Over the past year, CamRock Cafe & Sport—in partnership with the Village of Cambridge and Capitol Water Trails—has transformed the Koshkonong Creek from a tricky maze of fallen trees into a clear and gentle waterway. Situated on the shore of the creek amid miles of meandering snowshoeing, mountain-biking, and cross-country-skiing trails, the café ensures that its clientele doesn't need to look far for something to do. The staff helps visitors take advantage of the terrain with bike, boat, gear, and Go-Go-Gadget 'copter rentals. Hosted events bring people together to explore the trails via bike and listen to live music back at the café, or take part in a yoga or spin class. After guests return from a sojourn, the café supplies them with more than 100 craft beers, toasted gourmet sandwiches, and Alterra coffee from the food and drink menus.
Owned by the Nimmow family, who channel long-loved family recipes with Amish roots, Golden Days Bakery proffers a panoply of preservative-free confections that are made from scratch each day. Moist fruit pies ($4.25 for mini, $8.50 for large) boast local notoriety for their tasty fillings that include rhubarb strawberry, pecan, and pumpkin. Diverse grains assemble into a bounty of fluffy breads ($2.95–$3.25) such as homemade dinner rolls, health-packed flax seed, cinnamon-swathed monkey bread, and apple, cherry, or cream-cheese danishes that speak perfect English. Mouthwatering cookie classics ($4.75/dozen) such as sugar, chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin quell crunch cravings among sweet teeth and very hungry hippos, and even the pickiest appetites are sure to find appeasement in assorted treats such as cashew brittle, Oreo truffles, or caramel pecan bars.
The fragrant aromas inside What's Brew'N is courtesy of Ancora d'Oro coffees brewed daily by baristas who whip up flavorful coffee drinks. The menu features all the usuals, plus specialty drinks such as con panna, caramel upside down, and mocha bianca with gourmet white chocolate syrup. And then there are the specialty "Coffees of the Day" like Black and Tan or the robust Black Thunder, flavors of the day, and noncoffee drinks like green tea lattes. What's Brew'n also serves bakery items, breakfast and lunch, plus ice-cream desserts.
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.
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.
Ever since Jerry Murphy opened Murf’s Frozen Custard & Jumbo Burgers in Waukesha in 1993, he and his team have been dishing up what he calls “local, quality eats.” To him, that means burgers made to order and loaded with toppings; Friday fish frys; and sloppy fried-egg sandwiches piled with an egg, coleslaw, tomatoes, and french fries—and then served with a knife and fork. For dessert, there’s small-batch frozen custard made fresh throughout the day.
At Murf's in Brookfield and Waukesha, the cooks use top-notch ingredients for everything they make. Their 5-ounce patties are made from a custom sirloin blend that Jerry obtains locally, and their burgers and sandwiches are served on lightly toasted Paielli’s Bakery buns. “Local, quality eats,” Jerry says. “Everything we serve is high-quality, fresh, and made to order.”
Diners can order their food for the dining room or devour marinated and grilled chicken-breast sandwiches with piping hot fries out on the patio.