The towering street-side sign at The Roadhouse shines like a beacon onto a full bar and restaurant with a menu that plays off comfort-fare conventions and spice-steeped Cajun traditions. Drinks leave cool circles on tables as patrons circulate during special events such as ladies' night, and LCD televisions broadcast big games.
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. 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, in a pottery kiln, or over a pile of burning cookbooks. 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 ($15.99 family size) option, which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with a chicken Caesar salad ($5.99), an order of cheesy bread ($3.99), or a two-liter soda ($2.09).
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon a frosty foundation of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirls idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal a surprise filling of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Inca Express is the newest addition to the Inca family, which has been serving up fresh, authentic Mexican fare for more than a decade. An homage to generations-old family recipes, the dishes are chockfull of quality ingredients, zesty spices, and enough love to turn a wooden puppet into a real boy and a sock puppet into a foot, all served up with a side of quick and friendly service. Commence feeding with a round of cervezas ($2.75–3.25) and a side of velvety guac ($2.25) with chips and salsa ($3.95). Meat fans will have trouble choosing between carne asada and pollo asado tacos ($1.95 each) and a chicken Jalisco burrito smothered with green tomatillo sauce ($7.95). The Inca fajita platter's irresistible blend of chicken or steak sautéed with onions and peppers and plated with pico de gallo, cheese, rice, beans, sour cream, and guacamole will undoubtedly earn you an esteemed position in the Clean Plate Club ($9.95). If you're not as stuffed as a cartoon cat attached to a bike pump, indulge in a dessert of fried ice cream covered in cornflake crumbs, honey, and whipped cream ($3.95).
Cherry Street Grille specializes in omelets, with 101 different varieties flipping from frying pans seven days a week and 24 hours a day on Fridays and Saturdays. Each omelet contains four eggs with flavor combinations that range from the classic denver to a chili, cheese, and onion concoction. Sweeter options include an omelet with bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter. Gravy-slathered biscuits constitute an alternative breakfast, as do massive pancakes the size of a typical medium pizza, dubbed “Mancakes” based on their macho size rather than their ability to sprout five o’clock shadows. Burgers and fried chicken sandwiches complement breakfast fare, as do succulent 10- and 14-ounce slabs of prime rib.
Secluded amid Black Hills National Forest, Horse Creek Resort at Sheridan Lake is a quiet, rustic getaway. Rugged hiking trails wend through the surrounding woods, leading to rolling hills, grassy meadows, and sun-dappled clearings. A half mile away at Sheridan Lake, you can go fishing, boating, or kayaking in sparkling waters ringed by miles of forested shoreline. You can rent boats at the onsite marina and pick up any essentials, such as bait and tackle and phrasebooks that help you communicate with local mermaids.
The resort’s wooden cabins and RV campsites have easy access to both the lake and forest. Most feature fully stocked kitchens, but there’s also an onsite restaurant that serves prime rib and USDA Choice steaks. You can also request a barbecue grill if you want to grill out in your backyard.