Jay's Restaurant & Lounge opened its doors in 1946. Since then, the brick building has undergone a few renovations, but it still has the same old-fashioned charm. Specialties include hand-pressed burgers and prime rib that's only served on Friday and Saturday. The rest of the menu covers a lot of bases, including Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, seafood dishes such as broiled walleye pike, and a full slate of breakfast items.
You can lead a hungry horse to Señor Wiener's menu, but you can't force it to decide between hot-dog pilings that are as creative as they are incomprehensible to illiterate ponies. Take Señor Wiener's signature No-Bull Dog out for a healthy caulk of chili, sautéed green peppers and onions, jalapeños, banana peppers, pickled peppers, and hot sauce on a white or wheat hoagie bun ($5.75), or simplify the savory flavor with a lone grilled hot dog amid a red and yellow zigzag of ketchup and mustard ($2.50).
Chedd's turns childhood comfort cuisine on its head by preparing zesty, uncommon interpretations of that tasty old stalwart, the grilled cheese. Eats injected with Wisconsin cheese bedeck the varied menu, which offers gourmet melts ($3.75 half/$6.30 whole) such as the Heartburn (horseradish cheddar, pastrami, onion, sauerkraut, and spicy mustard on pumpernickel) and Fish and Peppers (chipotle cheddar, tuna, banana pepper, jalapeno, mayonnaise, and relish on rye). Aspiring dairy draftsmen can sketch their own custom grilled-cheese sandwich ($4.95) before selecting from an architectural alphabet of cheeses (asiago, fontina, extra-sharp cheddar, and more), breads (focaccia, sourdough, white, and more), vegetables ($.99 each), and meats ($1.25 each). Cheddar aficionados can dine amid the sleek, inviting confines while pairing gooey delights with soups, shakes, sides, and brats that help reenergize diners after a long morning of fruitlessly attempting to milk the neighbor’s cows with a butter churner.
Taco John's swiftly serves an assortment of tangy Mexican fare and bold-flavored innovative snacks. The edible oeuvre includes the eatery's signature super potato olés: black olives, beef, beans, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, and melted cheese smothering a helping of golden-brown tater nuggets ($4.99). Those who create Venn diagrams to decide between soft or crunchy tortillas can choose the middle ground and get both with the taco bravo ($2.29). Taste another victory for American and Mexican relations with the taco burger, featuring tacos' usual contents nestled between two fresh buns ($1.99). The fajita chicken quesadilla melt ($6.29) awakens groggy taste buds with fire roasted bell peppers and onions.
Zaroty's sign proudly proclaims the small, casual spot as a source of Mediterranean street food—and true to form, the menu features pitas stuffed with hummus, baba ghanoush, chicken shawerma, and house-made falafel. But the folks in the kitchen don't limit themselves to a single source of inspiration. To keep up with the eclectic, internationally inspired core menu dishes, the team prepares appetizers such as hummus with pita, chips and salsa, and cheesebread—another name for cash on bread. They top Taste of Mexico pizzas with taco meat and veggies and crown Down Home barbecue pizzas with chicken and bacon, all atop dough made from scratch. Inspired by the calzone-like Italian panzarotti, their signature pockets emerge golden-brown from the oven, stuffed with combinations from Hawaiian ham-and-pineapple to steak and barbecue sauce.
Zaroty also offers a catering menu, which includes boxed sandwich lunches to keep hungry businesspeople from eating important handouts during meetings. The catering menu also catalogs dinner buffets such as roasted pork tenderloin and glazed ham.
Located in 19 cities nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines available for purchase. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.