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     If you’re looking for some sizzling hot New Year’s action (assuming you didn’t score a ticket to the Joynt’s annual bash), there’s plenty of white hot party, um, action around these parts. Just check out tonight’s scalding hot calendar of blistering events!

    But if that’s not hot enough for you, just look below. We’ve pulled out five of the hottest tickets in town. So there – you have no excuse to stay at home on the couch with your Netflixed copy of The Dark Knight. Get up and get out there and get things heated up ’til they’re too damn hot to comprehend.

    Have fun. Stay safe. Be hot.

– Volume Hot

2008 Local Year in Review

a local overview of 2008 from arts to news to a whole lot more
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Manny’s Cocina

Eau Claire  -  Manny’s Cocina 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 jalapeño and chipotle sauces. Locals also love the jumbo crab-stuffed shrimp, wrapped in bacon and grilled. Outdoor seating and party space available. Vegetarian and gluten-free friendly, extended wine listing, and happy hour all day Sunday.

Mona Lisa's Restaurant

Eau Claire  -  An Eau Claire original, Mona Lisa's focuses on using the freshest ingredients with a changing, seasonal menu. Winner of Best Italian Cuisine in our best of the valley reader's poll several years running, their menu features original seafood dishes, thin-crust pizza, and classic and modern pasta creations, made in-house. Although there are some staples, the menu is constantly evolving. Featuring 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 charming, with rich colors and beautiful artwork. Weather permitting, check out their back patio with fireplace. Private party room, vegetarian friendly. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Maple Lounge & Café

Eau Claire  -  A cozy family place that’s open for breakfast and lunch until 1:15pm. The homemade chicken dumpling soup is a must, as is the classic roast beef sandwich. Breakfast served on Sunday until 11:30am, private party room, and free Wi-Fi.

Grizzly's Wood-Fired Grill & Steaks

Eau Claire  -  Grizzly’s is a relaxed, family-friendly grill with a bar side full of TVs and a quieter (but still fun) restaurant side. They have a full menu of steaks, appetizers, soups, salads, fish, burgers, pastas, wraps, and more. Favorites include the babyback ribs, Bear Creek pasta, and their rotisserie chicken ...

Stella Blues

Eau Claire  -  An Eau Claire original a short jaunt from Phoenix Park, Stella Blues vigorously promotes and preserves Cajun flavor in the Chippewa Valley. The snazzy décor features antiques from the area's past, and the bar offers a formidable line of 21 taps, not to mention a constantly changing drink menu. The menu is vast and full of character with cajun options such as gumbo and etouffee, along with sandwiches, burgers, and seafood. Great outdoor seating, huge private party room, vegetarian friendly. Closed Sundays.

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar

Eau Claire  -  Applebee's lives up to its slogan, "eatin' good in the neighborhood." With a large menu and a modern bar and grill vibe, they're best known for their riblets, steak, seafood, and salads. Vegetarian friendly, open late, carside-to-go service, and online ordering.