At Brooklyn Deli, owners Mark Anderson and Don Bothem slice premium meats and julienne subway passes for authentic New York-style sandwiches. Along with their menu of Brooklyn classics, the duo and their staff whip up custom creations, layering breads with meats, toppings, dressings, and cheeses. Meanwhile, freshly cut potatoes simmer in the fryer, and Otis Spunkmeyer cookies rise in the ovens. Out in the dining area, cheerful red booths and stools line up beneath photographs of New York.
On the second floor of the tri-level Rockton Inn, pictures of palm trees and tropical fish speckle the walls, evoking the elegant ambiance of a far-off island resort or Jimmy Buffet’s billiard room. This same laid-back attitude is reflected by the kitchen, where chefs busily plate helpings of fine dining standbys ranging from USDA Black Angus steaks to sea-fresh scallops. Daily and weekly specials keep taste buds guessing, with popular themes including Tuesday's quesadilla night or Saturday's all-you-can-eat prime rib special. Elsewhere in the sprawling establishment, six HD televisions keep guests tuned in to the world at large, and performance spaces play host to special events, including live music.
Flavors such as salted caramel, Bananas Foster, and chocolate-covered strawberry infuse the specialty lattes at Paradise Java & Ice, a café that the Cutler family opened in July 2013. Patrons can also sip fresh smoothies and or savor a signature treat—Hawaiian-style shaved ice. “[It's] kind of like a dreamsicle because the flavor from the ice drips and melts down into the ice cream,” Dan Cutler said of the dessert during an interview with Beloit Daily News. Rustic blond-wood furniture lines the café, and a cozy lounge area invites patrons to study, read, or connect to complimentary WiFi.
At Tom & Jerry’s three locations, which offer takeout, drive-thru, and delivery in addition to dining in, the extensive menu options are constantly competing for your attention. The self-proclaimed “king of the gyros” specializes in plenty of other Greek options, too, including spinach pies and steak fajitas piled into pitas. The eatery also offers a variety of American favorites, from burgers crowned with mushrooms and swiss cheese to Chicago-style beef dogs smothered in chili and cheese.
Cronies Grill complements its show-stopping menu of comforting American comestibles with regular entertainment for the eyes, ears, and feet, including weekly karaoke and dancing nights. Patrons can prepare themselves to sing like a bird with platters of Cronies' locally famous jumbo chicken wings ($7.99 for 10 wings), doused in secret spices before fried until golden. Homemade onion strings ($5.99) and garlic poppers ($5.99) further hone hand-mouth coordination so that customers can safely attack fully loaded sandwiches such as the 2/3-pound Crony burger ($9.49), topped with grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, BBQ barbecue sauce, and cheddar cheese ($9.49). An all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar ($6.99) pleases leaf lovers with hot and cold plates of omnivorous treats, and Southwestern favorites such as beef or chicken quesadillas ($7.99–$8.99) and grilled shrimp fajitas ($14.99) satisfy south-of-the-border taste buds residing in the lower chin.
Although Onyx Bar and Grill's live entertainment rotates among comedy, music, and karaoke, one source of amusement remains constant: sports. Flat-screen TVs throughout the spacious bar showcase the day's biggest games, which patrons can enjoy over wine, spirits, or 12 draft beers. Besides sports, those libations complement feasts that put a creative spin on bar-food classics. Alongside crowning burgers with Mexican-inspired fixings like jalapeños and chipotle aioli, cooks toss wings in 12 different sauces, including honey bourbon and mango habanero. The culinary team takes a more traditional, upscale approach to main entrees with dishes like hand-carved tuna seared medium rare and paired with lemon-dill sauce.