Though the artisans at Laketown Chocolates get inventive with their creations, they don't tamper with the foundation of their treats: the same 150-year-old European recipe they've used for the past 30 years. Their chocolate-makers custom-blend this formula to craft 34% milk chocolate; 50% and 72% dark chocolate; dark mint chocolate; and white chocolate, and concoct all specialty items in an in-house kitchen. The result is store shelves filled to the brim with their innovative treats, including locally themed sweets such as Minnesota-shaped chocolates, birch bark, and chocolate moose; homemade english toffees and salt caramels; and chunky chocolate bars mixed with ingredients such as wasabi and espresso beans. Staff can also pour liquid chocolate into more than 1,500 stock molds at a customer's request, turning the mixture into shapes such as business cards, commemorative wedding coins, and edible suits of armor. Their attention to detail even extends to the presentation. They box, wrap, and decorate treats with accents such as ribbons and colored foil.
Pizza Man's housemade dough is kneaded fresh daily, layered with real Wisconsin cheese, and slow baked until it's a perfectly crispy, cheesy disc crowned by quality meats and veggies. This tantalizing process ensured that Pizza Man, which began as a standalone joint in 1977, branched out to its 33 current locations. Each of the pizza shops still fashions its pies from high-quality ingredients and puts an emphasis on old-school pizza-baking techniques. Toppings such as canadian bacon, sausage, and taco meat wait patiently to be bound together by a cheesy glue with fellows such as pineapples and pickles in one of Pizza Man's signature or make-your-own pies. The non-pizza selections include jumbo chicken wings, beer-battered onion rings, and the cinnamon-apple dessert pizza, which weds the sweet decadence of dessert with the Euclidean precision of pizza.:m]]
Herradura's kitchen hums with the sounds of simmering Mexican sauces and sizzling meats. Chef Rita Castro fries up fresh shrimp, crab, and scallops for seafood fajitas, stuffs taquitos with beef or chicken, and adorns cheese enchiladas with pork, onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Bartenders blend natural juices into pitchers of mango, cactus fruit, and guava margaritas, drawing from an 18-year-old recipe formulated by brothers Raul and Oscar.
Tommy's Malt Shop induces nostalgia with a menu of malted milk shakes, hamburgers, and other classic comfort fare. With 16 different ice cream toppings that can be mixed and matched, made-to-order malts ($3.75–$4.75) arrive mouthside in unlimited flavor combinations that sippers can sprinkle with a variety of candy or fruit toppings, like most judicial summons. The pina colada malt combines strawberry, pineapple, and banana, while Emily's Favorite entreats sweet teeth with an avalanche of hot fudge and butterscotch. Chefs forge fresh burgers to order and with creative twists, such as the Pig Out burger made with a blend of bacon and ground beef ($8.50), or the Cowboy burger ($6.25), slathered in cheddar, barbecue sauce, and caramelized spurs. A garden salad ($7.25), homemade onion rings ($3.95) and a variety of classic sandwiches help round out memorable meals.
Roulette's Pizza’s talented sauce slingers craft made-to-order pies, the foundations of which come in regular, thin-crust, and gluten-free dough, upon which the staff piles combinations of 15 toppings. Large 14-inch pizzas patiently await topping trios, such as pepperoni, green olives, and pineapple. Feel free to forgo the rigors of building and priming a pie by choosing a specialty pizza worth up to the value of this Groupon, such as a 12-inch taco pizza packed with beef and a three-cheese blend. Or, enjoy a 12-inch bacon-cheeseburger pizza, which, like a house of cards or a writ of certiorari, is exactly what it sounds like. For those with special dietary needs, the kitchen team animates its dedication to gluten-free crusts by keeping and preparing their fixings in a separate and gluten-safe area.
Pinatas dangle from the ceiling at Chaska My Love, giving them a perfect view of the restaurant's orange and red walls adorned with murals of iconic Mexican images and landscapes. Below, diners nestle into bright blue booths before tucking into plates heaped high with flavorful dishes, such as carne asada, sizzling fajitas, and guacamole made with fresh avocados. The menu offers a variety of authentic Mexican appetizers, entrees, and desserts, as well as antojitos, which translates to "little cravings" and refers to Mexican street food such as tacos and tamales.