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Where to go and what to eat

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CONTACT Phone: (715) 552-0457 Inter-web: www.volumeone.org Email: mail@volumeone.org PUBLISHER / EDITOR / ETC Nick Meyer MANAGING EDITOR Trevor Kupfer ASSISTANT EDITOR Kinzy Janssen ON-LINE EDITOR Mike Paulus RESOURCE & LISTINGS EDITOR Tyler Griggs WEB DEVELOPMENT MASTER Don Ross RESTAURANT LISTING TASKFORCE Katie Hoffman + Dacia Miller + Hanna Kaiser + Alissa Peterson PHOTOGRAPHERS Andrea Paulseth + Frank H. Robnson + Leah Dunbar + Drew Kaiser + Hanna Agar CONTRIBUTORS Kristin Frosch ADVERTISING MANAGER Shawn Brunner ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Chase Kunkel + Neil Hodorowski ART DIRECTOR/DESIGNER Brian Moen ADVERTISING DESIGNER Josh Smeltzer BASIC INFO Eat Scene is published by Volume One – a locally owned, locally operated, and locally focused magazine. Eat Scene is distributed to more than 300 locations in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls. RESTAURANT INFO We did our best to include all restaurants in our area. If we missed yours or if you have a new restaurant that you’d like listed in the next issue of Eat Scene, call: (715) 552-0457 or email: mail@volumeone.org. ON-LINE DINING GUIDE This guide is available in a highly searchable format on our website at VolumeOne.org. Every restaurant in the valley is listed and up-to-date, plus there are photos, maps/directions, and reviews. ADVERTISING INFO Eat Scene, the best and most complete guide to restaurants in the Chippewa Valley, is read by nearly 50,000 locals and tourists each year. If you’d like to advertise in the next issue, call: (715) 552-0457 or email: mail@volumeone.org. ON THE COVER A photograph of The Livery’s outdoor patio by Andrea Paulseth. © 2011 Volume One The writing, artwork, and photography in Eat Scene remain the property of the authors, artists, & photographers. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the publication or its advertisers.

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PANINI, FRESH FRUIT & SALAD Harmony Corner Café, Eau Claire


YOUR GUIDE TO DINING IN THE CHIPPEWA VALLEY

CONTENTS

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RESTAURANT LISTING INDEX

AWESOME ATMOSPHERES

TAKING OUT STEREOTYPES MOKE’S

RESTAURANT LISTINGS

OUTDOOR DINING INDEX

ON-LINE DINING GUIDE INFO

LATE-NIGHT EATS INDEX

OBSESSION CHOCOLATES

COST-CUTTING COUPONS

DELIVERY INDEX

ADVERTISER INDEX FUJI

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locallistings restaurant categories AMERICAN CASUAL ASIAN BAR & GRILL

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GREEK INDIAN ITALIAN

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BAVARIAN BBQ CAFÉ/COFFEEHOUSE CAFETERIA CAJUN DESSERTS & TREATS FAMILY STYLE FAST FOOD FINE DINING FUSION

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JAPANESE MEDITERRANEAN MEXICAN PIZZA RAW FOOD SANDWICHES/SUBS SEAFOOD STEAKHOUSE SUPPER CLUB WORLD

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restaurant quicklists OUTDOOR SEATING SUNDAY BRUNCH BREAKFAST SPOTS LATE-NIGHT EATS

WATER STREET DELI

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VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY CHIPPEWA FALLS MENOMONIE DELIVERY

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THRILLIN’ WITH THE TEPPANYAKI GRILLIN’ Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse, EC


Awesome Atmospheres some Chippewa Valley eateries with unique vibes Compiled By Trevor Kupfer

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ou might say you’re a regular patron at area restaurants because of their food. Maybe they have great burgers. Or their fish fry is to die for. Or they’re the only place that prepares avocado and haggis paninis just the way you like them. That’s great. And it very well may be true. But on a subconscious level, there’s a whole other group of restaurants you continually frequent because of their atmosphere. A unique combination of décor, staff, clientele, seating, noise level, and all manner of aspects that dictate your personal comfort with a place. Deny it up and down, but it’s true; and what those places are can say a lot about your tastes and personality. So we asked a bunch of Chippewa Vallians, as well as searched within our heart of hearts, about what those places are and why they’re so darn special to us. And here they are …

THE CHILLAXIDASICAL VIBE

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The Chippewa Valley has no shortage of great cafés and coffeehouses, but few come close to the atmosphere of Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge. Many of Racy’s return patrons became regulars while at UW-Eau Claire, and it’s no secret why. The comfy mix-and-matched couches. The hip music. The late hours. And, of course, the coffee. In true lounge style, they have an aquarium and a bookshelf filled with thinking man’s board games. Maybe it’s to add relaxing and homey distractions from the glow of a laptop screen (which many patrons bring along). By no means the place to go if you have five minutes to get to work and need your double mocha frappe latte with extrachilled soy milk foam RIGHT NOW. But if you have some time to relax or need some peace and quiet, it’ll hit the spot.

THE SIMPLER-TIME VIBE

Never sit the same way twice. Featuring “vintage” seating, eclectic art, and cute fishies, Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge in Eau Claire offers a laid-back mood with its brew.

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Olson’s Ice Cream Parlor is an institution. Its success started as most do: with a quality product. And that success has continued over several decades, creating a long-standing history and tradition. As one local wrote in a review on VolumeOne.org, “Any visit to Chippewa Falls calls for a stop at Olson’s. Trip to Irvine Park? Olson’s. Visiting relatives? Olson’s. Dinner at Casa Mexicana or Lucy’s? Olson’s. Incarceration in jail due to a misunderstanding at Dam Bar? Bail, then Olson’s.” Their spot on the pedestal will remain as long as the product and place remain constants, and what it becomes is a piece of comforting nostalgia. Going there for a late summer afternoon and stepping into the retro-style diner takes you back in time. For several lucky Vallians, that place is childhood. When you’d scrounge up any change you could find, sprinted downtown to grab a cone with friends, and sat outside on the sidewalk, working furiously around the cone to savor every last drop and preventing the melting goodness from dripping to the ground. And, thankfully, that rush of nostalgia is always just one scoop away …

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AWESOME ATMOSPHERES ANDREA PAULSETH

The deep, rich colors, original artwork, and Mediterranean vibe is reason enough to check out Mona Lisa’s in Eau Claire. Also – sofas.

THE BUSTLING URBAN VIBE

Every time I eat in both Stella Blues and Zanzibar I get the distinct feeling of being amid bustling young professionals who just got out of work on a Friday in the big city. They all gather at this charming little place to have some food and some drinks before hitting the town. While they can also be great places for dates (I’ve had several at both), this feeling is still inescapable. Thinking about it now, I realize that this charming metropolitan feel comes from the noise level (lots of talking), variety of upscale options at the bar, well-dressed staff (and patrons, for that matter), low lighting, and trendy décor. Said décor includes reprints of movie posters, trendy paintings, and French ads. They feel like hip upscale hangouts, and the fact that their menus are unique to the area and bistro-esque doesn’t hurt.

THE WARM LOG CABIN VIBE

The log cabin design motif is likely the most used (and abused) of all in this part of the country. It’s easy to see why. A log cabin evokes weekend getaways with family and friends, nuzzling up to

a warm fire, a quiet and remote location, with nothing to do but hunt, fish, whittle, or record For Emma Forever Ago. No one captures this essence as well as Northwoods Brew Pub and Norske Nook. The décor is obvious: log walls, flannel curtains, moose, bears, fish, and antlers. But the real key is the smells and feel of the place, influenced by a fireplace that creates both inviting warmth and that unmistakable aroma of woodsmoke. By the time you dive into a slice of homemade apple pie, you’d swear you were on a rocking chair with a cup of hot cocoa.

THE RELAXING WINE-AND-DINE VIBE

Duncan Creek, Mona Lisa’s, and Houligan’s are quite different in the particulars of their décor, menus, and surroundings. So it’s quite surprising that the sum of those parts add up to a similar overall feel. But they do. Mona’s and Houligan’s are both rather large places and use dimmer lighting than Duncan Creek, but all three still feel like the intimate downtown dining spots you’d hope to find in any large urban setting. All three have great beverage options at the bar (taking particular pride in wines, specialty beers, and martinis). All three

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are relatively quiet. All three have mostly small-table seating (both indoors as well as out). And all three double as relaxing and quiet date-night options, as well as great places for a mellow drink at the bar.

THE EVERYONE-IS-WELCOME VIBE

Though many restaurants tout themselves as such, very few are really ACTUALLY honest-to-god inviting for all walks of life. And even fewer actually attract a wide range of people. But such is the case with Girolamo’s Court’n House. It’s great for people looking for a burger or fish fry. It’s great for people looking to drink beer or sing karaoke. It’s a great talking spot after a show at The Gran Little Theatre. They’ve even recently added a big box of board games and coloring books. It’s as diverse a clientele (at least in terms of age) as you’re liable to find around these parts. You’ve got college kids and long-time neighborhood residents sitting a barstool away from each other at any given moment. Credit this hangout anomaly to the family that runs it, as they themselves are of varied ages and interests. Their unifying factor is the same as the clientele’s: they’re as nice as they come.

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Taking Out Stereotypes a guide of where to take friends or family from out of town Compiled By Kristin Frosch

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ou know the scenario. Some friends or family are coming in from out of town. You’re planning to go out for a bite to eat. Being that they’re not from around here, they look to you for suggestions. On the fly, you have to take what you’ve gathered of those people’s collective tastes and think of a place that fits their stereotypical needs. We won’t bother to detail how difficult a process this is. You know already. But what we have done is attempt to alleviate these difficult times by breaking down the different eating stereotypes and suggesting some places to take them. So the next time you encounter this situation, peruse our list, find your stereotype, and make the best decision when dining out!

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THE ADVENTURER

Whether to come off as bold or as cultured as Anthony Bourdain, the adventurer seeks a little thrill in their eating experience – often looking for strange or unique ingredients that others cringe at. If you fit this mould, Eau Claire offers a few interesting places to check out. With quail, rabbit, and calamari all on the menu, The Livery (aka Cowtown Saloon) might offer the excitement you are looking for in a bar and grill-style eatery that combines historical urban with modern hip. Shanghai Bistro likewise adds some flare to their menu with meats like octopi, mussels, and duck, plus all kinds of sushi and seaweed dishes. A safer, though likewise multicultural, option is The Water Street Deli & Grocery for its Mediterranean cuisine.

THE SCAREDY-CAT

We all know them. And maybe you’re one yourself. And that’s OK. A scaredy-cat doesn’t want to take risks in their meal choices. When they go out, they want to know they’re going to enjoy it. It’s like a phobia that means ordering only chicken tenders at every eatery, or else only going to certain restaurants “you can trust.” For places that won’t scare your taste buds, we suggest perennial Italian favorites such as Olive Garden, Mancino’s, or Cicione’s. Always safe bets, these places have standard Italian fare and always a few slightly interesting options if you’re not as safe as your guest. The same goes for Asian buffets like Jade Garden and Great Wall. If things get really desperate, there’s always pizza.

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STEREOTYPES DREW KAISER

THE SENSUALIST

The Sensualist prefers to experience the aroma and taste of the food as well as the atmosphere in which they are dining, which should be just as important to you in this case because these people often take their time when eating a meal. Basically, they’re the kind of person who will open a bottle of wine, let it breathe, visually inspect it upon pouring, swirl it in their mouth, and then talk at length about its tannins. They may or may not be a snob. With a charming and intimate atmosphere as well as a well-crafted menu, we suggest Duncan Creek Winebar. On another end of the spectrum, with decadent hand-crafted sweets, Obsession Chocolates is likewise is fine choice. Other excellent suggestions include Draganetti’s (great Italian fare and wines) and Houligan’s (steak, seafood, and a great bar).

SPICE LOVER

Look to the Chippewa Valley’s many Mexican eateries for a shot of culinary zing. Look out, we’ve got a Spice Lover on our hands ... and she already ate a whole bowl of salsa.

The Sensualist prefers to experience the aroma and taste of the food as well as the atmosphere in which they are dining, which should be just as important to you in this case because these people often take their time when eating a meal.

THE SHARER

Not to be mistaken for places that give you huge portions (something many area bar and grills do a great job of), this category instead speaks to the kind of company that can never make up their mind about what dish to order. “They all sound so good!,” they say. So if you’ve got someone who you know likes to try a little of theirs, a little of yours, and maybe even the table next door, we suggest Mona Lisa’s, Zanzibar, and Sweetwaters. All three have great entrée menus, but in this case you may want to look at their rotating appetizers (Mona’s), shared beginnings (Sweetwaters), and tapas (Zanzibar). Your guest will thank you as they wildly throw their hands all over the plate in front of you.

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It doesn’t get any more cut-and-dry than a spice lover. They crave that extra sensory kick with each bite. There’s certain places in which it’s obvious – Thai, Indian, Cajun, Mexican, etc. But it just so happens that you’re guests are in luck, because we not only have these kinds of restaurants, but ours are luckily quite good. With every dish coming with a spice level option from one to four, Pad Thai is an obvious favorite. For Mexican fare, both Azul Tequila and Tacos Juanita take pride in clearing your sinuses. With its heavy use of curry and red pepper, Jewel of India makes perfect sense. And Stella Blues provides the southern Creole flavorings. The other beauty part about these restaurants is, if you’re not a fan of spice, their dishes can be made very mild and palatable.

GREASE LOVER

If you prefer your burger dripping with grease, you’ve come to the right part of the country. We have no shortage of deep fried bar fare around these parts. We are, after all, the people who first thought of taking cheese, covering it in batter, and deep frying it. More than half of the taverns in the area either pride themselves on burgers or fish frys, and we’re in no position to say any of them are wrong. But three that locals continually come back to are the traditional greasy spoon breakfast nook Chickadees, the traditional southern-style fried chicken

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STEREOTYPES LEAH DUNBAR

If you’re a carnivore, these are people quite foreign to you and often refer to themselves as something “-arian” (e.g. vegetarian, pescetarian, etc.). But no matter how foreign, they’re far from alone around these parts.

kings Chicken Unlimited, and the massive fried, messy, and/or cheesy menu options of Whiskey Dicks.

CHEAP SKATE

We all know them. And, around them, we always refer to their stereotype as “frugal.” But just because these people won’t spend beyond the bare minimum doesn’t mean you have to miss the finer things around here. There are a few quality places with cheap options. Case in point: Egg Roll Plus. They offer really cheap and filling egg rolls that are more like meals than appetizers. In Fall Creek, there’s a bar called Chicken Chasers where it’s rumored people have went in with $10, drank a pitcher, had lunch, and still came out with bills. Otherwise look to the entire Family Style category, where the menus are huge and nearly everything cheap, and select options on the American Casual side like Mom’s Kitchen.

HEALTH NUT

The health nut seeks to nourish the mind and body with sustainable foods. If you’re a carnivore, these are people quite foreign to you and often refer to themselves as something “-arian” (e.g. vegetarian, pescetarian, etc.). But no matter how foreign, they’re far from alone around these parts. They’ve been known to travel in herds. And you can often find them at places like

Menomonie’s Raw Deal brings you muffins, cinnamon rolls, Italian crackers and more ... but beware of grain-based foods, for they are the natural prey of indigenous Health Nuts. The Nucleus (a great breakfast spot), Raw Deal (a rare raw food spot), or Eau Claire Fusion (health smoothies). Otherwise a gamut of great cafes and sandwich shops like Harmony Corner Café, Grand Avenue Café, Camille’s, Lucy’s Deli, Acoustic Café, and Nelson’s Cheese Haus.

MIXED COMPANY

Chances are, not everyone in your dining party has the same tastes. Odds are good you have to deal with a combina-

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tion of these stereotypes. Luckily, there are plenty of places that offer a wide variety of options to satisfy everyone (though an adventurer, scaredy-cat, grease lover, and health nut would be tough to deal with). HuHot allows you to assemble your own stir-fry. That’s a plus. Green Mill has a huge menu, offering everything from American fare to Italian food. Also a plus. Noodles & Company offers a wide variety of sandwiches, soups, and pastas, three types of food that most everyone can enjoy. Plus trifecta.

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Local Listings

party room, vegetarian friendly. $8-$19 A G R W

Erwin’s 19th Hole 1705 County Highway OO, Chip-

steak and seafood, soup and sandwiches, Cajun and Asian, burgers and pizza – it’s all here ... Look at all the places to eat! Many restaurants are hard to classify, so you’ll find them in multiple categories. Entrée prices are approximate. The icons indicate whether a restaurant features alcohol, delivery, group seating, smoking, and/or reservations (icon key found throughout). “Quick Lists” simmer down the complete listings into helpful guides. Red stars indicate restaurants that placed well in Volume One’s annual Best of the Valley Reader Poll. The “User Reviews” are from the more than 1,000 restaurant reviews you can find in the online version of the Eat Scene dining guide at www.VolumeOne.org. We did our best to track down the all the area’s restaurants, but if you find one missing, please contact us. Enjoy!

AMERICAN CASUAL 29 Pines Corner of Hwy. 29 and Co. Hwy. T, Eau

Claire • 874-2929 • A classy yet casual eatery serving up an eclectic and surprising mix of main entrées as well as burgers, steaks, and seafood. The Sirloin 29 is a crowd pleaser, charbroiled and seasoned with a blend of 29 spices. Hot lunch buffet with soup and salad is served on weekdays, and a roasted chicken buffet is available Sundays. Open for Sunday brunch, private party room, banquet services, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $6-$15 A G R W

American Table Family Restaurant 2426 Seymour Rd, Eau Claire • 552-5348 • American Table is one of those great places that offers a menu with a bit of everything (some seafood, Mexican, Italian, and classic American fare). Try a hot sandwich, taco salad, or the spaghetti. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. Breakfast served all day long. $7-$13 G R Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 4745 Golf

The Dulany 105 Garfield. Ave, Eau Claire • 836-5261 • Specializing in a new all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet every weekday during the school year, The Dulany is festooned with local historical photos and murals. The buffet always features at least one veggie-based dish. Be sure to sample the special holiday spreads. The Heritage Room – a recreation of a lumber Baron’s dining room – is available for private meetings. Very vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $8.75 G R W The Edge Pub & Eatery 9504 Cty Hwy S., Chippewa

Falls • 723-2400 • theedgeonwissota.com • New to the Chippewa Valley, this casual restaurant offers a spacious bar and outdoor deck overlooking Lake Wissota. Whether you come here to experience the fish fry every Friday or prime rib on Saturday, The Edge is a relaxed gathering spot that in summer even allows customers to park their boat and eat! Private

Family Farms Market 50684 N. Main St., Eleva •

287-3332 • familyfarmsmarket.com • Just 20 minutes south of Eau Claire, Family Farms Market offers an exciting menu made with fresh ingredients. Try a gourmet sandwich or wrap, fresh salad, homemade soup, or delicious dessert. Be sure to check out their Friday pizza buffet. Sit by their fireplace and enjoy your favorite specialty coffee, wine, or microbrew beer. Customers can find natural and organic products as well as some of the best cheese, produce, and meat Wisconsin has to offer. Private party room, vegetarian friendly, delivery available, outdoor seating. $10 A D G R W

Galloway Grille 409 Galloway St., Eau Claire • 5140751 • gallowaygrille.com • A classy yet casual place to get your three square meals. Decked out in historical photos and memorabilia of downtown Eau Claire, Galloway Grille is known for great burgers and signature salads. Private party/meeting room available, vegetarian friendly, outdoor seating, breakfast. Entrée: $5-$25 A G R Green Mill Restaurant & Bar, Eau Claire 2703 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 839-8687 • greenmilleauclaire.com • Green Mill’s full menu is available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. Among the extensive menu items are specialty pizzas, chicken wings, large salads, and a number of unique pastas such as the Butternut Squash Ravioli. Delivery, private party room, vegetarian friendly, open late. Entrée: $8-$12 A D G R W Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill & Steaks 4890 Golf Rd.,

Eau Claire • 832-6481 • grizzlysgrill.com • Grizzly’s is a relaxed, family-friendly grill with a bar side full of TVs and games, and a quieter (but still fun) restaurant side. They have a full menu of appetizers, soups, salads, fish, burgers, pastas, wraps, and more. Favorites ANDREA PAULSETH

Rd., Eau Claire • 831-1255 || 2303 Hwy 25 N, Menomonie • 233-3036 • applebees.com • Applebee’s is a national chain known for “eatin’ good in the neighborhood.” With a large menu and a modern bar and grill vibe, they’re best known for their riblets and oriental salads. Vegetarian friendly, open late, carsideto-go service, and online ordering. Entrée: $6-$15 A G W

opened café in the garden center offers a variety of natural and organic foods (including free-range eggs), along with fresh, local produce. Signature favorites include: grilled sandwiches, cracker crust pizzas, soups, and a variety of espresso drinks. Outdoor seating available, vegetarian friendly.

pewa Falls • 831-6337 • Homemade onion rings and French fries cater to the customer at the newly reopened and remodeled Erwin’s 19th Hole. Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and Friday’s fish fry are at the top of the heap (and by “heap,” we mean “menu choices”). Open late, breakfast, outdoor seating available. $5-$6 A G W

Broadway Bar & Pizza 1920 S. Hastings Way, Eau

Claire • 832-5100 • broadwaypizzaeauclaire.com • This Minnesota-based franchise is known for their 25 specialty pizzas and train-themed decor. With an extensive weekly lunch buffet to match their expansive menu (which includes appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and pastas), Broadway makes homemade dough and sauce. Try their famous thin crust sausage pizza. Open late on weekends, outdoor seating, delivery available. Entrée: $9-$20 A D G W

The Cabin on Grand 24 W. Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-4025 • Nothing comes out of a can at The Cabin on Grand in Chippewa Falls. These cooks are obsessed with fresh ingredients, packing them into dozens of specialty omelets, which are served all day. Slather some apple butter or syrup on their popular potato pancakes, or tie into an Eggs Benedict. The comfortable, homey downtown diner welcomes vegetarians as well, offering a number of veggie omelets and quesadillas. $4-$8 A G R W Down to Earth Garden Center 6025 Arndt Lane,

Eau Claire • 833-1234 • dwntoearth.com • The newly

The über-charming patio behind Mona Lisa’s (428 Water St., Eau Claire) sets the stage to enjoy one of their thin-crust pizzas or other tasty Mediterranean offerings. The lion doesn’t bite.

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include the oriental salad, Bear Creek pasta, and the steak-cheese-mushroom sandwich. Open late. Entrée: $6-$17 A G R

Lodge also has a full blown tiki bar, outdoor games, three volleyball courts, and a DJ, karaoke, or live music every Saturday. $5-$10 A G R W

James Sheeley House 236 W. River St., Chippewa

Lucy’s Delicatessen 117 N Bridge St, Chippewa

Falls • 726-0561 • JamesSheeleyHouse.com • Offers both fine and casual dining in vintage surroundings. Overlooking the Chippewa River, the restaurant features a three-story, turn-of-the-century saloon and a Victorian dining room. All of the sauces, soups, and dressings are homemade, and the menu spans sandwiches to steak to seafood. Private party room and vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $10-$20 A G R W

LaGrander’s Drive-In 18143 Co. Trk. X, Chippewa

Falls • 723-0672 • Nothing says summer like a trip

Falls • 720-9800 • foreign5.com • The owners of Lucy’s brought a slice of New York to downtown Chipppewa Falls when they opened up their full-service deli and sandwich shop. One look at their famous reuben or hot beef sandwiches (made with Boar’s Head meat), and you’ll see what’s got the locals so excited. Soups, salads, and personal pizzas are all made from scratch. Be sure to check out Lucy’s Gooeys (caramel rolls) served every day. Private party/meeting room available, outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, and limited delivery. Entrée: $6-$8 A D G R W

One look at their famous reuben or hot beef sandwiches (made with Boar’s Head meat), and you’ll see what’s got the locals so excited. Lucy’s Deli, Chippewa Falls to the drive-in. A local landmark located right across from Ray’s beach, LaGrander’s makes their own root beer and scoops up country-style ice cream in addition to their classic drive-in fare. Eat in your car or one of the gazebos. Open May 1-Sept. 1, seven days a week, and weekends in April and September, weather permitting. Entrée: $2-$8

Lake Wissota Golf Course 16108 97th Ave., Chippewa Falls • 1-888-382-4780 • lakewissotagolf.com • Lake Wissota Golf Course features four docks where boaters can tie up and stop in for a bite to eat. The dining area enjoys a gorgeous lake view and a relaxed atmosphere where you can grab a pizza or a burger. Regulars like the Friday fish fry, which runs from May to September. Outdoor seating, private party room, open late. Entrée: $5-$10 A G R W Lewie J’s 800 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire • 833-

7510 • lewiejs.com • With the slogan “bringing families back to the table,” Lewie J’s offers classic American favorites such as eggs and bacon, lasagna, chicken, pasta, and steak. Breakfast is also served all day and affordable daily specials are offered for lunch and dinner. It’s a casual and family-friendly atmosphere. They offer catering options to accommodate up to 70 people. Sunday brunch, delivery available. $6-$7 D G R W

Milwaukee Burger Company 2620 E Clairemont

Ave., Eau Claire • 834-6503 • Though the name might suggest this restaurant is a regional import, it’s not – this is the first Milwaukee Burger ever built. The menu features lots of great burger combinations, giant real cheese curds, and all sorts of tasty drink concoctions. Their bestselling patty, the Famous Juicy Lucy, conceals a “molten core of cheese.” Open late, vegetarian friendly. Entrée $5-$10 A G R W Q

Mogie’s Pub and Restaurant 436 Water St., Eau Claire • 836-9666 • mogiespub.com • With shiny hardwood floors, brick walls, and local memorabilia hanging left and right, Mogie’s generates a casual and fun vibe. Lots of classic pub food and a long line of tempting beer taps await, but the crown jewel of Mogie’s menu is a list of excellent specialty burgers. Bring some friends and order the cheesy Spuds o’ Plenty. Outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly, open late. Entrée: $7 A G W Q

The Livery (aka Cowtown Saloon) 316 Wisconsin

Noodles & Company 4653 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 858-9000 • noodles.com • Quick and casual, Noodles offers a variety of dishes based on different kinds of, well, noodles. Crowd pleasers include the Japanese Pan Noodles, the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, and the Penna Rosa pasta. Fun fact: Noodles serves beer and wine! Outdoor seating available, and all menu items can be prepared vegetarian Entrée: $5-$8 A G Q

The Lodge 1200 W River St., Chippewa Falls • 7207708 • The newly remodeled bar and grill features American casual dining, and is known for its burgers, chicken, and Friday night fish frys with salad bar. The

Norske Nook at Northwoods Brewpub 3560 Oakwood Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 552-0510 • northwoodsbrewpub.com • The hearty comfort food of Norske Nook combined with the excellent pub grub and microbrews of Northwoods offers a culinary one-two punch capable of destroying your hunger. Check out the elk and buffalo dishes, fried cukes, and various lefse concoctions. Breakfast, outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. Entrée: $6$17 A G R W Q

St., Eau Claire • 833-7666 • A neighborhood saloon and grill in the historic livery stable building. Accompanying the the old-time feel is comfort food with a modern twist such as their Smoked Pork which is smoked and prepared in-house. Outdoor seating with firepit, open late. $6-$18 A G W Q

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 1720 N. Broadway

ICON KEY = Alcohol, beer, or wine available. = Delivery available. Some restrictions may apply. = Able to accommodate larger groups of 9 or more.

W = Free access to wireless internet. = Accepts reservations. Some restrictions may apply. = Winner: 2010 V1 Best of the Valley Reader Poll.

St., Menomonie • 235-2234 • perkinsrestaurants.com • With classic favorites like the Tremendous Twelve breakfast and the Chicken Tender Melt, not to mention seasonal specialty items, Perkin’s has something for the whole family any time day or night. Breakfast served all day. Curbside to-go service, open 24 hours. Entrée: $5-$10 G R W

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 2025 Highland Ave., Eau Claire • 834-9911 • perkinsrestaurants.com

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• Big, comfy booths and a homey feel make Perkins a great place for family dining. From breakfast to dinner, they’ve got you covered. The pancakes are a local favorite and the bakery offers pies, cookies, muffins, and more. Breakfast served all day. Vegetarian friendly, open 24 hrs. Entrée: $5-$10 G Q

Ralph’s Red Apple Grill & Bar 465 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls • 861-5600 • ralphsredapplegrill.com • This casual, family friendly place is one part sports bar and another part log cabin (with a fireplace), boasting a unique menu: think Leinenkugel’s battered mushrooms, three kinds of local cheese curds, and hand-crafted ice creams and desserts. Their enclosed patio includes a tiki bar in summer. Some vegetarian dishes available. Entrée: $7-$14 A G R

Red Robin 3005 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 834-4438 • redrobin.com • This energetic and fun chain eatery is known for its gourmet burgers, which come

Menomonie • 235-3000 • sparxrestaurant.com • Sparx is the ultimate “meat and potatoes” kind of place. Specializing in “incredible burgers and smokin’ good steaks,” Sparx’s menu also includes vegetarian options like Butternut Squash Ravioli as well as signature drinks at their full-service bar. If you’re especially hungry, try the Monster Burger with three 12 oz patties. Open late, outdoor patio. $9-$18 A G R W

Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • 233-3333 • stoutalehouse.com • Festooned with 37 TVs and packed with video games, dart machines, and pool tables, the Stout Ale House hopes you have a good time. Casual and fun, the eatery features a full menu of all-American food and a full bar with over 40 kinds of beer. Rent out a special “skybox” to recreate an at-the-game afternoon with friends. Outdoor seating, private party rooms/banquet hall, vegetarian friendly, and open late. Entrée: $7-$19 A G R W

The ultimate “meat and potatoes” kind of place, specializing in “incredible burgers and smokin’ good steaks.” Sparx Restaurant, Menomonie in more than 15 styles, all with bottomless steak fries. The mascot appears on Tuesdays. Open late on Wednesdays. Entrée: $8-$11 A G Q

Riverside Café 1117 Pumphouse Rd., Chippewa Falls • 726-1199 • vallysrestaurant.com • With local art adorning the walls, the dining room overlooks the gorgeous Chippewa River, creating a relaxing dining experience. Sample the homemade soup and try the signature Grilled Caribbean Chicken Salad with honey lime dressing. The Friday fish fry and the fresh ham patty burger are favorites. At this golf course eatery they deliver food right to your hole. Open for breakfast all week, outdoor seating, private party room, and catering services. Entrée: $5-$7 A G R W Smiling Moose Deli 329 Riverfront Terrace, Eau

Claire • 838-9999 • smilingmoosedeli.com • Hailing from Colorado, Smiling Moose Deli offers sandwiches (both hot and cold), wraps, salads, four to six soups, and more. Breakfast sandwiches and wraps are available all day, plus the full-service coffee bar. The signature sandwich is the “Mighty Mo,” a cheeseburger grinder with half a pound of chopped, tender sirloin and topped with melted American cheese, tomatoes, banana peppers, red onions, and lightly spotted with oil and vinegar. Free wi-fi, vegetarian options, and outdoor seating. $6-$12 W

Sparx Restaurant 1827 N. Broadway St.,

Sweetwaters Restaurant & Bar 1104 W. Claire-

mont Ave., Eau Claire • 834-5777 • sweetwatersec. com • Upscale yet casual with a contemporary vibe, Sweetwaters is great for a night out on the town or a cozy dinner with drinks and conversation. Signature dishes include the Chipotle Ribeye and the chicken tchoupitoulas (served on a bed of ham and potato hash). Check out the lunch buffet and the Friday night fish fry. Outdoor seating, private party/banquet room, and vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $8-$25 A G R W

T.G.I. FRiDAY’S 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 8301424 • fridayseauclaire.com • T.G.I. Friday’s is a national chain known for big food and their drink menu. The upbeat and friendly atmosphere is also home to one of the livelier bars in town. Open late, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $6-$19 A G R Q

Yankee Jack’s 2300 W. Princeton Ave., Eau

Claire • 834-4050 • yankeejacks.com • Whether you’re a hungry golfer or just hungry, stop out to Yankee Jack’s. The atmosphere is casual, with flat screen TVs, deck seating, and friendly staff, and the food is even better. Fresh burgers, fantastic salads, homemade pizzas, and nightly specials (yes, a fish fry is one of them) will tackle your hunger, and the full-service bar complete with specialty drinks will quench your thirst. Can’t decide? Try their unique Reuben pizza. Open late, vegetarian friendly. $10 A G W

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review by Smiles

2300 W Princeton Ave, EC • 834-4050

Awesome place to hang out and get great food. ... I absolutely loved the service and the food! I didn’t feel like just “another customer.” I felt like I was a regular, which is always nice! I’m sick of going to places and feeling like it’s a burden that I’m there. Yankee Jacks definitely made me feel welcome and I will be back!

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ASIAN Asia Palace 4069 Commonwealth Ave., Eau Claire

• 552-5883 • An extensive Asian buffet featuring allyou-can-eat sushi, a full bar, and enough food to send you home full. Try the crayfish, coconut shrimp, and egg rolls. They also have a salad bar, prime rib, steak, pizza, and other American choices. Vegetarian friendly, private rooms available for parties. $7.50-$11 A G R

Asian Café 2121 Eddy Lane, Eau Claire • 852-0552 • A calming, quiet place specializing in dishes from southeastern Asia, including China, Thailand, and Laos, the Asian Café uses fresh ingredients to prepare dishes right when they are ordered. Try the Pad Thai or the egg rolls, which are stuffed with pork, veggies, and bean threads. Lunch buffet Tuesday through Friday, catering services, vegetarian friendly. $6-$9 A G R China Buffet 961 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire •

552-1198 || 2421 Hwy 25 N, Menomonie • 233-4388 • A hot buffet offering Asian favorites like fried rice, spring rolls, barbecued chicken on a stick, and all the crab rangoon you can swallow. Vegetarian friendly. $7$9 G R

China Buffet 475 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls

• 726-9886 • A plentiful buffet of classic Chinese food guaranteed to send you home full. Try the House Fried Chicken, the coconut shrimp, and other tasty seafood offerings. Private party room, vegetarian friendly. $6$8.50 A G R

Egg Roll-Plus 1611 Bellinger St., Eau Claire • 8326125 • The menu at Egg Roll-Plus hops from Thai to Vietnamese to Laotian to Chinese cuisine, all in the span a few modest pages. The special stir-fries and gargantuan bowls of rice-noodle soup are hot items, but the namesake egg rolls are worth the trip alone – enjoy a few in the modest dinning area or take some home for the whole family. Vegetarian options and delivery available. Entrée: $5-$7 D G Fortune Cookie Chinese Restaurant, Eau Claire

1702 Harding Ave., Eau Claire • 833-0088 • A Chinese takeout and delivery joint offering a host of standards – everything from vegetable lo mein to deep-fried chicken wings. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $4-$7 D

Fortune Cookie Chinese Restaurant, Menomonie

319 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 235-3532 • A casual place for Chinese featuring a long lineup of the usual suspects – chow mein, sweet-n-sour pork, cashew chicken, fried rice, and so on. Popular items include the chicken broccoli and the aromatic chicken. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $5-$6 D G R

Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse 4864 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 832-3388 • While part of its namesake, sushi isn’t the only reason to go to Fuji. This new addition to the Chippewa Valley prides itself on its unique Japanese menu and hibachi-style cooking. For those who don’t wish to watch their food being prepared, casual restaurant seating is available as well. Many vegetarian options available. $8-$23 A G R Golden Dragon 2709 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 552-2790 • All of your Asian favorites available for dine-in, carry-out, or delivery. Vegetarian friendly. $8 D

Great Wall Buffet 1431 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 838-9666 • One of the Valley’s larger Chinese buffets, the Great Wall places a wall of food between you and the door. In addition to the standard Chinese dishes, the restaurant features a “Mongolian Barbeque” style grill where you can select ingredients and sauces to be stir-fried before your hungry eyes. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $7-$10 A G R Volume One’s Eat Scene 2011

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Happy Wok 4800 Golf Road, Eau Claire • Asian. Quick and tasty.

HuHot Mongolian Grill 3805 South Oakwood Mall

Dr., Eau Claire • 834-2222 • huhot.com • HuHot is a grill-it-in-front-of-you kind of place, with one flat rate and unlimited refills on your bowls. Mix and match your sauce, spices, and stir fry players (a ridiculously diverse array of meats and veggies) and they grill it up right in front of you. The ingredients vary from day to day, but the most extensive menu options are always at night. And save room for the s’mores. Catering available, party room suitable for about a dozen people, vegetarian friendly. $8.50-$12.50 A G R

Jade Garden 3620 Gateway Dr., Eau Claire • 833-

9868 • jadegardenwi.com • A large Chinese buffet featuring row after row of popular appetizers. Expect all your favorite Asian dishes to make an appearance, along with a few pleasant surprises. Private party room, vegetarian friendly. No delivery on Mondays. Entrée: $7-$10 A D G R W

Jumbo House 2633 Birch St., Eau Claire • 835-9188

• A Chinese takeout restaurant, Jumbo House sets itself apart by offering seriously large portions. A single crab rangoon could be used as a delicious, deep-fried beanbag chair. The menu features Szechwan, Hunan, and Cantonese cuisine, so you’ll have no trouble finding all your Asian favorites. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $4-$10

Kim Chi Cafe 2823 London Road, Eau Claire • thekimchicafe.com • Kim Chi serves up Korean cuisine as a healthy alternative to other Asian foods. Each entree comes with rice and “bancheon,” Korean sidedishes complete with kim chi itself which is a spicy, fermented cabbage. Try the popular Bul-Go-Gi, a dish of beef, pork, or chicken served over a bed of onions and mushrooms. Wi-Fi and vegetarian friendly. $8$15 A G W Kingdom Buffet 1502 E. 9th St., Menomonie • 233-

0465 • As the name implies, an empire’s worth of food awaits you at the Kingdom Buffet. Whether you like your Chinese cuisine steamed, stir-fried, or deep-fried, there’s something for everyone. Vegetarian friendly. $6.50-$8 A G R

Noodle Wrap 3021 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 552-0525 • Noodle Wrap is an unassuming, quiet place for fresh Asian fare with an emphasis on Hmong dishes. Meals are prepared the minute they’re ordered. Stirfries, soups, and other dishes can be had with veggies, chicken, or shrimp. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $8$13 A G Pad Thai 203 N. Barstow St., Eau Claire • 552-1715

• ec-padthai.com • Take a seat in the tidy dining area and peruse Pad Thai’s menu of unique Asian fare. All items can be custom made to your preferred level of hotness, ranging from “seriously, not hot at all” to “seriously, get me some water.” The namesake Pad Thai noodles are the local choice, and most people order the dish with chicken, although tofu is also popular. Students enjoy a dining discount. Carry out available, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $6-$14 G R W Q

Quick Wok 501 Water St., Eau Claire • 832-4545 •

The name says it all: timely Chinese delivery is the daily special at this Water Street staple. Takeout favorites like chow mein, lo mein, crab rangoon, moo goo gai pan, and ... wait for it ... fried rice span the menu, but the General Tso’s Chicken just might turn you into a regular. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $4.75 D

Shanghai Bistro 2930 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 835-

3348 • shanghaibistro.org • A contemporary urban atmosphere thrives at Shanghai Bistro. Using centuriesold preparation techniques while experimenting with

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Establishments identified with an al fresco option (excluding sidewalk tables)

eau claire

shanghaibistro.org • Patio

The Barley Club at Pine Meadow 4324 Fairfax Park Dr. • 831-9224

Broadway Bar & Pizza 1920 S. Hastings Way •

832-5100 • broadwaypizzaeauclaire.com • Patio

Buffalo Wild Wings 4612 Keystone Crossing • 858-9453 • buffalowildwings.com • Patio

Burrachos Fresh Mexican Grill 5314 Prill Rd. • 834-1843 || 329 Water St. • 835-6195 • burrachos. com • Patio

Chuck’s On Clairemont 1807 N. Clairemont Ave. • 835-2485

The Coffee Grounds 3460 Mall Dr., Hwy. 93 • 834-1733 || 2116 Craig Rd. • 797-2198 • thecoffeegrounds.com

Cold Stone Creamery 4613 Keystone Crossing • 831-8482 • coldstonecreamery.com Dana’s Bar & Grill 6505 Texaco Dr. • 874-5954 •

Area with tiki bar

Down to Earth Garden Center 6025 Arndt Lane •

833-1234 • dwntoearth.com

Fireside Bistro Located inside Dove HealthcareSouth on Hwy 93, 3656 Mall Dr • 552-1035 • Courtyard

Fox Run Tavern 1515 S. 65th Ave. • 835-6489 • foxruntavern.com

Galloway Grille 409 Galloway St. • 514-0751 • gallowaygrille.com • Patio

Eisold’s Irvine Bar 130 Fleet St. • 720-1280 •

Smith’s Country Inn S5786 Hwy. 37 • 836-9003 Stella Blues 306 Madison St • 855-7777 • stellab-

Patio

Summer Snow 2600 London Rd • 894-7436 Sweetwaters Restaurant & Bar 1104 W. Claire-

Glen Loch Saloon 1300 Jefferson Ave. • 723-1297 High Shores Supper Club 17985 Co. Trk. X,

Tacos Juanita Mexican Restaurant 2873 E.

James Sheeley House 236 W. River St., Chip-

lues.biz • Patio

mont Ave. • 834-5777 • sweetwatersec.com Hamilton Ave • 835-3229

Tailgates Sports Bar & Grill 1505 N. Clairemont

Ave. • 552-1733 Beer garden

Erwin’s 19th Hole 1705 County Highway OO, Chippewa Falls • 831-6337 Chippewa Falls • 723-9854 • highshores.com

pewa Falls • 726-0561 • JamesSheeleyHouse.com

JimBob’s Pizza 3636 Melby St, Chippewa Falls • 836-0909 • jimbobspizza.net

Tempo 315 E Madison St. • 833-7449 • coffeetimeeauclaire.com

LaGrander’s Drive-In 18143 Co. Trk. X, Chip-

• Sidewalk

The Lodge 1200 W River St., Chippewa Falls •

VFW Post 7232 2900 W Folsom St • 832-3528 The Water Street Deli 628 Water St. • 514-4555

Yankee Jack’s 2300 W. Princeton Ave. • 834-4050 • yankeejacks.com • Deck

menomonie

Bullfrog’s Eat My Fish Farm N1321 Bullfrog Rd.,

Menomonie • 664-8775 • eatmyfish.com • Pond side

pewa Falls • 723-0672 • Open area

Lake Wissota Golf Course 16108 97th Ave., Chippewa Falls • 1-888-382-4780 • lakewissotagolf.com

720-7708 • Area with tiki bar

Loopy’s Saloon & Grill 10691 Buisness 29, Chippewa Falls • 723-5667 • 723loop.com

Moke’s Bar and Grill 3077 CTH OO, Chippewa Falls • 720-8950 • Area with tiki bar Ralph’s Red Apple Grill & Bar 465 Chippewa

Mall Dr. • 861-5600 • ralphsredapplegrill.com • Enclosed patio with tiki bar

Burrachos Fresh Mexican Grill 2401 State Highway 25 N # 2 • 233-0281 • burrachos.com • Patio

Red Zone Sports Bar 2071 S Prairie View Rd,

Menomonie • 235-3627 • cariboucoffee.com

Falls • 726-1199 • vallysrestaurant.com

Caribou Coffee 2321 State Hwy 25 N #308,

Chippewa Falls • 726-3030

Riverside Café 1117 Pumphouse Rd., Chippewa

Hilltop 924 E Madison St • 835-9223 Hipps Pub-N-Grub S7650 State Rd. 37 • 834-7822 Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub 415 S. Barstow

Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill 2002 Midway Rd.,

West Hill Bar 250 W. Elm St. • 720-9281

Golden Leaf Café 1706 Stout Rd, Menomonie • 231-5323 • goldenleafcafe.com

St. • 835-6621 • houligans.net • Patio

Jake’s Supper Club E5690 County Rd. D • 235-

other

sin St. • 833-7666 • Patio with firepit

The Livery (aka Cowtown Saloon) 316 Wiscon-

Menomonie Family Restaurant 2616 Hils Ct •

The Living Room Coffee House & Drive-Thru

Menomonie Log Jam 709 S. Broadway St. • 2350703 • menomonielogjam.com • Large patio

2006 Cameron St. • 831-0245 • Backyard

Luther Midlefort Clinic Cafeteria 1400 Bellinger St • 838-5369

Manny’s Cocina 4207 Oakwood Hills Pkwy • 5140818 • mannysmexican.com • Patio Maple Lounge & Café 2507 S. Hastings Way •

Menomonie • 235-9940

2465 • jakessupperclub.com • Three decks

235-9000 • menomoniefamilyrestaurant.com

Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D, Menomonie • 235-9927 • pioneergrill.com

Skoog’s Parkside 932 N. Broadway St, Menomonie • 235-6124 • skoogsparkside.com • Patio

552-1998

Sparx Restaurant 1827 N. Broadway St. • 235-

Mike’s Smokehouse 2235 N. Clairemont Ave. • 834-8153 • Patio

Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St.,

9666 • mogiespub.com

Mogie’s Pub and Restaurant 436 Water St. • 836-

Waterfront Bar & Grill 512 Crescent St. • 235-

Mona Lisa’s 428 Water St. • 839-8969 • monalisas. biz • Patio

Norske Nook at Northwoods Brewpub 3560 Oakwood Mall Dr. • 552-0510 • northwoodsbrewpub.com

Panera Bread 4601 Keystone Crossing • 834-9752

• panerabread.com • Patio

Riverview Grille at Fanny Hill 3919 Crescent Ave

• 836-8184 • fannyhill.com

Shanghai Bistro 2930 Craig Rd. • 835-3348 •

3000 • sparxrestaurant.com • Patio

Menomonie • 233-3333 • stoutalehouse.com

6541 • Deck

Albertville Tavern 8114 35th St., Colfax • 8746217

Connell’s Club 12 E11295 Hwy. 12, Fall Creek • 877-2140 • Deck

Draganetti’s Ristorante 3120 Hillcrest Pkwy., Altoona • 834-9234 • draganettis.com • Deck

Family Farms Market 50684 N. Main St., Eleva •

287-3332 • familyfarmsmarket.com

Fischer’s On The Green 2333 Hillcrest Pkwy., Altoona • 832-9711 • fischersgreen.com • Patio

Foster Cheese Haus E10934 County Hwy HH,

Osseo • 597-6605 • fostercheesehaus.com

Golden Spike Bar & Grill 228 Division St., Altoona • 552-5526

Moe’s Diner 12701 10th St, Osseo • 597-3912 Piff’s Pizza at the Eagle’s Club Eagle’s Club,

chippewa falls

• 917-1020 • elkmoundpourhouse.com

Duncan Creek Wine Bar and Grille 213 N. Bridge

Shari’s Chppewa Club 106 W Main St., Durand Simply Cakes 3636 Melby St., Lake Hallie • 514-

The Coffee Grounds 3042 Commercial Blvd., Chippewa Falls • 797-2370 • thecoffeegrounds.com St., Chippewa Falls • 723-7000

The Edge Pub & Eatery 9504 Cty Hwy S. • 7232400 • theedgeonwissota.com • Deck

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2588 Hallie Rd, Hallie • 720-0915

The Pourhouse W301 Menomonie St., Elk mound

4549 • simplycakesllc.com

Whiskey Dicks 943 Harlem Ave., Altoona • 8293425 • whiskeydicks.net

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baked or fried cod, battered shrimp or shrimp scampi, and salad bar. Indoor and outdoor banquets and catering services available. Sunday brunch, daily lunch and dinner specials, outdoor seating. Entrée: $6-$10 A G R W

Blue Moose Grill & Steak House 1628 Woodard

Rd, Bloomer • 568-2687 • bluemooseco.com • This Southern influenced restaurant is an old school kind of steakhouse. Right away customers will notice a moose up on the bar and some wooden chainsawcarved grizzly bears. Comfort your palate by the fireplace with some pecan chicken, barbecue ribs, or sweet potato pancakes with maple or honey butter. Catering and delivery are available as well as banquet rooms, Sunday brunch, and vegetarian options. $12$38 A D G R W

Bresina’s Hometown Bar and Grill 12037 County

Highway B, Chippewa Falls • 288-6303 • This country karaoke bar features a number of daily specials from tacos and burgers to chicken wings and a Friday fish fry. All that plus homemade pizzas. Entrée: $5$10 A G R W Q

Brewski’s 1202 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire •

Downtown Eau Claire’s new Smiling Moose Deli (329 Riverfront Terrace) offers up an armada of sandwiches, both hot and cold, such as their signature “Mighty Mo” cheeseburger grinder. fresh, new seafood (and other ingredients) from well beyond the Midwest, the Bistro’s chefs keep things lively. Signature sushi includes a number of rolls, including the Red Dragon Roll, and the Strange Flavor Chicken stir-fry is a local favorite. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $8-$12 A G R Q

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant 2426 London Rd., Eau Claire • 834-0313 • tokyoeauclaire.com • A teppanya-

ficially classified them as “spectacular.” Open late, lunch delivery available to businesses. Entrée: $6-$10 A D G

Azul Tequila 2503 London Road, Eau Claire • 8330200 • Azul Tequila boasts an inviting interior and large, reasonably priced portions of their Mexican dishes, almost all of which – from the nachos and tortillas to the salsa and guacamole – are made fresh every day. The signature “Fajita Special” combines

834-3181 • This casual lounge is attached to The Plaza Hotel and Burgandy’s Restaurant. Known for the Burgandy’s Ribeye Grill and the popular char-grilled burgers the Ultimate (roasted red peppers and garlic aioli on an onion roll) and the Whata Burger (applewood smoked bacon and cheddar on an onion roll). Entrée: $6-$12 A W

Broadway Bar & Pizza 1920 S. Hastings Way, Eau

Claire • 832-5100 • broadwaypizzaeauclaire.com • This Minnesota-based franchise is known for their 25 specialty pizzas and train-themed decor. With an extensive weekly lunch buffet to match their expansive menu (which includes appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and pastas), Broadway makes homemade dough and sauce. Try their famous thin crust sausage pizza. Open late on weekends, outdoor seating, delivery available. Entrée: $9-$20 A D G W

The signature “Fajita Special” combines sizzling chorizo, chicken, beef, and Chuck’s On Clairemont 1807 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 835-2485 • Open for breakfast Monday shrimp with rice, beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, and tortillas. through Saturday at 6am, Chuck’s is a casual place Azul Tequila, Eau Claire ki-style restaurant where hungry patrons sit around an iron griddle and look on as the trained chef prepares your meal, cajoling fresh ingredients into miniature acrobatics. The fresh seafood dishes are a particular favorite, especially shrimp. Teppanyaki dining is available for dinner only; patrons can be seated at non-grill tables for a lunch of traditional Japanese cuisine. Lunch available for carry-out Wed-Fri. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $14-$28 A G R Q

BAR & GRILL

sizzling chorizo, chicken, beef, and shrimp with rice, beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, and tortillas. Vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. $4-$12 A G R Q

The Barley Club at Pine Meadow 4324 Fairfax

Park Dr., Eau Claire • 831-9224 • Fun and friendly, The Barley Club offers a full menu year-round with outdoor dining overlooking Pine Meadow Golf Course. The signature fish fry, served with homemade potato salad and coleslaw, features battered walleye,

Amber Inn Bar & Grill 840 E. Madison St., Eau

Claire • 832-0568 • An “original” bar and grill where the food is prepared right behind the bar, the Amber Inn is a neighborhood favorite. The signature halfpound, all-beef burgers are served up on a toasted homemade roll, and independent experts have of-

Dana’s Bar & Grill - Eau Claire 6505 Texaco Dr.,

Eau Claire • 874-5954 • Dana’s is a log cabin-themed sports bar and grill known for great ribs, steaks, and burgers. Weekdays feature a pizza and salad lunch buffet. Dana’s has many nightly specials including Wednesday Wing Night and a great Friday Fish Fry. Some outdoor seating with a tiki bar, open late, serves

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Albertville Tavern 8114 35th St., Colfax • 874-6217

• Albertville is a casual family place where the generous Friday fish fry and BBQ ribs are legendary, but the prime rib (served Wednesdays and Saturdays) draws people from halfway across the state. Word has it the bar will serve you the best Old Fashioned in all of Albertville. Located on the state snowmobile trail with outdoor seating and late-night eats (pizza). Entrée: $8-$12 A G R Q

to hang out, talk, and have a great homemade meal. Crowd favorites include the ribs on Wednesday and the chicken wings (served all week). Check out the summer bean bag league. Business delivery, outdoor seating, open late. $5-$7 A G R

Galloway Grille

409 Galloway St., Eau Claire • 514-0751

review by Josephcast

Great service! Great food with large portions, also. We’ve always been treated like family here and it’s been very timely also. I would highly recommend the fish (delicious batter) and their rueben. You can tell they make many of the ingredients inhouse. YUM!

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Sunday brunch. Entrée: $5-$18 A G R W

Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill 2002 Midway Rd., Menomonie • 235-9940 • Dean and Sue’s is the place for a laid back good time. Regular patrons love the Philly steak sandwich – beef, cheese, green peppers, and onions piled between two slices of Texas toast. Outdoor seating, private party room, dance hall, open late. Entrée: $5-$12 A G R W

Dooley’s Pub 442 Water St, Eau Claire • 834-2388 • An Irish restaurant and sports bar combine forces to make for a relaxed hangout destination. Specialties include traditional Irish food, but American fare like burgers, sandwiches, and wings abound. Some outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly, and open late. Entrée: $6-$11 A G R W Q Doubleday’s Sports Bar and Grill 3020 London Rd, Eau Claire • 833-2255 • Doubleday’s has been a sports bar and grill destination in King’s Plaza on Eau Claire’s south side for quite awhile. A wide range of ages calls it their hangout, and they have plenty of TVs, darts, pool tables, and video games to go around. Burgers are on special all the time, and the calzones are among the more popular menu items. Vegetarian friendly, private party area, open late on weekends. Entrée: $6-$8 A G R

Duncan Creek Wine Bar and Grille 213 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • 723-7000 • Customers have compared their dining experience at Duncan Creek to that of a casual, metropolitan bistro. This eatery features a nightly special along with signature dishes such as the pan-seared halibut, the chicken messina stuffed with mozzarella and goat cheese and topped with a tomato vodka sauce all over ricotta ravioli, or the caramel fried banana dessert. More than 70 varieties of wine to choose from, vegetarian options available, and outdoor seating. Entrée: $10-$19 A G R The Edge Pub & Eatery 9504 Cty Hwy S., Chippewa

Falls • 723-2400 • theedgeonwissota.com • New to the Chippewa Valley, this casual restaurant offers a spacious bar and outdoor deck overlooking Lake Wissota. Whether you come here to experience the fish fry every Friday or prime rib on Saturday, The Edge is a relaxed gathering spot that in summer even allows customers to park their boat and eat! Private party room, vegetarian friendly. $8-$19 A G R W

Eisold’s Irvine Bar 130 Fleet St., Chippewa Falls • 720-1280 • This cozy and spacious tavern features nightly specials and signature menu items such as the Railroader Wrap, jumbo shrimp dinner, ribeye steak, and homemade chips and onion rings. Enjoy buck burgers on Sunday and Monday; come back for taco Tuesdays or wing Wednesdays; fill up on the fabulous fish fry on Friday, or some shrimp and steak for a Saturday surf and turf. Open late, and check out the outdoor patio seating and breakfast. Entrée: $5-$7 A D G R W Erwin’s 19th Hole 1705 County Highway OO, Chippewa Falls • 831-6337 • Homemade onion rings and French fries cater to the customer at the newly reopened and remodeled Erwin’s 19th Hole. Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and Friday’s fish fry are at the top of the heap (and by “heap,” we mean “menu choices”). Open late, breakfast, outdoor seating available. $5-$6 A G W Every Buddy’s Bar and Grill 19 W. Central St., Chip-

pewa Falls • 861-3838 • everybuddysbar.net • Located in the heart of downtown Chippewa, Every Buddy’s features food entirely provided by local businesses, including the freshest meat and produce. The all-you-caneat wings on Thursdays and cheap burgers on Wednesdays are perennial favorites. Entreé $5-$7 A G R W

Fill-Inn Station 104 W. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls •

723-6551 • fillinnstation.com • A casual neighborhood

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bar and grill and former gas station, Fill-Inn is known for their Canadian walleye, ribeye steaks, homemade cheese curds, and burgers... plus homemade pizzas, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, six Leinenkugel’s on tap at all times, and Bloody Marys served with fresh shrimp and a beer chaser. Private party hall available. Entrée: $5-$15 A G R W

Four Corners 14982 Co. Hwy. S, Chippewa Falls • 723-6783 • Four Corners serves up classic diner fare in a homey, family atmosphere. The fried chicken is a hit with the locals, and other favorites include the Friday night fish fry and the prime rib on Saturdays. Check out the large well-stocked salad bar and weekly breakfast. Reservations suggested for large groups. Private party room, and banquet services. Entrée: $4$17 A D G R Fox Run Tavern 1515 S. 65th Ave., Eau Claire • 835-6489 • foxruntavern.com • Affording diners a great view of the local pines, Fox Run specializes in classic bar food like half-pound burgers and grinders. If you’re looking for something more exotic, try the homemade pizza. Everyday specials, outdoor seating, private party deck, catering services, Sunday brunch, open late. Entrée: $5-$8 A G

Fuzzy’s Bar & Grill N5729 410th St., Menomonie

• 231-3899 • fuzzysbarandgrill.com • A casual newcomer to our “eat scene,” Fuzzy’s Bar and Grill points to their pizzas with pride and boasts tasty specials every day of the week. Each Wednesday, enjoy all you can eat chicken wings and, each Friday, a fish fry. Private party area, delivery available, open late, Sunday brunch buffet. Entrée: $6-$8 A D G R W

Galloway Grille 409 Galloway St., Eau Claire • 514-

0751 • gallowaygrille.com • A classy yet casual place to get your three square meals. Decked out in historical photos and memorabilia of downtown Eau Claire, Galloway Grille is known for great burgers and signature salads. Private party/meeting room available, vegetarian friendly, outdoor seating, breakfast. Entrée: $5-$25 A G R

Girolamo’s Court ‘n House Bar 113 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire • 832-5478 • A fun, family-owned bar and grill that attracts a wide range of patrons, the Court ‘n House is best known for its juicy burgers. (Seriously, they’re in high demand every Thursday when it’s two-for-one). Other favorites include the Icelandic Cod fish fry on Fridays. Open late. Entrée: $5-$10 A G Q Glen Loch Saloon 1300 Jefferson Ave., Chippewa

Falls • 723-1297 • A casual saloon serving burgers, sandwiches, homemade pizzas, and a wide array of deep fried stuff. Also featuring Thursday night allyou-can-eat-wings and a fabulous Friday fish fry. Outdoor seating, open late, delivery available. Entrée: $8-$25 A D G W

Golden Spike Bar & Grill 228 Division St., Altoona

• 552-5526 • This neighborhood bar and grill has burgers that keep the locals coming back for more. Wednesday is wing night, and the kitchen stays open from 10am until bar close every night. Outdoor seat-

BREAKFAST & BRUNCH BREAKFAST SPOTS Establishments open for breakfast

4:30 AM Coffee Shop 608 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • 720-6165

Altoona Family Restaurant 2000 N. Hillcrest mour Rd, Eau Claire • 552-5348

Menomonie • 235-9927

American Table Family Restaurant 2426 SeyBlind Munchies 621 Wilson Ave., Menomonie • 235-9300

Bresina’s Old Home Restaurant 704 E. Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-7973

Camille’s Sidewalk Café 1120 122nd St., Suite 3, Chippewa Falls • 833-2233

Chick-A-Dee’s Family Restaurant 1928 3rd St., Eau Claire • 832-7724

= Able to accommodate larger groups of 9 or more.

W = Free access to wireless internet. = Accepts reservations. Some restrictions may apply. = Winner: 2010 V1 Best of the Valley Reader Poll.

Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D,

Porter’s 205 S. Barstow St, in the Ramada, Eau Claire • 855-0856

Randy’s Family Restaurant 1132 MacArthur Ave, Eau Claire • 839-8449

Riverside Café 1117 Pumphouse Rd., Chippewa

Falls • 726-1199

Sue’s Deluxe Bake Shop 1319 Birch St, Eau Claire • 552-3931

Chippewa Family Restaurant 1701 Kennedy Rd,

Tacos Juanita Mexican Restaurant 2873 E.

Chuck’s On Clairemont 1807 N. Clairemont Ave.,

Turks Head Coffee House 307 S Barstow St., Eau

Chippewa Falls • 723-4751 Eau Claire • 835-2485

City Limits Restaurant 2100 Co. Trk. B, Menomonie • 235-1166

CVTC Valley Cafe 615 W Clairemont Ave, EC •

559-3513

Eisold’s Irvine Bar 130 Fleet St., Chippewa Falls

Hamilton Ave, Eau Claire • 835-3229

Claire • 552-3838

UWEC Dining Halls Davies Center & Hilltop Center, UW-Eau Claire campus • 836-3727

• 720-1280

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Chippewa Falls • 831-6337

Exit 59 Family Restaurant 6220 Texaco Dr, Eau

Establishments open for special brunch on Sunday morning (excludes places that always have breakfast).

Fireside Bistro Located in Dove Healthcare-South

29 Pines Corner of Hwy. 29 and Co. Hwy. T, Eau Claire • 874-2929

Erwin’s 19th Hole 1705 County Highway OO, Claire • 874-6213

on Hwy 93, 3656 Mall Drive, Eau Claire • 552-1035

Four Corners 14982 Co. Hwy. S, Chippewa Falls

The Barley Club at Pine Meadow 4324 Fairfax

Galloway Grille 409 Galloway St., EC • 514-0751 The Goat Coffee House 408 Water St., Eau Claire

Blue Moose Grill & Steak House 1628 Woodard

Golden Eagle Restaurant 16760 Co. Trk. X, Chip-

Burgandy’s Restaurant 1202 W. Clairemont Ave.,

Grand Avenue Café 119 W. Grand Ave., EC • 831-

Connell’s II At the Airport 3800 Starr Ave, Eau

Harmony Corner Café 210 S. Barstow St., Eau

Connell’s Supper Club 18525 50th Ave, Chippewa

• 723-6783

• 831-4491

pewa Falls • 723-2948 1100

Claire • 838-8760

Heckel’s Family Restaurant 2621 Hwy. 53, Chippewa Falls • 723-0844

Park Dr., Eau Claire • 831-9224 Rd, Bloomer • 568-2687

Bridgewater Restaurant and Pub 1009 W. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-6941

Eau Claire • 834-3181 Claire • 833-9400

Falls • 723-5656

Dana’s Bar & Grill - Eau Claire 6505 Texaco Dr., Eau Claire • 874-5954

Kyote’s Den Bar & Grill E2339 Hwy 29,

Fox Run Tavern 1515 S. 65th Ave., Eau Claire •

The Living Room Coffee House & Drive-Thru

Fuzzy’s Bar & Grill N5729 410th St., Menomonie

Menomonie • 235-2777

2006 Cameron St., EC • 831-0245 || 1400 Bellinger St. (Midelfort Clinic), EC || 6025 Arndt Lane (Down to Earth Garden Center), EC

Maple Lounge & Café 2507 S. Hastings Way, Eau

= Delivery available. Some restrictions may apply.

Claire • 834-7747

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 1720 N. Broad-

way St., Menomonie • 235-2234 • // 2025 Highland Ave., EC • 834-9911

Street, Eau Claire • 838-5369

= Alcohol, beer, or wine available.

Claire • 830-8301

Old Country Buffet 2613 E. Clairemont Ave, Eau

Pkwy., Altoona • 830-5000

Luther Midlefort Clinic Cafeteria 1400 Bellinger

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The Nucleus Café 405 Water St., EC • 834-7777 Obsession Chocolates 18 S Barstow St., Eau

Claire • 552-1998

835-6489

• 231-3899

Lewie J’s 800 Wisconsin St, Eau Claire • 833-7510 Panera Bread 4601 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire

• 834-9752

Raw Deal 603 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 2313255

Menomonie Family Restaurant 2616 Hils Ct •

Riverview Grille at Fanny Hill 3919 Crescent Ave,

Moe’s Diner 12701 10th St, Osseo • 597-3912 Mom’s Kitchen 3035 Hastings Way, EC • 838-8994 Norske Nook at Northwoods Brewpub 3560 Oak-

Sammy’s Pizza Restaurant & Pub 2812 London

235-9000

wood Mall Dr., EC • 552-0510

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Rd, Eau Claire • 831-1300

Skoog’s Parkside 932 N. Broadway St, Menomonie

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Menomonie Log Jam 709 S. Broadway St.,

Menomonie • 235-0703 • menomonielogjam.com • The deep booths, warm colors, and dark woodwork give the Log Jam a cozy, classy atmosphere. But don’t think it’s all posh and snooty; the menu’s signature item – the Lumber Jack Burger – is a half-pound burger topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, fried onion slices, and BBQ sauce. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $7-$9 A G R W

Milwaukee Burger Company 2620 E Clairemont

Ave., Eau Claire • 834-6503 • Though the name might suggest this restaurant is a regional import, it’s not – this is the first Milwaukee Burger ever built. The menu features lots of great burger combinations, giant real cheese curds, and all sorts of tasty drink concoctions. Their bestselling patty, the Famous Juicy Lucy, conceals a “molten core of cheese.” Open late, vegetarian friendly. Entrée $5-$10 A G R W Q

Mogie’s Pub and Restaurant 436 Water St., Eau Claire • 836-9666 • mogiespub.com • With shiny hardwood floors, brick walls, and local memorabilia hanging left and right, Mogie’s generates a casual and fun vibe. Lots of classic pub food and a long line of tempting beer taps await, but the crown jewel of Mogie’s menu is a list of excellent specialty burgers. Bring some friends and order the cheesy Spuds o’ Plenty. Outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly, open late. Entrée: $7 A G W Q With four different Chippewa Valley locations, Cancun Mexican Grill offers classic festive favorites like fajitas and chimichangas, but don’t underestimate their almighty margarita. ing available. Entrée: $5-$6 A G

Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill & Steaks 4890 Golf Rd.,

Eau Claire • 832-6481 • grizzlysgrill.com • Grizzly’s is a relaxed, family-friendly grill with a bar side full of TVs and games, and a quieter (but still fun) restaurant side. They have a full menu of appetizers, soups, salads, fish, burgers, pastas, wraps, and more. Favorites include the oriental salad, Bear Creek pasta, and the steak-cheese-mushroom sandwich. Open late. Entrée: $6-$17 A G R

H20 Restaurant 5150 Fairview Drive (Metropolis

Resort), Eau Claire • 852-6000 • metropolishotel.com • Located inside Metropolis Resort, H2O is a family venue featuring delectable steak and seafood, as well as grilled burgers, homemade chips, and wraps. While you’re in, stop by The Aqua Bar for all of your libation needs from a kiddy cocktail to a Hello Kitty martini. Private area available. $5-$25 A G R W

Hallie Bar and Grill 1713 Cty. Hwy OO, Hallie • 861-3870 • A popular game day spot, Hallie Bar and Grill also has a full pub menu. Between cheers and boos, grub on over 20 different burgers. The Western Burger gets a cheer, with a half pound of ground beef, bacon, cheese, onion, and barbecue sauce. Check out the Friday night fish fry or Tuesday all-you-can-eat wings. Bar open late on weekends. Entreé $5-$10 A G R W Hilltop 924 E Madison St, Eau Claire • 835-9223 • A long-time neighborhood hangout, Hilltop offers classic bar food like burgers made to order. Check out the lunch specials served daily from 11am-2pm. Open late, outdoor seating. Entrée: $5-$7 A G Hipps Pub-N-Grub S7650 State Rd. 37, Eau Claire •

834-7822 • The former Oak Wood Bar & Grill whips up everything from burgers and pizza to pasta. The Friday fish fry is pretty popular, as is the Philly Cheesesteak. Also try their broasted chicken with coleslaw, Manhattan bread (spicy garlic bread), and a twice-

baked potato on the side. Private party room, open late. $5-$13 A G

Kyote’s Den Bar & Grill E2339 Hwy 29, Menomonie

• 235-2777 • A classic bar and grill, Kyote’s is laidback and friendly. The trademark Kyote Burger is piled high with cheese and green peppers. Don’t forget about the Friday night fish fry buffet, or the cheap beer special on Sunday. Entire menu available for takeout, open late. Entrée: $6-$8 A G R

The Livery (aka Cowtown Saloon) 316 Wisconsin

St., Eau Claire • 833-7666 • A neighborhood saloon and grill in the historic livery stable building. Accompanying the the old-time feel is comfort food with a modern twist such as their Smoked Pork which is

Moke’s Bar and Grill 3077 CTH OO, Chippewa

Falls • 720-8950 • Known for their pizza, Moke’s Bar and Grill also has a full blown tiki bar, outdoor games, including horseshoes and ladder golf, and occasional live music. Moke’s also has a 1.5-pound burger (and fries) challenge that, if finished faster than the record time, rewards the competitor $100. Entree: $8 A G R W Q

Norske Nook at Northwoods Brewpub 3560 Oakwood Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 552-0510 • northwoodsbrewpub.com • The hearty comfort food of Norske Nook combined with the excellent pub grub and microbrews of Northwoods offers a culinary one-two punch capable of destroying your hunger. Check out the elk and buffalo dishes, fried cukes, and various lefse concoctions. Breakfast, outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. Entrée: $6-$17 A G R W Q

They also have a 1.5-pound burger (and fries) challenge that, if finished faster than the record time, rewards the competitor $100. Moke’s Bar and Grill, Lake Hallie smoked and prepared in-house. Outdoor seating with firepit, open late. $6-$18 A G W Q

The Lodge 1200 W River St., Chippewa Falls • 7207708 • The newly remodeled bar and grill features American casual dining, and is known for its burgers, chicken, and Friday night fish frys with salad bar. The Lodge also has a full blown tiki bar, outdoor games, three volleyball courts, and a DJ, karaoke, or live music every Saturday. $5-$10 A G R W

Loopy’s Saloon & Grill 10691 Buisness 29, Chip-

pewa Falls • 723-5667 • 723loop.com • A log cabin atmosphere sets the stage for casual eating at Loopy’s. Located right on the Chippewa River, the fish fry and homemade pizza are popular menu items, but make sure to check out the terrific nachos. Weekday lunch buffet, outdoor seating, outdoor private party area, banquet services, and vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $6-

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Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D, Menomonie • 235-9927 • pioneergrill.com • There’s a distinct party atmosphere most nights at the Pioneer Grill & Saloon. Gourmet pizzas and burgers round out a sizable menu of sandwiches and family-style favorites. Thursday through Saturday, try the tender age steak. Try out their famous all-beef burgers and don’t miss the live music on Saturdays. Breakfast served all week. Outdoor seating, private banquet room, and open late. Entrée: $6-$11 A G R W Playmakers Bar & Grill 101 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • 830-8292 • Playmakers offers an open and clean atmosphere with a long bar and three levels of seating. They’re known for their specialty burgers and nightly specials such as all-you-can-eat crab legs on Saturdays. There’s also seven large-screen TVs for game days, and vegetarian options. $7-$10 A G R W

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The Pourhouse W301 Menomonie St., Elk mound • 917-1020 • elkmoundpourhouse.com • This bar and grill in Elk Mound both serves as a great place for a cup of joe and to watch the game with friends. The Pourhouse serves daily lunch specials, and all their sandwiches and pizzas are made from local and organic ingredients. Take out pizza available, and open late. $4-$8 A G R W Ralph’s Red Apple Grill & Bar 465 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls • 861-5600 • ralphsredapplegrill.com • This casual, family friendly place is one part sports bar and another part log cabin (with a fireplace), boasting a unique menu: think Leinenkugel’s battered mushrooms, three kinds of local cheese curds, and hand-crafted ice creams and desserts. Their enclosed patio includes a tiki bar in summer. Some vegetarian dishes available. Entrée: $7-$14 A G R

terfly shrimp with Chippewa Chips is a house favorite, as is the scorching hot live blues music. They serve food late, and have a private party room. A W

Smith’s Country Inn S5786 Hwy. 37, Eau Claire •

836-9003 • A favorite local spot for eaters of all ages, Smith’s is homey, friendly, and relaxed. Popular menu items include classic comfort food, not to mention the famous fish fry and the juicy prime rib steaks (served on Thurs. and Sat.). Private party room, no reservations on Friday, outdoor seating and pavilion available for parties. Entrée: $9-$13 A G R

Sparx Restaurant 1827 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • 235-3000 • sparxrestaurant.com • Sparx is the ultimate “meat and potatoes” kind of place. Specializing in “incredible burgers and smokin’ good steaks,” Sparx’s menu also includes vegetarian options like Butternut Squash Ravioli as well as signature drinks

Think Leinenkugel’s battered mushrooms, three kinds of local cheese curds, and hand-crafted ice creams and desserts. Ralph’s Red Apple Grill & Bar, Chippewa Falls Ray’s Place 838 Water St., Eau Claire • 832-3991 • People come from miles around just to grab a beer and an excellent hot beef sandwich served on a pile of napkins at Ray’s. The optional horseradish sauce (highly recommended) will clear your sinuses. Cheese slices are available upon polite request. During the cooler months, try the signature Spanish stew. The homemade soups – pea or bean with ham – round out the menu. Outdoor seating and open late. Entrée: $4-$6 A G Q The Red Room 302 E Madison St, Eau Claire • 855-

0000 • Adjoining the ever-popular cajun joint Stella Blues, this bar counterpart features tables with Stella’s menu and they’ll gladly take your order and walk it over to you. $6-$10 A

Red Zone Sports Bar 2071 S Prairie View Rd, Chippewa Falls • 726-3030 • This down-to-earth and friendly sports bar offers food that goes beyond runof-the-mill bar food. While their burgers are worthy of many compliments, the bar favorite is the Philly Cheesesteak. Also serves appetizers such as cheese curds and wings, and homemade soups. Outdoor seating and open late. $5-$9 A G Riverview Grille at Fanny Hill 3919 Crescent Ave, Eau Claire • 836-8184 • fannyhill.com • The elegant yet casual setting at Riverview Grille at Fanny Hill will please all ages. Their menu includes steak, seafood, and Fanny’s famous Bailey’s Irish Dream Dessert. Try the award winning Sunday brunch with it’s breakfast staples and unique creations from the chefs. Outdoor seating available, private party area, and vegetarian friendly. $8-$22 A G R W Sammy’s Pizza Restaurant & Pub 2812 London

Rd, Eau Claire • 831-1300 • With a family-style pizza place up front (complete with cool diner furniture) and a full-scale bar in the back, Sammy’s is great for lunch, dinner, or a night out. Bring your friends for the House Special – pepperoni, hamburger, kosher salami, sausage, mushrooms, onion, and green pepper – or check out the broasted chicken. Weekday lunch buffet, private party room, vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. Entrée: $7-$18 A D G R Q

Shari’s Chippewa Club 106 W Main St., Durand • 672-8785 • sharischippewaclub.com • A destination bar for its many music events and outdoor patio overlooking the river, Shari’s also serves up homemade specialty pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches. Their but-

at their full-service bar. If you’re especially hungry, try the Monster Burger with three 12 oz patties. Open late, outdoor patio. $9-$18 A G R W

Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • 233-3333 • stoutalehouse.com • Festooned with 37 TVs and packed with video games, dart machines, and pool tables, the Stout Ale House hopes you have a good time. Casual and fun, the eatery features a full menu of all-American food and a full bar with over 40 kinds of beer. Rent out a special “skybox” to recreate an at-the-game afternoon with friends. Outdoor seating, private party rooms/banquet hall, vegetarian friendly, and open late. Entrée: $7-$19 A G R W Sweeney’s Bar & Grill 201 E. Canal St., Chippewa Falls • 723-9905 • A classic Wisconsin bar and grill where the locals go to get a burger or a homemade pizza. Sweeney’s boasts 26 kinds of half-pound burgers, and its relaxed atmosphere puts customers at ease. Open late and vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $6-$7 A G Tailgates Sports Bar & Grill 1505 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 552-1733 • tailgatessportsbar. com • As a classic Midwestern sports bar, Tailgates is known for their televised games. The menu itself features seasoned half-pound burgers and homemade pizza. The Monday night special – cheap burger, fries, and beer – is a local favorite. Outdoor seating (summer beer garden), private party room, open late. Entrée: $6-$10 A G Taverna Grill 2839 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 835-2845 • tavernagrill.com • Taverna Grill is a sports bar and grill from the owners of Draganetti’s. Dubbed “The Godfather of Game Day,” the restaurant combines the accommodations of a sports bar and a mafia theme. They offer an affordable Italian-American menu and

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BBQ Big Daddy’s Barbeque 2495 S. Prarie View Road,

Chippewa Falls • 404-8715 • If you’re looking for real barbecue, then look no further than Big Daddy’s. A modest prep shack connected to a big black barrel grill serves up a simple, yet amazingly satisfying menu of pulled pork, pulled beef brisket, and baby back pork ribs with house-made potato salad and baked beans. Also enjoy Italian sausage and Wisconsin bratwurst. Take-out and catering available. $4-$9

Buffalo Wild Wings 4612 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 858-9453 • buffalowildwings.com • A familyoriented sports bar with seven giant TV screens and 26 other TVs. Known for their chicken wings with a wide range of sauces, plus burgers, sandwiches, ribs, and more. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, open until midnight, take out available. Entrée: $5-$15 A G W Q Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que 2911 Mall Dr., Eau

The area’s only eatery specializing in Indian cuisine, Jewel of India (205 South Barstow St.) offers gourmet dishes and weekend lunch buffets. The chicken tikka masala is a favorite. a wide variety of wine and beer. The menu consists of soups, salads, panini sandwiches, flat-bread pizzas, entrees such as their Tuscan Taverna Pasta, and desserts. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. $5-$10 A G W

(get there early, because when it’s out, it’s out). The regular menu offers sandwiches and terrific burgers. Catering available. Lunch delivery to businesses, breakfast on Sundays, volleyball court available for private parties, open late. Entrée: $5-$8 A G Q

The Buck (aka Silver Dollar Saloon) 315 Main St.,

Yankee Jack’s 2300 W. Princeton Ave., Eau Claire • 834-4050 • yankeejacks.com • Whether you’re a hungry golfer or just hungry, stop out to Yankee Jack’s. The atmosphere is casual, with flat screen TVs, deck seating, and friendly staff, and the food is even better. Fresh burgers, fantastic salads, homemade pizzas, and nightly specials (yes, a fish fry is one of them) will tackle your hunger, and the full-service bar complete with specialty drinks will quench your thirst. Can’t decide? Try their unique Reuben pizza. Open late, vegetarian friendly. $10 A G W

Menomonie • 235-9390 • A low-key, low-light, classic pub style restaurant with a long bar and vintage atmosphere. Sit upstairs in the bar area, or escape to the cozy basement dining room. The re-vamped menu includes a wide variety of new appetizers, burgers, wraps, sandwiches and salads. The cheese curds are a big draw, as well as the burgers. Carry out and private space available. Entrée: $6-$10 A G W

Waterfront Bar & Grill 512 Crescent St., Menomonie

• 235-6541 • A casual stop for a 20s and 30s crowd serving high-end bar food including many different chicken sandwiches, burgers, fish, quesadillas, wings, wraps, and more. Known for a great Friday fish fry, they also feature live music every Thursday night. The outdoor deck towers over Lake Menomonie, providing a wide, sweeping vista with plenty of birds, boats, and breeze. Carry out available, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $6-$14 A G W

West Hill Bar 250 W. Elm St., Chippewa Falls • 720-

9281 • A neighborhood bar and grill serving up burgers and hot beef sandwiches. Outdoor seating, open late. Entrée: $3-$5 A

BAVARIAN Das Bierhaus 120 6th Ave. W, Menomonie • 231-

3230 • dasbierhaus-wi.com • Featuring a formidable range of domestic, imported, and brewed-on-site German beers, Das Bierhaus is the local destination for authentic Bavarian food and drink. The signature Schnitzel Strips are prepared fresh daily, and the Kaeseknacker (a cheesy sausage) is as enjoyable to eat as it is to say. $7-$17 A G W

Wigwam Tavern 314 E. Madison St., Eau Claire •

834-9061 • wigwamtavern.com • A casual neighborhood bar and grill with a nice mix of regulars, the Wigwam serves up daily lunch specials like Friday fish fry and their famous creamed turkey over biscuits

Mike’s Smokehouse 2235 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 834-8153 • Many customers consider Mike’s to be the only place in town for BBQ. Their meaty menu has plenty to offer, from beef and pork to chicken and fish, plus baked potatoes as big as your head. The prime rib (served Thur. and Sat.) is a crowd pleaser, and the beer-battered, deep-fried fish is spoken of in hushed, reverent tones. Outdoor seating, catering services, delivery. Entrée: $3-$12 A D G R W Q Texas Roadhouse 5019 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 838-0035 • texasroadhouse.com • Upbeat and energetic, Texas Roadhouse is “that place they line dance every hour.” Their culinary claims to fame are hand-cut steaks and award-winning fall-off-thebone ribs. Their bread is baked fresh all day long, and they make all dressings and side dishes from scratch. Free in-the-shell peanuts. Open late on weekends. Entrée: $6-$18 A G Q

CAFÉ/COFFEE HOUSE 420 Internet Cafe 420 Washington St., Eau Claire

• 833-2297 • cafe420.com • Eclectic décor, bamboo floors, and soothing colors are the backdrop for 420 Internet Café’s full-service coffee bar and sandwich shop. Try the signature gyro sandwich or the popular chocolate truffle mocha drink. Internet stations, outdoor seating, private party services. Eat late Friday

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Whiskey Dicks 943 Harlem Ave., Altoona • 829-3425

• whiskeydicks.net • A warm and welcoming sports bar, Whiskey Dick’s specializes in burgers, wraps, homemade soups and sandwiches, boneless wings, a Friday fish fry, and Saturday prime rib. The centerpiece of the bar menu is the list of Torino-style pizzas – long, calzone-like creations of steamy, cheesy goodness. Check out the daily specials. Outdoor seating, private party room, meatless pizza available, open late. Entrée: $6-$14 A G R W Q

Claire • 835-2227 • famousdaves.com • A fun family destination with good music and an energetic staff. From Texas beef brisket to chopped pork to rib plates (from four to 12 bones,), there’s plenty of BBQ to go around. Catering is a specialty of Famous Dave’s. Private party room, delivery, open late. Entrée: $6-$20 A D G Q

Turks Head Coffee House

307 S Barstow St., Eau Claire • 552-3838

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We stopped by for the first time on a Saturday. We tried the Moroccan Mocha and the Iced Vietnamese ... both unique flavors and delicious. The barista was patient in answering questions. They were also baking a caramel apple scone and were serving them to customers as fast as they came out of the oven. We’ll be back!

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and Saturday nights. Entrée: $4-$5 G W

4:30 AM Coffee Shop 608 N. Bridge St., Chippewa

Falls • 720-6165 • Known for their signature Coffee House Salad, homemade scones, wraps, various baked goods, and nifty little drive-up, 4:30 AM is a coffee mainstay of Chippewa Falls. Delivery, breakfast, vegetarian friendly. $5-$7 D G R W

Acoustic Café, Eau Claire 505 S. Barstow St., Eau

Claire • 832-9090 • theacoustic.com • This downtown destination wants to make sure no one hungers for lack of a better sandwich. Known for their hot hoagies, the spacious and art-bedecked café also has pitas, soups, salads, a number of baked-from-scratch cookies, muffins, and more. Try their gourmet coffees and espressos. Expect live music on weekends. Outdoor seating in season, vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. Entrée: $4-$8 A G W Q

Acoustic Café, Menomonie 102 Main St., Menomonie • 235-1115 • A top-notch hoagie shop (everything from corned beef to hummus) that bakes its own bread from scratch, the Menomonie Acoustic Café features a cozy atmosphere and open mic every other Thursday. The trademark high-back booths make it a great place to grab lunch, hold a casual meeting, or just hang out. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, and open late on weekends. Entrée: $3-$7.50 A G W Bake ‘n’ Brew Cafe 17255 Co. Hwy. X, Chippewa Falls • 720-2360 • Everything is homemade at this laid back bakery and café. Bake ‘n’ Brew Café is known for their cinnamon rolls, salads, and sandwiches. There is also a “lite” menu available. Vegetarian friendly, delivery available. Entrée: $3-$6 D G Blind Munchies 621 Wilson Ave., Menomonie •

235-9300 • streetlevelministry.com • Open Tuesday through Friday, Blind Munchies features a full coffee bar, a from-scratch bakery, fresh sandwiches made to order, and new food made fresh every morning. Try their homemade pizzas, and keep an eye out for live music every other Friday and B-movie nights. Vegetarian friendly, breakfast served, delivery of baked items available (for groups and events). Entrée: $3-$5 D G W

Borders Books and Music 4030 Commonwealth Ave, Eau Claire • 832-2852 • borders.com • Walk into Borders, hang a right, and you’ll find a full-service

er you’re craving something hot or cold to whet your whistle (or a tasty baked treat to go along with it), Caribou has it all. Breakfast all day, catering, seasonal outdoor seating. $2-$3 G W

The Coffee Grounds 3460 Mall Dr., Hwy. 93, Eau Claire • 834-1733 || 2116 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 797-2198 || 3042 Commercial Blvd., Chippewa Falls • 797-2370 • thecoffeegrounds.com • The Coffee Grounds is a casual, European-style café plopped into the middle of a gourmet food/coffee/beer/wine/ cigar giftshop. They offer a variety of baked goods, homemade soups, and fresh unique sandwiches. Their

With its retro lounge furniture, local artwork displays, and acoustic music, the 24-hour café is a relaxing place to enjoy a cup of coffee. Tempo, Eau Claire coffee bar (Seattle’s Best) offering baked goods and cold sandwiches. Carrot cake is an old standard and always available, along with mini apple pie.Entrée: $5 W

Camille’s Sidewalk Café 1120 122nd St., Suite

3, Chippewa Falls • 833-2233 • camillescafe.com • Camille’s fast, casual dining offers all-day breakfast, wraps, grilled paninis, sandwiches, salads, pizza, coffee, and smoothies. They feature their own brand of soup and salsa, and offer catering services to boot. Outdoor seasonal seating, vegetarian friendly, breakfast, delivery, and private area available. Entrée: $7 A D G R W

Caribou Coffee 2321 State Hwy 25 N #308,

Menomonie • 235-3627 • cariboucoffee.com • Wheth-

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menu is always evolving and you can order lunch online. Also, don’t forget about the coffee as they roast their own beans. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $5-$8 A G W

Down to Earth Garden Center 6025 Arndt Lane,

Eau Claire • 833-1234 • dwntoearth.com • The newly opened café in the garden center offers a variety of natural and organic foods (including free-range eggs), along with fresh, local produce. Signature favorites include: grilled sandwiches, cracker crust pizzas, soups, and a variety of espresso drinks. Outdoor seating available, vegetarian friendly.

Fireside Bistro Located inside Dove HealthcareSouth on Hwy 93, 3656 Mall Drive, Eau Claire • 5521035 • A small café located inside Dove Healthcare

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South. The Bistro offers both breakfast and lunch, serving rolls, muffins, specialty coffees, soups, salads, paninis, wraps, and sandwiches. Look for great value with the soup, sandwich, and soda combo. If sitting next to the indoor fireplace and 42-inch TV doesn’t tickle your fancy, head outside to the courtyard area and pavilion. Vegetarian friendly. $3-$6 G W

Gloria Jean’s Coffees 4800 Golf Rd. (Oakwood Mall), Eau Claire • 833-0040 • gloriajeans.com • A full-scale gourmet coffee shop known for its flavored brews, Gloria Jean’s uses beans selected from the top of the world’s Arabica bean crop. In addition to brewed coffee, the shop offers a variety of robust espresso drinks and “Blended Chillers” such as the popular White Chocolate Caramel Cookie Chiller. $1-$7 Q The Goat Coffee House 408 Water St., Eau Claire

• 831-4491 • A relaxed, full-scale coffee house offering an eclectic selection of fresh sandwiches, The Goat sports an interesting mix of furniture and décor. All sandwiches are prepared with sauces from Silver Spring. A vegetarian delight is the Green Olive Twist (hummus, green olives, onion, and Swiss). Check out the fruit smoothies and cold, blended coffee drinks. Outdoor seating, private party room, breakfast served, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $4-$6 G R W Q

Golden Leaf Café 1706 Stout Rd, Menomonie • 231-5323 • goldenleafcafe.com • Gourmet organic panini sandwiches are the specialty at Golden Leaf Café, where you’ll also find homemade soups and salads. There’s no need to wait for dessert; they also sell Norske Nook pies (whole or by the slice). After eating, peruse the connected specialty shop for wine, foodstuffs, and tea. They also offer a gluten-free menu, as well as an espresso bar. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $6.50 G W Grand Avenue Café 119 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire

• 831-1100 • A quaint (and popular) little café known for their sandwiches, quiches, homemade soups, and bread pudding. Capitalize on one of their creative lunch specials. Vegetarian friendly, breakfast, outdoor seating, Sunday brunch. Entrée: $6-$8 G R W

Harmony Corner Café 210 S. Barstow St., Eau

Claire • 838-8760 • harmonycornercafe.com • This relaxing coffeehouse and sandwich shop has a menu full of fair trade, organic, and local eat- and drinkables. Most everything is homemade, from the baked treats to the paninis, soups, and salads. Have a cup of joe or tea and enjoy live music on weekends and rotating regional art shows. Seasonal outdoor seating along the sidewalk, vegetarian friendly, breakfast, back room available for parties. Entrée: $6.50 A G R W Q

Infinitea Teahouse 112 Grand Ave., Eau Claire

• 514-1975 • infiniteateahouse.com • Visit the only teahouse in the Chippewa Valley and prepare to be impressed by about 200 flavors of tea. Start by checking out the tea-filled test tubes so you can see and smell the leaves of your choice. The establishment has a constantly changing selection of baked goods, plus soup, salad, homemade hummus, and pitas. Check out the frequently scheduled musical guests. Some sidewalk seating. Entree $4-$6 G W Q

The Living Room Coffee House & Drive-Thru

2006 Cameron St., Eau Claire • 831-0245 || 1400 Bellinger St. (Midelfort Clinic), Eau Claire || 6025 Arndt Lane (Down to Earth Garden Center), Eau Claire • The Living Room’s mission is to make you feel at home - as long as your home has a full-service

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Some of the establishments (excluding fast food and pizza chains) that serve after 10pm on weekends.

latenight eats

eau claire

Maple Lounge & Café 2507 S. Hastings Way,

Acoustic Café 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire •

Mogie’s Pub and Restaurant 436 Water St., Eau

Eau Claire • 552-1998

Highway 25 N # 2 • 233-0281 • burrachos.com

City Limits Restaurant 2100 Co. Trk. B,

Menomonie • 235-1166

420 Internet Cafe 420 Washington St., Eau Claire • 833-2297 • cafe420.com

Milwaukee Burger Company 2620 E Claire-

832-9090 • theacoustic.com

Claire • 836-9666 • mogiespub.com

El Patio 1414 E. 9th St, Menomonie • 233-1476 Fuzzy’s Bar & Grill N5729 410th St., Menomonie

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 4745

Oakwood Mall Dr. • 552-0510

Jeff’s Pizza 145 Main St. • 231-3131 • jeffspiz-

Azul Tequila 2503 London Rd • 833-0200 Broadway Bar & Pizza 1920 S. Hastings Way •

0707 • olivegarden.com

Kyote’s Den Bar & Grill E2339 Hwy 29,

Ave. • 834-9911 • perkinsrestaurants.com

Menomonie Log Jam 709 S. Broadway St.,

Amber Inn Bar & Grill 840 E. Madison St., Eau

Claire • 832-0568

Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 831-1255 • applebees.com

832-5100 • broadwaypizzaeauclaire.com

mont Ave., Eau Claire • 834-6503

New York Pizza & Deli 320 Water St. • 835-5000 Norske Nook at Northwoods Brewpub 3560 Olive Garden 4920 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 838Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 2025 Highland

Buffalo Wild Wings 4612 Keystone Crossing,

Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D,

Burrachos Fresh Mexican Grill 5314 Prill Rd. •

Pizza Del Re 911 N. Hastings Way, Eau Claire •

Buzzy’s Pizza Emporium 414 Water St., Eau

Pizza Plus Eatery 208 S. Barstow St • 832-8844 Playmakers Bar & Grill 101 Graham Ave., Eau

Eau Claire • 858-9453 • buffalowildwings.com

834-1843 || 329 Water St. • 835-6195 • burrachos. com Claire • 552-1600 • buzzyspe.com

Chuck’s On Clairemont 1807 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 835-2485

Dana’s Bar & Grill - Eau Claire 6505 Texaco Dr., Eau Claire • 874-5954

Dooley’s Pub 442 Water St • 834-2388 Doubleday’s Sports Bar and Grill 3020 London Rd, Eau Claire • 833-2255

El Patio 228 Water St, Eau Claire • 855-8590 Erbert and Gerbert’s 409 Water St, • 835-9995 ||

3003 London Rd • 552-1933 • erbertandgerberts.com

Menomonie • 235-9927 • pioneergrill.com

834-0703 • pizzadelre.com

Claire • 830-8292

Porter’s 205 S. Barstow St, in the Ramada, Eau Claire • 855-0856 • portersec.com Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge 404 Riverside Ave., Eau Claire • 834-0000 • racysnucleus.com

Ray’s Place 838 Water St., Eau Claire • 832-3991 Red Lobster 1019 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau

Claire • 833-0184 • redlobster.com

Ave., Eau Claire • 832-5478

Glen Loch Saloon 1300 Jefferson Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-1297

Golden Spike Bar & Grill 228 Division St., Altoona • 552-5526

Green Mill Restaurant & Bar 2703 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 839-8687 • greenmilleauclaire.com

Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill & Steaks 4890 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 832-6481 • grizzlysgrill.com

Hilltop 924 E Madison St, Eau Claire • 835-9223 Hipps Pub-N-Grub S7650 State Rd. 37, Eau

Claire • 834-7822

Jim’s Pizza 421 Water St., Eau Claire • 838-8888

• jeffandjims.com

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 1720 N. Broadway St. • 235-2234 • perkinsrestaurants.com

Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St.,

Menomonie • 233-3333 • stoutalehouse.com

Ted’s Pizza Palace 306 E. Main St, Menomonie • 235-0600 • tedspizzapie.com

Zanzibar Restaurant and Pub 228 E. Main St. •

231-9269 • zanzibarmenomonie.com

chippewa falls

Bridgewater Restaurant and Pub 1009 W. Park Ave. • 723-6941 • avalonhotelchippewafalls.com

Tailgates Sports Bar & Grill 1505 N. Clairemont Ave. • 552-1733 • tailgatessportsbar.com

1-888-382-4780 • lakewissotagolf.com

Texas Roadhouse 5019 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 838-0035 • texasroadhouse.com

Sweeney’s 201 E. Canal St. • 723-9905 West Hill Bar 250 W. Elm St. • 720-9281

836-3727 || Hilltop Center, Eau Claire

other

Tempo 315 E Madison St • 833-7449 • coffeetimeeauclaire.com

UWEC Dining Halls Davies Center, Eau Claire • VFW Post 7232 2900 W Folsom St • 832-3528 The Water Street Deli 628 Water St. • 514-4555 Wigwam Tavern 314 E. Madison St. • 834-9061 • wigwamtavern.com

Yankee Jack’s 2300 W. Princeton Ave., Eau Claire • 834-4050 • yankeejacks.com

menomonie

Kim Chi Cafe 2823 London Rd • thekimchicafe. The Livery (aka Cowtown Saloon) 316 Wiscon-

Burrachos Fresh Mexican Grill 2401 State

sin St., Eau Claire • 833-7666

Menomonie • 235-0703 • menomonielogjam.com

Lake Wissota Golf Course 16108 97th Ave. •

Acoustic Café 102 Main St. • 235-1115 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 2303

com

Menomonie • 235-2777

Tacos Juanita Mexican Restaurant 2873 E.

Hamilton Ave, Eau Claire • 835-3229

Girolamo’s Court ‘n House Bar 113 W. Grand

zashop.com

Heckel’s Family Restaurant 2621 Hwy. 53,

Fazoli’s Restaurant 3730 Gateway Dr, Eau Claire • 830-1039 • fazolis.com 835-6489 • foxruntavern.com

• 231-3899 • fuzzysbarandgrill.com

Connell’s 18525 50th Ave • 723-5656 Eisold’s Irvine Bar 130 Fleet St. • 720-1280 Erwin’s 19th Hole 1705 County Highway OO,

1424 • fridayseauclaire.com

Fox Run Tavern 1515 S. 65th Ave., Eau Claire •

Menomonie • 235-9940

Red Robin 3005 Golf Rd. • 834-4438 Sammy’s Pizza 2812 London Rd • 831-1300 T.G.I. FRiDAY’S 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 830-

Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que 2911 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 835-2227 • famousdaves.com

Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill 2002 Midway Rd.,

Hwy 25 N • 233-3036 • applebees.com

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Chippewa Falls • 831-6337

Chippewa Falls • 723-0844

Red Zone Sports Bar 2071 S Prairie View Rd, Chippewa Falls • 726-3030

Albertville Tavern 8114 35th St., Colfax • 8746217

Connell’s Club 12 E11295 Hwy. 12, Fall Creek • 877-2140

Hallie Bar and Grill 1713 Cty. Hwy OO, Hallie

• 861-3870

The Pourhouse W301 Menomonie St., Elk Mound • 917-1020 • elkmoundpourhouse.com Shari’s Chippewa Club 106 W Main St., Durand • 672-8785 • sharischippewaclub.com

Whiskey Dicks 943 Harlem Ave., Altoona • 8293425 • whiskeydicks.net

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coffee bar, Panini sandwiches, baked goods, and blended fruit tea smoothies. The monthly drink specials are always popular, as is the breakfast sandwich with sausage and maple syrup. Outdoor seating as well as live music in the backyard for the summer, and vegetarian friendly. Some of these accommodations do not apply to their smaller locations in Down to Earth Garden Center and Midelfort Clinic. Entrée: $5-$7 D G R W

The Nucleus Café 405 Water St., Eau Claire • 834-

7777 • racysnucleus.com • Connected via a convenient hallway to Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge, The Nucleus is a cozy café with a European vibe serving breakfast and lunch. Check out the desserts, homemade soups, quiches, omelets, and distinctive sandwiches. The Nucleus is also a traditional crêperie, offering a variety of dessert and main meal crêpes. Sunday brunch, outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $5-$7 A G R W Q

Panera Bread 4601 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire

• 834-9752 • panerabread.com • A chain store featuring a full bakery and café where all breads are baked fresh. On the bakery side, they feature 20 different breads, 12 bagels, and 30 sweets and pastries – the Cinnamon Crunch bagel is among the favorites, selling between 400 and 500 a day. The café features 15 sandwiches, 7 salads, and 7 (of 12) different soups on any given day with Chicken and Wild Rice as a best seller. Outdoor patio seating, vegetarian friendly, and Sunday brunch. Entrée: $5-$9 D W

Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge 404 Riverside Ave.,

Eau Claire • 834-0000 • racysnucleus.com • Connected via a convenient hallway to The Nucleus Café, Racy’s is a loungey coffee shop with an impressive range of brews. Check out the desserts, homemade soups, and astounding menu of distinctive sandwiches. Outdoor seating, private party area, and vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $5-$7 G W

Starbucks 2016 S Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 8342513 || 953 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 8367320 || 3649 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 838-0196 • starbucks.com • Coffee, tea, dessert, and other treats to warm you up, cool you down, or satisfy a craving. W Tempo 315 E Madison St., Eau Claire • 833-7449 • coffeetimeeauclaire.com • Italian for “time,” Tempo Cafe offers a variety of roasted coffee, cappuccinos, bakery desserts, and sandwiches. With its retro lounge furniture, local artwork displays, and acoustic music, the 24-hour café is a relaxing place to enjoy a cup of coffee. There is even an historic espresso maker! $2-$4 W Turks Head Coffee House 307 S Barstow St., Eau

Claire • 552-3838 • turksheadcoffeehouse.com • Turks Head is a relaxing coffeehouse that places special emphasis on unique-flavored cookies and coffees from around the globe. Also try their breakfast items, soups, and sandwiches. Outdoor seating and vegetarian friendly. $6 G W

CAFETERIA CVTC Valley Cafe 615 West Clairemont Avenue,

Eau Claire • 559-3513 • Located in the lower level of CVTC’s Business Education Center, the Valley Cafe offers hot breakfasts and lunches daily. Open to students, staff, and the public. Online menu available weekly with a variety of burgers, pizzas, and other delicious entrees. G W

Luther Midlefort Clinic Cafeteria 1400 Bellinger Street, Eau Claire • 838-5369 • Open 7am to 6pm

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daily, the Midlefort Cafeteria serves up homecooked eats to patients, visitors, and the public. Their cooks create original recipes for their unique food bars that include ethnic delicacies as well as soups, their famous baked chicken, and a new favorite, black bean patties. There’s also a daily 62-item salad bar and plenty of other options to promote healthy diets. Vegetarian friendly. $1-$4 G W

Sacred Heart Hospital Cafeteria 900 W Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 839-4121 • sacredhearthospital-ec. org • The Sacred Heart Hospital Cafeteria offers a variety of meals to staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors. Hot entrees, homemade soups, a full salad bar, made-to-order deli sandwiches, “grab-n-go” premade sandwiches and homemade pizzas along with delicious desserts make up the menu. Open 6:30am to 6:30pm daily. G W UW Stout Dining Halls 160 Merle Price Commons

UW-Stout, Menomonie • 232-2134 || 712 Broadway St, Menomonie • 232-3463 • uwstout.edu • $1.50$7.50 G W

UWEC Dining Halls Davies Center, Eau Claire • 8363727 || Hilltop Center, Eau Claire • Often referred to as “the cafs”, the two cafeterias are popular dining destinations. Riverview is located in the Hilltop Center on upper campus, and the Terrace in Davies Center on lower campus. Open daily, the cafeterias offer an all-you-care-to-eat meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with something to satisfy everyone’s appetite. Not limited to students or UWEC staff/faculty, the public is welcome as well. Hilltop open until midnight. Vegetarian friendly. G W

CAJUN Stella Blues 306 Madison St., Eau Claire • 855-7777

• stellablues.biz • Gallantly promoting and preserving Cajun flavor in the Chippewa Valley, Stella’s is across from Phoenix Park. The snazzy décor features antiques from the area’s past, and the bar offers a formidable line of taps, not to mention a constantly changing drink menu. Signature dishes include the (spectacularly-named) Better Than Ribs Volcanic Pork. The portabella sandwich with melted bleu cheese and carmelized onions is a vegetarian favorite. Great outdoor seating, huge private party room, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $12-$26 A G R W Q

DESSERTS & TREATS Blakelee’s Chocolates & Sweet Things 115 9th

Ave., Eau Claire • 514-0226 • Blakelee’s offers hardto-find, “old-fashioned” candies and chocolates in an old-timey atmosphere. Just walking by the front door will make your sweet tooth tingle. n/a

Cold Stone Creamery 4613 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 831-8482 • coldstonecreamery.com • Personal customization is the name of the game at Cold Stone where you can mix and match an armada of toppings

ICON KEY = Alcohol, beer, or wine available. = Delivery available. Some restrictions may apply. = Able to accommodate larger groups of 9 or more.

W = Free access to wireless internet. = Accepts reservations. Some restrictions may apply. = Winner: 2010 V1 Best of the Valley Reader Poll.

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a classroom space with guest chefs teaching cooking classes (space also rentable). Outdoor seating, Sunday brunch, and very vegetarian friendly. $5-$10 A G W

Olson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Deli 611 N. Bridge

St, Chippewa Falls • 723-4331 • Heading down to Olson’s for some homemade ice cream is a favorite local pastime. Their fresh ingredients and tempting sundaes have kept people coming back for decades. Now you can grab some soup and a deli sandwich prior to dessert. The Turkey BLT is an employee favorite. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $5-$6 D W Q

Simply Cakes 3636 Melby St., Lake Hallie • 514-

4549 • simplycakesllc.com • This small bakery, owned and operated by one person, whips up custom cut-out cookies, homemade candy, whimsical cupcake “bouquets,” (made to look like a bouquet of roses or sunflowers), and custom wedding cakes, to name a few. All cakes are buttercream and made from scratch. Ice cream and chocolate-dipped fruits also available. Delivery for larger orders, outdoor seating. Starting at $15 D G W

Tucked into Banbury Place, Lewie J’s (800 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire, building D2) serves breakfast all day long, featuring items like their strawberry cheesecake pancakes with sides aplenty. and ingredients into one (or more) of the shop’s many high-quality ice creams. Be sure to try the Birthday Cake Remix, a customer favorite. The atmosphere is fun and often frantic as employees scoop the goods and sing songs. Ice cream cakes are also popular. Seasonal outdoor seating. $3-$6 Q

Dairy Queen 2801 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 835-5329 ||

1160 Menomonie St., Eau Claire • 834-9323 || 2451 Birch St., Eau Claire • 835-2181 || 3057 N. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 832-9787 || 124 E. Park, Chip-

pable candies like gummies and jellybeans, as well as gourmet chocolates like truffles. n/a

Legacy Chocolates 632 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 231-2580 • legacychocolates.com • Crafting truffles in no less than four levels of cocoa intensity (41%, 58.5%, 73.5%, and 85%) and eight flavors – that’s 32 possible varieties – Legacy Chocolates has your postmeal sweet tooth covered. Check out their Potion #9 chocolate sauce, roasted coffee beans, and coffee concentrates. Also serving lunch daily, and coffee and

Over 60 flavors of shaved ice to choose from, and even more options when you add the extras like cream, yum! Summer Snow, Eau Claire pewa Falls • 723-7911 || 12 Bridgewater, Chippewa Falls • 723-2811 || 1221 S. Broadway, Menomonie • 235-2320 || 4800 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 835-5958 • Whether you’re craving some food or tasty treats, they’ve got both. $3-$8

Dairy Queen/Orange Julius 4800 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 835-5958 • Ice cream and fruity smoothies are available through this conjoined shop in the mall food court. $3-$8 Great Harvest Bread Company 4324 Southtowne Place, Eau Claire • 552-8000 • greatharvestbreadeauclaire.com • Freshly baked every morning, Great Harvest Bread Company uses quality whole wheat from local farms to craft a variety of breads and sweets with no added chemicals or preservatives. Breads of the month are offered, containing freshground bakery whole wheat, nuts, and fruits. $5 Great Harvest Bread Company 4324 Southtowne Place, Eau Claire • 552-8000 • greatharvestbreadeauclaire.com • Freshly baked every morning, Great Harvest Bread Company’s signature items use quality whole wheat from local farms in a variety of breads and sweets with no added chemicals or preservatives. Breads of the month are offered containing fresh-grind bakery whole wheat, nuts, and fruits. Inside Scoop 4800 Golf Rd #69, Eau Claire • 838-

0150 • This bulk candy store offers a variety of scoo-

espresso brewed one cup at a time. Vegetarian friendly. $3-$5 G R W

Obsession Chocolates 18 S Barstow St., Eau Claire • 830-8301 • obsessionchocolates.com • To call the famed local chocolatier’s freshly opened new location sweet is an understatement. On one side you’ve got a restaurant serving breakfast items like waffles and French toast and lunch items like sandwiches, soups, salads, and frittatas (all with a unique Obsession twist), and on the other a Chocolate Lounge with comfy seating and a fireplace, a perfect place for some wine and dessert (the truffles are amazing). Also has

Sue’s Deluxe Bake Shop 1319 Birch St, Eau Claire • 552-3931 • A neighborhood favorite, Sue’s mostly homemade items include bars, sweet rolls, cookies, and cakes. Take home a pack of the savory onion rolls, try their Custard Angel Food Cake made from scratch, or come in Thursdays for their homemade pasties. Cake decorating available. No seating, vegetarian friendly, serves breakfast. $1-$3 Q Summer Snow 2600 London Rd, Eau Claire • 894-

7436 • Over 60 flavors of shaved ice to choose from, and even more options when you add the extras like cream, yum! A favorite spot for cool treats in the summer heat. Located in the parking lot of Harbor Freight Tools on London Road. Now accepting credit and cash. $2

FAMILY STYLE Albertville Tavern 8114 35th St., Colfax • 874-6217

• Albertville is a casual family place where the generous Friday fish fry and BBQ ribs are legendary, but the prime rib (served Wednesdays and Saturdays) draws people from halfway across the state. Word has it the bar will serve you the best Old Fashioned in all of Albertville. Located on the state snowmobile trail with outdoor seating and late-night eats (pizza). Entrée: $8-$12 A G R Q

Altoona Family Restaurant 2000 N. Hillcrest Pkwy., Altoona • 830-5000 • American food in a simple family atmosphere where breakfast is served all day and homemade specials are the norm. AFR is popular for fish frys on Friday nights. Sunday brunch, vegetarian friendly, and, of course, breakfast. Entrée: $5-$9 G R Q

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2000 N Hillcrest Pkwy, Altoona • 830-5000

review by Localeater

This restaurant has got it figured out. Good food, family friendly, lots of local people, repeat customers ... Why? Customer service. They are fast, and always friendly. They want every customer to be satisfied. Can you say coffee? Pop? Water? Refills galore. Just like the old days ... ah ... finally a business who gets it.

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VERY VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY Some places inherently have easy options for vegetarians: Chinese buffets, Mexican restaurants, sandwich shops, and pizza places. Here are a few more full restaurants that consider themselves vegetarian friendly ... 29 Pines Corner of Hwy. 29 and Co. Hwy. T, Eau Claire • 874-2929

4:30 AM Coffee Shop 608 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • 720-6165

Acoustic Café, Eau Claire 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • 832-9090 • theacoustic.com

Legacy Chocolates 632 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 231-2580 • legacychocolates.com

The Living Room Coffee House & Drive-Thru

2006 Cameron St., Eau Claire • 831-0245 || 1400 Bellinger St. (Midelfort Clinic), Eau Claire || 6025 Arndt Lane (Down to Earth Garden Center), Eau Claire

Acoustic Café, Menomonie 102 Main St.,

Lucy’s Delicatessen 117 N Bridge St, Chippewa

Bake ‘n’ Brew Cafe 17255 Co. Hwy. X, Chip-

Mancino’s Grinders and Pizza 4056 Com-

Menomonie • 235-1115 pewa Falls • 720-2360

Blind Munchies 621 Wilson Ave., Menomonie •

235-9300 • streetlevelministry.com

Falls • 720-9800 • foreign5.com

monwealth Ave, Eau Claire • 835-4000 || 809 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 835-4100 • mancinoseauclaire.com

American Table Family Restaurant 2426 Seymour

Rd, Eau Claire • 552-5348 • American Table is one of those great places that offers a menu with a bit of everything (some seafood, Mexican, Italian, and classic American fare). Try a hot sandwich, taco salad, or the spaghetti. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. Breakfast served all day long. $7-$13 G R

Bresina’s Old Home Restaurant 704 E. Grand

Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-7973 • A quality, plain Jane, working class joint where everyone is welcome. Known for good home cooking, homemade hashbrowns, and their potato dumplings. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $3-$12 G R

The Cabin on Grand 24 W. Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-4025 • Nothing comes out of a can at The Cabin on Grand in Chippewa Falls. These cooks are obsessed with fresh ingredients, packing them into dozens of specialty omelets, which are served all day. Slather some apple butter or syrup on their popular potato pancakes, or tie into an Eggs Benedict. The comfortable, homey downtown diner welcomes vegetarians as well, offering a number of veggie omelets and quesadillas. $4-$8 A G R W

pewa Falls • 723-4025

Moe’s Diner 12701 10th St, Osseo • 597-3912 Mogie’s Pub and Restaurant 436 Water St., Eau

3, Chippewa Falls • 833-2233 • camillescafe.com

Mona Lisa’s 428 Water St., Eau Claire • 839-

Chick-A-Dee’s Family Restaurant 1928 3rd St., Eau Claire • 832-7724 • A traditional family-style restaurant that has been around for ages, Chick-ADee’s is known for its all-day breakfast and daily specials. Sunday brunch available. Entrée: $4-$10 G

833-8939

Noodles & Company 4653 Keystone Crossing,

Chicken Unlimited 1410 Hastings Way, Eau Claire •

Eau Claire • 834-1733 || 2116 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 797-2198 || 3042 Commercial Blvd., Chippewa Falls • 797-2370 • thecoffeegrounds. com

Norske Nook at Northwoods Brewpub 3560 Oakwood Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 552-0510 • northwoodsbrewpub.com

The Cabin on Grand 24 W. Grand Ave., ChipCamille’s Sidewalk Café 1120 122nd St., Suite Cicione’s 120 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • The Coffee Grounds 3460 Mall Dr., Hwy. 93,

Claire • 836-9666 • mogiespub.com 8969 • monalisas.biz

Eau Claire • 858-9000 • noodles.com

Down to Earth Garden Center 6025 Arndt Lane,

The Nucleus Café 405 Water St., Eau Claire •

Draganetti’s Ristorante 3120 Hillcrest Pkwy.,

Obsession Chocolates 18 S Barstow St., Eau

The Dulany 105 Garfield. Ave, Eau Claire • 836-

Olson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Deli 611 N. Bridge

Eau Claire • 833-1234 • dwntoearth.com

Altoona • 834-9234 • draganettis.com

5261

834-7777 • racysnucleus.com

Claire • 830-8301 • obsessionchocolates.com

St, Chippewa Falls • 723-4331

Duncan Creek Wine Bar and Grille 213 N.

The Pourhouse W301 Menomonie St., Elk

Eau Claire Fusion 309 E Grand Ave., Eau Claire • 832-8550 • eauclairefusion.com

Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge 404 Riverside

Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • 723-7000

The Edge Pub & Eatery 9504 Cty Hwy S., Chippewa Falls • 723-2400 • theedgeonwissota.com

Exit 59 Family Restaurant 6220 Texaco Dr, Eau

Claire • 874-6213

Family Farms Market 50684 N. Main St., Eleva • 287-3332 • familyfarmsmarket.com

Fireside Bistro Located inside Dove HealthcareSouth on Hwy 93, 3656 Mall Drive, Eau Claire • 552-1035

Fischer’s On The Green 2333 Hillcrest Pkwy., Altoona • 832-9711 • fischersgreen.com

Foster Cheese Haus E10934 County Hwy HH, Osseo • 597-6605 • fostercheesehaus.com

The Goat Coffee House 408 Water St., Eau

Claire • 831-4491

Golden Leaf Café 1706 Stout Rd, Menomonie • 231-5323 • goldenleafcafe.com

Grand Avenue Café 119 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire • 831-1100

Harmony Corner Café 210 S. Barstow St., Eau

mound • 917-1020 • elkmoundpourhouse.com

Ave., Eau Claire • 834-0000 • racysnucleus.com

Ralph’s Red Apple Grill & Bar 465 Chippewa

Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls • 861-5600 • ralphsredapplegrill.com

Raw Deal 603 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 231-3255 • rawdeal-wi.com

Riverview Grille at Fanny Hill 3919 Crescent Ave, Eau Claire • 836-8184 • fannyhill.com

Skoog’s Parkside 932 N. Broadway St, Menomonie • 235-6124 • skoogsparkside.com

Stella Blues 306 Madison St., Eau Claire • 855-

7777 • stellablues.biz

Sweetwaters Restaurant & Bar 1104 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 834-5777 • sweetwatersec.com Taverna Grill 2839 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 8352845 • tavernagrill.com

Tempo 315 E Madison St., Eau Claire • 833-7449 • coffeetimeeauclaire.com

Turks Head Coffee House 307 S Barstow St., Eau Claire • 552-3838 • turksheadcoffeehouse. com

Claire • 838-8760 • harmonycornercafe.com

The Water Street Deli 628 Water St., Eau Claire

St., Eau Claire • 835-6621 • houligans.net

Zanzibar Restaurant and Pub 228 E. Main St.,

Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub 415 S. Barstow Jewel Of India 205 South Barstow St., Eau Claire

• 514-4555

Menomonie • 231-9269 • zanzibarmenomonie. com

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834-6688 • A classic local destination, Chicken Unlimited has been in town for over 40 years. Order at the counter and grab a seat in their kitschy chickenjoint atmosphere where the most popular dish is ... fried chicken. Entrée: $5-$10 G Q

Chippewa Family Restaurant 1701 Kennedy Rd, Chippewa Falls • 723-4751 • One of the area’s big breakfast spots, the Chippewa Family Restaurant cracks open more eggs than a clumsy farmer. However, regulars of all ages show up for lunch and dinner as well (not to mention the homey atmosphere). Check out the daily specials and Sunday brunch. The plentiful comfort food is available for carry out. Entrée: $4-$9 G R City Limits Restaurant 2100 Co. Trk. B, Menomonie • 235-1166 • Located right on exit 45, City Limits serves up classic diner food in a fun atmosphere where the waitstaff treats you right and almost everything is homemade. Try the popular desserts (carrot cake especially). Sunday brunch, private party room, banquet services, open late, breakfast, delivery available. Entrée: $7-$10 A D G W Exit 59 Family Restaurant 6220 Texaco Dr, Eau

Claire • 874-6213 • A family diner atmosphere featuring breakfast skillets, pancakes, burgers, and more. Private party room, vegetarian friendly, buffet, Sunday brunch, catering, and delivery available. Entrée: $6-$13 A D G R W

Golden Eagle Restaurant 16760 Co. Trk. X, Chip-

pewa Falls • 723-2948 • A family-style restaurant cooking up food the whole family can enjoy. Check out the Friday fish fry. Their breakfast and Sunday brunch keep the locals happy, especially the pancakes. Entrée: $6 G R

Heckel’s Family Restaurant 2621 Hwy. 53, Chippewa Falls • 723-0844 • Heckel’s has a comfortable hometown atmosphere with friendly service. Family style classics like broasted chicken, creamed corn, and big, hearty muffins fill the menu. Breakfast served all day, vegetarian friendly, and open 24 hours. Entrée: $6-$10 G R

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Lewie J’s 800 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire • 833-

7510 • lewiejs.com • With the slogan “bringing families back to the table,” Lewie J’s offers classic American favorites such as eggs and bacon, lasagna, chicken, pasta, and steak. Breakfast is also served all day and affordable daily specials are offered for lunch and dinner. It’s a casual and family-friendly atmosphere. They offer catering options to accommodate up to 70 people. Sunday brunch, delivery available. $6-$7 D G R W

Maple Lounge & Café 2507 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 552-1998 • A cozy family place that’s open for breakfast and lunch. The homemade chicken dumpling soup is a must, as is the classic roast beef sandwich. Breakfast served on Sunday, private party room, outdoor seating, and some food available after 10 pm. Entrée: $3-$6 A G R W Menomonie Family Restaurant 2616 Hils Ct,

Menomonie • 235-9000 • menomoniefamilyrestaurant.com • This is one of those great places where breakfast is served all day long and the staff keeps things homey and relaxed. With a menu offering hearty favorites like ribs, meatloaf, Swedish meatballs, and roast pork/chicken/turkey sandwiches, you’ll have no excuse if you go home hungry. Outdoor seating, private party room. Entrée: $7-$10 G R

Mike’s Smokehouse 2235 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 834-8153 • Many customers consider Mike’s to be the only place in town for BBQ. Their meaty menu has plenty to offer, from beef and pork to chicken and fish, plus baked potatoes as big as your head. The prime rib (served Thur. and Sat.) is a crowd pleaser, and the beer-battered, deep-fried fish is spoken of in hushed, reverent tones. Outdoor seating, catering services, delivery. Entrée: $3-$12 A D G R W Q Moe’s Diner 12701 10th St, Osseo • 597-3912 • As the name implies, the “almost world famous” Moe’s dishes up classic diner food. Excellent breakfast plates, burgers, steaks, and salads fill out the menu. The hand-dipped malts and broasted chicken will put a smile on your face. Check out the 50’s décor and try the car hop service. Outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly, breakfast served. Entrée: $7-$9 G Mom’s Kitchen 3035 N. Hastings Way, Eau Claire

• 838-8994 • Offering home-style cooking at its finest, the waitstaff at Mom’s will treat you right. The hot beef and mashed potato sandwich (on homemade bread) is worth the trip all by itself, but also check out the meatloaf and pork-n-kraut dinners. Catering available, breakfast served. Entrée: $7 G R W

Norske Nook at Northwoods Brewpub 3560 Oak-

wood Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 552-0510 • northwoodsbrewpub.com • The hearty comfort food of Norske Nook combined with the excellent pub grub and microbrews of Northwoods offers a culinary one-two punch capable of destroying your hunger. Check out the elk and buffalo dishes, fried cukes, and various lefse concoctions. Breakfast, outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. Entrée: $6$17 A G R W Q

Old Country Buffet 2613 E. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 834-7747 • buffetsinc.com • A casual (and giant) buffet where easy listening music wafts about the dining area, the plates at OCB get piled high with numerous home-style favorites. OCB breads its own chicken, and three carved meats are always on hand for your main course enjoyment. Open for breakfast Saturday and brunch Sunday, vegetarian Volume One’s Eat Scene 2011

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Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 1720 N. Broadway

St., Menomonie • 235-2234 • perkinsrestaurants.com • With classic favorites like the Tremendous Twelve breakfast and the Chicken Tender Melt, not to mention seasonal specialty items, Perkin’s has something for the whole family any time day or night. Breakfast served all day. Curbside to-go service, open 24 hours. Entrée: $5-$10 G R W

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 2025 Highland

Ave., Eau Claire • 834-9911 • perkinsrestaurants.com • Big, comfy booths and a homey feel make Perkins a great place for family dining. From breakfast to dinner, they’ve got you covered. The pancakes are a local favorite and the bakery offers pies, cookies, muffins, and more. Breakfast served all day. Vegetarian friendly, open 24 hrs. Entrée: $5-$10 G Q

Ralph’s Red Apple Grill & Bar 465 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls • 861-5600 • ralphsredapplegrill.com • This casual, family friendly place is one part sports bar and another part log cabin (with a fireplace), boasting a unique menu: think Leinenkugel’s battered mushrooms, three kinds of local cheese curds, and hand-crafted ice creams and desserts. Their enclosed patio includes a tiki bar in summer. Some vegetarian dishes available. Entrée: $7-$14 A G R Randy’s Family Restaurant 1132 MacArthur Ave,

Eau Claire • 839-8449 • A classic family eatery where Norman Rockwell would probably love to have breakfast, families and local regulars stop in for the friendly service and homey atmosphere. The menu bursts with all-American dinner favorites, but the locals rave about the homemade chicken dumpling soup and fantastic hashbrowns. Entrée: $5-$8 G R Q

Ted’s Pizza Palace 306 E. Main St, Menomonie • 235-0600 • tedspizzapie.com • An authentic pizza parlor that crafts its own sausage, sauces, and crust, Ted’s is a family favorite. There’s something for everyone, as the menu also features roasted chicken, hot beefs, and gyros (complete with a creamy family recipe sauce). Games and TVs keep things fun and casual. Meatless pizza and pasta sauces available. Open late. Entrée: $8-$15 A D G

FAST FOOD A & W 4732 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 833-8887 •

awrestaurants.com • Fast food with a classic drive-in vibe. And root beer floats, of course. Outdoor seating. Entree: $5 G

Arby’s 2821 Hendrickson Dr., Eau Claire • 838-

7001 || 1019 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 838-7004 || 4800 Golf Rd., Oakwood Mall, Eau Claire • 8387002 || 307 Prairie View Rd., Chippewa Falls • 7268888 || 1456 Kennedy Rd., Chippewa Falls • 7208888 || 1717 Broadway St. N, Menomonie • 233-0747 || 3227 Benrud Pkwy # 200, Eau Claire • 839-9800 • arbys.com • Roast beef sandwiches and more. $5-$8

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels 4800 Golf Road, Eau Claire • Soft pretzels and more.

Burger King 544 Main St, Menomonie • 235-6017 ||

2833 North Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 836-6788 || 926 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 836-6781 || 2626 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 836-6787 || 2752 120th St, Chippewa Falls • 723-8780 || 6124 Texaco Drive, Eau Claire • 874-6534 || 4800 Golf Road, Eau Claire • 836-6783 || 2320 Wisconsin 25, Menomonie • 2351190 • Burgers, fries, and soft drinks. And more. $5

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Culver’s 2021 Brackett Ave, Eau Claire • 831-1060

|| 2520 Folsom St., Eau Claire • 831-0741 || 2573 Commercial Blvd, Chippewa Falls • 726-9343 || 1330 Stout Rd, Menomonie • 233-0330 || 4750 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • culvers.com • With a wide range of hearty homestyle eats, Culver’s invites you to “taste how much we care.” The trademark ButterBurgers are never made with frozen meat and the North Atlantic Cod is hand-dipped and fried to a golden crisp. The super-thick, creamy custard is made fresh throughout the day. Outdoor seating, open late. Entrée: $4-$8 G W Q

Dairy Queen 2801 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 835-5329 ||

1160 Menomonie St., Eau Claire • 834-9323 || 2451 Birch St., Eau Claire • 835-2181 || 3057 N. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 832-9787 || 124 E. Park, Chippewa Falls • 723-7911 || 12 Bridgewater, Chippewa Falls • 723-2811 || 1221 S. Broadway, Menomonie • 235-2320 || 4800 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 835-5958 • Whether you’re craving some food or tasty treats, they’ve got both. $3-$8

Dairy Queen/Orange Julius 4800 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 835-5958 • Ice cream and fruity smoothies are available through this conjoined shop in the mall food court. $3-$8 Fazoli’s Restaurant 3730 Gateway Dr, Eau Claire • 830-1039 • fazolis.com • A fast food-style Italian restaurant featuring all the classic favorites including lasagna, spaghetti, fettuccine, baked pastas, and more. Try the famous sampler platter to get a bit of it all, and don’t forget about the unlimited breadsticks. Vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. Entrée: $3-$7 G R Happy Wok 4800 Golf Road, Eau Claire • Asian. Quick and tasty. Hardee’s 1000 West Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire •

836-6805 || 2109 Highland Ave, Eau Claire • 8368692 || 2933 Western Ave, Eau Claire • 836-6814 • Thick. Burgers. $6

KFC 2003 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 834-7181 || 1017 Woodward Ave, Chippewa Falls • 723-4771 • Home of finger-lickin’ good chicken. $3-$10

LaGrander’s Drive-In 18143 Co. Trk. X, Chippewa Falls • 723-0672 • Nothing says summer like a trip to the drive-in. A local landmark located right across from Ray’s beach, LaGrander’s makes their own root beer and scoops up country-style ice cream in addition to their classic drive-in fare. Eat in your car or one of the gazebos. Open May 1-Sept. 1, seven days a week, and weekends in April and September, weather permitting. Entrée: $2-$8 McDonald’s 2702 Craig Rd, Eau Claire • 835-7951 || 3708 Gateway Dr, Eau Claire • 830-1135 || 1513 S.

Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 835-9919 || 6251 Truax Ln, Eau Claire • 874-6771 || 100 Prairie View Rd, Chippewa Falls • 723-7187 || 1515 N. Broadway, Menomonie • 235-4339 • Home of the Big Mac. $3$6

Sonic Drive-In 2831 Hendrickson Dr., Eau Claire

• 552-3229 • sonicdrivein.com • Sonic serves a full menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken wraps, and hot dogs, plus coffee, smoothies, limeades, and frozen treat selections. Order from the drive-thru or their parking stalls, with food delivered from roller skating attendees (weather permitting). Outdoor seating, breakfast served (breakfast burritos, sandwiches, french toast sticks and more). $5-$7

Subway 2705 Henry Ave, Eau Claire • 836-0024 || 1005 Clairemont Ave. W, Eau Claire • 832-8848 || 2413 Eddy Ln, Eau Claire • 831-1090 || 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 833-1605 || 3915 Gateway Dr, Eau Claire • 830-8276 || 329 Water St, Eau Claire • 8337697 || 1027 N Hillcrest Pkwy., Altoona • 834-2447 || 2119 Cameron St, Eau Claire • 831-6214 || 6123 Truax Ln, Eau Claire • 874-6945 || 4304 Jeffers Rd, Eau Claire • 833-8801 || 860 Woodward Ave, Chippewa Falls • 723-0399 || 319 S Broadway, Menomonie • 235-6466 || 2401 Hwy 25 N, Menomonie • 235-1800 || 180 Cedar Falls Rd, Menomonie • 233-0630 • Tasty submarine sandwiches and pizzas. $4-$10

Bridgewater Restaurant and Pub 1009 W. Park

Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-6941 • avalonhotelchippewafalls.com • This relaxed and casual yet upscale restaurant is known for their cut-to-order steaks, weekly night specials, and bloody marys. With an attached bar, there is live music Thursday through Saturday. Open late on weekends, vegetarian friendly, private room available. $6-$20 A G R W

Burgandy’s Restaurant 1202 W. Clairemont Ave.,

Eau Claire • 834-3181 • plazaeauclaire.com • Burgandy’s offers quiet fine dining attached to the Plaza Hotel and Brewski’s bar and grill. They’re known for their popovers and Friday night fish and shrimp buffet. Lunch buffet weekdays, brunch buffet on Sunday. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $10-$22 A G R W

Fischer’s On The Green 2333 Hillcrest Pkwy., Altoona • 832-9711 • fischersgreen.com • Located within Hillcrest Country Club, Fischer’s has been a staple for fine dining in the Chippewa Valley for over 60 years. Known for their dry-aged steaks, you can also enjoy seasonal favorites such as the Apple Bacon Wrapped Scallops. Private party rooms available, some outdoor patio seating, vegetarian friendly, and catering available. Entrée: $17-$35 A G R W Q

The menu offers a top-notch selection of steaks and seafood, but the Candied Garlic New York Strip is the big crowd-pleaser. Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub, Eau Claire Taco Bell 2056 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 8369588 || 2512 Craig Rd, Eau Claire • 835-1887 || 1401 N. Broadway, Menomonie • 232-9210 • Run for the border. $5-$8 Taco John’s 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 834-1991 || 2001 Brackett Ave, Eau Claire • 834-0031 || 242 Water St, Eau Claire • 832-1149 || 257 W. Prairie View Rd, Chippewa Falls • 723-5011 || 1526 Broadway Street N, Menomonie • 235-4477 • There’s a whole lotta Mexican going on. $5-$8 Teddy’s Tubesteaks 617 S Broadway St, Menomonie

• Located near the Stout campus, Teddy’s caters to Menomonie bar crowd. Open Thursday to Saturday from midnight to 3am, they serve up hot dog paradise after a night on the town. $2-$4

Wendy’s 1605 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 839-

8141 || 959 W. Clairmont Ave, Eau Claire • 839-9208 || 360 Chippewa Mall Dr, Chippewa Falls • 723-9507 || 1627 N. Broadway, Menomonie • 233-1080 • Burger meals and cold frosty choices to satisfy the hunger pangs. $3-$8

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FINE DINING

review by missmalissa30

117 N Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • 720-9800

We went here last year when we had a guest from outside of the area. Wonderful selection of entrees with original combinations of meats, fruits and sauces. Very informative and friendly staff. The menu is always changing with constantly new options to choose from, but if it’s available I recommend the cranberry chutney.

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Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub 415 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • 835-6621 • houligans.net • Rich, worn-in woodwork threads across the walls of Houligans - take a seat at the bar, or in the cozy dining area. It’s a great place to grab a beer and a hearty meal. The menu offers a top-notch selection of steaks and seafood, but the Candied Garlic New York Strip is the big crowd-pleaser. Outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $13-$29 A G R W Q Sweetwaters Restaurant & Bar 1104 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 834-5777 • sweetwatersec. com • Upscale yet casual with a contemporary vibe, Sweetwaters is great for a night out on the town or a cozy dinner with drinks and conversation. Signature dishes include the Chipotle Ribeye and the chicken tchoupitoulas (served on a bed of ham and potato hash). Check out the lunch buffet and the Friday night fish fry. Outdoor seating, private party/banquet room, and vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $8-$25 A G R W

FUSION Eau Claire Fusion 309 E Grand Ave., Eau Claire • 832-8550 • eauclairefusion.com • Inside the bright yellow and orange walls of Eau Claire Fusion you’ll find a wide variety of shakes and smoothies packed with vitamins and nutrients at only 250 calories, perfect for those who want a nutritious meal on the go. There’s an outrageous amount of fusion flavors, ranging from Tropical Fruit Splash to Apple Pie and Reese’s Peanut Butter. The cost also nets you a tea to help boost your metabolism and a shot of aloe to help out your digestive system. Vegetarian friendly. $6 G W

GREEK New York Pizza & Deli 320 Water St., Eau Claire

• 835-5000 • A popular after-bar destination, the un-

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Fazoli’s Restaurant 3730 Gateway Dr, Eau Claire • 830-1039 • fazolis.com • A fast food-style Italian restaurant featuring all the classic favorites including lasagna, spaghetti, fettuccine, baked pastas, and more. Try the famous sampler platter to get a bit of it all, and don’t forget about the unlimited breadsticks. Vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. Entrée: $3-$7 G R Green Mill Restaurant & Bar, Eau Claire 2703 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 839-8687 • greenmilleauclaire.com • Green Mill’s full menu is available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. Among the extensive menu items are specialty pizzas, chicken wings, large salads, and a number of unique pastas such as the Butternut Squash Ravioli. Delivery, private party room, vegetarian friendly, open late. Entrée: $8-$12 A D G R W

One of the area’s very few sushi joints, Shanghai Bistro (2930 Craig Rd., Eau Claire) slices up a team of tasty rolls while their Strange Flavor Chicken stir-fry remains a local favorite. assuming and super-casual New York Pizza and Deli offers a quick stop for Greek favorites like hummus, falafel, and (of course) gyros. They also offer pastas and pizza. Vegetarian friendly, open late. Entrée: $5$7 D G

The Olympic Flame 2920 London Rd., Eau Claire • 835-7771 • Eau Claire’s longest-standing gyro joint, The Olympic Flame offers a number of traditional Greek dishes alongside the trademark, savory, pitabased sandwich. The bar is a bit of a local hangout and a great place to relax. Entrée: $4-$9 A Q The Water Street Deli 628 Water St., Eau Claire •

514-4555 • This combination deli/restaurant/grocery store specializes in Mediterranean cuisine such as falafel, gyros, hummus, baba ghanoush, and chicken kebabs. They also offer traditional American items such as Philly Steak sandwiches and burgers. Lunch specials are available Monday through Friday. Vegetarian friendly, open late, delivery available, sidewalk seating available. $4-$10 D G R W

INDIAN Jewel Of India 205 South Barstow St., Eau Claire

• Located next to Porter’s Restaurant on S. Barstow, Jewel of India offers a delicious selection of gourmet Indian dishes in a cozy, traditional atmosphere. Whether you’re in the mood for appetizers, seafood, or the ever-popular chicken tikka masala, the only Indian restaurant in Eau Claire has got it all. Monday through Saturday lunch buffet and Sunday evening buffet. Desserts are also available. Drop in for a delicious dose of curry-filled, culturally-enhanced cuisine! Vegetarian friendly. Starting around $11 A D G R

ITALIAN 3rd Shift’s Pasty Pizza and More 1722 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 831-7171 • Third shifters have hit the jackpot at this eatery. Choose from a vari-

ety of pasties, like the hearty signature Cornish pasty -- a crusty, warm pocket filled with ground sirloin and pork tip, carrots, and potatoes. Purchase one fresh or take home a few frozen ones. Pizzas can be take-andbake or made right in the store. Pizza dough and pasty crust are both prepared from scratch and use all fresh ingredients. Vegetarian friendly, party room available for 10-15 with reservation. $5-$17 G W

Cicione’s 120 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 833-

8939 • A casual and homey place that virtually takes you to old world Italy with its rustic decor and atmosphere. A wide array of Italian (and American) dishes are available, but their Cajun pasta and Philly cheese steak sandwich are among the most popular. Don’t forget the warm bread and special butter spread. Takeout and catering available, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $8-$15 A G R

Draganetti’s Ristorante 3120 Hillcrest Pkwy., Altoona • 834-9234 • draganettis.com • A family tradition of Italian excellence with a reputable local history dating back to 1982. Enjoy their casual/upscale atmosphere by starting with appetizers and salads, then choosing from chicken, fish, veal, beef, and a vast array of pastas and sauces - plus seasonal specials. Don’t forget about their famous pizzas including the Pesto, the Commissioner, or a build-your-own masterpiece. Private party room, catering available, seating on an outdoor deck, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $10-$20 A G R W Q Duncan Creek Wine Bar and Grille 213 N. Bridge

St., Chippewa Falls • 723-7000 • Customers have compared their dining experience at Duncan Creek to that of a casual, metropolitan bistro. This eatery features a nightly special along with signature dishes such as the pan-seared halibut, the chicken messina stuffed with mozzarella and goat cheese and topped with a tomato vodka sauce all over ricotta ravioli, or the caramel fried banana dessert. More than 70 varieties of wine to choose from, vegetarian options available, and outdoor seating. Entrée: $10-$19 A G R

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Mancino’s Grinders and Pizza 4056 Commonwealth Ave, Eau Claire • 835-4000 || 809 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 835-4100 • mancinoseauclaire.com • Mancino’s is fast, relaxed, and family-friendly. Their trademark “grinder” sandwiches are toasted open-face on bread baked fresh every day. The popular Chicken Ranch grinder combines marinated chicken, bacon, cheese, ranch sauce, and mayo for a simple yet effective taste explosion. Every sandwich comes with a crunchy pickle. Catering services, party platters, vegetarian friendly, delivery. Entrée: $4-$6 A D G W Mona Lisa’s 428 Water St., Eau Claire • 839-8969

• monalisas.biz • The deep, rich colors, original artwork, and Mediterranean vibe is reason enough to check out Mona’s. But the menu, which changes weekly depending on what’s fresh, offers plenty of other reasons. The original seafood dishes are a must, and the thin-crust pizzas are worth your time. Don’t forget to check out the extensive wine list and popular Mona Margarita. If the weather’s nice, get yourself seated in Mona’s charming back patio. Private party room, vegetarian friendly. Closed Sunday and Monday. Entrée: $12-$24 A G R W Q

Noodles & Company 4653 Keystone Crossing, Eau

Claire • 858-9000 • noodles.com • Quick and casual, Noodles offers a variety of dishes based on different kinds of, well, noodles. Crowd pleasers include the Japanese Pan Noodles, the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, and the Penna Rosa pasta. Fun fact: Noodles serves beer and wine! Outdoor seating available, and all menu items can be prepared vegetarian Entrée: $5-$8 A G Q

Olive Garden 4920 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 838-0707

• olivegarden.com • The alluring ambiance at Olive Garden has played host to many amorous rendezvous, but the restaurant’s Italian fare makes for a good lunch or dinner any day of the week. As zesty Italian music floats in the background, try the Tour of Italy, which combines three of the most popular dishes. Don’t forget to check out the wine list, you old romantic. Vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. Entrée: $8-$17 A G R Q

ICON KEY = Alcohol, beer, or wine available. = Delivery available. Some restrictions may apply. = Able to accommodate larger groups of 9 or more.

W = Free access to wireless internet. = Accepts reservations. Some restrictions may apply. = Winner: 2010 V1 Best of the Valley Reader Poll.

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Pizza Hut Italian Bistro 2307 Hwy. 25 N, Menomonie

• 235-9044 • pizzahut.com • Pizza Hut Italian Bistro offers a more upscale take on Pizza Hut’s usual offerings, updating the eatery’s look with fancier décor and an open kitchen. The 10-inch personal pizzas use a sweeter crust and are available with gourmet toppings. Specialty sandwiches, pasta dishes, and appetizers are also available. Vegetarian friendly, open late. Entrée: $7 A D G

Sbarro 4800 Golf Rd., Oakwood Mall, Eau Claire •

839-9766 • sbarro.com • Great for a quick slice of cheesy thin crust or a bowl of pasta, Sbarro also features less common fare like stuffed pizzas and strombolis. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $7.50 G

Taverna Grill 2839 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 835-2845 • tavernagrill.com • Taverna Grill is a sports bar and grill from the owners of Draganetti’s. Dubbed “The Godfather of Game Day,” the restaurant combines the accommodations of a sports bar and a mafia theme. They offer an affordable Italian-American menu and a wide variety of wine and beer. The menu consists of soups, salads, panini sandwiches, flat-bread pizzas, entrees such as their Tuscan Taverna Pasta, and desserts. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. $5-$10 A G W

JAPANESE Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse 4864 Keystone Crossing,

Eau Claire • 832-3388 • While part of its namesake, sushi isn’t the only reason to go to Fuji. This new addition to the Chippewa Valley prides itself on its unique Japanese menu and hibachi-style cooking. For those who don’t wish to watch their food being prepared, casual restaurant seating is available as well. Many vegetarian options available. $8-$23 A G R

Shanghai Bistro 2930 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 835-

3348 • shanghaibistro.org • A contemporary urban atmosphere thrives at Shanghai Bistro. Using centuriesold preparation techniques while experimenting with fresh, new seafood (and other ingredients) from well beyond the Midwest, the Bistro’s chefs keep things lively. Signature sushi includes a number of rolls, including the Red Dragon Roll, and the Strange Flavor Chicken stir-fry is a local favorite. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $8-$12 A G R Q

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant 2426 London Rd., Eau Claire • 834-0313 • tokyoeauclaire.com • A teppanyaki-style restaurant where hungry patrons sit around an iron griddle and look on as the trained chef prepares your meal, cajoling fresh ingredients into miniature acrobatics. The fresh seafood dishes are a particular favorite, especially shrimp. Teppanyaki dining is available for dinner only; patrons can be seated at non-grill tables for a lunch of traditional Japanese cuisine. Lunch available for carry-out Wed-Fri. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $14-$28 A G R Q

MEDITERRANEAN Mona Lisa’s 428 Water St., Eau Claire • 839-8969 • monalisas.biz • The deep, rich colors, original artwork, and Mediterranean vibe is reason enough to check out Mona’s. But the menu, which changes weekly depending on what’s fresh, offers plenty of other reasons. The original seafood dishes are a must, and the thin-crust pizzas are worth your time. Don’t forget to check out the extensive wine list and popular Mona Margarita. If the weather’s nice, get yourself seated in Mona’s charming back patio. Private party room, vegetarian friendly. Closed Sunday and Monday. Entrée: $12-$24 A G R W Q Volume One’s Eat Scene 2011

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Tacos Juanita Mexican Restaurant 2873 E. Hamilton Ave, Eau Claire • 835-3229 • Eating here offers you enough legitimate street cred to confidently inform anyone within earshot, “If you want real Mexican food, I know the place.” Cooking up food that actual Mexicans eat, Tacos Juanita provides a modest dining room to enjoy signature items like the carnitas pork – slow roasted, juicy pork which can be used in tacos, burritos, and other traditional dishes. Other favorites include the homemade tamales and the posole (pork stew). Also serving Torta Sandwiches (hot subs) with your choice of vegetarian or meaty ingredients. Authentic Mexican breakfast every weekend. Outdoor seating, private party area, carry-out service, catering, vegetarian friendly, and open late. Entrée: $3-$13 A G W Taqueria Sandoval 2824 London Road, Eau Claire

• 832-8226 • This Mexican restaurant welcomes you with decoration so authentic, you might think you’ve actually crossed the border. Take a seat and enjoy one of their impressive 15 signature tacos or the Torta Señorita, a sandwich made with jam, chicken and a special marinated pork. This restaurant carries only Mexican-made products, including 10 types of beer. Wi-Fi and vegetarian friendly. $4-$13 A G R W

Adding to the area’s menu of pizza places, Broadway Bar & Pizza (1920 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire) specializes in crispy thin crust pies, but also serves burgers, pastas, and more. The Water Street Deli 628 Water St., Eau Claire •

514-4555 • This combination deli/restaurant/grocery store specializes in Mediterranean cuisine such as falafel, gyros, hummus, baba ghanoush, and chicken kebabs. They also offer traditional American items such as Philly Steak sandwiches and burgers. Lunch specials are available Monday through Friday. Vegetarian friendly, open late, delivery available, sidewalk seating available. $4-$10 D G R W

MEXICAN Azul Tequila 2503 London Road, Eau Claire • 833-

0200 • Azul Tequila boasts an inviting interior and large, reasonably priced portions of their Mexican dishes, almost all of which - from the nachos and tortillas to the salsa and guacamole - are made fresh every day. The signature “Fajita Special” combines sizzling chorizo, chicken, beef, and shrimp with rice, beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, and tortillas. Vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. $4-$12 A G R Q

Burrachos Fresh Mexican Grill 5314 Prill Rd., Eau Claire • 834-1843 || 329 Water St., Eau Claire • 8356195 || 2401 State Highway 25 N # 2, Menomonie • 233-0281 • burrachos.com • Burrachos serves up made-to-order Mexican fare in a fun, contemporary atmosphere. To build your own zesty entrées, select from fresh meats, veggies, cheeses, and sauces - just start at one end of the counter and let the chefs guide you along. The ginormous burrito is a definite crowd favorite. Open late on weekends, delivery and outdoor seating available, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $6 A G R

Cancun Mexican Grill 475 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chip-

pewa Falls • 723-7007 || 2120 Highland Ave., Eau Claire • 552-8011 || 2713 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 830-0211 || 1919 Stout Road, Menomonie • 235-0851 • facebook.com • A classic Mexican restaurant featuring a south-of-the-border atmosphere and all the favorite dishes including fajitas, chimichangas, and more. Vegetarian friendly, private party room. Entrée: $6-$10 A G Q

Casa Mexicana 324 N. Bridge St, Chippewa Falls •

726-2315 • A Mexican restaurant featuring a festive vibe and all of your south-off-the-border favorites, including seafood, fajitas, chimichangas, and more. Stop by on Mondays and get margaritas for 99 cents! Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $6-$10 A G R

El Patio 228 Water St, Eau Claire • 855-8590 || 1414 E. 9th St, Menomonie • 233-1476 • A lively place for Mexican fare. Bring a group a friends for the chimichangas or the sizzling fajitas, packed with tasty onions and peppers. Private party room (Menomonie only), vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends (Water St. only). $5-$8 A G Q Manny’s Cocina 4207 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau Claire • 514-0818 • mannysmexican.com • Manny’s strives to create a grand view of coastal Mexico through its lush interior and succulent menu packed with seafood, steaks, and Mexican specialties. Signature items include the Seven Seas Burrito packed with scallops, jumbo white shrimp, and Mahi-mahi – all covered in a chardonnay sauce. Locals also love the sweet crab-stuffed shrimp, wrapped in bacon and grilled. Vegetarian friendly, outdoor seating, party and meeting space available, gluten-free menu. Entrée: $10-$44 A G R W Q

PIZZA 3rd Shift’s Pasty Pizza and More 1722 N. Claire-

mont Ave., Eau Claire • 831-7171 • Third shifters have hit the jackpot at this eatery. Choose from a variety of pasties, like the hearty signature Cornish pasty -- a crusty, warm pocket filled with ground sirloin and pork tip, carrots, and potatoes. Purchase one fresh or take home a few frozen ones. Pizzas can be take-andbake or made right in the store. Pizza dough and pasty crust are both prepared from scratch and use all fresh ingredients. Vegetarian friendly, party room available for 10-15 with reservation. $5-$17 G W

Broadway Bar & Pizza 1920 S. Hastings Way, Eau

Claire • 832-5100 • broadwaypizzaeauclaire.com • This Minnesota-based franchise is known for their 25 specialty pizzas and train-themed decor. With an extensive weekly lunch buffet to match their expansive menu (which includes appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and pastas), Broadway makes homemade dough and sauce. Try their famous thin crust sausage pizza. Open late on weekends, outdoor seating, delivery available. Entrée: $9-$20 A D G W

Buzzy’s Pizza Emporium 414 Water St., Eau Claire • 552-1600 • buzzyspe.com • Get pizza by the slice or order whole pies. Buzzy’s is known for their mac ‘n cheese pizza and other specialty pizzas, as well as soup, subs, burgers, chicken wings, and new manjare rolls, which can be thought of as “pizza egg rolls.” Open very late, vegetarian friendly, delivery available. Entrée: $10-$20 D

from the Dining Guide at: Tacos Juanita

2873 E Hamilton Ave., EC • 835-3229

review by J-me

They’ve earned top Mexican restaurant in my book. I’ve been there a half-dozen times and every one has been great. The chimichangas will blow you away! I’ve also had the pork tacos and a few other dishes ... all excellent! Try the habenero salsa! You’ve got to ask for it – hot-n-tasty! They also have a nice chipotle salsa.

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Domino’s Pizza 3311 London Rd., Eau Claire •

833-3933 || 1719 N Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 833-3930 || 354 Chippewa Mall Dr, Chippewa Falls • 726-2626 || 1205 Broadway St. S, Menomonie • 232-6333 • dominos.com • Domino’s delivers a wide selection of thin, hand-tossed, and deep dish crust pizzas right to your doorstep, now crafted with their newer recipe. They’ve also got breadsticks, chicken wings, and desserts. Open late, delivery available. $10-$18 D

Down to Earth Garden Center 6025 Arndt Lane, Eau Claire • 833-1234 • dwntoearth.com • The newly opened café in the garden center offers a variety of natural and organic foods (including free-range eggs), along with fresh, local produce. Signature favorites include: grilled sandwiches, cracker crust pizzas, soups, and a variety of espresso drinks. Outdoor seating available, vegetarian friendly. Fuzzy’s Bar & Grill N5729 410th St., Menomonie

• 231-3899 • fuzzysbarandgrill.com • A casual newcomer to our “eat scene,” Fuzzy’s Bar and Grill points to their pizzas with pride and boasts tasty specials every day of the week. Each Wednesday, enjoy all you can eat chicken wings and, each Friday, a fish fry. Private party area, delivery available, open late, Sunday brunch buffet. Entrée: $6-$8 A D G R W

Godfather’s Pizza 2510 Mondovi Rd, Eau Claire

• 830-9362 • godfathers.com • Godfather’s is the home of thick and cheesy pizza pies. Popular menu items include the local favorite Taco Pizza (taco sauce, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, beef, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions). Weekday lunch buffet, private party room, delivery available, meatless pizzas available. $10-$17 A D G R

Green Mill Restaurant & Bar, Eau Claire 2703

Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 839-8687 • greenmilleauclaire.com • Green Mill’s full menu is available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. Among the extensive menu items are specialty pizzas, chicken wings, large salads, and a number of unique pastas such as the Butternut Squash Ravioli. Delivery, private party room, vegetarian friendly, open late. Entrée: $8-$12 A D G R W

Jeff’s Pizza 145 Main St., Menomonie • 231-3131

• jeffspizzashop.com • Jeff’s is a laid back pizza joint with lots of extra menu items, including the unique and delicious Manjare Roll – a hot pocketresembling concoction with dipping sauces. As far as pizzas go, the meaty “Farmer Frank” is a popular pie (beef, bacon, bison, gyro meat, ham, and extra cheese). Check out the buffet. Private party room, vegetarian friendly, open late, delivery. Entrée: $5$25 A D G R W

JimBob’s Pizza 3636 Melby St, Chippewa Falls •

836-0909 • jimbobspizza.net • Located next to Bob’s Gas Station (thus the name), JimBob’s tosses up a variety of gourmet pizzas, including BBQ Ranch Chicken & Bacon, Philly Steak, and The Creamy Grecian (a pizza with gyro meat). They have a signature Manjare Roll (a “pizza egg roll”), and an impressive bunch of subs. In addition to dine-in, carryout, and delivery, they also offer drive-thru service. Lunch buffet every day but Saturday. Outdoor seating and meatless pizzas available. Entrée: $5-$16 D G

Jim’s Pizza 421 Water St., Eau Claire • 838-8888 • jeffandjims.com • A laid back pizza joint with lots of extra menu items, including the unique and delicious Manjare Roll – a hot pocket-resembling concoction with dipping sauces. As far as pizzas go, the meaty “Farmer Frank” is a popular pie (beef, bacon, bison, chicken, gyro meat, ham, and extra cheese). As alVolume One’s Eat Scene 2011

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ways, their buy one get one free pizza deals stands. Vegetarian friendly, open late, delivery available. Entrée: $5-$16 D G R W Q

Little Caesars 2905 Mall Dr, Eau Claire • 830-4040 || 8 West Madison Street, Eau Claire • 835-7772 • littlecaesars.com • Little Caesars has a wide selection of thin, medium, and deep dish crust pizzas as well as crazy bread, chicken wings, and churros. It also has pizzas ready to be picked up all day, every day. Pizza: $5-$15 Mancino’s Grinders and Pizza 4056 Com-

monwealth Ave, Eau Claire • 835-4000 || 809 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 835-4100 • mancinoseauclaire.com • Mancino’s is fast, relaxed, and family-friendly. Their trademark “grinder” sandwiches are toasted open-face on bread baked fresh every day. The popular Chicken Ranch grinder combines marinated chicken, bacon, cheese, ranch sauce, and mayo for a simple yet effective taste explosion. Every sandwich comes with a crunchy pickle. Catering services, party platters, vegetarian friendly, delivery. Entrée: $4-$6 A D G W

Moke’s Bar and Grill 3077 CTH OO, Chippewa

Falls • 720-8950 • Known for their pizza, Moke’s Bar and Grill also has a full blown tiki bar, outdoor games, including horseshoes and ladder golf, and occasional live music. Moke’s also has a 1.5-pound burger (and fries) challenge that, if finished faster than the record time, rewards the competitor $100. Entree: $8 A G R W Q

Monkey in the Middle Pizza & Subs 5150 Fair-

view Drive (Metropolis Resort), Eau Claire • 8389663 • actioncityfun.com • Upbeat and fun, the pizza joint at Metropolis Resort offers a zesty meal amidst the video games and go-karts. Quirky-named madefrom-scratch pizzas fill the menu, and pies like the Boese Special (a mix of barbeque sauce, mozzarella, and cheddar, topped with pepperoni and bacon) will help quell your hunger. Hot and cold subs like Three Little Pigs and Spicy Chicken round out the menu. Private party rooms, open late. $4-$17 D G W

New York Pizza & Deli 320 Water St., Eau Claire • 835-5000 • A popular after-bar destination, the unassuming and super-casual New York Pizza and Deli offers a quick stop for Greek favorites like hummus, falafel, and (of course) gyros. They also offer pastas and pizza. Vegetarian friendly, open late. Entrée: $5$7 D G Papa John’s Pizza 623 E. Clairemont Ave., Eau

Claire • 839-9393 || 2403 Eddy Lane, Eau Claire • 839-9395 • papajohns.com • Home of “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza,” Papa John’s delivers a number of interesting, robustly-crusted pizza pies right to your doorstep. Check out the Spinach Alfredo and BBQ Chicken Hawaiian specialty pizzas. Student specials, open late. $10-$15 D

Papa Murphy’s Take‘N’Bake Pizza 2123 Brack-

ett Ave, Eau Claire • 835-3009 || 337 E. Prairie View Rd, Chippewa Falls • 738-1165 || 1506 9th St, Menomonie • 233-1380 • papamurphys.com • Made fresh the moment you order, Papa Murphy’s prepares a variety of unique pizzas that you pick up, take home, and cook yourself. Six-time winner of “Best Pizza Chain in America” consumers’ choice award. They also offer cookie dough and a delightful cinnamon wheel for a fresh-baked dessert. Vegetarian friendly. $10-$14

Piff’s Pizza at the Eagle’s Club Eagle’s Club, 2588 Hallie Rd, Hallie • 720-0915 • A pizza place with specialty pies like the popular Piff’s Special with pepperoni, sausage, onion, peppers, and olives. SandVolume One’s Eat Scene 2011

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wiches also available. Check out the bingo action on Wednesday nights. Outdoor seating, Friday buffet, meatless pizzas available, banquet and catering services. Entrée: $5-$19 A D G R

Pizza Del Re 911 N. Hastings Way, Eau Claire •

834-0703 • pizzadelre.com • Known for their plentiful, everyday pizza buffet, most of the locals grew up going to Pizza Del Re for an after-football/baseball/softball/soccer/etc. celebration. It’s a casual joint serving up a classic thin-crust pizza. Private party room, meatless pizzas available, open late on weekends. A D G R Q

Pizza Hut 2602 E. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire •

834-5346 || 1242 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 834-1004 || 2225 Eddy Lane, Eau Claire • 833-1222 || 225 Prairieview Rd, Chippewa Falls • 723-2812 • pizzahut.com • A popular national pizza chain, Pizza Hut offers a family atmosphere at its dine-in locations. A variety of specialty pies, crust styles, novelty crusts, and sides are always available. Lunch buffet available in Eau Claire. Meatless pizza and pasta sauces available, open late, vegetarian friendly. $10$16 A D G

Pizza Hut Italian Bistro 2307 Hwy. 25 N, Menomonie

• 235-9044 • pizzahut.com • Pizza Hut Italian Bistro offers a more upscale take on Pizza Hut’s usual offerings, updating the eatery’s look with fancier décor and an open kitchen. The 10-inch personal pizzas use a sweeter crust and are available with gourmet toppings. Specialty sandwiches, pasta dishes, and appetizers are also available. Vegetarian friendly, open late. Entrée: $7 A D G

Pizza Plus Eatery 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire •

832-8844 • myspace.com • A casual eatery with brick walls and a pressed tin ceiling, Pizza Plus is known for its lunch specials and hand-rolled pizza. All pizzas are made entirely from scratch. Attached to the Bottle and Barrel bar, the restaurant also offers burgers, sandwiches, and other items. Private party area, meatless pizzas available, daily lunch buffet, and open late on weekends. Entrée: $7-$21 A G R

Pizza Ranch 2815 Truax Blvd., Eau Claire • A fam-

ily-friendly western-themed restaurant known for its “Mile-Long Buffet” and Crispy Ranch Chicken. What makes Pizza Ranch truly unique is its many dining options. Where else can you get a pizza/chicken/salad bar, take out your pizza, or have your piping hot chicken delivered straight to your door? Private party room and vegetarian friendly. $5-$16 D G Q

Ralph’s Red Apple Grill & Bar 465 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls • 861-5600 • ralphsredapplegrill.com • This casual, family friendly place is one part sports bar and another part log cabin (with a fireplace), boasting a unique menu: think Leinenkugel’s battered mushrooms, three kinds of local cheese curds, and hand-crafted ice creams and desserts. Their enclosed patio includes a tiki bar in summer. Some vegetarian dishes available. Entrée: $7-$14 A G R Rocky Rococo Pizza and Pasta 4800 Golf Rd., Oakwood Mall, Eau Claire • 839-7699 • rockyrococo.com • Known for robust, square-shaped slices, Rocky Rococo serves their deep dish pizza hot and fast. Customer favorites include the Rococo Chicago sausage special and the tasty breadsticks. Vegetarian friendly. $6-$7 G Sammy’s Pizza Restaurant & Pub 2812 London

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the House Special – pepperoni, hamburger, kosher salami, sausage, mushrooms, onion, and green pepper – or check out the broasted chicken. Weekday lunch buffet, private party room, vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. Entrée: $7-$18 A D G R Q

Sbarro 4800 Golf Rd., Oakwood Mall, Eau Claire • 839-9766 • sbarro.com • Great for a quick slice of cheesy thin crust or a bowl of pasta, Sbarro also features less common fare like stuffed pizzas and strombolis. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $7.50 G

Shari’s Chippewa Club 106 W Main St., Durand •

672-8785 • sharischippewaclub.com • A destination bar for its many music events and outdoor patio overlooking the river, Shari’s also serves up homemade specialty pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches. Their butterfly shrimp with Chippewa Chips is a house favorite, as is the scorching hot live blues music. They serve food late, and have a private party room. A W

Ted’s Pizza Palace 306 E. Main St, Menomonie •

235-0600 • tedspizzapie.com • An authentic pizza parlor that crafts its own sausage, sauces, and crust, Ted’s is a family favorite. There’s something for everyone, as the menu also features roasted chicken, hot beefs, and gyros (complete with a creamy family recipe sauce). Games and TVs keep things fun and casual. Meatless pizza and pasta sauces available. Open late. Entrée: $8-$15 A D G

Topper’s Pizza 1616 N. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 552-1111 || 2159 Eastridge Center, Eau Claire • 833-1111 • toppers.com • Delivering buffalo wings, grinders, quesadillas, and more, Topper’s ain’t just for pizza. Their specialty pies are topped with everything from pepperoni to gyro meat to steak fajitas to chicken cordon bleu. The Topperstix cheese sticks are an appetizer standard in these parts. Topper’s quirky flyers and on-hold marketing spiels are a hoot. Vegetarian friendly, delivery available, open late. $6-$17 D G Q

RAW FOOD Raw Deal 603 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 231-

3255 • rawdeal-wi.com • A local oasis for the raw food movement, Raw Deal doesn’t cook any of its food. The menu, which changes daily, blends organic produce to create entrées near-identical in taste to heat-prepped cuisine. Made with locally grown veggies, you’ll find items like creamy green enchiladas, stuffed Portobello mushrooms, and savory cabbage rolls. Specialty beer and wines are also on the menu. The shop also features a bakery and full service coffee bar. Check out the organic fruit smoothies and the key lime bars. Open Sunday mornings, catering services, and very vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $4-$6.50 A G R W

SANDWICHES/SUBS 420 Internet Cafe 420 Washington St., Eau Claire

• 833-2297 • cafe420.com • Eclectic décor, bamboo floors, and soothing colors are the backdrop for 420 Internet Café’s full-service coffee bar and sandwich shop. Try the signature gyro sandwich or the popular chocolate truffle mocha drink. Internet stations, outdoor seating, private party services. Eat late Friday and Saturday nights. Entrée: $4-$5 G W

Acoustic Café, Eau Claire 505 S. Barstow St., Eau

Claire • 832-9090 • theacoustic.com • This downtown destination wants to make sure no one hungers for lack of a better sandwich. Known for their hot hoagies, the spacious and art-bedecked café also has pitas, soups, salads, a number of baked-from-scratch cookies, muffins, and more. Try their gourmet coffees and espressos. Expect live music on weekends. Out-

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door seating in season, vegetarian friendly, open late on weekends. Entrée: $4-$8 A G W Q

Acoustic Café, Menomonie 102 Main St., Menomonie • 235-1115 • A top-notch hoagie shop (everything from corned beef to hummus) that bakes its own bread from scratch, the Menomonie Acoustic Café features a cozy atmosphere and open mic every other Thursday. The trademark high-back booths make it a great place to grab lunch, hold a casual meeting, or just hang out. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, and open late on weekends. Entrée: $3-$7.50 A G W Blind Munchies 621 Wilson Ave., Menomonie • 235-9300 • streetlevelministry.com • Open Tuesday through Friday, Blind Munchies features a full coffee bar, a from-scratch bakery, fresh sandwiches made to order, and new food made fresh every morning. Try their homemade pizzas, and keep an eye out for live music every other Friday and B-movie nights. Vegetarian friendly, breakfast served, delivery of baked items available (for groups and events). Entrée: $3-$5 D G W Buzzy’s Pizza Emporium 414 Water St., Eau Claire • 552-1600 • buzzyspe.com • Get pizza by the slice or order whole pies. Buzzy’s is known for their mac ‘n cheese pizza and other specialty pizzas, as well as soup, subs, burgers, chicken wings, and new manjare rolls, which can be thought of as “pizza egg rolls.” Open very late, vegetarian friendly, delivery available. Entrée: $10-$20 D Camille’s Sidewalk Café 1120 122nd St., Suite

3, Chippewa Falls • 833-2233 • camillescafe.com • Camille’s fast, casual dining offers all-day breakfast, wraps, grilled paninis, sandwiches, salads, pizza, coffee, and smoothies. They feature their own brand of soup and salsa, and offer catering services to boot. Outdoor seasonal seating, vegetarian friendly, breakfast, delivery, and private area available. Entrée: $7 A D G R W

Mike’s Smokehouse (2235 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire) serves up its meaty chicken-n-ribs combo with a giant slice of Texas toast. You can find more meat in many of the side options. opened café in the garden center offers a variety of natural and organic foods (including free-range eggs), along with fresh, local produce. Signature favorites include: grilled sandwiches, cracker crust pizzas, soups, and a variety of espresso drinks. Outdoor seating available, vegetarian friendly.

Erbert and Gerbert’s 409 Water St, Eau Claire •

835-9995 || 3003 London Rd, Eau Claire • 552-1933 • erbertandgerberts.com • This Eau Claire-based sandwich chain is known for its fresh subs and clubs

A great little cheese shop that happens to serve a wide range of gorgeous, deli-fresh sandwiches. Nelson Cheese Factory, Eau Claire The Coffee Grounds 3460 Mall Dr., Hwy. 93, Eau Claire • 834-1733 || 2116 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 797-2198 || 3042 Commercial Blvd., Chippewa Falls • 797-2370 • thecoffeegrounds.com • The Coffee Grounds is a casual, European-style café plopped into the middle of a gourmet food/coffee/beer/wine/ cigar giftshop. They offer a variety of baked goods, homemade soups, and fresh unique sandwiches. Their menu is always evolving and you can order lunch online. Also, don’t forget about the coffee as they roast their own beans. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $5-$8 A G W

including the Boney Billy, the Jacob Bluefinger, the Comet Morehouse, and more - plus pickles and a good sized selection of soups and chips. Delivery, vegetarian friendly, outdoor seating, and open late (‘til 3 am!) at the Water Street location. Entrée: $4-$5 D G Q

Family Farms Market 50684 N. Main St., Eleva •

= Alcohol, beer, or wine available.

287-3332 • familyfarmsmarket.com • Just 20 minutes south of Eau Claire, Family Farms Market offers an exciting menu made with fresh ingredients. Try a gourmet sandwich or wrap, fresh salad, homemade soup, or delicious dessert. Be sure to check out their Friday pizza buffet. Sit by their fireplace and enjoy your favorite specialty coffee, wine, or microbrew beer. Customers can find natural and organic products as well as some of the best cheese, produce, and meat Wisconsin has to offer. Private party room, vegetarian friendly, delivery available, outdoor seating. $10 A D G R W

= Delivery available. Some restrictions may apply.

Fireside Bistro Located inside Dove Healthcare-

Down to Earth Garden Center 6025 Arndt Lane,

Eau Claire • 833-1234 • dwntoearth.com • The newly

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South on Hwy 93, 3656 Mall Drive, Eau Claire • 5521035 • A small café located inside Dove Healthcare South. The Bistro offers both breakfast and lunch, serving rolls, muffins, specialty coffees, soups, salads, paninis, wraps, and sandwiches. Look for great value with the soup, sandwich, and soda combo. If sitting

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next to the indoor fireplace and 42-inch TV doesn’t tickle your fancy, head outside to the courtyard area and pavilion. Vegetarian friendly. $3-$6 G W

Foster Cheese Haus E10934 County Hwy HH, Osseo • 597-6605 • fostercheesehaus.com • Foster Cheese Haus is a source of bounty grown and produced in Wisconsin as they support the food & family farm movement. The menu changes biweekly. Try their Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup, served with homemade bread, or their made-to-order pizzas, and for dessert try some locally made ice cream. Vegetarian friendly, outdoor seating available. $5-$14 A G R W The Goat Coffee House 408 Water St., Eau Claire

• 831-4491 • A relaxed, full-scale coffee house offering an eclectic selection of fresh sandwiches, The Goat sports an interesting mix of furniture and décor. All sandwiches are prepared with sauces from Silver Spring. A vegetarian delight is the Green Olive Twist (hummus, green olives, onion, and Swiss). Check out the fruit smoothies and cold, blended coffee drinks. Outdoor seating, private party room, breakfast served, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $4-$6 G R W Q

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop 2135 Brackett Ave, Eau Claire • 831-7827 || 923 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 834-1000 || 1301 N. Broadway, Menomonie • 235-7827 • jimmyjohns.com • A quick stop for tasty subs, Jimmy John’s aims to please with its food and quirky in-house signage. The shop’s signature sandwich is the J.J. Gargantuan – an intimidating sub packed with Genoa salami, capicola, smoked ham, roast beef, turkey, provolone, and all the fixin’s. Chips, cookies, and pickles are on hand to round out your meal. Catering services, delivery, vegetarian friendly, online ordering. Entrée: $5-$6 D Q The Living Room Coffee House & Drive-Thru 2006 Cameron St., Eau Claire • 831-0245 || 1400 Bellinger St. (Midelfort Clinic), Eau Claire || 6025 Arndt Lane (Down to Earth Garden Center), Eau Claire • The Living Room’s mission is to make you feel at home - as long as your home has a full-service coffee bar, Panini sandwiches, baked goods, and blended fruit tea smoothies. The monthly drink specials are always popular, as is the breakfast sandwich with sausage and

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maple syrup. Outdoor seating as well as live music in the backyard for the summer, and vegetarian friendly. Some of these accommodations do not apply to their smaller locations in Down to Earth Garden Center and Midelfort Clinic. Entrée: $5-$7 D G R W

CHIPPEWA FALLS Excluding fast food & pizza chains.

4:30 AM Coffee Shop 608 Bridge St. • 720-6165 Bake ‘n’ Brew Cafe 17255 Co. Hwy. X • 720-2360 Big Daddy’s BBQ 2495 Prarie View Rd • 404-8715 Bresina’s 12037 Cty Hwy B • 288-6303 // 704 E. Grand Ave. • 723-7973

Bridgewater Restaurant and Pub 1009 W. Park

Ave. • 723-6941

The Cabin on Grand 24 W. Grand Ave. • 723-4025 Camille’s Sidewalk Café 1120 122nd St., Suite 3 •

833-2233

Cancun Mexican Grill 475 Chippewa Mall Dr. • 723-7007

Casa Mexicana 324 N. Bridge St • 726-2315 China Buffet 475 Chippewa Mall Dr. • 726-9886 Chippewa Family Restaurant 1701 Kennedy Rd • 723-4751

The Coffee Grounds 3042 Commercial Blvd. • 797-

2370

Connell’s Supper Club 18525 50th Ave • 723-5656 Duncan Creek Wine Bar and Grille 213 N. Bridge

St. • 723-7000

Eisold’s Irvine Bar 130 Fleet St. • 720-1280 Erwin’s 19th Hole 1705 Cty Hwy OO • 831-6337 Every Buddy’s Bar and Grill 19 W. Central St. • 861-3838

Fill-Inn Station 104 W. Columbia St. • 723-6551 Four Corners 14982 Co. Hwy. S • 723-6783 Glen Loch Saloon 1300 Jefferson Ave. • 723-1297 Golden Eagle Restaurant 16760 Co. Trk. X • 723-

2948

Hallie Bar and Grill 1713 Cty. Hwy OO, Hallie • 861-3870

Harpole’s Supper Club 19845 Co. Trk. X • 723-3006 Heckel’s Family Restaurant 2621 Hwy. 53 • 7230844

High Shores Supper Club 17985 Co. Trk. X • 7239854

James Sheeley House 236 W. River St. • 726-0561 JimBob’s Pizza 3636 Melby St • 836-0909 LaGrander’s Drive-In 18143 Co. Trk. X • 723-0672 Lake Wissota Golf Course 16108 97th Ave. • 1-888-

Lucy’s Delicatessen 117 N Bridge St, Chippewa Falls • 720-9800 • foreign5.com • The owners of Lucy’s brought a slice of New York to downtown Chipppewa Falls when they opened up their full-service deli and sandwich shop. One look at their famous reuben or hot beef sandwiches (made with Boar’s Head meat), and you’ll see what’s got the locals so excited. Soups, salads, and personal pizzas are all made from scratch. Be sure to check out Lucy’s Gooeys (caramel rolls) served every day. Private party/meeting room available, outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, and limited delivery. Entrée: $6-$8 A D G R W Mancino’s Grinders and Pizza 4056 Com-

monwealth Ave, Eau Claire • 835-4000 || 809 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 835-4100 • mancinoseauclaire.com • Mancino’s is fast, relaxed, and family-friendly. Their trademark “grinder” sandwiches are toasted open-face on bread baked fresh every day. The popular Chicken Ranch grinder combines marinated chicken, bacon, cheese, ranch sauce, and mayo for a simple yet effective taste explosion. Every sandwich comes with a crunchy pickle. Catering services, party platters, vegetarian friendly, delivery. Entrée: $4-$6 A D G W

Monkey in the Middle Pizza & Subs 5150 Fairview Drive (Metropolis Resort), Eau Claire • 838-9663 • actioncityfun.com • Upbeat and fun, the pizza joint at Metropolis Resort offers a zesty meal amidst the video games and go-karts. Quirky-named made-fromscratch pizzas fill the menu, and pies like the Boese Special (a mix of barbeque sauce, mozzarella, and cheddar, topped with pepperoni and bacon) will help quell your hunger. Hot and cold subs like Three Little Pigs and Spicy Chicken round out the menu. Private party rooms, open late. $4-$17 D G W Nelson Cheese Factory 1636 Harding Ave, Eau

Claire • 834-2000 • nelsoncheese.com • A great little cheese shop that happens to serve a wide range of gorgeous, deli-fresh sandwiches, Nelson Cheese Factory is the place to go for a terrific carry-out lunch. Served on wheat, pumpernickel, or French breads, the sandwiches are bursting at the seams with tantalizing ingredients. Popular menu items include the Hot Eddie (ham, bacon, cheddar, veggies, and mayo on toasted wheat), and the Town of Nelson (ham, turkey, veggies, Monterey jack, and cheddar with special sauce). The shop is also a popular neighborhood stop for fresh ice cream. Vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $6 Q

The Nucleus Café 405 Water St., Eau Claire • 8347777 • racysnucleus.com • Connected via a conve-

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nient hallway to Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge, The Nucleus is a cozy café with a European vibe serving breakfast and lunch. Check out the desserts, homemade soups, quiches, omelets, and distinctive sandwiches. The Nucleus is also a traditional crêperie, offering a variety of dessert and main meal crêpes. Sunday brunch, outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $5-$7 A G R W Q

Obsession Chocolates 18 S Barstow St., Eau Claire • 830-8301 • obsessionchocolates.com • To call the famed local chocolatier’s freshly opened new location sweet is an understatement. On one side you’ve got a restaurant serving breakfast items like waffles and French toast and lunch items like sandwiches, soups, salads, and frittatas (all with a unique Obsession twist), and on the other a Chocolate Lounge with comfy seating and a fireplace, a perfect place for some wine and dessert (the truffles are amazing). Also has a classroom space with guest chefs teaching cooking classes (space also rentable). Outdoor seating, Sunday brunch, and very vegetarian friendly. $5-$10 A G W Olson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Deli 611 N. Bridge St, Chippewa Falls • 723-4331 • Heading down to Olson’s for some homemade ice cream is a favorite local pastime. Their fresh ingredients and tempting sundaes have kept people coming back for decades. Now you can grab some soup and a deli sandwich prior to dessert. The Turkey BLT is an employee favorite. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $5-$6 D W Q Panera Bread 4601 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire

• 834-9752 • panerabread.com • A chain store featuring a full bakery and café where all breads are baked fresh. On the bakery side, they feature 20 different breads, 12 bagels, and 30 sweets and pastries – the Cinnamon Crunch bagel is among the favorites, selling between 400 and 500 a day. The café features 15 sandwiches, 7 salads, and 7 (of 12) different soups on any given day with Chicken and Wild Rice as a best seller. Outdoor patio seating, vegetarian friendly, and Sunday brunch. Entrée: $5-$9 D W

Quizno’s 2520 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 834-7827 ||

2521 Hills Ct., Suite A, Menomonie • 233-2064 || 913 South Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 838-9640 • quiznos. com • A fancier sandwich chain where most selections are toasted to a melty, golden perfection, Quizno’s is casual and relatively fast. Soups, salads, and cookies are on hand to complement hearty favorites like the mesquite chicken and prime rib subs. Check out the quirky “pepper bar.” Some outdoor seating, a few vegetarian subs, basic catering. Entrée: $4-$10 G W

Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge 404 Riverside Ave.,

Eau Claire • 834-0000 • racysnucleus.com • Connected via a convenient hallway to The Nucleus Café,

from the Dining Guide at:

The Lodge 1200 W River St. • 720-7708 Loopy’s Saloon & Grill 10691 Business 29 • 7235667

Lucy’s Delicatessen 117 N Bridge St • 720-9800 Moke’s Bar and Grill 3077 CTH OO • 720-8950 Olson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Deli 611 N. Bridge St

• 723-4331

Ralph’s Red Apple Grill & Bar 465 Chippewa Mall Dr. • 861-5600

Riverside Café 1117 Pumphouse Rd. • 726-1199 Sweeney’s Bar & Grill 201 E. Canal St. • 723-9905 West Hill Bar 250 W. Elm St. • 720-9281

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4056 Commonwealth & 809 Clairemont, EC

I have only tried two things from here: BBQ chicken personal pizza and Hawaiian personal pizza. Both are AMAZING! I would try other things but I just love these two so much I crave them when I get the chance to eat there. I have eaten there about 10-15 times and have had a good experience every time.

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Racy’s is a loungey coffee shop with an impressive range of brews. Check out the desserts, homemade soups, and astounding menu of distinctive sandwiches. Outdoor seating, private party area, and vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $5-$7 G W

Ralph’s Red Apple Grill & Bar 465 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls • 861-5600 • ralphsredapplegrill.com • This casual, family friendly place is one part sports bar and another part log cabin (with a fireplace), boasting a unique menu: think Leinenkugel’s battered mushrooms, three kinds of local cheese curds, and hand-crafted ice creams and desserts. Their enclosed patio includes a tiki bar in summer. Some vegetarian dishes available. Entrée: $7-$14 A G R Red Robin 3005 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 834-4438 •

redrobin.com • This energetic and fun chain eatery is known for its gourmet burgers, which come in more than 15 styles, all with bottomless steak fries. The mascot appears on Tuesdays. Open late on Wednesdays. Entrée: $8-$11 A G Q

Red Zone Sports Bar 2071 S Prairie View Rd,

Chippewa Falls • 726-3030 • This down-to-earth and friendly sports bar offers food that goes beyond runof-the-mill bar food. While their burgers are worthy of many compliments, the bar favorite is the Philly Cheesesteak. Also serves appetizers such as cheese curds and wings, and homemade soups. Outdoor seating and open late. $5-$9 A G

Smiling Moose Deli 329 Riverfront Terrace, Eau

Claire • 838-9999 • smilingmoosedeli.com • Hailing from Colorado, Smiling Moose Deli offers sandwiches (both hot and cold), wraps, salads, four to six soups, and more. Breakfast sandwiches and wraps are available all day, plus the full-service coffee bar. The signature sandwich is the “Mighty Mo,” a cheeseburger grinder with half a pound of chopped, tender sirloin and topped with melted American cheese, tomatoes, banana peppers, red onions, and lightly spotted with oil and vinegar. Free wi-fi, vegetarian options, and outdoor seating. $6-$12 W

Subway 2705 Henry Ave, Eau Claire • 836-0024 || 1005 Clairemont Ave. W, Eau Claire • 832-8848 || 2413 Eddy Ln, Eau Claire • 831-1090 || 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 833-1605 || 3915 Gateway Dr, Eau Claire • 830-8276 || 329 Water St, Eau Claire • 8337697 || 1027 N Hillcrest Pkwy., Altoona • 834-2447 || 2119 Cameron St, Eau Claire • 831-6214 || 6123 Truax Ln, Eau Claire • 874-6945 || 4304 Jeffers Rd, Eau Claire • 833-8801 || 860 Woodward Ave, Chippewa Falls • 723-0399 || 319 S Broadway, Menomonie • 235-6466 || 2401 Hwy 25 N, Menomonie • 235-1800 || 180 Cedar Falls Rd, Menomonie • 233-0630 • Tasty submarine sandwiches and pizzas. $4-$10 The Water Street Deli 628 Water St., Eau Claire • 514-4555 • This combination deli/restaurant/grocery store specializes in Mediterranean cuisine such as falafel, gyros, hummus, baba ghanoush, and chicken kebabs. They also offer traditional American items such as Philly Steak sandwiches and burgers. Lunch specials are available Monday through Friday. Vegetarian friendly, open late, delivery available, sidewalk seating available. $4-$10 D G R W

SEAFOOD Asia Palace 4069 Commonwealth Ave., Eau Claire

• 552-5883 • An extensive Asian buffet featuring all-you-can-eat sushi, a full bar, and enough food to send you home full. Try the crayfish, coconut shrimp, and egg rolls. They also have a salad bar, prime rib, steak, pizza, and other American choices. Vegetarian

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Excluding fast food & pizza chains. Acoustic Café 102 Main St. • 235-1115 Blind Munchies 621 Wilson Ave. • 235-9300 •

streetlevelministry.com

Bullfrog’s Eat My Fish Farm N1321 Bullfrog Rd. • 664-8775 • eatmyfish.com

Caribou Coffee 2321 State Hwy 25 N #308 • 235-

3627 • cariboucoffee.com

City Limits Restaurant 2100 Co. Trk. B • 235-

1166

Das Bierhaus 120 6th Ave. W • 231-3230 • dasbi-

erhaus-wi.com

Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill 2002 Midway Rd. •

235-9940

El Patio 228 Water St, Eau Claire • 855-8590 ||

New this year to downtown Eau Claire, Obsession Chocolates (18 S Barstow St.) now offers a full breakfast menu and delectable lunchtime sandwiches in addition to their sweets. friendly, private rooms available for parties. $7.50$11 A G R

Bullfrog’s Eat My Fish Farm N1321 Bullfrog Rd., Menomonie • 664-8775 • eatmyfish.com • On Sunday afternoons between Mother’s Day and late September, Bullfrog Fish Farm offers “hobo lunches” on the beach. You can catch your own trout and have it cooked up fresh. Non-fish eaters can get a buffalo brat or a “Sleazy Cheese” sandwich (with tomato and pesto on grilled bread). Group reservations available, outdoor (pond side) seating, private party services, vegetarian friendly, wheelchair accessible. Entrée: $14 A G R Duncan Creek Wine Bar and Grille 213 N. Bridge

St., Chippewa Falls • 723-7000 • Customers have compared their dining experience at Duncan Creek to that of a casual, metropolitan bistro. This eatery features a nightly special along with signature dishes such as the pan-seared halibut, the chicken messina stuffed with mozzarella and goat cheese and topped with a tomato vodka sauce all over ricotta ravioli, or the caramel fried banana dessert. More than 70 varieties of wine to choose from, vegetarian options available, and outdoor seating. Entrée: $10-$19 A G R

Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse 4864 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 832-3388 • While part of its namesake, sushi isn’t the only reason to go to Fuji. This new addition to the Chippewa Valley prides itself on its unique Japanese menu and hibachi-style cooking. For those who don’t wish to watch their food being prepared, casual restaurant seating is available as well. Many vegetarian options available. $8-$23 A G R

= Alcohol, beer, or wine available. = Delivery available. Some restrictions may apply. = Able to accommodate larger groups of 9 or more.

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Broadway St. • 235-3532

Fuzzy’s Bar & Grill N5729 410th St. • 231-3899 • High Shores Supper Club 17985 Co. Trk. X, Chippewa Falls • 723-9854 • highshores.com • Home of “fine dining in a casual atmosphere,” High Shores is nestled on the edge of Lake Wissota. The kitchen cuts the trademark steaks by hand and menu favorites like their BBQ Ribs and Honey Pecan Turkey Medallions might just turn you into a regular. Seafood options like perch, blue gills, crappies, king crab, tiger shrimp, and salmon won’t hurt, either. If the weather’s nice, motor up to one of the restaurant’s lake docks. Ask about the dinner cruise. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, private party pavilion. Entrée: $10-$20 A G R Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub 415 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • 835-6621 • houligans.net • Rich, worn-in woodwork threads across the walls of Houligans - take a seat at the bar, or in the cozy dining area. It’s a great place to grab a beer and a hearty meal. The menu offers a top-notch selection of steaks and seafood, but the Candied Garlic New York Strip is the big crowd-pleaser. Outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $13-$29 A G R W Q Manny’s Cocina 4207 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau

Claire • 514-0818 • mannysmexican.com • Manny’s strives to create a grand view of coastal Mexico through its lush interior and succulent menu packed with seafood, steaks, and Mexican specialties. Signature items include the Seven Seas Burrito packed with scallops, jumbo white shrimp, and Mahi-mahi – all covered in a chardonnay sauce. Locals also love the sweet crab-stuffed shrimp, wrapped in bacon and grilled. Vegetarian friendly, outdoor seating, party and meeting space available, gluten-free menu. Entrée: $10-$44 A G R W Q

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Fortune Cookie Chinese Restaurant 319 S.

Claire • 855-0856 • portersec.com • Make sure you take a gander at Porter’s beautiful bar, decked out in rich woodwork (not to mention 12 beer taps). A steak, seafood, and chop house, Porter’s has a classy atmosphere where diners can enjoy everything from upscale suppers to the popular lunchtime meatloaf. Open for breakfast every day and nightly specials in the evenings, featuring a worldly menu of Indian, Arabian, and Mexican items. Open late on weekends, private party/meeting room available, and vegetarian

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Golden Leaf Café 1706 Stout Rd • 231-5323 •

goldenleafcafe.com

Jake’s Supper Club E5690 County Rd. D • 2352465 • jakessupperclub.com Jeff’s Pizza 145 Main St. • 231-3131 • jeffspizza-

shop.com

Kingdom Buffet 1502 E. 9th St. • 233-0465 Kyote’s Den Bar & Grill E2339 Hwy 29 • 2352777

Legacy Chocolates 632 S. Broadway St. • 231-

2580 • legacychocolates.com

Menomonie Family Restaurant 2616 Hils Ct • 235-9000 • menomoniefamilyrestaurant.com Menomonie Log Jam 709 S. Broadway St. • 2350703 • menomonielogjam.com

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 1720 N. Broadway St. • 235-2234 • perkinsrestaurants.com

Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Cty. Trk. D • 235-

9927 • pioneergrill.com

Raw Deal 603 S. Broadway St. • 231-3255 • rawdeal-wi.com

Skoog’s Parkside 932 N. Broadway St • 235-6124

• skoogsparkside.com

Sparx Restaurant 1827 N. Broadway St. • 2353000 • sparxrestaurant.com

Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St. • 233-3333 • stoutalehouse.com

Teddy’s Tubesteaks 617 S Broadway St Ted’s Pizza Palace 306 E. Main St • 235-0600 • tedspizzapie.com

The Buck (aka Silver Dollar Saloon) 315 Main

St. • 235-9390

UW Stout Dining Halls 160 Merle Price Commons UW-Stout • 232-2134 || 712 Broadway St • 232-3463 • uwstout.edu Waterfront Bar & Grill 512 Crescent St. • 235-

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Zanzibar Restaurant and Pub 228 E. Main St. • 231-9269 • zanzibarmenomonie.com

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friendly. Entrée: $7-$40 A G R W

Red Lobster 1019 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire •

833-0184 • redlobster.com • A local favorite for date nights, birthday parties, and get-togethers, Red Lobster offers a huge selection of fresh fish and shellfish. Playful nautical decor sets the stage for favorites like crab legs, lobster, and seafood platters. The cheesy garlic biscuits are a guilty pleasure. Open late on weekends. Entrée: $7-$20 A G

Shanghai Bistro 2930 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 8353348 • shanghaibistro.org • A contemporary urban at-

unique Japanese menu and hibachi-style cooking. For those who don’t wish to watch their food being prepared, casual restaurant seating is available as well. Many vegetarian options available. $8-$23 A G R

High Shores Supper Club 17985 Co. Trk. X, Chippewa Falls • 723-9854 • highshores.com • Home of “fine dining in a casual atmosphere,” High Shores is nestled on the edge of Lake Wissota. The kitchen cuts the trademark steaks by hand and menu favorites like their BBQ Ribs and Honey Pecan Turkey Medallions might just turn you into a regular. Seafood options like perch, blue gills, crappies, king crab, tiger shrimp, and

If the weather’s nice, motor up to one of the restaurant’s lake docks. And ask about the dinner cruise ... High Shores Supper Club, Chippewa Falls mosphere thrives at Shanghai Bistro. Using centuriesold preparation techniques while experimenting with fresh, new seafood (and other ingredients) from well beyond the Midwest, the Bistro’s chefs keep things lively. Signature sushi includes a number of rolls, including the Red Dragon Roll, and the Strange Flavor Chicken stir-fry is a local favorite. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $8-$12 A G R Q

STEAKHOUSE Blue Moose Grill & Steak House 1628 Woodard

Rd, Bloomer • 568-2687 • bluemooseco.com • This Southern influenced restaurant is an old school kind of steakhouse. Right away customers will notice a moose up on the bar and some wooden chainsawcarved grizzly bears. Comfort your palate by the fireplace with some pecan chicken, barbecue ribs, or sweet potato pancakes with maple or honey butter. Catering and delivery are available as well as banquet rooms, Sunday brunch, and vegetarian options. $12$38 A D G R W

Fischer’s On The Green 2333 Hillcrest Pkwy., Altoona • 832-9711 • fischersgreen.com • Located within Hillcrest Country Club, Fischer’s has been a staple for fine dining in the Chippewa Valley for over 60 years. Known for their dry-aged steaks, you can also enjoy seasonal favorites such as the Apple Bacon Wrapped Scallops. Private party rooms available, some outdoor patio seating, vegetarian friendly, and catering available. Entrée: $17-$35 A G R W Q Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse 4864 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 832-3388 • While part of its namesake, sushi isn’t the only reason to go to Fuji. This new addition to the Chippewa Valley prides itself on its

salmon won’t hurt, either. If the weather’s nice, motor up to one of the restaurant’s lake docks. Ask about the dinner cruise. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, private party pavilion. Entrée: $10-$20 A G R

Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub 415 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • 835-6621 • houligans.net • Rich, wornin woodwork threads across the walls of Houligans - take a seat at the bar, or in the cozy dining area. It’s a great place to grab a beer and a hearty meal. The menu offers a top-notch selection of steaks and seafood, but the Candied Garlic New York Strip is the big crowdpleaser. Outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $13-$29 A G R W Q Jake’s Supper Club E5690 County Rd. D, Menomonie • 235-2465 • jakessupperclub.com • With a menu as large as Jake’s, it’s hard to pinpoint a signature item, but if you ask a regular, they’ll point right to the slow-roasted prime rib. Terrific lake views, live entertainment all summer long, and a huge Sunday brunch buffet leave you little (if any) reason to stay away. Three decks of outdoor seating, private party rooms, and banquet services. Entrée: $10-$20 A G R W Porter’s 205 S. Barstow St, in the Ramada, Eau Claire • 855-0856 • portersec.com • Make sure you take a gander at Porter’s beautiful bar, decked out in rich woodwork (not to mention 12 beer taps). A steak, seafood, and chop house, Porter’s has a classy atmosphere where diners can enjoy everything from upscale suppers to the popular lunchtime meatloaf. Open for breakfast every day and nightly specials in the evenings, featuring a worldly menu of Indian, Arabian, and Mexican items. Open late on weekends, private party/meeting room available, and vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $7-$40 A G R W

from the Dining Guide at: Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse

4864 Keystone Crossing, EC • 832-3388

review by ectiedyeguy

Honestly in my opinion the best sushi in town. The staff was fast and friendly. The dining environment was spacious and well lit. The sushi was excellent. On my first visit I had the 3 roll lunch combo for $10.95, an excellent value. Cheaper and tastier than the other sushi restaurants in Eau Claire. I can see eating here quite often.

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The Espresso Cheesecake at Mona Lisa’s (428 Water St., Eau Claire) is but one sweet way to finish off your savory Mediterranean meal. Beforehand, you could sample their Mona Margarita. Ralph’s Red Apple Grill & Bar 465 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls • 861-5600 • ralphsredapplegrill. com • This casual, family friendly place is one part sports bar and another part log cabin (with a fireplace), boasting a unique menu: think Leinenkugel’s battered mushrooms, three kinds of local cheese curds, and hand-crafted ice creams and desserts. Their enclosed patio includes a tiki bar in summer. Some vegetarian dishes available. Entrée: $7-$14 A G R Sparx Restaurant 1827 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • 235-3000 • sparxrestaurant.com • Sparx is the ultimate “meat and potatoes” kind of place. Specializing in “incredible burgers and smokin’ good steaks,” Sparx’s menu also includes vegetarian options like Butternut Squash Ravioli as well as signature drinks at their full-service bar. If you’re especially hungry, try the Monster Burger with three 12 oz patties. Open late, outdoor patio. $9-$18 A G R W Texas Roadhouse 5019 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 838-0035 • texasroadhouse.com • Upbeat and energetic, Texas Roadhouse is “that place they line dance every hour.” Their culinary claims to fame are hand-cut steaks and award-winning fall-off-the-bone ribs. Their bread is baked fresh all day long, and they make all dressings and side dishes from scratch. Free in-the-shell peanuts. Open late on weekends. Entrée: $6-$18 A G Q

Connell’s Supper Club 18525 50th Ave, Chippewa

Falls • 723-5656 • A classic supper club just off the beaten path serving BBQ ribs, chicken, sandwiches, seafood, and even lamb-chops – but they’re really known for their steaks and big portions of just about everything. Open late on weekends, Sunday brunch. Entrée: $12-$19 A G R

Harpole’s Supper Club 19845 Co. Trk. X, Chippewa Falls • 723-3006 • Harpole’s is a casual family establishment known for its excellent martinis and Old Fashioneds. The $1 burger special on Tuesdays is big with the locals, but the signature BBQ ribs will really give you something to talk about. Entrée: $5-$14 A G R High Shores Supper Club 17985 Co. Trk. X, Chip-

pewa Falls • 723-9854 • highshores.com • Home of “fine dining in a casual atmosphere,” High Shores is nestled on the edge of Lake Wissota. The kitchen cuts the trademark steaks by hand and menu favorites like their BBQ Ribs and Honey Pecan Turkey Medallions might just turn you into a regular. Seafood options like perch, blue gills, crappies, king crab, tiger shrimp, and salmon won’t hurt, either. If the weather’s nice, motor up to one of the restaurant’s lake docks. Ask about the dinner cruise. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, private party pavilion. Entrée: $10-$20 A G R

Jake’s Supper Club E5690 County Rd. D,

SUPPER CLUB Connell’s Club 12 E11295 Hwy. 12, Fall Creek • 877-2140 • A juicy, choice cut New York Strip keeps people coming back for more at this tucked-away supper club. Another popular item is the Bourbon salmon - a grilled fillet of fresh fish slathered in Connell’s special Bourbon sauce. Outdoor seating on the deck, party room available, serves food late. Entrée: $7-$25 A G R Connell’s II At the Airport 3800 Starr Ave, Eau Claire • 833-9400 • Casual cafe/supper club dining with a full view of the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport runway. Known for their steaks and hearty servings of homemade onion rings. Two private party rooms, Sunday brunch, catering available. Entrée: $7-$25 A G R W

Menomonie • 235-2465 • jakessupperclub.com • With a menu as large as Jake’s, it’s hard to pinpoint a signature item, but if you ask a regular, they’ll point right to the slow-roasted prime rib. Terrific lake views, live entertainment all summer long, and a huge Sunday brunch buffet leave you little (if any) reason to stay away. Three decks of outdoor seating, private party rooms, and banquet services. Entrée: $10-$20 A G R W

Skoog’s Parkside 932 N. Broadway St, Menomonie

• 235-6124 • skoogsparkside.com • Known for their popovers and perfect steaks, Skoog’s fosters a relaxed and casual supper club atmosphere complete with two waterfalls near the patio. Check out the Friday night fish fry and salad bar. Banquet facility can accommodate 100 people. Vegetarian friendly, Sunday brunch. Entrée: $10-$25 A G R W

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WORLD Porter’s 205 S. Barstow St, in the Ramada, Eau Claire • 855-0856 • portersec.com • Make sure you take a gander at Porter’s beautiful bar, decked out in rich woodwork (not to mention 12 beer taps). A steak, seafood, and chop house, Porter’s has a classy atmosphere where diners can enjoy everything from upscale suppers to the popular lunchtime meatloaf. Open for breakfast every day and nightly specials in the evenings, featuring a worldly menu of Indian, Arabian, and Mexican items. Open late on weekends, private party/meeting room available, and vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $7-$40 A G R W Raw Deal 603 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 2313255 • rawdeal-wi.com • A local oasis for the raw food movement, Raw Deal doesn’t cook any of its food. The menu, which changes daily, blends organic produce to create entrées near-identical in taste to heat-prepped cuisine. Made with locally grown veggies, you’ll find items like creamy green enchiladas, stuffed Portobello mushrooms, and savory cabbage rolls. Specialty beer and wines are also on the menu. The shop also features a bakery and full service coffee bar. Check out the organic fruit smoothies and the key lime bars. Open Sunday mornings, catering services, and very vegetarian friendly. Entrée: $4-$6.50 A G R W

The Water Street Deli 628 Water St., Eau Claire • 514-4555 • This combination deli/restaurant/ grocery store specializes in Mediterranean cuisine such as falafel, gyros, hummus, baba ghanoush, and chicken kebabs. They also offer traditional American items such as Philly Steak sandwiches and burgers. Lunch specials are available Monday through Friday. Vegetarian friendly, open late, delivery available, sidewalk seating available. $4-$10 D G R W Zanzibar Restaurant and Pub 228 E. Main St., Menomonie • 231-9269 • zanzibarmenomonie.com • Deep red walls and rich hardwood accents create a warm and relaxing setting for an exciting, eclectic meal at Zanzibar. The menu contains numerous original dishes inspired by a variety of international cuisines. The most popular item, lavosh, is a thin cracker bread topped with cheese, veggies, and a variety of meats such as Persian chicken. The bar can stir up over 60 kinds of martinis, and the wine list exceeds 80 bottles. If given the lead time (phone well ahead), Zanzibar’s chefs will even create custom meals. Reservations are recommended on weekends. Very vegetarian friendly (any meal can be altered), open late on weekends. $17-$20 A G R

ICON KEY = Alcohol, beer, or wine available. = Delivery available. Some restrictions may apply. = Able to accommodate larger groups of 9 or more.

W = Free access to wireless internet. = Accepts reservations. Some restrictions may apply. = Winner: 2010 V1 Best of the Valley Reader Poll.

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Panera Bread 4601 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 834-9752 • panerabread.com

Amber Inn Bar & Grill 840 E. Madison St., Eau

Claire • 832-0568

Broadway Bar & Pizza 1920 S. Hastings Way,

Eau Claire • 832-5100 • broadwaypizzaeauclaire. com

Burrachos Fresh Mexican Grill 5314 Prill Rd.,

Eau Claire • 834-1843 || 329 Water St., Eau Claire • 835-6195 • burrachos.com

Buzzy’s Pizza Emporium 414 Water St., Eau Claire • 552-1600 • buzzyspe.com

Papa John’s Pizza 623 E. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 839-9393 || 2403 Eddy Lane, Eau Claire • 839-9395 • papajohns.com Pizza Del Re 911 N. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 834-0703 • pizzadelre.com

City Limits Restaurant 2100 Co. Trk. B,

Menomonie • 235-1166

Pizza 1205 Broadway Menomonie • 232-6333 • dominos.com

Domino’s

St.

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Fortune Cookie Chinese Restaurant 319 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 235-3532

Fuzzy’s Bar & Grill N5729 410th St., Menomonie

Pizza Hut 2602 E. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 834-5346 || 1242 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 834-1004 || 2225 Eddy Lane, Eau Claire • 8331222 • pizzahut.com

• 231-3899 • fuzzysbarandgrill.com

4143

N. Broadway, Menomonie • 235-7827 • jimmyjohns.com

Pizza Ranch 2815 Truax Blvd., Eau Claire • 514-

Jeff’s Pizza 145 Main St., Menomonie • 231-3131 • jeffspizzashop.com

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop 1301

Domino’s Pizza 3311 London Rd., Eau Claire •

Quick Wok 501 Water St., Eau Claire • 832-4545 Sammy’s Pizza Restaurant & Pub 2812 Lon-

Egg Roll-Plus 1611 Bellinger St., Eau Claire •

Topper’s Pizza 1616 N. Clairemont Ave, Eau

Ted’s Pizza Palace 306 E. Main St, Menomonie • 235-0600 • tedspizzapie.com

The Water Street Deli 628 Water St., Eau Claire

other

833-3933 || 1719 N Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 833-3930 • dominos.com

832-6125

Erbert and Gerbert’s 409 Water St, Eau Claire

• 835-9995 || 3003 London Rd, Eau Claire • 5521933 • erbertandgerberts.com

Exit 59 Family Restaurant 6220 Texaco Dr, Eau Claire • 874-6213

Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que 2911 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 835-2227 • famousdaves.com

Fortune Cookie Chinese Restaurant 1702 Harding Ave., Eau Claire • 833-0088

don Rd, Eau Claire • 831-1300

Claire • 552-1111 || 2159 Eastridge Center, Eau Claire • 833-1111 • toppers.com • 514-4555

chippewa falls

4:30 AM Coffee Shop 608 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • 720-6165

Godfather’s Pizza 2510 Mondovi Rd, Eau Claire

Bake ‘n’ Brew Cafe 17255 Co. Hwy. X, Chip-

Golden Dragon 2709 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau

Camille’s Sidewalk Café 1120 122nd St., Suite

Green Mill Restaurant & Bar 2703 Craig Rd.,

Domino’s Pizza 354 Chippewa Mall Dr, Chip-

Jade Garden 3620 Gateway Dr., Eau Claire •

Eisold’s Irvine Bar 130 Fleet St., Chippewa Falls

Jewel Of India 205 S Barstow St., Eau Claire •

Four Corners 14982 Co. Hwy. S, Chippewa Falls

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop 2135 Brackett Ave, Eau Claire • 831-7827 || 923 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 834-1000 • jimmyjohns.com

Glen Loch Saloon 1300 Jefferson Ave., Chip-

• 830-9362 • godfathers.com

Claire • 552-2790

Eau Claire • 839-8687 • greenmilleauclaire.com 833-9868 • jadegardenwi.com 833-3990

Jim’s Pizza 421 Water St., Eau Claire • 838-8888 • jeffandjims.com

Lewie J’s 800 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire • 8337510 • lewiejs.com

Mancino’s Grinders and Pizza 4056 Com-

monwealth Ave, Eau Claire • 835-4000 || 809 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • 835-4100 • mancinoseauclaire.com

Mike’s Smokehouse 2235 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 834-8153

Monkey in the Middle Pizza & Subs 5150 Fair-

view Drive (Metropolis Resort), Eau Claire • 8389663 • actioncityfun.com

New York Pizza & Deli 320 Water St., Eau Claire • 835-5000

Pizza Hut Italian Bistro 2307 Hwy. 25 N, Menomonie • 235-9044 • pizzahut.com

Blue Moose Grill & Steak House 1628 Woodard Rd, Bloomer • 568-2687 • bluemooseco.com

Family Farms Market 50684 N. Main St., Eleva

• 287-3332 • familyfarmsmarket.com

Simply Cakes 3636 Melby St., Lake Hallie • 5144549 • simplycakesllc.com

pewa Falls • 720-2360

3, Chippewa Falls • 833-2233 • camillescafe.com pewa Falls • 726-2626 • dominos.com

• 720-1280

• 723-6783

pewa Falls • 723-1297

See each restaurant’s listing on the preceding pages for more details. Some establishments may have delivery charges, minimum orders, or other restrictions.

JimBob’s Pizza 3636 Melby St, Chippewa Falls •

836-0909 • jimbobspizza.net

Lucy’s Delicatessen 117 N Bridge St, Chippewa Falls • 720-9800 • foreign5.com

Olson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Deli 611 N. Bridge

St, Chippewa Falls • 723-4331

Pizza Hut 225 Prairieview Rd, Chippewa Falls •

723-2812 • pizzahut.com

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This list is always available and up-to-date in the online dining guide at:

Blind Munchies 621 Wilson Ave., Menomonie • 235-9300 • streetlevelministry.com

Burrachos Fresh Mexican Grill 2401 State Hwy 25 N # 2, Meno. • 233-0281 • burrachos.com

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SEAFOOD PLATTER, LOADED POTATO, ONION RINGS, AND ... AMBIANCE Connell’s Supper Club, Chippewa Falls

advertiser index ACOUSTIC CAFÉ 62 AZUL TEQUILA 50 BROADWAY BAR & PIZZA 58 BURRACHOS 48 CONNELL’S RESTAURANTS 54 COUNTRY NIGHT SALOON NIGHTS 49 DAS BIERHAUS 49 DRAGANETTI’S RISTORANTE 31 DUNCAN CREEK WINE BAR & GRILLE 53 THE EDGE PUB & EATERY 41 EGG ROLL PLUS 59 EL PATIO 22 ERBERT & GERBERT’S 47 EVERY BUDDY’S BAR & GRILL 18 EXIT 45 RESTAURANT & BAKERY 47 FANNY HILL 22 FILL INN STATION SALOON & REST. 34 FOSTER CHEESE HAUS 13 FUJI SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE 13 GALLOWAY GRILLE 08 GLORIA JEAN’S COFFEES 45 THE GOAT COFFEE HOUSE 37 GREAT WALL BUFFET 50 GREEN MILL 29 GRIZZLY’S WOOD-FIRED GRILL & STEAKS 07 HARMONY CORNER CAFÉ 57 HARPOLE’S SUPPER CLUB 18 HECKEL’S FAMILY RESTAURANT 53 HOULIGANS STEAK & SEAFOOD PUB 61 IFD WAREHOUSE STORE 08 JADE GARDEN 19 JAKE’S SUPPER CLUB 68 JAMES SHEELEY HOUSE 48 JUST LOCAL FOOD 41 THE KIM CHI CAFÉ 36 LEINENKUGEL’S INSIDE COVER LITTLE CAESARS 34 LOG JAM 20 LUCY’S DELICATESSEN 21 MAPLE MANOR LOUNGE 56 METROPOLIS RESORT 19 MIKE’S SMOKEHOUSE 45 MILWAUKEE BURGER COMPANY 07 MOE’S DINER 29 MOUSETRAP 59 NOODLES & COMPANY 30 NORSKE NOOK AT NORTHWOODS 54 OLIVE GARDEN 36 PAD THAI 64 PLAYMAKERS BAR & GRILL 42 THE POURHOUSE 60 RAINBOW CATERING 42 RALPH’S RED APPLE GRILL & BAR 37 THE RAW DEAL 26 REGIS COURT DENTAL ASSOCIATES 31 SAMMY’S PIZZA & RESTAURANT 33 SHARI’S CHIPPEWA CLUB BAR & GRILL 30 SMILING MOOSE DELI 17 TAVERNA GRILL 42 TAILGATES SPORTS BAR & GRILL 54 TED’S PIZZA 14 TGI FRIDAY’S 17 TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT 21 TOPPERS PIZZA 39 VFW POST 7232 56 WATER STREET DELI & GROCERY 11 WHISKEY’S GRILL & BAR 66 ZANZIBAR RESTAURANT & PUB 26

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