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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/06/30 13:53:08 (permalink)
It just occurred to me that some of you might like to see what the rooms looked like.  Since there were no locks, we were able to walk around and check out lots of the rooms.  Here is the one next to ours,

which had a fireplace and a screened in sitting area.  The rooms did have a little bit of a musty smell, but since they hadn't really opened for the season yet, that is no surprise.  Otherwise, the rooms were very comfortable.
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/06/30 13:58:11 (permalink)
Your experience at Stout Island Lodge is what life is all about!
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/06/30 14:01:07 (permalink)
Stout Island Lodge is one of the loveliest and most romantic places I have ever seen. I hope to be back again, only this time when the dining room is open!

 
And with someone other than Cousin Johnny...
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/06/30 14:25:08 (permalink)
We weren't planning on a visit to Bloedow's Bakery,

but once we saw the GPS was going to take us right through Winona, Minnesota, we were happy to stop in.  I was here for the first time just last year.  In the Roadfood review, the Sterns highly recommend the peanut butter roll

and she is a beaut.  Just think of a cinnamon roll and replace it with peanut butter and that's what you got.  Pleasantly soft and sticky, but not overly sweet, it is a real pleasure to eat.  Bloedow's also offers a fine selection of donuts, bismarcks, long johns and


cookies and we loaded up on all kinds of goodies.  The peanut butter cookies and the peanut butter and jelly bismarcks

are also standouts. 
 
Bloedow's Bakery
451 E. Broadway Street
Winona, MN
507-452-3682
 
 http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/6319/bloedow-bakery
 
Since we were already in town, a stop at Winona State University became necessary, so that I could pick up a college t-shirt.  This isn't a large school, but was still a very attractive campus, including the obligatory ivy covered halls.

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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/07/01 09:24:56 (permalink)
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Since there were no locks, we were able to walk around and steal the chocolates off the pillows from the other rooms..... 


Huh.

You learn so much about your friends from their trip reports.  " />


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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/07/01 10:05:46 (permalink)
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Hmmmm......  I don't really remember that, but if I said it, it must be true!

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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/07/01 10:53:13 (permalink)
While on the brat trail in eastern Wisconsin, cousin Johhny and I made one more stop, Mihm's.  It is located in Menasha, a lovely town on the north end of Lake Winnebago.  The outside is a rather plain looking building,

but the inside is nicer than expected.  The counter,

with the comfortable, burgundy swivel chairs, was our choice of seats.  They have been charcoal grilling their food for over 50 years and the front of the menu

shows off their slogan, "Outside taste from an inside place".  From the counter, we had a great view of all the food being cooked over the charcoal grill.

 
They also have big menu boards on the wall and what caught my attention was the statement on the bottom that they will not serve Coca-Cola. 

I asked and the young lady who waited on us, (who turned out to be the current owner's daughter) told us that when the place first opened, a series of salesmen from different soft drink companies, visited to get Mihm's to serve their brand.  Apparently, The Coke salesman haughtily told the owner that if Mihm's didn't serve his product, they wouldn't be able to stay in business.  The owner didn't appreciate that and vowed Coke would never be served there.  When the current owners took over, they tried to take the Coke statement down, but the customers complained.  So, back up it went!
 
Johnny started his lunch with a bowl of the chicken dumpling soup. 

The dense dumplings were on the small side and I found the soup a little too salty for my taste.  Johnny was very happy with it, though.  And of course, more delicious cheese curds.

To drink, thinner than preferred, but still tasty shakes,

mine being banana and Johnny's strawberry.
 
Now for the real reason we were here.  Our brat sandwich


was a double, neatly butterflied inside an ultra-soft and airy bun.  The condiments were the usual, brown mustard, onion and pickle.  You could really taste the charcoal flavor and the butter in the brat.  My one complaint was that the top of the bun seemed overly greasy, which wasn't attractive, but didn't hurt the flavor at all.  Johnny's burger

was fine, but didn't reach the heights of the brat.
 
Mihm's Charcoal Grill
342 Chute Street
Menasha, WI
920-722-0306
 
http://www.mihmscharcoalgrill.com/
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/07/01 11:16:24 (permalink)
I would have trouble choosing between the peanut butter roll and the bismarck.  And what a pretty room!
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/07/01 11:39:01 (permalink)
Another fine trip report, buffetbuster!

Where does the butter come into the double-brat sandwich?
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/07/01 11:47:51 (permalink)
I saw something else interesting on the menu board at Mihm's $.50 extra for lettuce and $.30 extra for mayo. Seems it a little nickel and dime like. JMO
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2010/07/12 01:55:01 (permalink)
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Wisconsin truly is one of the best states for pie.  As if Stockholm Pie Company isn't proof enough, consider the Holy Hill Cafe .  For the first day or so of the trip, we were joined in Milwaukee by that illustrious eater, ChiTownDiner.
 
Located a little less than an hour from downtown Milwaukee, this is one of the most scenic and historic Roadfood settings.


Also known as The Old Monastery Inn Cafe,

we were the first customers of the day when they opened.  We were greeted by signs listing the days specials and pie selections. 


Guess which one we were more interested in?
 
But things were different now than in my previous visit.  Instead of utilizing the cafeteria line,

they now have waitress service.  Johnny and I started our meals with bowls of homey cheesy vegetable soup.

Sandwich-wise, Johnny and I split a generously stuffed egg salad,

which came with lettuce on it.  The side of potato salad tasted very fresh and strong on the mayo.  We all liked it.  ChiTownDiner seemed to be quite pleased with BLT.

 
Okay, now that we got the appetizers out of the way, it was time for the real reason we were here.  In case we didn't remember, this sign reminded us.

In the interest of being thorough, we ordered four slices of pie: Caramel Apple,

Fruits of the Forest,

Cherry

and Blueberry.

It didn't take long for all three of us to start making yummy noises, because these pies were excellent.  All of them were loaded with fresh, sweet fruit, in a thick, yet flaky crust.  To my surprise, the Blueberry Pie was clearly the best to my taste and I'm not usually a big blueberry lover.  Both Johnny and CTD named the Caramel Apple as their #1.  Since it was loaded with walnuts and I'm a nut frowner, I just picked at it.  All of us agreed that the Cherry Pie finished last, although the typical diner would be thrilled to serve a pie as good as this Cherry Pie.  Here is a photo of Johnny and CTD in full pie eating mode.

Not one to rest on his laurels, CTD grabbed a whole pie to go, which had just come out of the oven. 

I believe it was Blackberry Peach and I will leave the desciption to him.
 
Taking care of us at Holy Hill Cafe was our waitress Niki (on the right) 

and the head chef, Christina.  The man who used to run the place, Frank, is no longer here.  Obviously, Holy Hill Cafe is in good hands with these nice ladies.
 
Since we were here, we did check out the beautiful inside of the church

and the view surrounding it.  Next, we headed north towards Sheboygan.
 
Holy Hill Cafe
1525 Carmel Road
Hubertus, WI
262-628-4295
 
http://www.roadfood.com/R...ws/3762/holy-hill-cafe
 
The Sterns list fruits of the forest pie from the Holy Hill as one of the 500 things to eat in their latest book. How was that pie and did it make an impression on any of you?

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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2011/03/11 21:47:40 (permalink)
Mihm's is a great place to eat. This is actually its second location. The first was down the block a bit.
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2011/03/12 19:43:14 (permalink)
Always nice to see an old trip report return from the dead.  Which is a reminder that I need to finish this thing!
 
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Thanks for the tidbit on Mihm's and I agree that it is a great place.  Just a few weeks ago, a co-worker was headed to Appleton and I pointed him towards Mihm's.  He really liked it, too.
 
 
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2011/03/12 19:47:22 (permalink)
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My apologies for not answering you earlier.  Better late than ever! 
 
The fruits of the forest pie finished third on all three of our scorecards, only ahead of the cherry pie.  Both CTD and cousin Johnny ranked the caramel apple #1, while I liked the blueberry best.  But to be fair, all four of these pies were well above average, even in a great pie state like Wisconsin.
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2011/03/12 19:54:54 (permalink)
Hey double-b, any chance you'll be in WI on May 30?
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2011/03/12 20:19:00 (permalink)
Hey double-f, right now I have no plans for May 30, although it is my niece Rita's birthday.  Does this mean what I think it means?!?!?
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2011/03/12 20:34:00 (permalink)
Si, senor.  Things are slower than expected with the AZ place, so we should still own the WI home at that time.
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2011/03/12 20:38:47 (permalink)
Time to start checking flights on Midwest Frontier Airlines!  Thanks! 
 
Will I still be welcome, even if I wear a Steelers shirt?
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2011/03/12 20:45:30 (permalink)
Steelers garbed guests will enjoy a private showing of NFL Property's Super Bowl XLV Champions in Blueray!
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2011/03/12 20:49:19 (permalink)
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Oh no, that could ruin my appetite.  Then I would only be able to eat a half dozen slices of piediva creations!

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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2011/03/13 09:22:31 (permalink)
If this isnt a private party, I think I would love to join in! I have been a hermit too long....
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2013/09/20 13:28:38 (permalink)
It kind of irks me never finishing this trip report.  Maybe someday..... 
 
This past weekend, I flew in and out of Madison and it is quite easy to eat well in this part of the world.  Some of the food highlights:
 
Terrific brat,

with a nice smoked flavor from Mitchell's Hilltop Pub & Grill in Stevens Point.
 
The famous large cone


from Belt's Soft Serve in Stevens Point.  This one is half chocolate, half pumpkin.  The young lady who took my photo said this is two pounds of ice cream!
 
Polonia Café is a wonderful small town restaurant that the locals seem to love and is open 365 days a year.  Among the things available here are a homemade waffle with plum sauce

and a pistachio torte. 

Both were outstanding, as was a slice of banana cream pie!
 
I had the extreme pleasure of sharing a sausage plate

with Screaming Chicken and Kathy at Stalzy's Deli in Madison.
 
Monty's Blue Plate Diner was recommended by my waitress while enjoying a fish fry at The Old Fashioned.  The excellent breakfast included salmon hash, zucchini potato pancakes (along with homemade strawberry/cranberry sauce on the side) 

and finished up with a slice of pink lemonade pie!
 
Still, my favorite experience of the weekend was the atmosphere and staff at Zweig's in Watertown, who made me feel like a special guest.  They make a mighty fine burger, too,

such as this double with onions and pepperjack cheese.    
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2013/09/20 13:40:44 (permalink)
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I see you went to the Old Fashioned
Did you try their amazing cheese curds?
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2013/09/20 14:05:14 (permalink)
 
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Sure did!
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2013/09/20 14:14:49 (permalink)
BB:  How did you consume that giant soft cone without it melting down you arm?  
 
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2013/09/20 14:30:05 (permalink)
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I didn't!  Lots and lots of napkins!  The drive back to Madison was hampered by a sticky steering wheel.
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2013/09/20 18:01:24 (permalink)
No Dale, that one is
 

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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2013/09/20 18:50:36 (permalink)
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Paul-
I didn't!  Lots and lots of napkins!  The drive back to Madison was hampered by a sticky steering wheel.

 
I hope the rental did not charge you extra.
 
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Re:On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! 2013/09/20 19:12:46 (permalink)
buffetbuster,
 
I wish I could tell you that we set things up for you at Zweig's, but Natalie treats everyone like they are her favorite aunt/uncle/cousin.
 
Wedl's?
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