By Lisa Kivirist
The next time you're planning your travel itinerary, think about going local when you dine out. By choosing restaurants that emphasize the flavors of farm-fresh, seasonal cuisine, you can experience your destination through taste as well as touch, sight and sound. These five restaurants showcase regional foods and buy direct from area farms. They're great examples of the burgeoning local foods movement throughout Wisconsin.
Hackberry's Bistro - La Crosse
Run by the People's Food Co-op, Hackberry's blends cozy bistro charm with a menu inspired by the co-op's long-standing relationships with regional farmers. Don't miss Hackberry's legendary special event menus, serving up an affordable tasting array of seasonal specialties.
Big Water Café & Coffee Roasters (formerly named Burt & Francie’s) - Bayfield
Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, Big Water Café & Coffee Roasters is a coffeehouse committed to the local community. From local eggs, fruit and honey to Fair Trade organic coffee and tea, its menu reflects the owners' passion for helping green Wisconsin.
Comet Café - Milwaukee
Comet Café offers ingredients from area farms and a commitment to making “slow” food from the ground up. Think mom’s home cooking but with character, using seasonal ingredients characteristic of the Midwest. Enjoy great coffee with your breakfast or a local craft beer with dinner.
Kavarna Coffeehouse - Green Bay
Committed to sustainable agriculture, family-run Kavarna creates serendipitous vegetarian specials around area growers' offerings. Local fruit is preserved during peak season for fresh summer flavors all winter long.
Graze - Madison
Graze is truly local, with over eighty-five percent of the food they serve coming directly from Wisconsin farms. This light-filled space features floor to ceiling windows with outstanding views of the Wisconsin State Capitol. The idea for Graze came from Chef Tory’s love of comfort foods. Inspired by the New York gastropub scene, the menus feature a range of classics executed on a higher level than traditional pub food.