Lakeland Winery's winemaking parties bridge the gap between independent home brewers and off-the-shelf wine buyers with engaging and informative viticultural classes. Experts trained in conversational French oversee groups of up to 15 at the winery, where they can choose to sample the store’s award-winning wines for a small fee before deciding which variety to make. After the wine has fermented, groups can cork each bottle and design a label, choosing from designs that include elegant fonts or scenes depicting the messy breakup of the California Raisins.
Burgundy booths and dark-clothed tables give Sweet Basil Thai House's spacious dining room an alluring mystique, which sets the scene for the artful plating of classic Thai dishes presented by native-born chefs. Their specialties run from favorites such as pad thai and pineapple fried rice to red-curry duck, which they roast to crisp before simmering it with pineapple and vegetables. While these dishes are prepared, the wait staff moves about the tables, dropping off glasses of Thai iced tea and fresh coconut juice or willing corks to leap from bottles of wine that diners brought with them.
Grimaldi's chefs draw upon the restaurant's more than 50 years in business to fill bellies with a menu of homemade meat, seafood, and pasta dishes. Diners anchor their fork tines in the hearty heft of a 10-ounce filet mignon, which is festooned in grilled portabella mushrooms like a chef at a job interview ($27.95). Chicken parmigiana is cloaked regally in marinara sauce, which the restaurant's experienced culinarians make daily ($14.95). Salmon Oscar Florentine arrives at tables with a norwegian salmon basking on a crest of lump crabmeat and sautéed spinach ($24.95), and the homemade lasagna brims with tributaries of warm cheese ($15.95). Cap off bites with a glass of red- or white-grape ambrosia ($5.50–$9) from Grimaldi's wine list to fuel postdinner joviality without having to pull the futon out for Bacchus.
Sky-high stacks of pancakes, super-stuffed omelettes, and lunch and dinner savories fill IHOP's mile-long menu. To ensure all your breakfast dreams come true at any meal, opt for eggs benedict ($8.99) or stuffed french toast ($7.49), or have it all with the Split Decision breakfast ($8.49), in which pairs of eggs, bacon, sausage links, french toast, and pancakes fill empty torso trunks and brunch arks. For a heartier meal, gobble down an 8-ounce country-fried beef steak smothered in gravy and served alongside eggs, hash browns, and buttermilk pancakes for breakfast ($8.99) or have it dressed up for dinner with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli ($9.99). IHOP also offers a bonanza of fresh salads ($3.99–$8.99), burgers ($3.99–$8.99), and entrees.
The chefs at Fisher Bay Restaurant curate a classic menu of sandwiches, grilled fare, and seafood at their serene, lakeside eatery. Sink fangs into the chicken parmesan ($13.99) or test taste buds' fortitude for piquant flavors with the spicy steamed shrimp, lightly dusted with Southern spices ($13.99). Share a mozzarella-laden, 16-inch one-topping pizza ($11.99) or scarf down a 12-ounce rib-eye steak forged by grill-savvy ironsmiths ($14.99). Outdoor diners can enjoy tranquil lakeside views and gather on brisk evenings around the fireplace to swap ghost stories and tales of twice-baked potatoes.