Sweet Frog’s frozen-yogurt flavors go beyond the norm. In addition to cookies ‘n’ cream and greek yogurt with honey, the lineup of 75 varieties includes maple-bacon donut, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Patrons can sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit and candies, then savor their confetti’d confections in the lime-green-and-pink restaurant. Smiling frogs and funky white hanging lamps give the stores an air of fun, but founder Derek Cha is interested in giving more than that to the community; through Sweet Frog, he sponsors children in need and dispatches frog mascots to those who need encouragement.
Voted one of Madison Magazine's Best New Restaurants of 2010, this down-home eatery delivers a menu loaded with barbecue-style southern savories and a deluge of draft and bottled beers. Customers will have to discard their dog’s squeaky toys at the door to keep mum about the menu's hush-puppies appetizer, a stack of southern-fried cornmeal fritters served with spicy mayo ($6.99). Diners can also dive into a legume-laden vegetable sandwich, packed with grilled portabella mushrooms, broccoli-forest-fire-roasted roma tomatoes, smoked gouda, and herb-infused garlic spread ($7.99), or beckon a rack of Brickhouse ribs, slow cooked in the St. Louis style and smothered in a signature spice blend ($19.99). The brisket sandwich sports Texas-style meat smoked in-house under a mound of melted pepper-jack cheese and onion strings ($8.99), while the southern catfish appeases anglers with a blackened or cornmeal-dusted, pan-fried filet coupled with corn-poblano relish and spicy mayo ($11.99).
The interior of Bigg's Roadhouse reminds drivers of the Mother Road—drawings of Route 66 and the countryside it wanders decorate the spot's walls. Twelve televisions broadcast sports games or the highlights from last-night's news. In the kitchen, cooks form fresh beef into hefty burgers, slice rotisserie chicken for enchiladas, and bake signature pizzas such as a pulled-pork pie with jalapeños, cream cheese, and barbecue sauce. And at Friday fish fries, they batter Icelandic cod to serve with housemade potato pancakes. Bartenders fill glasses with cold beer and stronger libations at a full bar.
Perched on 22 acres of picturesque land, this dashing dinner spot sates diners with regular and lighter-fare menus, all while boasting verdant views of a nearby pond and wildlife casting wistful gazes at the delectable edibles. Rev up appetites with the flavorful crab cakes ($8.99) or the shrimp-and-lobster crêpes ($6.99 for one, $10.99 for two) rolled in the thin french pastry of happiness. The ahi-tuna salad ($8.99) marries the sea and the garden on your dinner plate, and the build-your-own burger ($6.99 plus $.25 for each topping) begins with a half-pound beef foundation and food stores ranging from fresh mushrooms to jalapeños and red peppers. The center-cut choice rib eye ($16.99–$22.99) is a hand-cut slap to the face of hunger, and the half-pound of king-crab legs ($15.99) bestows the royal treatment on grateful taste buds. Pizzas and pastas abound, as do savory wines ideal for complementing delightful dishes and toasting live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
The talented meat maestros at Bates City Bar-B-Que win over palates with a toothsome menu of smoked slabs and saucy fixings. Diners can wrap their mitts around a pulled-chicken sandwich for bites of slow-smoked poultry ($5) or match their mandibles against a full slab of Kansas City–style ribs before stacking the clean bones for a meat-inspired game of Jenga ($14). The sampler-platter mixed plate treats meat connoisseurs to a half pound of ribs and a choice of two meats ($10.50), and sides of garlic mashed potatoes ($1.75) and cornbread ($1) sop up reservoirs of tangy sauce. As guests feast on the fall-off-the-bone delights of Bates City's carnivorous spread, they can belly up to the full bar or take in the air on the outdoor patio, wistfully remembering the hickory-hazed memories of barbecues past.
All year round, Nelson Field Laser Tag's battle zones join forces to send warriors into simulated combat. A field peppered with camo forts and towers at the Green Bay location scintillates during winter months as groups of up to 16 players use the scopes on heavy-duty, military-grade laser guns to pick off opponents and point out mustard stains on a teammate's pants. Meanwhile, unfolding across outdoor combat arenas, paintball and airsoft squads dip, dash, and dive behind natural and manmade barriers. Seven woodball fields camouflage matches amid troves of trees, and on an urban combat field, shooters utilize 19 buildings and one rogue hot-dog cart as shelter. Upon striking a truce, friends can reconvene at Nelson Field's onsite sports bars.
Though Nelson Field Laser Tag sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.