Since doling out its first wing in 1984, Buffalo Wings and Rings has spread to 50 locations across the United States, powered by the piquant sauces that slather its selection of wings. Sauce options range from the signature buffalo sauce, made from the restaurant's original recipe, to the recently added sweet thai chili, and cooks can tailor each order to five different levels of spice. Savory flavors also permeate handheld fare such as burgers and gyros, and staffers blend up new batches of blue cheese dipping sauce daily to help extinguish flaming tongues.
Papa Murphy's was born out of the owner's frustration with bad pizza from chains, which often tasted as if every ingredient was canned or frozen. Deciding to change the industry, Papa Murphy's tosses every ingredient, all of which are never frozen, onto the crust in front of the customer's eyes and sends them home to bake in a home oven. This dedication to fresh flavor earned Papa Murphy's the top spot on Zagat's National Chain survey.
Visitors can create their own take on the pizza pie or chomp into one of his signature pizzas, which range from meat-filled stuffed crust to calorie-conscious lite varieties covered in vegetables. His appetizers and desserts follow the same pattern. Customers order raw cookie dough or cheesy bread ripe for the baking, resulting in every course being fresh from the oven.
Breakfast served all day long. A row of regulars teasing the waitress in between sips of coffee. And a humble name. Dinky Diner is a true slice of Americana. Owner Mike Edlund was the first customer when the diner opened in 2005, and he jumped at the chance to take the helm in 2012. Together, he and his staff continue to make the eatery a place that feels like home, for both travelers and locals alike, without giving them a list of chores when they walk through the door. Nestled in the corner of a minimart, the restaurant's seating is limited, yet everyone is welcome to eat in or carry out from a menu of archetypal dishes such as patty melts, country fried steaks, and biscuits and gravy.
Eagle Waters Resort spreads out alongside the Three Lakes Chain—28 interconnected bodies of water in Wisconsin's serene, largely untouched Northwoods region. Some of the world’s best snowmobiling trails surround the lakes in the winter. Once the area thaws out, it abounds with fishers, hikers, and Transcendentalist philosophers in their natural habitat. Many of the resort's rustic lodges and cabins feature gleaming hardwood floors, carved furniture, gas fireplaces, and full kitchens. The heated, outdoor pool and in-ground whirlpool open in May. On inclement days, a game room might be just the place to pass the time with a round of high-stakes, no-limit Yahtzee.