GOOD FOOD IN THE DELLS?
We are going to the Dells in a few days, and are seeking good food! Have to be able to take the kids though, but trying to avoid the chains unless they are worthy. PLEASE HELP!
Brewpubs are ideal, but other than that any style of food will work.
We'll be there in August and would love to see some ideas as well. In the 3 years I have been going with my wife's family, I have not found any "chowish" food in the Dells, though I would love to.
There is a brewpub called Moosejaw Pizza on Dell's Pkwy (which may technically be in Lake Delton, I'm unsure), though the beer there is not terrific to be honest. We usually just end up cooking outselves, having brought ingredients with us as the Wal-Mart is the only grocery store we've seen there.
You're in luck. There are two great places in Lake Delton (just minutes from Wisconsin Dells proper). Both are so good that I would schedule a lunch stop the next time I'm travelling down on Hwy I-94.
The Cheese Factory - Cheery place with good food (all vegetarian) and fabulous desserts. Very casual and good for kids. No alcohol, though.
David's Jamaican Cuisine
Tiny, casual, family-owned place with good island food. About as far from a chain as you can get. And they have beer.
http://www.dells.com/whatsnew.html (scroll down to the "Restaurants" section).
Note: David's seems to be an outpost of this Madison restaurant:
I heard good things about Ishnala and the Del-Bar, but didn't have time to check them out when I was there. Not sure how kid-friendly they are, but hey - it's the Dells!
With kids in the Dells, you have to go to Monk's for burgers. There are two locations, one next to the Wilderness, and one on the drag downtown. If you would like something nicer, the DelBar is a far above-average Wisconsin supper club.
Moosejaw Pizza and brewing company might be good...but you will wait FOREVER for a seat; We pulled up at 4:45 and found the wait to be an hour and 30 minutes. Too bad...it's off to the Cheese Factory we go ;-)