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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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Sponsored Eatery
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.q

Thai Orchid Restaurant

Eau Claire  -  The newly re-opened Thai Orchid Restaurant (formerly Singha Thai) lets you 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 Pad Thai with chicken or the delicious Drunken Noodles. If you're vegetarian, there are plenty of options as well, such as the green curry with tofu.

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, chicken meals, and award-winning fall-off-the-bone ribs. Also featuring seafood, burgers & sandwiches, and country-style platters. 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 at Action City

Eau Claire  -  Upbeat and fun, the pizza joint at Action City offers a zesty meal amidst the video games, go-karts, and a trampoline park. Quirky-named made-from-scratch pizzas with hint-of-garlic crusts fill the menu, and pies like the Boese Special (a mix of barbecue 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 an inviting and relaxing setting for an exciting, eclectic meal at Zanzibar. The menu contains numerous original contemporary American dishes with world influences. Two of the most popular items are lahvosh (an Armenian cracker bread topped with a five-cheese blend, veggies, and a variety of meats) and Meatloaf Mignon (this isn’t your mama’s meatloaf). The bar can mix up hand-crafted cocktails, has more than 65 kinds of martinis, and offers a unique wine list. The menu is very vegetarian friendly (any meal can be altered) and contains more than 100 gluten-free options. They also create their own spice blends that are available to take home. Reservations are recommended. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Acoustic Café, Menomonie

Menomonie  -  A top-notch hoagie shop, making everything from hummus to 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 are available, 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 coffee roasted in-house. Check out the organic fruit smoothies and the key lime bars as well as local art and music. Vegetarian and vegan 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 what ingredients will be available locally. Original seafood dishes are a must-try along with thin-crust pizza and exquisite classic and modern pasta creations made in-house. Although there are some staples, the menu is constantly evolving to be even more impressive. They feature an extensive wine list and full bar with local favorites such as the Mona Margarita, Espresso Martini, and Lisa's seasonal mezcal cocktail. The atmosphere inside Mona's is utterly charming with rich colors and beautiful artwork. Weather permitted, check out their delightful back patio with fireplace. Priority seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly. Closed Sunday and Monday.