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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/14 13:54:21 (permalink)
The Unique Cafe looks fantastic!  I gotta say though, looking at the photo gallery attached to the Sentinel's article, the final photo nearly made me bust a gut: A typical dry erase menu board with the day's specials with the tag line, "Ask about are fresh pies."  I'm not even sure what kind of joke to make their, or should that be they're...(oops, I guess I did know-no?).

buffetbuster, if you are able to post a daily commentary of your trip, and can tell us where you'll be in the state a day or two before you get there, I suspect certain members of The Contingent would try to meet up with you at some of your stops.

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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/14 23:43:08 (permalink)
JRPfeff Cliff - There are some possible stops for your tour of Wisconsin in today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel travel section.




How funny, I thought of BB & Pie Diva when I was reading this article today.
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/22 09:03:06 (permalink)
I have a question that is so obvious, I can't believe it wasn't asked before.  Will the Nite Owl be open by mid to late May?  Or do I already know the answer to that question.
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/22 13:26:40 (permalink)
I believe it's open 24/7
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/22 13:52:52 (permalink)
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/22 17:44:08 (permalink)
bb - 

I'll try to find out this week when Nite Owl opens back up.
Unless someone knows, and chimes in beforehand.


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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/23 09:16:53 (permalink)
I can say where not to eat: Ralph's on highway 50 in Delavan (the Inlet, actually)...because it's not there anymore!  Now it's a "sports bar" called Mulligans and if the MyBook/SpaceyFacey page is any indication of the decor, clientele, and scheduled events it's wonderfully craptastic.

Years ago Ralph's was a restaurant of note and occasionally my parents would take us there for Friday fish, where the big things were the potato pancakes and the lazy susan of condiments and relish trays.  I don't know if the ownership remains the same as Mulligans does list potato pancakes on the menu...but I'm not inclined to find out.

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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/23 09:44:00 (permalink)
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bb - 

I'll try to find out this week when Nite Owl opens back up.
Unless someone knows, and chimes in beforehand.
Thanks, I'd appreciate that.  Just promise me you won't bring up my name or they'll never open!

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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/24 11:06:40 (permalink)
Hubbard Avenue Diner
7445 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562
 
 
Middleton is a town on the western edge of Madison. Hubbard has THE BEST pies! The rest of their food is terrific as well.
Even better - it's only a mile from my work.
 
 
Make sure to check out the current pie menu, as well as all pies.

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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/24 11:08:22 (permalink)
Gah. My link to Hubbard didn't show up!!
 
I guess I don't know how to link (sorry), but you can definitely find it on Google.
post edited by Cheezy - 2010/02/24 11:10:22
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/24 11:39:47 (permalink)
Here ya go:

Hubbard Avenue Diner

Oh, look...it's "famous for pie!"

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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/24 13:24:44 (permalink)
Just a word of caution....WI has some tourist trap rip off resorts that just don't cut the mustard.  I can't speak of the place you are checking into here, b/c I've never been there.  Seems very pricey.
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/24 16:06:39 (permalink)
You mean like most places in the Dells and Door County?
I'd agree.

Most of these places we're talking about here aren't tourist traps. 
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/25 09:46:28 (permalink)
I just want to make sure everyone knows how much I appreciate all the suggestions.  Especially the tips on pie!

One of the places that will 100% be on my hit list is this little place near Madison.
http://hamburgeramerica.blogspot.com/2009/08/american-legion-post-67-burger-stand.html
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/25 10:19:10 (permalink)
I know you're not a beer person but if you're interested in some Roadculture there's a great microbrewery in Lake Mills called Tyranena, and tours are available.

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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/02/27 23:08:07 (permalink)
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bb - 

I'll try to find out this week when Nite Owl opens back up.
Unless someone knows, and chimes in beforehand.


I'm here to chime. I think they're open 11am-5pm M-F during the warmer months, just like Big Star in Kenosha.

Big Star is allegedly opening Monday. Mmmmmm, Big Star.
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 10:43:34 (permalink)
Check out The Cafe (yes, that's the name) in Glenwood City, WI.  The owner does all the cooking and baking himself, and it shows in high quality soups, baked goods, desserts.   Plus which, you can chat up locals and get a true sense of rural WI.
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 11:37:56 (permalink)
There are so many great places in Wisconsin...

In Manitowoc, I love Green Street Food & Spirits.  Small, neighborhood bar and grill with great home made soups, excellent sandwiches and delicious perch.  The couple that own and run it are the best!  Expect a bit of a wait, but it is worth it!

In nearby Two Rivers, its Phil Rohrer's Lunch for mini burgers, perch, raw fries and great soup.  I love to sit at the counter.

In Door County, JJ's in Jacksonport and Sister Bay has a great combo of American and Mexican.  Try their fries, they're terrific.  Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay is a big tourist destination, but the Swedish Pancake and Swedish Meatball combination is worth the usual wait.  Sonny's Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay has a great lunch buffet - pizza and salad bar.  The Florian II in Baileys Harbor has some of the best prime rib or barbeque ribs you'll ever have.  Chef Jerry has been turning out great food there for decades and across the street is the Blue Ox for chili and great burgers.  Mike's Port Pub in Jacksonport is another great place for a burger or my favorite, the boxcar - a burger pattie and a brat pattie - yum!   Stop nearby at Bley's Grocery and pick up some of the best brats you'll ever have - you'll have to take them home and cook them though, although if you visit Memorial Day's Maifest, you can get them ready to eat in the park.  JoJo's Pizza between Sister Bay and Ephraim is Door County's best pizza.  The thin crust is just right and with a great wait staff and a big selection of gelato for dessert, it is worth the trip.

In Green Bay, you can't beat Chili John's for the original Green Bay style chile.  Milwaukee has the similar Real Chili, but Chili John's is where it all started.  It's available at Lambeau Field now too, besides the restaurant on Military Ave. 

I'll save Milwaukee and surrounding areas for a separate post, but other Wisconsin favorites of mine include the Brat Stop and Mar's Cheese Castle in Kenosha, The Pine Cone in Johnson Creek (great breakfast!), Ella's Deli in Madison and Paul Bunyon in Wisconsin Dells.

Wisconsin is such a great place to eat - so much more than just brats and cheese, although there's nothing wrong with a good brat and a good cheese!

Ben Olson
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 11:44:01 (permalink)
The amount of suggestions coming in is dizzying.  It would take cousin Johnny and I three months straight to hit all of these places.  hey, what a great idea! 

benjamineolson-

Despite the risk that you may be related to Roadfood's own resident rascal Brad Olson, welcome to Roadfood!  Thank you so much for all the great suggestions.  Phil Rohrer's Lunch especially caught my eye.
 
elaskin-
Also, a big welcome to Roadfood to you!  The Cafe sounds like a winner.  How are the pies? 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/03/02 11:45:16
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 12:42:46 (permalink)
You're safe...I'm not aware of any semi-close relatives named Ben!

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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 12:49:28 (permalink)
Saw the mention of Susie-Q Fisheries in Two Rivers ("Trivers") above, they were the stars of my video last year about commercial fishing in Lake Michigan:


(Okay, never mind, evidently I can't put up the link.  Do a Google search for Sky Full of Bacon or In the Land of Whitefish or something.  Maybe some kind person who meets the restrictions can put up the link, which is NOT selling anything, though it may make you want to buy fish.)

By the way, I ate at Phil Rohrer's for breakfast while I was shooting there and although it has old diner charm physically, I found breakfast awfully greasy (and not in the good way) and made out of big boxes of industrial Bisquick and such stuff.  Too bad.


post edited by Mgmax - 2010/03/02 12:51:55
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 14:22:28 (permalink)
If you're heading to the top of the state, I would highly reccommend the Sicilian Walleye at Stillwaters Tavern in Star Lake - it's worth a detour. Stillwater's can be found on County Road K in between Eagle River and Boulder Junction. The road itself is a "Wisconsin Rustic Road" and it's a beautiful drive any time of the year. 
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 14:26:06 (permalink)
This thread is bringing out all the first time posters!  Welcome to Roadfood mfpetersen!  What is Sicilian walleye?
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 14:30:11 (permalink)
Walleye with a dusting of Romano, parmesan and maybe some breadcrumbs turned under the broiler - it's simple but soooo good. I've been looking for an occasion to mention this place and saw the Wisconsin roadtrip in the monthly newsletter this afternoon.
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 17:05:44 (permalink)
Which reminds me of the delicious pecan-crusted walleye at the Shoreline, way up in Gills Rock (closed in the winter). The perch is great there too, and there's an amazing wine selection and a view of the lake and bluffs that is memorable.
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 18:03:03 (permalink)
Micky-lu BBQ in Marinette is an absolute necessity, for perfect charbroiled burgers in a diner that has not changed in 60 years. Right on the WI-MN-UP border
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 19:11:01 (permalink)
OK, it isn't a restaurant, but I would like to put in a word for Konop's Meat Market in Stangelville WI (OK, technically in Denmark WI), not far off I43 south of Green Bay. They are known for great beef jerky and I love their spicy summer sausage. But my family's favorite is their hot dogs. They are long and skinny and look a little like miniature summer sausages, with coarsely ground meat. The casing cracks when you take that first bite, allowing their wonderful flavor to flood your mouth. Mmm! We'll buy several 10-pound packages at a time and freeze them.
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 19:29:53 (permalink)
I second Konops; great meat market.
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/02 20:10:27 (permalink)
maxcriden I'd also recommend Kopp's for dessert.
Kopp's is for people who like custard of flavors other than chocolate or vanilla. http://leonsfrozencustard.us/ and http://www.oscarscustard.com/ are also good, admittedly Oscar's more for the waffle cones than the custard proper.

In Kenosha, Frank's Diner will spoil you for anyone else's breakfast, but be prepared to wait for about 15 minutes a head to get a seat. http://franksdinerkenosha.com/

In Racine, Chubbie's Pizza. http://www.yelp.com/biz/chubbies-pizzeria-racine but get a BURGER!

Both are downtown, so no Interstate presence, but that's part of the charm IMHO.
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Re:Roadfood tour of Wisconsin, where to eat? 2010/03/03 13:35:42 (permalink)
I love Mickey-Lu's, It's one of thinkgs I miss now that my daughter's transferred from NMU and we don't drive up to Marquette.
That and all the comparative pasty tasting...
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