El Amigo Mexicano understands that cravings for tacos, burritos, or chorizo can strike at any time. That’s why the restaurant fills its menu with breakfast selections alongside lunch and dinner options and stays open late. The eatery greets early risers with eggs scrambled with chorizo, smothered in red sauce, or delicately cocooned inside a tortilla. Lunch and dinner options sate cravings with burritos topped with melted cheese or gordita pockets filled with beans, avocado, and the diner’s choice of meat. Combination and à la carte options adjust platings to appeal to light or hearty appetites.
Northwoods' delectable array of time-tested comfort fare permeates the rustic 15,000-square-foot log cabin with soothing warmth and mouthwatering odors. A golden-battered menagerie of appetizers including crispy deep-fried broccoli, mushrooms, and cauliflower ($4.95 each) ease diners into bucolic bliss, and a colorful selection of fresh salads and soups stimulate chlorophyll cravings. Bunyan-esque appetites meet their match with Northwoods’ tummy-stretching burgers, such as the Lumber Mill, a tender jewel of juicy beef accented with four slabs of cross cut home-style bacon and topped with Wisconsin cheddar spread ($8.95). Delight in a joyful pairing with the Northwoods beef-and-pepper sandwich, a formidable sourdough fortress constructed around tender pot roast, sweet peppers, and pepper-jack cheese ($8.95). Battered walleye with beans, coleslaw, and potato pancakes ($15.95) deliver a buttery, flaky dose of flavor luscious enough to lure ursine Chicagoans out of hibernation and into a cozy Northwoods booth.
Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors, all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Harness antiviral and antibacterial effects of hand sanitizer sans burning sensation with the pomegranate punch, an infusion of pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and turbinado sweetener. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down with the less-than-400-calorie Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, turbinado, and honey. Customize any small ($5.99) or medium ($6.49) smoothie by adding one of the eleven enhancers ($0.99 each), including 8 grams of soluble fiber in the Fiber Blend or the friendly bacteria of Probiotic, which politely R.S.V.P.'s before arriving at digestive-tract dance parties.
Blue 82 covers all the sports-bar bases by keeping its patrons well-fed and up to speed on their favorite teams' scores. As diners dig into heaping piles of nachos dotted with chicken or pork, servers move between tables, clearing empty plates that once bore burgers stuffed with cheeses and peppers. In the evenings, on-screen sports entertainment competes with music from live bands and DJs as bartenders pour out drink specials and crack open beers.
The burger artisans at Smashmouth Burgers & Pizza fire a fresh array of American fare from their fully stocked menu and carefully craft a selection of recipes each week. Celebrate the right to bear burgers with a plethora of 2-ounce Smash burgers, each bolstering a bouquet of caramelized onions, pickles, and bistro sauce ($0.99), or with a Monster Smash cheeseburger meal, which balances lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, pickles, and bistro sauce on a precarious half-pound patty of seasoned ground beef ($8.99). In addition to harvesting fresh burgers from its private orchard each morning, Smashmouth’s staff also designs submarine sandwiches and signature pizzas. Patrons can sink incisors into the chorizo-and-jalapeño-laden South of the Border pizza ($14.99–$17.99), or the Alfredo pie, which orchestrates a meeting of the minds among spinach, mushroom, and alfredo ($14.99–$17.99), wherein the ingredients discuss creating an edible replica of Michelangelo's Last Judgment.
Miguel Mexican Fusion Grill's chefs combine international dishes and Mexican zest into a fusion menu. Diners can whet appetites with mexican egg rolls, filled with refried beans, chorizo, and cheese ($6), then forge ahead to sautéed shrimp skinny dipping in garlic-butter-lime sauce ($15), their shrimp suspenders and top hats abandoned in the kitchen. Steak-fajita fanatics can pack the carne asada's tortillas with a mélange of meat, sautéed onion, and red and green poblano pepper, topped with a shot of tequila for flavor ($13). Like a dozen identical children, a dozen homemade tamales ($15) are hard to take care of alone, but brave patrons can try. Little ones can order from a menu for visitors 10 years old and younger, and diners can nibble at their leisure from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. or later Thursdays-Saturdays.