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The Pine Cone

Johnson Creek exit off of I94, Johnson Creek, WI - (920) 699-2766
Posted By Ben Olson on 1/25/2010 1:33:00 PM
Have traveled by the Pine Cone for years and never stopped in until today. The location is great, about halfway between Milwaukee and Madison so it is a convenient meeting place.

Food was excellent. The list of daily specials was impressive with none of them more than about $6.50. My guest had the cheesy tuna special that was pure comfort food and very tasty. It came with an enormous roll and butter. The portion was so large, she took half of it home. I opted for the chicken salad club sandwich. Always a sucker for chicken salad, this did not disappoint with multi-layers of chicken salad and bacon on white toast.

To begin, I had a cup of the chicken dumpling soup; wow, what a bowl of soup. Huge dumplings, large pieces of chicken, big carrots all in a flavorful broth; very, very good. The bakery case on the way out contains over-sized desserts like cream puffs, elephant ears, caramel rolls, cheesecake, and other baked goods. Overall, what a great experience at a very reasonable price. It's now on the list of must-stops for us.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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This hearty bowl of chicken dumpling soup was the perfect tonic on a blustery Wisconsin winter afternoon.
"This hearty bowl of chicken dumpling soup was the perfect tonic on a blustery Wisconsin winter afternoon."
Cliff Strutz





What a mean trick to play. Putting the bakery counter right inside the door makes it the first thing you see upon entry, and the last thing you see as you exit. The counter, and coffee shop are to the left, while the more relaxed dining room is off to the right.
"What a mean trick to play. Putting the bakery counter right inside the door makes it the first thing you see upon entry, and the last thing you see as you exit. The counter, and coffee shop are to the left, while the more relaxed dining room is off to the right."
Neal Pritchett


To the left of the bakery counter, is the heart of the operation - the counter/coffee shop. This was the original dining area, before the business was expanded, and is pure traditional truck stop through and through.
"To the left of the bakery counter, is the heart of the operation - the counter/coffee shop. This was the original dining area, before the business was expanded, and is pure traditional truck stop through and through."
Neal Pritchett


Just off the road a bit, The Pine Cone sits on the edge of a large, newly built outlet mall at Johnson Creek, just off the I94 ramp. Up until a few years ago, The Pine Cone stood here alone, surrounded by farmers' fields, and just across the freeway from the very small town of Johnson Creek.
"Just off the road a bit, The Pine Cone sits on the edge of a large, newly built outlet mall at Johnson Creek, just off the I94 ramp. Up until a few years ago, The Pine Cone stood here alone, surrounded by farmers' fields, and just across the freeway from the very small town of Johnson Creek. "
Neal Pritchett



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