Carrying on Sicilian family traditions, the cooks at Teddy Spaghettis rustle up a menu of authentic italian pastas, specialty pizzas, and spicy sandwiches. Pasta connoisseurs can test their taste buds on the Rage of Rome (regular for $7.95, grande for $9.25), where rigatoni noodles spar in a spicy vodka sauce with a blend of angry herbs. Talented pie sculptors can chisel out the chicken tetrazzini pizza ($6.95 for "bambino", $14.25 for 14"), or pile on the toppings to the Da Boss pizza , a Hawaiian pie loaded with sweet and savory sauce, ham, pineapple, sausage, red onion, bacon, and pepperoni ($7.50 for "bambino", $15.50 for 14"). Circular-food fans tired of the usual veggie ball or waffle sphere can dig into a meatball sandwich ($5.95). Teddy Spaghettis's homemade cannolis ($3.25) come in a crisp pastry shell with a sweet creamy filling. The shop's wooden archways, trellises overlaid with lively green foliage, and comfortable red booths make for a welcoming spot to enjoy the tastes of Italy without having to hitch a ride to the country on Sylvester Stallone's private monorail.
Pekadill's serves up a carefully constructed menu featuring toppling towers of deli meats and cheeses in a structurally sound, garden-bound cottage. Budding with branches of lettuce, onion, and tomato, the Hambirder sandwich ($4.95–$6.95) features a cold cut combo of ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese, nestled inside finely sliced light rye. Sunflower seeds inside the veggie croissant brighten your dark, dreary insides, and come in a crusty cornucopia along with avocado, swiss cheese, cucumber, sprouts, and ranch dressing ($6.95). Starting April 1, Pekadill's starts serving ice cream, including a sweet peanut butter shake ($4.50) and a scoop of vanilla ice cream hand-packed into a house-made cone ($3.50).
Wolfies's cooks appease aggressive appetites with a menu of hand-tossed pizzas and subs forged from hearty ingredients. Challenge chompers to vanquish the formidable Junkyard pizza, a cheese-smothered symphony of meats, including pepperoni, ground beef, and bacon, accompanied by an ensemble of green peppers and scat-singing mushrooms ($19.99 for 14"). The Farmer's Market pizza ($17.99 for 14") is a vegetarian utopia where onions, olives, and tomatoes coexist without bickering about the difference between fruit and vegetables. The Wicked Wolf Laker sub's carnivorous creation is composed of a half-pound burger shrouded in roast beef and ham ($7.99) and the Yacht Club sub ($6.99) invites palates aboard a savory vessel crewed by turkey, bacon, and ham. Arrange a virtual meeting of your speed-parcheesi team using Wolfies's free wireless Internet or call ahead to reserve the Side Room, a 20-person seating area replete with a television and DVD and VCR players.
A local fixture since the early 1900s, Old Channel Inn serves up a menu focusing on seafood and American edibles in a rustic lakeside environment. Give pressing hunger matters immediate attention with a starter of clam strips ($7.75), or opt for onion rings ($3.50) clad in delectable fried armor that makes them both inviting to taste buds and impervious to attack by other snacks. Most of the main coursery— including the walleye, which comes lightly breaded and deep-fried to a golden brown ($16.95)—is served with salad and a choice of potato or vegetable. Those more interested in bites of bovine bliss can avail themselves of the prime rib, which is cooked to order and served with au jus ($16.95). Pasta primavera ($11.95) caters to meat-free oral environments, and an assortment of hand-friendly sandwiches, such as a classic reuben ($7.95) or OCI turkey club ($7.95), allows diners to carry on conversations with their silverware uninterrupted.