Towne Square anchors appetites with a menu of classic American eats served from early morning to suppertime. Rev internal engines in the wee hours with a dozen silver dollar pancakes ($5.60), or the 2 + 2 + 2, a savory sum of french toast, eggs, and sausage or bacon ($6.40). Towne Square’s house-made baked french onion soup ($3.75) transitions tongues for lunch fare such as the Maui Mountain Salad, a flavorful eruption of grilled chicken breast, diced avocado, pineapple, and walnuts on iceberg lettuce, smothered in raspberry vinaigrette ($7.50). Like an eccentric millionaire’s feathered hat collection, dinner offerings are eclectic, ranging from Italian dishes and seafood to steaks, such as the broiled new york strip ($14.95), and the barbecue ribs and broasted chicken combo, which mixes finger-licking etiquette with the restaurant’s beloved poultry dish ($13.95).
The sandwich engineers at Rammy's Sub Contractors infuse savory breadstacks with house-made chipotle mayo and horseradish mayo. Meat mavens slow-roast Italian beef to lay the foundation for sandwiches including the Rammy's Radical, which houses a potent triumvirate of pesto, garlic spread, and provolone cheese. Guests can order at a counter backed with orange and black construction stripes, then settle into booths to dig into gargantuan oven-baked sandwiches with the help of tableside forklifts.
Stand facing one way in the parking lot of Niko’s Lodge and you’re in suburban Algonquin; turn the other way, and you’re in a mountain resort town. As diners pass under immense dark wood beams, they encounter a handsome pinewood bar, a roaring fireplace flanked by comfy furniture, and, drifting through it all, the fragrance of steak, rotisserie chicken, and pork ribs. Flavors tend toward hearty American favorites: barbecue, meatloaf, and decadent combinations such as a chicken-and-bacon mac and cheese, to name a few. Much of the fish is supplied by nearby rivers and lakes, and all the beef comes from upper-Midwestern Braveheart Black Angus cattle. If guests have saved some belly space, they can step outside to the fire pits to toast complimentary s’mores and destroy napkins on which they wrote embarrassing sonnets to pot roast.
Old Towne Pub and Eatery's ample bar seating invites throngs of people to belly up, devour tried-and-true bar fare, and sip frothy glasses of craft, domestic, and imported beers. Televisions blaze with slow-motion replays of Big Ten and NFL games and cast glows on steaming bowls of homemade chili, Angus beef burgers, and platters of barbecue ribs. The clicks and clacks of billiards balls, pinball machines, and arcade games syncopate with the live music of bands that tickle eardrums with upbeat tunes and peacock feathers.
Jimano's Pizzeria's deft dough-tossers craft homemade crusts, succulent sauces, and pies layered with fresh ingredients for an oven-fresh menu of Chicago-style pizzas. Top a thin-crust cheese pizza ($15.80 for a 16") or piñata-pack a pan-baked deep-dish cheese pizza ($17.95 for a 16") with a panoply of ingredients, such as pepperoni, mushrooms, bacon, or pineapple ($2.10 per ingredient for a 16" pizza), ensuring that modest pizzas don't have to arrive at the table undressed. Cooks also create stacked delights such as the italian beef ($5.85) or the crispy buffalo chicken sandwich ($5.99); baby back ribs ($16.99 for a full slab, $14.99 for a half slab) offer carnivorous sustenance coated in a homemade St. Louis–style barbecue sauce. The pizzeria's famed bread sticks ($3.99) satisfy carb cravings alongside a slew of pasta dishes, which arrive with sides of saucy banter and cheesy dialogue.