Help, o help! Need lunch in Superior / Poplar / Ashland / Ironwood (WI)
On our epic trek (don't ask...) from the Twin Cities to Marquette, Michigan, we need a nice place in northern Wisconsin to stop for lunch.
My mother has announced that "Duluth is too soon," or we'd eat at Sara's Table/Chester Creek Cafe/Taran's Marketplace, despite its confused identity.
Is there a good lunch place on the Superior-Poplar-Ashland-Ironwood-Wakefield stretch of highway 2?
Specifically, I have high hopes for Ashland - this nice town has just GOT to have a good place to eat!
I've made the drive several times visiting the Porkies but we usually are looking for breakfast to a greasy spoon is typically in order. For lunch or something a little more fancy you might try the Chequamegon Hotel in Ashland. I've never been but it seems a likely place to start.
Your best bet for food between Superior and Ashland on 2 is probably Iron River. I don't have a particular recommendation since I haven't spent a lot of time in the area in the past 5-10 years. There is a bakery right on 2 in Iron River that used to have great old-line bakery items - apple fritters, etc. - but I don't know if it's still there or if the quality is any good.
There are also a few lodges/cabin places right before and after Iron River. I seem to remember that the Deep Lake Lodge and The Spot had decent (if not stellar) food in the Northern Wisconsin style. Looking at their web sites, though, it appears that neither is open for lunch.
Thanks for the info on the Black Cat Cafe in Ashland! I think this is the place for us, as everyone on the trip has a black cat. And we all like the idea of being eco-friendly.
I'd love some Marquette recommentations!
My mom goes there often, and I've been there once before, so I already know that we'll be going to Jilbert's and the Sweet Water Cafe and maybe even the Thai House. But I could always use info on other places. (Tho we have to stick to non-smoking places because of my allergies.)
In fact, I started another thread asking for a good cudighi place.
We ended up eating at the South Shore Brewery / Deep Water Grill in Ashland. We all had the whitefish sandwich - although they were out of whitefish, so it was walleye. No problem, as we all love walleye. I had good Asian coleslaw with my sandwich, and the others had soup. (I liked the beer-cheese soup so much that I ordered a cup for myself.) The desserts (cheesecake and a cookie ice-cream sandwich) were mostly forgettable, but popular. I would definitely eat here again.
And we passed the cafe in Iron River that advertises PIE. I wish we had stopped there, so I could report on the quality of the pie - I'll bet it was better than the cheesecake we had.
There seem to be several eateries in Iron River - I was surprised at how "tourist oriented" the town is. (I'm not sure why I was surprised, as it is in a great, tourist-drawing location, but I hadn't expected such a bustling little town.) Next time, we'll stop here instead of Ashland.
Thanks for all the help!