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Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring


This  week a friend took me to the single most enjoyable sandwich stop in my life. http://www.gossesrestaurant.com/
Gosses is an unassuming tavern in an unassuming neighborhood but the sandwiches rock. They were so good that if we were to do a tour of Sheboygan I could see making this both our first and our last stop. We sampled cheeseburgers, pork chop sandwiches, "restaurant' steaks (a cross between a minute steak and a rib-eye), and of course the double brat. Each sandwich was charcoal broiled, laced with "a generous amount of butter, and served on a City Bakery hard roll. I was happier with these humble sandwiches than with the finest USDA prime steak. They also are known for home made soups, Broasted chicken ("best I ever had" said one-untried by me) and lake perch and home made tortes.
 
Wisconsin folks know that many of us find that  http://miesfelds.com/wp/is certainly in the top 3 meat markets in the state and few would argue that http://www.sheboygancitybakery.com/ have the best hard rolls in the Dairy State.
 
Just a few blocks from Gosses is the Old Wisconsin Sausage factory outlet store http://www.oldwisconsin.com/  The factory outlet store is located at 2107 South 17th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081. There are some bargains to be had; for example I bought ten 1oz. packages of their salami for a buck. They have an excellent natural casing coarse ground wiener but it is not a top tier sausage maker when compared to Usingers or even Klements. Still it would be worth a stop for possible bargains.
 
Sheboygan has a frozen custard stop connected to a Harley Davidson dealer http://www.cruisersfrozencustard.com/ and that too is worth a stop. Sheboygan has a nice lakefront area and weather permitting we could stretch our legs. http://www.visitsheboygan.com/ Nestled between Sheboygan and Milwaukee is Port Washington. it too could be a Roadfood get together but for this trip I'd recommend a stop at Ewing Brothers, one of the last of the Wisconsin fish markets http://ewigsmokedfish.com/
 
Thanks to Abe_Froeman we have a Doodle poll http://www.doodle.com/rdvkxhcrck9rnfcb This is one of those things where everyone has good dates, bad dates and no way, sorry dates. We will try to do this majority rules. Beth prolly won't join us if after April
 
Jim,  Bobbi, Beth and I will do a strictly research only scouting expedition on Friday March 7th at noon. Anyone free may join us. Mrs MFL and I just came back from dining at a Serbian owned tavern, Moonshine,  in Milwaukee where we sampled both a spinach and cheese and also a beef burek and we feel since it almost across the street from Leon's Frozen Custard that it should be an optional last stop on the tour.  All are welcome. We are available for car sharing X!

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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/01 09:13:12 (permalink)
    MFL - THAT really sounds good! 
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/01 12:39:20 (permalink)
    Note that the advance scouting expedition is now, weather permitting, on Friday noon on March 7th. Again feel free.......
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/01 19:09:46 (permalink)
    Here's some more detailed directions on the doodle.com thing:

    Ok, we have the Doodle.com survey set up.  May 24th, Smoke Day, has been excluded.

    Click on this link: 

    http://www.doodle.com/rdvkxhcrck9rnfcb 
      
    Because there's so many potential dates, it sort of collapses the options- you have to click the button near the top that says "Show all 12 options". 

    Type your name into the "Participants" box on the left side. 

    For each day, select "Yes", "No", or "(Yes)", which indicates you could do it, but it's not an ideal date for you.  

    Make sure you hit "Save". 

    You can also leave a comment underneath!  
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/01 20:29:52 (permalink)
    So far, it's looking like an early spring trip is shaping up for April 5th.  If that works for everybody, we need to firm it up by March 15th so I can schedule myself off work for that weekend.
     
    Buddy
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/01 21:01:53 (permalink)
    Yuppers!  I've added my dates to that doodle link, that's a great way to do this with all our chaotic schedules!  Just want to point out in April we still have weather to contend with around here   I won't drive to Sheboygan in bad weather; I need new tires 
     
    I like this idea a lot for a Contingent outing.  I'd love to explore these places.  I'll be watching this thread and hope this pans out!
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/01 21:48:32 (permalink)
    MFL, poking around Google Maps turned up Schwarz Fish Co. and Charcoal Inn (which everybody knows about anyway) as well.
     
    Plus John McGivern visited Sheboygan in season one of ATC...there are probably some ideas in there.
    post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2014/03/01 21:51:23
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/03 09:13:39 (permalink)
    So far, we have responses from me and Mr. Maki, MFL, CSD, Quijote, BuddyRoadhouse, JRPfeff, cjucoder, and ScreamingChicken.  

    Saturday, May 3rd is now the most popular with 7 votes (Quijote's the only one who's reponded so far who can't make it that day.  Q- cancel something and make it happen!!).  April 5th, May 10th, May 17th, May 31st, June 14th, June 21st and June 28th all have 5 yeses.  
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/03 09:26:53 (permalink)
    If the crowd's large enough I wonder if we could finagle a special tour at 3 Sheeps.  Unfortunately the regular tours are Fridays at 5.
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/03 14:35:17 (permalink)
    Oo!  Oo!  Q made it happen!  May 3rd would work for everyone who's replied.  Need responses from stricken, iris, Ann, and Carolina Bob.
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/04 13:44:20 (permalink)
    A few additional stops on the tour for consideration.


     
    The Midway Restaurant on Hwy 57 in Random Lake is home of the famous Midway Eat sign and the fabulous Homestyle Burger. The Homestyle Burger is one of my favorite burgers in the state and I finally have an opportunity to drag the Contingent there.


     
    Cedar Valley Cheese Company is 2 miles south on Hwy 57 in Belgium. Ann Peeples told us about CV Cheese while dining at a German restaurant (Wienerschnitzel, I believe) with my close friend Wanderingjew several years ago. They set the standard for string cheese.

    Fireworks Popcorn is on the way back to Milwaukee in Port Washington and would make another convenient stop.
    post edited by JRPfeff - 2014/03/04 19:00:32
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/04 14:05:16 (permalink)
    Just to clarify, it's Cedar Valley Cheese that's 2 miles south of Random Lake, not Belgium itself.
     
    Random Lake's not much out of the way for me because WI-144 heads west and southwest out of town, making it a reasonable pre or post-tour stop.
     
    Also south of Random Lake is the Five Pillars Supper Club but some of the Urbanspoon reviews aren't exactly flattering!
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/04 14:13:53 (permalink)
    "... in Belgium, 2 miles south of Midway Eat on Hwy 57."

    Don't forget Waldo, either.
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/04 14:25:01 (permalink)
    Home of the Waldo Cafe and Pub, which features the "best bacon cheese burger ever".  Interesting...
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/04 14:46:17 (permalink)
    I used to stop at a butcher in Waldo for sausage. I don't know if they are still in business.
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/05 10:59:34 (permalink)
    OK- I answered!
    May 3 is looking extra-good on the Doodle poll
     
    post edited by irisarbor - 2014/03/05 11:01:46
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/05 12:36:06 (permalink)
    Not sure if this link will work, but I gave us a shout-out on Superdawg's page with a link to this thread:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152737220559569&set=a.151532414568.134645.122171694568&type=1&theater

    If it doesn't work, or you can't see it because you're not on Facebook (luddite!!), Superdawg posted about the latest reprint of Roadfood (the book), extolling its virtues, and I put out the information that there's a group of Chicago and Milwaukee people who post on roadfood.com and we organize food tours amongst ourselves, and we're in the planning stages of our next tour.

    So, if you're here because of that post, WELCOME!! 
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/06 08:33:34 (permalink)
    Another "Yes" for May 3rd.  I think stricken's the only one who hasn't replied, but I'll pester her today. 
     
    I think it's safe to say that's our date, though.
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/06 10:09:46 (permalink)
    abe_froeman

    Not sure if this link will work, but I gave us a shout-out on Superdawg's page with a link to this thread:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152737220559569&set=a.151532414568.134645.122171694568&type=1&theater

    If it doesn't work, or you can't see it because you're not on Facebook (luddite!!),
    The link appears to be working just fine, no FB login required...
     
    The calendar has been marked!
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/07 19:57:46 (permalink)
    I'll post some of Mike's pictures, while he figures it out.
     
    Bobbi, Martin and I met Mike and Beth for the Spring Training Warm-up for Gosse's.

     
    There was no exaggeration by Mike, these are really good sandwiches. I love this one of my steak sandwich. That is NOT mayo on the bun top. It's BUTTER!

     
    I think the pistachio tort was my favorite.

     
    Or maybe the Red Velvet.

     
    Mike - Please explain this.

     
    This will not be the last warning. Bring cash to Gosse's.

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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/07 20:23:33 (permalink)
    That mystery meat was a bratbrot, a stuffed with loose bratwurst meat and seasonings  palm sized bread. Much lighter than  pasties and City Bakery said it was very similar to their fleischbrots which explained everything.  it knocked my socks off, leaving me with cold feet for my ride home. They were out of hard roll bread which is something I may request they make extra loaves of for our tour. We took  no pictures of the Old Wisconsin outlet store but they had bargains and didn't have much of what they offered just last week. It's only a few blocks away so I think we need to include it on our tour. City Bakery is on the opposite end of town but Sheboygan isn't that big. Those with coolers will want to bring them as Miesfelds Triangle Market is certainly as good as Glen's in Watertown which everyone loved and it too is on the north side. Now Jim, where are the pictures of the Drumstick Torte, Chocolate Éclair Torte, and the Poppyseed Torte?
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/07 20:25:32 (permalink)

    The Poppyseed Torte
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/07 20:26:12 (permalink)
     
     

    The Chocolate Éclair Torte
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/07 20:30:59 (permalink)

     
    The Drumstick Torte
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/07 20:31:47 (permalink)
    Mike - After we parted ways at the Old Wisconsin outlet store, we drove to Cedar Valley Cheese, passing Midway Eat on the way. Both are a very easy drive from Sheboygan - head west on Hwy 28, turn south on Hwy 57 and you are on the way to each of these stops. We left Cedar Valley with over 6 pounds of string cheese.
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/07 20:32:01 (permalink)

     
    The Pork Chop
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/07 20:33:23 (permalink)

    The Double Brat
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/07 20:42:42 (permalink)
    Pork chops and brats...good.  The earlier photos were promising a day defined by a horribly skewed meat-to-dessert ratio.
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/14 18:12:27 (permalink)
    It's looking like May 3rd is shaping up to be the day.
     
    It's got full approval, including one out-of-towner (CNW), and only one dissenter (CarolinaBob, who looks like he's unavailable the entire summer).  We're missing responses only from stricken_detective and ann peeples.
     
    So, shall we put May 3rd on the calendar?
     
    Buddy
     
    P.S. Rather than drive up from Chicago on the 3rd, we'll probably go up the day before and book a hotel.  Anyone else interested in some pre-tour activities Friday night?
     
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    Re:Sheboygan aka Sheeptown in Spring 2014/03/14 18:44:24 (permalink)
    It's been written on mine for some time now.  In permanent marker, no less.
     
    Maybe things will change for Bob and he can make it; we haven't seen him for some time.  Even better would be if we could get some new faces like Pancho, Danimal, and anyone else from the Madison-Milwaukee-Chicago triangle.
     
    I'm contemplating the possibility of an overnight stay even though it's only 2-1/2 hours from home, but I'm leaning more toward Saturday night in case we make a really full day of it.  I'd rather drive up in the morning; that 2-1/2 hours will seem a lot longer at the end of the day.
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