Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come"
Buffetbuster, you're breaking my heart! Why didn't the world know you were coming here? I would have loved to meet you and discuss local things!
My home in La Crosse WI is 64 miles from Pete's hamburgers, and we make that trip regularly each year. We get it to go! We take a glassware container that will hold four burgers (and the all-important onions) and a large seperate baggie for the buns. That eliminates the sogginess that I am sure you experienced when you finally did eat the burger.
That, of course, is for later, and beyond what we eat at the scene.
Locals Pete's tip -- ask for both the cooked and raw onions in combo. They are happy to oblige. In fact, these Pete's people are great Wisconsin folks, who are happy to see you all the time. I am always impressed with how they stay so cheerful in that hot, greasy place they work in.
But there's more we can show you! Unfortunately not on a level with your legendary travels, but there are some local gems I know you would like. Wish I could have taken you to our localLa Crosse Maid-Rite, same building since 1958, filled with local railroad pictures, and especially filled with local North La Crosse regular customers.
On the way north from Prairie du Chien you passed the Great River Roadhouse in De Soto, well known for their pizza, good and huge! Filled with families all the time.
And now you're in Winona, my home town. If only I knew.