Bathed in celebratory splashes of bright color, the spare and low-lit interior of The Lighthouse Bar & Grill seems somewhere between a lounge and a banquet hall. Shimmering beer signs join flat-screen TVs in illuminating the dining area and dance floor. It's under this glow that servers dish out burgers, pork tenderloin, and beer while revelers and the occasionally DJ pack in for seasonal parties.
The lure of specialty coffee drinks and fresh sandwiches may lure customers into Butlers Coffee & Cafe, but it's what they find inside that makes them stick around. Cozy seating surrounds a crackling fireplace, and all around the room, bookshelves hold up more than 500 tomes waiting to be picked up and perused. Picked up and perused one-handed, that is, since the other will be occupied by one of the café's cappuccinos or smoothies or a crispy panini stuffed with cranberry and turkey or roast beef and swiss. If you need some added incentive to stay past dinner, the cafe also offers up a delectable variety of baked goods, including fruit pies and cupcakes, perfect for ending the day on a sweet note.
Orange City may be located in Iowa, but its heart and soul belong to the Low Countries. Named after Prince William of Orange, the town was founded in the 1870s; in the decades since, it has retained its unique ties to the Netherlands. These ties are evident in the tulip fields, in the Dutch-inspired architecture, and especially in the food at Nederlander's Grill. The restaurant's menu combines Dutch and American influences in its fried steaks, pea soup, and seasoned pork and rice dishes. Of course, some of the dishes are Dutch in name only. Take, for example, the Big Dutch burger: this third-pound behemoth features 100% Angus beef smothered with pepper jack and american cheeses on a grilled ciabatta bun.
An unwavering devotion to freshness permeates Tomacelli's kitchen, where pizza chefs adorn their daily made dough with house-made sauce, all-natural cheese, and more than 50 market-fresh toppings. Millions of possible build-your-own combinations complement 23 creations brainstormed by a husband-and-wife team, from a ham-and-pineapple-studded hawaiian pie to the seafood supreme's maritime medley of fresh ingredients. Not content to recline on the edible laurels of their circular masterworks, the Tomacelli's kitchen team rounds out the menu with piping-hot pasta dishes and fresh salads.