About an hour south of Windsor on the shore of Lake Erie, housed behind the bright red exterior and shaded porch of a historic 1880s home, chefs plate American-style pub cuisine. Servers create natural pairings of burgers and hearty entrees with local wines and craft brews. Upstairs, three guest rooms welcome visitors with feather duvet-topped queen beds, fireplaces, and Jacuzzi bathtubs. And only a few blocks away at the new Lil’ Heart & Soul Inn 136 on Mill, four more guest rooms in a turn-of-the-century home at the end of a quiet tree-lined street await overnight patrons—all outfitted with private baths.
Every 20 years our government allows one business to turn every day of the week into a Friday with a series of special calendars printed on stone. Today's Groupon honors the restaurant gubernatorially ordained in 1993 with $20 worth of week-ending cuisine at T.G.I. Friday's for $10. Bring your family, friends, or a group of tourists that follow you because they think you're Jamie Farr to indulge in distinctly Friday fare at a restaurant renowned for delivering the euphoric feeling of having two consecutive days off work.
Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings such as crumbled cookies, chopped nuts, apple pie filling, and gummi bears. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Oreo filling and chocolate dipped strawberry. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, sprinkles, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet, sundaes, and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and cinnamon. Ice-cream creations run between $1.99 and $5.99, depending on size.
In 1993, the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building was transformed into an Italian restaurant, becoming the first Buca di Beppo. The owners soon found themselves riding a wave of popularity and marinara sauce as they opened new restaurants across the nation. Today, the eatery occupies 97 locations nationwide, from San Francisco to Times Square.
At each location, chefs maintain the northern and southern Italian flavors that made the original so popular, with a few American twists. Then they serve it up in massive, family-style portions, making Buca di Beppo a favorite place for hungry families and groups of friends.
For starters, the chefs bake up batches of Cheesy Bread Florentine, a colorful combo of spinach, roma tomatoes, and garlic sprinkled over Italian bread and sealed in place with fresh, melted cheeses. Entr?es are prepared with an eye toward quality and quantity, both of size and selection, complete with Veal Parmigiana, Baked Ziti, and classic Italian-American staples like Ravioli and Lasagna. And in keeping with the convivial atmosphere, they also serve truly decadent desserts. The Mt. Vesuvius Dark Chocolate Cake erupts with melted chocolate, and the Colossal Brownie Sundae towers above other sweets with six scoops of ice cream and tiers of sundae trimmings.
Tom Krukemeyer, owner of The Mad Cactus, learned many things when celebrity chef Robert Irvine stopped by to assist a 48-hour restaurant makeover. Firstly, don't insult a celebrity chef when your microphone is still on. Secondly, small touches—such as a complimentary salsa bar—offer large boosts to customer satisfaction. As Krukemeyer explained to Debbie Palmer of Strongsville Patch, though Irvine's visit with the crew of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible started off shaky, if resulted in subtle, but significant improvements that he's proud to stand behind.
Today, after the hurly-burly brought by Irvine, Krukemeyer’s chefs continue to turn seafood and barbecued meats—including mesquite-grilled steaks—into Tex-Mex dishes. To complement the menu’s array of southern flavors, a toppings bar furnishes diners with more than 10 salsas. Krukemeyer also slates daily food and drink specials, which encourage diners to socialize in the main dining space, the cantina, the walk-in humidor, or on the patio.