Senor Tomas’s dining room—aptly titled the Blue Room—houses walls, tables, and chairs blanketed in blue hues and golden suns inspired by the art of Frida Kahlo. The Alarcon Family complements their eatery’s festive decor with an eclectic menu of family burrito, enchiladas, and fish recipes. Guavas grown in a volcanic region are churned into a paste and infused with ginger before chefs slather the sauce over salmon or tilapia for a burst of flavor. They also grill steak over an open flame and douse the slab in a roasted ranchero sauce to stuff into the el ranchero burrito. After meals, patrons can wander into the adjacent room and gaze at the work of local artists and crafts from Latin America, or take a short hot-air-balloon ride upstairs to the café and sip margaritas and custom martinis.
Becky’s Blissful Bakery’s confectionists eschew high-fructose corn syrup or preservatives, instead, they handcraft most batches of gluten-free caramels from organic ingredients—including some from other local merchants. Along with the original vanilla-caramel recipe, flavors such as masala chai tea from Rishi Tea or extra-special bitter beer from Lakefront Brewery infuse the treats with added complexity. Rather than protecting each caramel by wrapping it in peanut butter, Becky’s bakers swaddle the morsels in wax paper before arranging them in packages accented with silver bows.
Beneath the glow of warm lights, Casa Tequila delights taste buds with the vivacious flavors of authentic Mexican dishes. Chefs draw on fresh ingredients and produce exclusively, ensuring that every dish is free of packaged sauces and Lincoln Logs. Sauciers prepare guacamole before tables, and the restaurant's many flat screen TVs fill the space between bites with UW Badger and Green Bay Packer games. A full bar, replete with imported beer, margaritas, and daily specials, keeps spirits merry and coasters employed.
Dunn Bros Coffee roasts all its beans on the premises in small-drum roasters to ensure peak freshness and optimum aroma. The coffeehouse's friendly and java-obsessed baristas distill globally sourced beans from sustainable farms far and wide into a comprehensive menu of beverages for customers seeking a jump-start (a large coffee costs $1.80). Those looking for caffeination domination can receive $3 off any one-pound bag of in-house roasted coffee ($12–$15) when they show their Groupon. Springier palates may opt for the cool temperatures of a blended-fruit smoothie ($4.30). A smattering of sweet pastries and baked goods provides delicious brew-dippers alongside more savory offerings of sandwiches ($4.50), muffins ($1.89), and other filling edibles.
The dining room at Endter’s Sports Grill goes completely silent as occupants stare intently at athletic contests playing out on the screen in front of them. As the winning touchdown is scored, the room erupts into a flurry of yelps and victory dances, sending the pennants dappling the exposed-brick walls fluttering in a dance of their own. Behind the scenes, a crew of chefs rustles up a menu of pub fare built around Black Angus beef, lake perch, and hand-battered cod. Steam trickles from a pizza oven, hinting at toppings such as sausage, fresh tomatoes, and banana peppers. Beneath memorabilia from bygone eras of football and competitive baseball-cap wearing, diners blow on the molten pies, waiting to wash them down with draft and bottled beers. The suds, which hail from Germany as well as local brewers including Sprecher and Central Waters, click together in glasses, summoning forth belly laughs near the eatery’s flickering fireplace.
Though the vibrant crimson walls and the flat screens in the bar area fight for it, it's the rich red and green enchilada sauces at Salsa Cafe and Cantina's that steal diners' attention. The sense parade continues into the more subdued dining room, where freshly made guacamole with a secret blend of seasonings builds excitement for the meal ahead. The menu features traditional favorites, such as the slow-cooked and seasoned Mexican-style carnitas, but it also weaves creative Latin flavors into dishes such as the Venezuelan hot dog with cabbage and crushed potato chips, and embellishes American tastes with a trio of burgers. Meal encores take the form of red velvet cake, cinnamon crispies, and Chocolate Rage cake, the only known cure for Hulk rampages. Such innovative fare has not gone unnoticed in the community—Carol Deptola from the Journal Sentinel raves about the dishes in her three-star review.