From Tuesday to Saturday morning, the Freeman greets readers at their doors with a mix of national articles and reports of the local happenings of Waukesha County. Much like alien conspiracy theorists, the writers in the technology section share their viewpoints on the eternally evolving digital front, and the sports section follows the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, as well as the Badgers of the University of Wisconsin. Those hoping to buy a used car, real estate, or the final bounty hunter action figure needed to stage a small-scale production of The Empire Strikes Back may peruse the extensive classifieds section.
Avid golfer Chris Verhoff spent many a winter counting down the days until the temperatures would rise and clear away the snow so he could hit the links. Impatient with the grueling winter months, Verhoff had an idea that grew into the Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center, a place that allows golfers to swing their clubs year-round, rain or shine. The 10,000-square-foot space features indoor driving ranges installed by Verhoff himself with his own two hands and one of his feet. Golf simulators transport people through 23 popular courses?including Doral and Pebble Beach?with high-tech software that factors in club speed, ball speed, ball spin, and wind speed to mimic a real game of golf.
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.
Every Friday at The Spot on Sunset, diners flock to this neighborhood eatery for the weekly fish fry. Crispy batter covers tender fish filets and french fries fill the air with salty aromas. If you're keen on the fish fry but want a healthier option, the waiters at The Spot are eager to please. Customers praise their willingness to swap out the fries with fresh fruit including watermelon, pineapple, and cantaloupe. Once you've gotten hooked on the fish, come back any day of the week for a selection of cheeseburgers, salad, and local beers.
Express Auto Spa's skilled staffers rejuvenate grime-ridden rides with automated wash tunnels and Armor-All products. After the pulsing jets dislodge grit and caked-on stoplight glare, the technicians gently towel-dry vehicles by hand. Their detailing services require even more attention to detail as they shampoo floor mats, hand-wax exteriors, and remove tar and road scuzz. Those in need of regular cleanings due to entering their vehicles into mud-wrestling competitions can enlist in the VIP Wash Club, which entitles members to unlimited washes each month.
Michael's Italian Restaurant's kitchen cupboards are bare. Their sparseness doesn't stem from a food shortage, but from the eatery's devotion to fresh ingredients. To wit: chefs deftly knead fresh batches of homemade pizza dough daily, and they coat the disks with ladles of from-scratch pizza sauce. They simmer organic beef with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and they fly in fresh fish from Chicago each morning before enhancing the fillets with white wine lemon sauce. In addition to traditional dishes, they've added contemporary flourishes to the menu such as gluten-free pizzas and pastas and meatballs equipped with 4G technology. Regardless of which entree guests select from the expansive menu, knowledgeable servers are always on hand to suggest pairings from the eatery's vast wine list.