veracruz, a fish fillet with tomatoes, green olives, onions, and spices; and from Cancún, ceviche. Burritos, fajitas, and chimichangas also satisfy cravings, as do the restaurant's breakfast offerings, including mango pancakes and huevos rancheros.
At Let's Dish!, families select healthy, hearty meals to eat at home without having to dedicate valuable time to planning, shopping, or preparation. After placing an order online, patrons stop by the shop at a scheduled time to find dishes that are made from fresh ingredients, customized to taste, and then, like Sleeping Beauty, frozen to prevent them from aging. Meal menus rotate monthly and include homestyle selections, such as cheesy chipotle-chicken enchiladas, pulled pork with mashed potatoes, and rosemary and mustard grilled flank steak. The preassembled Dish-n-Dash entrees allow for speedy pickup service, freeing families to spend more quality bonding time sorting the mail by size and color.