Each of Brando's eateries boasts a different dining experience; the Blue Diamond venue combines all the sports-soaked trappings of a neighborhood pub with a traditional pizzeria, and the Green Valley location ensconces guests in an elegant bistro setting. Diners can build their own burger ($8; $0.50 per added topping) at either location, culling from a delectable list of toppings that includes bacon, sautéed mushrooms, and a variety of cheeses. Imbibers can further their culinary construction skills by building a log cabin out of mozzarella sticks ($6.50), perfect for housing any miniature, deep-fried settlers trekking across the table. Topple a leaning skyscraper of deep-dish pizzas ($12 for a small, $15 for a medium) or savor the taste of an italian-beef ($8) or italian-sausage sandwich ($8.50) made from a secret family recipe straight from Chicago.
Two years ago, pub-patriarch Doug MacDonald realized his dream of a Sinatra-themed time capsule when he created Daddy Mac’s. Gaming and dining mingle in the dusky interior, with daily gambler's specials and the menu's full house of rib-stickers, including Daddy Mac’s cheeseburger, a 12-ounce butter burger with lettuce, tomato, a pickle, and fries ($12), and a roulette wheel of pizzas on secret-recipe dough ($12–$14). Breakfast omelets ($7) and evening entrees such as linguine scampi ($14) all vie for face time with discerning diners.
The certified instructors at DanceCenter want to show their students the positive effects dancing can bring to their lives. At this large, wood-floored studio, students can gain flexibility and burn calories as they learn the moves of salsa, waltz, tango, country-line dancing, and ballet, among a host of other styles. Kids and adults can come in for personalized instruction and energetic group classes or private lessons.
Most states have made drinking alcohol at home illegal due to the proliferation of home facial-tattoo machines. Enjoy alcohol in public with today's deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of food and drinks at Blue Ox Tavern, Blue Ox Central, or Blue Ox East, Minnesota Vikings–themed bars dedicated to the westward expansion of Midwestern hospitality. Choose from the following Blue Ox locations:
Wager dessert money on video poker or catch a Vikings game while perusing Blue Ox's menu. Heavy on finger-ready fare and appetizers, Blue Ox offers fried, battered, and basket-dwelling basics. Try an order of extra-long fries ($3.75) or beer-battered onion rings ($5.75) as a starter, before delving into dinner with six fried jumbo shrimp ($14.25), a grilled chicken-breast sandwich ($6.75), or the Minnesota Twin Burger ($7.50), which stacks two 1/3-pound Angus patties atop each other in meaty might. Pabulum-seeking Paul Bunyans can swing appetite axes into a juicy 6-ounce steak ($11.75) or enjoy their beef roasted and sliced with the Minnesota Timberwolves French Dip ($7.50). Breakfast and lunch are also served, along with an extensive selection of beer and wine.
Open 24 hours a day, all Blue Ox locations provide nourishment for night owls, early birds, and afternoon albatrosses alike. In between courses, kill time with video-gambling gaming, including poker, keno, blackjack, and slot machines. Misplaced Midwesterners will appreciate familiar football programming, a cheerful staff, and the comfort of knowing that they've yet again escaped the cold steel claws of an Iron Range winter.
Al's Garage serves a menu of pub fare within automotive-themed confines adorned by rims, spray-painted hot rod flames, and a bar backed by treaded metal. Wings come customized in choice of mild, spicy, or hot seasoning, accompanied by ranch or blue cheese for moderating heat and making swirly sauce patterns. After appetites ignite, mains such as fish tacos, in which flour or corn tortillas enfold golden chunks of cod ($9.95), hush the bellows of outspoken abdominals. Burgers include a 1/3 pound of ground beef, a chicken breast, or vegetarian patty, with interpretations such as the Hawaiian teriyaki burger, which layers gruyere cheese with a grilled pineapple ring, delights picky palates ($8.95). Postmain confections include a deep-fried Twinkie topped in hot chocolate sauce ($4.95), and the breakfast burrito of scrambled eggs, roasted peppers, and cheese fights hunger late into the night or early into the morning ($6.95). An outdoor patio lets diners revel outside, while inside custom black-and-red upholstered seating grants gazing upon seven plasma-screen TVs or comfortable navel-gazing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.