Restaurant Spotlight

Restaurant Spotlight

When my husband and father wanted to go to lunch, I never would have thought to go to Great Harvest Bread Company as I thought they just sold bakery items there. However, a friend at my office recommended we try their wonderful soups and sandwiches. Walking into Great Harvest, I…
With the “Buy Local” movement and its support of local farms and establishments being “the great thing to do” in this day in age, I am always in search of restaurants that really try to purchase as much of their product as possible from local sources versus off the regular…
Even though I could have written this month’s Restaurant Spotlight purely from memory because I visit Sai Ram to eat about once a week, I was very excited to take my guest, as it was his first time eating Indian food. He has always been hesitant to try it, in…
When my work team was deciding on something fun to do for an evening out, I wondered, “Where could we go to get some good food, drinks and much-needed laughter?” After a very stressful week and news of some health concerns, we knew laughter would be the best medicine. What…
I never thought I would have a craving for a gluten-free meal, but that has changed since eating at Nakashima’s and enjoying their new gluten-free options. Gluten isn’t something you normally think about unless you need to avoid it because of certain health conditions or diets; however, Nakashima and Katsu-Ya…
I love the East Coast. And you can give me great seafood at any time of the day! A friend of mine and I ventured out to try a great neighborhood and local favorite, Joey’s Seafood and Grill for lunch. The décor has a fun, nautical theme, including large pictures…
Vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free food isn’t what I would normally think about when lunching out, but my experience at The Green Owl Café changed that. As you enter the café, you cannot help but notice the collection of vintage owls. The restaurant, which opened in December 2009, is a local…
There’s something great about going out for breakfast during the work week. It kind of gives you that less-stressed, weekend feeling, even if it’s not. On a recent morning, I chose a great little place on Madison’s east side in the Atwood Avenue area: Mermaid Café. I’ve passed by many…
Indian food is not normally something I automatically think of when choosing somewhere to go out to eat. This Restaurant Spotlight changed that! I recently enjoyed the most amazing dinner I have had in a long time at Sai Ram Indian Cuisine. The flavor profiles of Indian food are absolutely…
Great friends, great conversation, great atmosphere, and great food and drinks make for a great start to a weekend. I met friends at Jacs Dining & Tap House one Friday late-afternoon and we had a wonderful experience: Jacs is located on Monroe St., just down the road from Edgewood College.…
It is my pleasure to write about one of my favorite places to enjoy great organic and fair trade coffee and homemade chai tea, as well as wonderful lunches or dinners: Harmony Café. At one location, you can enjoy the old downtown Appleton architecture and tin ceilings, listen to live…
I feel as if I just ate a sandwich that should be entered in a competition on a cooking show! The mixture of flavors in the Portabella Pesto Sandwich at LaJava in Suamico is simply perfection. The perfectly cooked and flavored, sliced, juicy, portabella mushrooms could make any meat eater…
Nothing is more satisfying in Northeast Wisconsin and in the Fox River Valley than to be able to head out to lunch or dinner and know you are getting fresh, quality, house-made food with many organic choices. That is exactly what we got when we went to eat at Stone…
“Meat, meat and more delicious meat!” That’s what my guests were saying at dinner at Famous Dave’s. “I can come here and order tenderloin just as I would at a supper club … it is so good!” one diner said. “This is the best salmon I have had in a…
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