Originally posted by chicagostyledog
Racine, Wisconsin is famous for SC Johnson and kringles. Kringles are a large delicious butter-layered flaky pastry filled with fruit or nuts and drizzled with a sweet white frosting. Racine Danish kringles are baked daily at the following: O&H Danish Bakery(2 stores), Lehmann's, Larson's and Bendtsen's. Visit www.ohdanishbakery.com
to order their products. Racine is also famous for HorlicK, the company that made malt powder and tablets. Door County, Wisconsin is known for fish boils. Friday night fish frys are popular throught the state. Milwaukee is known for it's creamy custard at Kopp's and Leon's and fine encased meats from the Usinger Sausage Company. Culver's, a Wisconsin based chain has brought custard and butterburgers into the national limelight, while Sheboygan has been famous for it's brats.
Silly me! Beer and cheese curds are a given. As soon as you enter Wisconsin on I94, the 1st exit has a Culver's, second is Club 94, third is the Brat Stop restaurant, forth is Dairyland Greyhound Park dog track, fifth is Mars' Cheese Castle, Nelson's Cheese Store, Merkt's Cheese Outlet, Star Bar, Great Lakes Dragaway, Fireworks Outlet Store, Seven Mile Fair, and the Metro Milwaukee Auto Auction. These are in Kenosha and Racine County. The fun never stops.
OMG, please do me a BIG favor--NEVER compare Culvers' to Kopp's ever again, you almost gave me an ulcer.
Ok, now that my initial shock is over...I shall try to be more objective, less gradeschool.
Kopp's has the better frozen custard, hands down. Culvers leaves a nasty film on the roof of my mouth. Both have equally good burgers & fries, Kopp's having HUGE portions & Culver's burgers having nice crispy edges. Leon's, on S 27th St, is a legend, having served Bill Clinton when he came through our fine city several times.
You did a fine job of representing us, my friend, I will only add tidbits to what you've already said.
Racine Kringle are worth stopping for. Raspberry, nut flavors, it's all goooood.
Door County is also known for its cherries. So to get a cobbler or pie after your fish boil ROCKS. The fish boil, if I'm remembering correctly is potatoes, whitefish, onions & butter boiled in big kettles.
Milwaukee Fish Fry is fried or baked cod, served with coleslaw (vinegar or creamy, depending on the restaurant), potato pancakes (served with applesauce on request), french fries, tartar sauce, lemons & rye bread w/butter. I've heard Serb Hall is the best in Milwaukee, but I dunno about that.
Yes, there's Usingers (their dogs have the casings), but Johnsonville is king around here. (We have Klements as well) Bratwurst is cooked in a beer boil (3-4 cans beer, 1 stick butter, 1 onion, sliced) and then grilled. You put this on a Sheboygan brat roll, with spicy brown mustard & sauerkraut. My mother always cooked her sauerkraut with a little brown sugar and butter. You can add raw onions now, or use the onions from the beer bath. I don't eat pork, but will have a few of these every summer.
You serve those with German potato salad. It's got a sweet & sour glaze to it, made with vinegar, white sugar & bacon bits. The potatoes are sliced, rather than cubed. You serve it warm.
I grew up in Kenosha. Club 94 is a gay bar. (Not that there's anything wrong with that). Kenosha's got a large Italian population. If you're going to eat there, go Italian & go to Villa De Carlo, right on Lake Michigan. It's where I eat when my Nonna's got other plans. Their pizza is outstanding & their pasta dishes compare to Nonna's (shhhhh!)
Pasties are a miner's thing, my Nana from Green Bay used to make them. Pie dough, fill half w/ground beef, chopped onion, chopped carrot, chopped rutabaga, salt & pepper to taste. Fold the other half over, pinch edges together. Brush w/egg wash & bake. Serve w/ketchup.
Someone mentioned Panzarotti's, here they're called Ponza Rotta's & you can get them in the grocery store or just down the street from me. http://www.jimmysgrottopizza.com/
I love this place b/c you can go there in your pj's & slippers at 11pm & get good food.
Another thing I heard was only available around here is Blue Moon ice cream. Anyone else have that? It's blue in color, and tastes...indescribable. Like marshmallowy, orangey, minty...hard to describe. Cedar Crest makes it here. A summer tradition.
edited to add, I can't believe I forgot the Brat Stop. LOL. My father's band had played there for the last 30 years. You can get a good meal there, they're right off the freeway, so if you don't want to drive the 7 miles into town for Italian, the Brat Stop is good as well.