McSwain's Smokehouse gathers a medley of classic recipes from the country's most respected barbecuing regions—Texas, Memphis, the Carolinas, and Kansas City. Hickory smokers cook bacon-wrapped ribs, polish sausages, and slow-smoked beef brisket. In addition to these, chefs build more than a dozen sandwiches, including the McSwain burger topped with shaved brisket, barbecue sauce, and cole slaw. Though the restaurant's food spans different parts of the country, its drink list tends to celebrate Indiana, with a variety of locally brewed beers available in the outdoor beer garden.
Since it was established in 1952 as Alta's Place, Ann's Restaurant has weathered a lot of change. It switched locations; it was destroyed in a fire in 1987 and then reborn; and its seating capacity has expanded from 13 to 100 over the years. But in spite of all this change, the menu is still comprised of American classics just as welcomed in 1952 as they are today. Breakfast plates brim with omelets, buttermilk hot cakes, and biscuits and gravy. During lunchtime, the menu includes grilled tenderloin sandwiches, tuna melts, and half-pound double cheeseburgers.
The lavender-and-green-tiled wall at Purple Tree Yogurt is certainly eye catching, but customers gravitate toward it for a different reason. It holds the pumps that they use to self-serve the shop's selection of natural frozen yogurt. After swirling any combination of flavors, customers then bedeck their creations with toppings such as nuts, chocolate chips, jellybeans, cereal, and fresh fruit.
Don't confuse the concise dinner menu at Carnegie's Restaurant with uninventiveness. It's actually the result of a dedication to locally sourced herbs and veggies, which the culinary team relies on to craft seasonally changing dishes. Many of these burst with northern Italian flavors, from pork tenderloin roasted in a marsala wine sauce to tiger shrimp and linguini tossed with a tomato cream sauce.
Plenty of wines by the glass and bottle, as well as craft beers, complement feasts unfolding inside the historic Carnegie Library, where varnished hardwoods and chandeliers lend a stately feel to dinners. When weather permits, diners can even head outside to a romantic garden patio whose Venus fly traps are trained not to touch your steak.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day (prices listed below are average; actual prices vary by location). After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the cowboy ($14.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives. Or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($16.99 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an herb chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($11.99 for a large), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach. And veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian option ($15.99 for the family size), which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with an order of cheesy bread ($3.99) or a two-liter soda ($2.09).
During the day, the tables at Fireside Brewhouse might be packed with parents and children alike enjoying fried catfish, spicy pasta, thick burgers, and piles of sticky pork ribs. But at 10 p.m., the lights dim, three fire pits ignite, and the cars in the parking lot revert to their pumpkin forms, heralding the casual restaurant's transformation into a lounge for patrons aged 21 and older. At a 50-foot bar, tenders mix cocktails and pour more than 150 beers and wines, which complement the menu of American, Mexican, Italian, and Pacific-inspired dishes. On some nights, revelers join in karaoke or listen to a live band, while other nights find the beats of a house DJ inspiring feet to dance. Select evenings might also feature wine-and-painting workshops that let participants explore their artistic side in a social setting.