Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to flee the area. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and craft beers at Riverside Brewery & Restaurant in West Bend.
Riverside dishes up a delectable menu of American favorites and handcrafted beverages against the backdrop of the Milwaukee River's placid flow. Feast on a fleet of specialty sandwiches, including a quartet of grilled paninis teeming with tasty portobello, prime rib, or tuscan chicken ($8.95–$10.95) and a saucy slew of barbecue baby back ribs lounging with fresh veggies on a grilled kaiser roll ($8.95). Carnivorous patrons can sink mouth swords into a lean petite sirloin filet ($15.95) or savor a cluster of skewered tequila-lime shrimp grilled in butter ($18.95). A crab and lobster ravioli bursting with crab mousse, drawn butter, and a charming bouquet of fresh herbs courts a shy blush alfredo bedecked in a ravishing parmesan crumble ($24.95).
The sudsy mitts of brewmaster Chris George preside over Riverside's seven original craft beers, which include a signature amber ale, a bourbon-barrel IPA, and a citrusy berry weiss infused with a rotating monthly roster of fresh cherries, raspberries, and Crunch Berries ($3–$12). Peepers soak in the picturesque canvas of the Milwaukee River as palates receive lubricating doses of the house's microbrewed root beer ($2.95). A selection of rich desserts ($3.95–$6.95) complements the monocle-pleasing interior décor of sophisticated french doors, burnished wood tables, and golden wall sconces.