Jose's Authentic Mexican Restaurant is a dream come true for the owner, Jose Luis Parra Vera, who wanted to put to use his own recipes for Mexican cuisine. The gregarious wait staff presents the dishes with appropriate panache, daubing celebrants' noses with whipped cream from birthday desserts and carrying five plates at a time. Bright-colored walls frame murals depicting beach scenes with brilliant-blue water and green palm trees bowing over multicolored hammocks recalling the beaches of Mexico. Beneath the paintings, corn or flour tortillas enfold morsels carnitas, a dish of shredded-pork tips traditionally slow cooked with green chilies and cumin. The chatter of silverware fills the outdoor patio when the weather is warm, and there aren’t carolers singing about the dangers of holiday lights outside.
The Wisconsin Cheese Man has been has been filling empty stomachs and dressing empty crackers with their high quality cheeses, spreads, and snacks since 1947. Each party-perfect, three-pronged option includes a half pound of cheese carefully matched with sweet and salty compliments, along with a marble cheese slicer ($15), saving you the exasperating trouble of provoking the cheese onto your cracker with excessive pretzel prodding.
Ranked #1 Submarine Sandwich Franchise in the 2011 "Franchise 500" issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, Subway has graced the globe with nutritious stacks of meats, crisp veggies, flavorful cheeses, and fresh-baked breads since 1965. Sandwiches, which can be left out cold or invited into a toaster, include classics such as the turkey breast, black-forest ham, the premium big philly cheesesteak, and a host of $5 foot-long subs—which can be used to measure a child's height or the distance between Earth and the sun. There are also kids' meals to introduce children to the concept of eating. The eateries open at 7 a.m. with bountiful breakfast sandwiches served alongside cups of Seattle’s Best Coffee.
Amid earthy-colored walls peppered with Wisconsin Badger relics, diners at Eddie's Alehouse and Eatery are free to kick back and conquer appetites with a host of savory sandwiches and more than 90 different beers. Hungry hoards can commence chew-offs with a dozen chicken drummies ($8.95) before mouth-diving into meaty bun swaddlers such as the pork-tenderloin sandwich ($5.50) or the deep-fried chicken sandwich ($4.75). Signature burgers—including the half-pound Big Eddie burger ($5.50) and the bacon-and-ham-topped Pauly ($5.50)—are culinary constructions more inviting to the tongue than a Martin Van Buren statue fashioned from Ring Pops. To ensure gullets remain properly irrigated, munchers can whet their food highways with a hoppy selection from Eddie's diverse menu of lagers, ales, and stouts.
Owned by the Nimmow family, who channel long-loved family recipes with Amish roots, Golden Days Bakery proffers a panoply of preservative-free confections that are made from scratch each day. Moist fruit pies ($4.25 for mini, $8.50 for large) boast local notoriety for their tasty fillings that include rhubarb strawberry, pecan, and pumpkin. Diverse grains assemble into a bounty of fluffy breads ($2.95–$3.25) such as homemade dinner rolls, health-packed flax seed, cinnamon-swathed monkey bread, and apple, cherry, or cream-cheese danishes that speak perfect English. Mouthwatering cookie classics ($4.75/dozen) such as sugar, chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin quell crunch cravings among sweet teeth and very hungry hippos, and even the pickiest appetites are sure to find appeasement in assorted treats such as cashew brittle, Oreo truffles, or caramel pecan bars.