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    Here at Volume One, the staff has decided that instead of donuts in the break room, we should probably have salads. That was a bad decision. The warmer weather may have inspired us to eat healthier stuff, but a bowl of fresh arugula and spinach drizzled with a raspberry vinaigrette just doesn’t go with coffee that well – no matter how many croutons you add. But don’t worry. While it’s back to donuts in the AM, we’re looking for less heavy food by lunch time. Maybe a giant muffin or something.

    If you’re searching for some lighter fare yourself, check out the restaurants listed to your right. These are just a few examples of Chippewa Valley eateries serving good food that hasn’t been designed for winter hibernation.

– Volume One

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Nelson Cheese Factory

Eau Claire  -  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 truly delicious carry-out lunch. Served on wheat, pumpernickel, or French breads, the sandwiches are bursting at the seams with tantalizing ingredients, available hot or cold. 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 and even has a wide assortment of specialty chocolates. Vegetarian friendly.

Singha Thai Cuisine

Eau Claire  -  Formerly Pad Thai, Singha Thai Cuisine’s menu of unique Asian fare is one of the favorites around EC. Customize your dish with your preferred level of spiciness, ranging from “seriously, not hot at all” to “seriously, get me some water.” Some local favorites include the namesake Pad Thai noodles with chicken or the delicious Drunken Noodles. If you're vegetarian, there are plenty of options as well like the green curry with tofu. Students always enjoy a dining discount. And those looking for a deal should swing by for $5 Pad Thai Tuesday and $6.99 Curry Thursday. Carryout available. Expansion planned in 2016.    

Texas Roadhouse

Eau Claire  -  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.

Monkey in the Middle Pizza

Eau Claire  -  Upbeat and fun, the pizza joint at Action City offers a zesty meal amidst the video games and go-karts. Quirky-named made-from-scratch pizzas with hint-of-garlic crusts fill the menu, and pies like the Boese Special (a mix of barbeque sauce, mozzarella, and cheddar, topped with pepperoni and bacon) will quell your hunger. For those with an extreme pizza love, The Gorilla Pizza weighs in at more than eight pounds and 30 inches. Private party rooms, open late.

Taco John’s – Menomonie

Menomonie  -  Original Tacos, Burritos, Potato Oles and more.

Zanzibar Restaurant and Pub

Menomonie  -  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 65 kinds of martinis, and the wine list exceeds 30 bottles. If given the lead time (phone well ahead), Zanzibar's chefs will even create custom meals. The menu is very vegetarian friendly (any meal can be altered) and contains 100 gluten-free options. Reservations are recommended. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Acoustic Café, Menomonie

Menomonie  -  A top notch hoagie shop (everything from corned beef to hummus) that bakes its own bread from scratch, the Menomonie Acoustic Café features weekly live music and a local  artist display that changes monthly. 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, local brews on tap, and open until 9pm. Come in on your birthday for a free 1/3 hoagie and small coffee/tea/lemonade.

Raw Deal

Menomonie  -  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 – including some they brew in small batches on the premises – and wines are also on the menu. The shop also features a bakery with raw cheesecakes and pies and full-service coffee bar. Check out the organic fruit smoothies and the key lime bars and local art and music. Very vegetarian friendly.

Mona Lisa's

Eau Claire  -  An Eau Claire original, Mona Lisa's focuses on using the freshest ingredients, whether that means adapting the menu weekly to accommodate what's going to be the tastiest or growing their own vegetables and herbs in their garden. Original seafood dishes are a must-try ...