The low-slung, green building on a busy throughfare hides a warm, casual eatery. Polished floors and wood ceilings with beams twined with twinkle lights embrace Amish-made wooden tables where friends share platters of piping hot Famous Pear Tree Onion Rings (Pear Tree is the date-night sister restaurant in nearby Bevier).
Onion ring ($5) tray cleared, it is time to taste brick oven-fired pizzas. Kickn' Chicken ($9.50) arrived with molten Creamy Kickn' Sauce and mozzarella cheese topped by chicken and bacon for a smoky flavor. The Cheeseburger in Paradise ($7.50) includes two patties of juicy ground brisket and melty American cheese; fix it up with the onion, tomato and lettuce on the side. Thin, hot fries were made for dipping in the sauces so popular that A.J.'s sells them on-site ($6). We wish we had purchased a bottle of the caramely Triple D smoke sauce.
Salads, sandwiches, pasta and meat off the grill round out the menu. Service was friendly, but food was slow to come out of the kitchen—but that's not really a problem when you are kickin' back.