Unlike most coffee shops and all PTA meetings, Crescent's Coffee & Tea accents its selection of coffee and baked goods with beer and wine. This welcome addition simply goes further in the café's quest to add a refined touch to the familiar, along with filling mugs with certified fair-trade, 100% organic coffees and filling stomachs with fresh croissant sandwiches, paninis, and baked goods. As they gaze through the café's windows onto St. Cloud's historic downtown scenery, diners can tap into the free WiFi while they sip a warm cup of caffeine or raise a glass of white wine or beer to the live entertainment that pumps out free sounds every Friday night. Crescent's also hosts themed tea parties that pair mothers and daughters, nieces and aunts, or grandfather clocks and digital watches to socialize over steamy brewed beverages.
Beef 'O' Brady’s caters to families and sports fans alike with fresh-grilled eats and draft beers served in a casual dining space featuring wood-paneled walls adorned with sports memorabilia and comfy booth seating. The menu warms stomachs small and large with a collection of Black Angus burgers, 15-inch pizzas baked on a stone hearth, and signature wings served baked or grilled in a variety of two dry rubs and 12 sauces. Twenty-one high-definition TVs continually broadcast live sporting events such as NFL Sunday ticket games indoors while diners can opt to enjoy a meal on the outdoor dining patio. The restaurant also features a private back room for large groups and special events.
Wok With Jon culls foods and cooking supplies from the markets of several far East countries, including China, the Philippines, Japan, and Thailand. Multifarious aisles teem with products that can add an Asian zing to at-home culinary creations, including spicy pastes such as Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce ($3.25) and chili garlic sauce ($2.25). As shoppers nosh on a steamed siopao ($7), a traditional Filipino stuffed bun, some of Asia's most popular delicacies beckon from the shelves with promises of tasty snacks and rigged fortune cookies. White Rabbit Creamy Candy ($3) hops onto sweet teeth all the way from China, and Ramune ($2) lets thirsty customers an ocean away sample a popular Japanese soft drink. Wok With Jon's welcoming staff is always willing to offer cooking tips or answer questions from those who have never shopped at Asian grocery stores, such as time-traveling scientists from ancient Greece.
Crabby Bill’s chefs serve up succulent seafood alongside stunning views of the Marina on Lake Toho. Warm up jaws with florida alligator bites made from real gator tail, dusted with seasoned flour, flash fried, and served with stone sauce ($6.99). Watering mouths can saddle up to the shell bar, which slings raw and prime gulf oysters from Florida, Louisiana, and Texas prepared in a variety of ways including the Crabbyfellar, a plate of six baked oysters topped with house-made creamy crab and spinach dip ($5.99). Tantalize taste buds with surf and turf combinations such as the center cut filet mignon paired with grilled sugar cane skewered-shrimp basted in garlic butter ($17.99) or try fresh gulf grouper, which is caught off the coast and then blackened, grilled, or fried, before it's released into guests’ bellies ($18.99). For king-size appetites, try a 1.5-pound of alaskan king crab, a mountainous monarchy of legs and claws ruling over the table, demanding offerings of drawn butter to coat its rich, sweet meat ($32.99).
On its own, a simple visit to the charming neighborhood of Harmony could be refreshing. Punctuate it with a glass of your favorite wine or beer at The Vineyard, though, and suddenly that visit reaches a whole new level of relaxation. If you come hungry, don't worry or begin gnawing on the stemware—to match its worldly spirits, the Vineyard also doles out inspired tapas, such as potato skins loaded with pulled pork and jalapeño-stuffed pretzels served with Guinness-honey-mustard sauce. A full kids menu makes The Vineyard especially welcoming to families, and live music often caps off visits with tunes from budding artists.