For generations, the Pfeifer family tilled the soil—originally tending to the land as Midwestern farmers after the Civil War. Even though the family eventually traded in the farm, these agricultural roots still run deep. At Hidden Lakes Winery, they tap into this instinctual knowledge of fruits and cultivars to create a host of wines made from grapes sourced from around the United States. Glasses of light riesling or heady pinot noir in hand, guests often pair their sips with the onsite café’s bistro-style cuisine. There, the kitchen boasts a full menu of Tuscan-inspired appetizers, artisanal pizzas, entrees, and desserts.
Servers, arms laden with tacos, burritos, and fajitas, pass through rounded colonial doorways en route to Zapata's Grill colorfully decorated tables, which are adorned with bright folk art inspired by the founder's roots in Jalisco, Mexico. Images of orange suns cast a cheery glow on authentic Mexican fare such as grilled steak, saut?ed seafood, slow-cooked pork, and fresh vegetables, and green cacti painted on seatbacks try to nab a stray chili relleno with their thorns. Bartenders blend margaritas by the goblet and pitcher, pour cocktails conceived south of the border, and fill frosty glasses with domestic and imported brews.
Sunlight streams through large windows and glints off the glossy wood floor as yoga students twist and stretch next to exposed brick walls. Other guests can undergo spa treatments or massages at the hands of capable staff members. The Christian-based health hub, which welcomes visitors of all faiths, approaches wellness from a holistic perspective that considers the health of the mind, body, and spirit together. Fitness classes keep Pilates practitioners, kickboxers, and studious punching bags busy before they relax during massages and slimming body wraps.
Butch's dedicated chefs build each of their Italian dishes from scratch, flavoring meats and pastas with sauces and dressings made fresh daily. They crown breaded chicken parmigiana with marinara, mozzarella, and grilled mushrooms, and they ladle crimson meat sauce over penne with grilled shrimp. In the dining room, marigold walls surround tables weighed down by thick cuts of lasagna, and a shiny, mocha-hued floor yields a mirrored reflection.
Inside the kitchen at Kingy's Pizza Pub, cooks craft handmade pizzas culled from fresh dough, slather housemade barbecue sauce onto slow-roasted ribs, and pour frosty glasses of draft beer. Kingy's pizza chefs and barbecue gurus have loaded their mantelpieces with prizes, including second place in the Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest, People's Choice for best sauce at the Pickering Lions Club 2011 Pizza Challenge, and a Pulitzer Prize for being well-groomed. In addition to nibbling on nearby trophies, guests can chow down on hearty burgers after sharing baskets of boneless wings, tangy fried pickle spears, and cheese-covered fries.
Purveying pizzas and subs is a family affair for the friendly staffers at Flyers, who have been offering patrons saucy circulars and savory sandwiches since 1976. Like the devastating barrage of cake and ice cream that the Air Force drops on other countries during their birthday, The Bomber signature pizza bombards unsuspecting tasters with palatable flavors, particularly its combination of provolone cheese, mushroom, green peppers, and a gathering of meats ($7.99 for stromboli, $13.99 for 11"; $17.49 for 13"; $19.99 for 15"). Peruse pizza and sandwich options here.