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.
• For $10, you get $20 worth of French-American cuisine at brunch or lunch. • For $20, you get $40 worth of French-American cuisine and drinks after 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Restaurant's blend of fine French recipes with hardy American ingredients increases gustatory alliances at tables sprinkled throughout its homey dining rooms. In a contemporary take on the timeless roasted duck a l’orange, Grand Marnier and seasonal fruit accompaniments simmer next to a crispy quarter of tender duck ($16). After being pan seared and flambéed with cognac, the steak au poivre's black-peppercorn-encrusted fillet bathes in delicious blend of crème fraîche and bordelaise sauce next to a potato, pasta, or vegetables ($20). The salmon mosaic weaves strips of wild Alaskan salmon and fresh Canadian walleye into a replica of Starry Night before a light poaching and drizzle of lemon beurre blanc and dill ($18). Capturing the essences of classic French cuisine, the chicken coq au vin slow cooks locally raised chicken with bacon, pearl onions, and mushrooms in a red-wine sauce ($19 for dinner, $13 for lunch).
White Wolf Creek's ever-changing bistro menu teems with wild-game entrees, each paired with a complimentary chunk of house-made fudge. Have a seat at a cozy table and feast peepers on Lisa Loucks Christenson's bald-eagle documentary and wildlife-themed art while stealing glances at the day's sumptuous offerings, which include a heaping plate of elk meat loaf ($19.95). Three pairs of frog legs cartwheel through a field of homemade breadcrumbs, landing in a pool of house tartar sauce and drying off with a pillowy baked potato ($18.95). Treat yourself to scratch-made chocolates, fudge, dipped fruits, and chocolate bacon, all housed in display cases much in the way a third grader displays his collection of prized cootie catchers. While scooping up salsa, guacamole, and sour cream with buffalo chips ($7.95+), patrons can take a gander at gifts such as handmade wooden toys, hand-turned pens, and handmade jewelry and art from local artists (purchases of gift items are not valid for this Groupon).
When new owners took over Farmington Lanes in 2007, they immediately began installing upgrades. Now, the QubicaAMF HPL Lanes keep track of bowlers' strikes and spares with an automatic scoring system, and bumpers can be raised and lowered instead of superglued on and painstakingly removed. When bowlers need a break, they hit the grill and peruse a menu of burgers, pizza, and even breakfast items, or stretch out their fingers by playing video games and darts. Meanwhile, HDTVs in the sports bar and scattered around the alley keep everyone apprised of the latest sports scores.
The wine gurus at The Wine Cafe instill their deep love of the grape-fermented drink in others with a long-winded wine list and a tastefully matching menu. While slurping down a glass of Woop Woop's Australian chardonnay ($6), diners can snack on deluxe sandwiches such as the salami-stuffed and tapenade-topped Italian ($6.50–$8.50), or accompany a build-your-own pizza ($11) with 16 available garnishes and Gnarly Head's California zinfandel ($6/glass). Chunks of grilled bread and kalamata olives swim in a tasty pool of mediterranean spinach and artichoke dip ($8.95), but only because all the other pools are closed for the summer. For dessert, save wear and tear on your teeth by ordering a banana cream cheesecake ($3.50) and imagining how good it must taste while sipping Casillero del Diablo's merlot ($7) or a beer.