• 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).
The sound of Laura Provenzano calling out "Mangia, mangia!" would send her children running to the table, their stomachs growling in anticipation of the hearty Italian feast ahead. Today, her great-grandchildren carry on the family tradition at Provenzano's Ristorante, where they whip up a menu of the family's classic Italian dishes infused with a few tasty American additions. Within the restaurant's warm, spacious dining room, glasses of Italian wine meet with plates of pasta and pizzas, along with American-style burgers with Italian flourishes, such as shaved prosciutto. Come Sunday, a lengthy brunch buffet stretches across the floor, simmering with platters of freshly made selections.
Hit-N-Run occupies vacant spots on both plates and stomachs with hearty pub classics. Cajole stubborn jaw muscles into masticating with starters such as wisconsin cheese curds ($6), or choose from among a mighty triumvirate of buffalo, Cajun garlic, or barbecue sauces to accompany homemade, hand-breaded buffalo fingers ($7). The Hit-N-Run club stockpiles thick-sliced turkey, roast beef, grilled onion, and cheddar cheese, all blanketed with homemade sandwich sauce ($8).
In 1962, Lawrence William Yanz opened Hastings Bierstube, where he dished out German delicacies such as bratwursts, Reubens, and 6-ounce sirloin steaks. After his passing in 1983, his sons, Jim and Mike, started two new locations before forming a fourth with a family friend. The sons expanded Hastings Bierstube’s already extensive menu, introducing the Taste of Deutschland sampler platter, which features a selection of wienerschnitzel, sauerbraten, and house-made spaetzle.
Along with slinging authentic cuisine, the owners send lucky diners on vacations to Germany during giveaways, which fall on special occasions such as Oktoberfest and David Hasslehoff’s half birthday. For visitors remaining on American shores, the restaurants host weekly events, including bingo, open mics, karaoke, and live music.
With views of the Mississippi River outside the humble, historic storefront, Red Rock Cafe mixes fresh ingredients into the three most important meals of the day—breakfast, lunch, and dessert. For breakfast, the taco omelet stuffs seasoned meat, pepper-jack cheese, and diced tomato in a soft, scrambled shell of three eggs ($8.49). The quintessential breakfast diplomats, two eggs, negotiate between fresh, gravy-smothered biscuits and neighboring italian sausage, onion, and mushrooms in the scrambled house special ($8.59 each). To kick off the lunch menu, the Rodeo burger bursts out of the pen as bacon, fried onion, and barbecue sauce ride a bucking third-pound patty ($7.59), and the Rachael substitutes turkey breast for the Reuben's corned beef and embraces a layer of sauerkraut and swiss cheese on rye bread ($8.49 each).