Pizza Man's housemade dough is kneaded fresh daily, layered with real Wisconsin cheese, and slow baked until it's a perfectly crispy, cheesy disc crowned by quality meats and veggies. This tantalizing process ensured that Pizza Man, which began as a standalone joint in 1977, branched out to its 33 current locations. Each of the pizza shops still fashions its pies from high-quality ingredients and puts an emphasis on old-school pizza-baking techniques. Toppings such as canadian bacon, sausage, and taco meat wait patiently to be bound together by a cheesy glue with fellows such as pineapples and pickles in one of Pizza Man's signature or make-your-own pies. The non-pizza selections include jumbo chicken wings, beer-battered onion rings, and the cinnamon-apple dessert pizza, which weds the sweet decadence of dessert with the Euclidean precision of pizza.:m]]
When Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in 1941, the menu offered beef brisket, pit hams, barbecue beans, potato chips, drinks, and that’s all. By focusing on perfecting the flavors of a few dishes, Travis was able to increase quality, and, ultimately, customers. Patrons were so enamored of the food that the restaurant eventually expanded into a nationwide franchise, allowing Americans all over to wear badges made of barbecue sauce. Over the past 70 years, Dickey’s has been passed on to Travis’s sons, but not much else has changed—the quality meats are still seasoned and smoked on site, and except for the addition of spicy cheddar sausage in 2011, the menu remains the same. Regional meats ensure that the most succulent Texas-style chopped beef brisket, old-recipe polish sausage, and fall-off-the-bone pork ribs make it to tabletops. Sides such as mac 'n' cheese and green beans with bacon continue to enhance feasts with an extra punch of homestyle tastiness. Each meal comes complete with complimentary ice cream, soft rolls, and dill pickles.
Tokyo Sushi & Grill's expansive menu combines hot appetizers and entrees with cool and contemporary sushi rolls that please both traditional and daring palates. Those embarking on a new journey into raw fish can begin with simple slices of assorted sashimi ($18.95) or warm up to the idea with a cooked roll such as the toasted salmon skin with cucumber ($5.95). Tokyo’s specialty rolls balance sweetness and spice as deftly as a love letter written in hot sauce, and include the Happy Roll (spicy tuna, smoked eel, and banana tempura; $12.95) and the Fire Island (Alaska crabmeat and chili sauce; $13.95). Dinner entrees such as beef teriyaki ($15.95) and shrimp tempura ($16.95) are accompanied by soup, spring rolls, shumai, rice, salad, and a california roll.
As night falls, participants in the noncompetitive Rave Run pull on neon T-shirts, don glow-in-the dark glasses, and stuff their pockets with glow sticks. Spectators look on as the throng of illuminated runners, which includes kids and adults, make their way through a 5-kilometer course that winds through city streets.
The event culminates with an after party, where a DJ spin tunes and powerful lasers cast out beams that illuminate wide smiles and the secret locations of any lost arks in the vicinity. Fog machines and CO2 jets help create a high-adrenaline atmosphere as attendees dance with their glow-in-the-dark compatriots. All the fun is for a good cause; The Rave Run partners with a local charity in each participating city.
The brick façade and striped awnings of Dangerfield's have stood for more than 20 years alongside the south bank of the Minnesota River. Inside, brick archways and wooden wainscoting create a warm setting, and there's also an outdoor terrace, screened in by a netted dome to ward off bugs and confetti dropped by exuberant skydivers. Chefs transform Angus beef into steaks, medallions, and half-pound burgers, and they highlight the delicate flavors of Canadian walleye and jumbo shrimp with citrusy sauces. A full bar and wine list help nurture good spirits, and the join also hosts national and local comedians in their lower level on the weekends.
Herradura's kitchen hums with the sounds of simmering Mexican sauces and sizzling meats. Chef Rita Castro fries up fresh shrimp, crab, and scallops for seafood fajitas, stuffs taquitos with beef or chicken, and adorns cheese enchiladas with pork, onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Bartenders blend natural juices into pitchers of mango, cactus fruit, and guava margaritas, drawing from an 18-year-old recipe formulated by brothers Raul and Oscar.