Food Roadtrip Around Wisconsin
I was wondering if anyone could recommend their favorite Wisconsin eateries, hole-in-the wall joints, and dessert finds. I'm a baking a pastry student and I get to come home to Wisco for 6 weeks and I've decided to take a short road trip of the state. My main goal in the beginning was to find the best pies in the state, but now I’m broadening the idea out a little bit to include more Wisconsin traditional foods. I will be stopping at the Pie Day festival in Braham, MN somewhere in the trip so if it's close to that area of MN its ok too! =)
(Please try to leave out tourist trap type places)
A couple of places outside of Milwaukee/Madison come to me off the top of my head:
In Wausau, I had a great diner meal at the Mint. I would bet they have pretty good pie.
In Manitowoc, Beerntsen's Confectionary was a charming old-school ice cream parlor (with good food) and fun chocolates and candy.
In Kenosha, the Coffee Pot was one of the best breakfasts I've had in a while. I didn't even have one of their benedicts, but those are supposed to be amazing.
Down around my neck of the woods (SW Wisc), Glarner Stube in New Glarus is awesome Swiss food. I'd also recommend German fare at the Dorf Haus in Sauk City/Roxbury.
518 1st St, New Glarus, WI 53574
422 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403
108 N 8th St, Manitowoc, WI 54220
Coffee Pot On Seventh
4914 7th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140
Dorf Haus Supper Club
8931 County Road Y, Sauk City, WI 53583
If you're looking for pies, two places in southeast Wisconsin:
The Lake Geneva Pie Company, in Lake Geneva, WI. They have won blue ribbons in the National Pie Championships the last two years running.
The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, WI. They're particularly known for their apple pie baked in a paper bag; also were featured in a Throwdown with Bobby Flay on the Food Network.
Lake Geneva Pie Company
150 E Geneva Sq, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Milwaukee and Madison are both cities with many excellent restaurant choices. But I assume you're looking for other spots around the state.
I absolutely love Margaux, a wonderful restaurant in Sheboygan at which owner-chef Rob Hurrie prepares outstanding contemporary American cuisine. It's a real local gem that doesn't get much attention. I've eaten there half a dozen times over the past few years and it's one of the best restaurants in the Midwest. The restaurant's website is www.dinemargaux.com I wrote a detailed report in the topic at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/397288 and also posted a briefer report about a return visit in the Sheboygan topic at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/400380
821 N 8th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081