Looking for the best of Wisconsin farm-fresh restaurants, specialty shops and hometown brews? You'll encounter the best of what Wisconsin has to offer - both on your walk and on your plate. Check out these locations that show off their area’s best food. We’ve also suggested a few create-your-own tours.
Madison Food Tours
Take a bite out of Madison’s culinary scene. You'll want to pack your camera and your taste buds for this outing. With Madison Food Explorer’s Downtown Lake to Lake Food Tour, you'll walk Madison's Isthmus from Lake Mendota to Lake Monona, enjoying the spectacular photo op at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace and the upbeat vibe of the University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union. Explore the state’s capital while savoring local gems, like The Merchant’s New American cuisine and local favorite, Ian’s Pizza, where no topping is off limits.
What’s missing? A Wisconsin food tour would not be complete without cheese, brats and beer! The tour includes a visit to Fromagination, a specialty cheese shop, as well as State Street Brats. You’ll end the afternoon at the postcard-perfect terrace of the UW Memorial Union where you’ll find both students and alumni alike. Either way, you’ll get to taste fresh and decadent ice cream made at Babcock Dairy, right on campus.
Milwaukee Food and City Tours
To get the best of Milwaukee’s sights, sounds and flavors, put on your walking shoes or hop on a bus with Milwaukee Food and City Tours. Wisconsin’s largest city is true to its roots, a melting pot of cultural and, not to mention, delicious Italian, Irish, Polish and German influences. Milwaukee Food and City Tours offer a variety of food tours, highlighting different neighborhoods and food choices alongside Theresa Nemetz, founder, tour guide and foodie. Take a trip back in time and visit four of Milwaukee’s famous watering holes on the Historic Bar Tour. You'll get to sip on a traditional Wisconsin Old Fashioned and soak in the history of a pre-prohibition bar. Let your taste buds journey through the flavorful cuisine of Milwaukee’s East Side, where Italian and Polish immigrants settled, or spend your night taking a bite out of some of the city’s finest pizzerias.
From fine cheese tasting to Wisconsin bona fide brews, explore both urban and suburban culinary playgrounds of Milwaukee with Milwaukee Food and City Tours.
Door County Culinary Trolley Tour
All aboard! Take your palate on an old-time trolley ride and partake in Door County's culinary specialties with the Door County Culinary Trolley Tour. Your tummy will thank you as you travel the shores of Lake Michigan from Fish Creek to Ellison Bay experiencing five of the peninsula’s dining delights.
The trolley will start in charming Fish Creek. Tour the kitchen at the Cookery Restaurant, complete with a bowl of Door County whitefish chowder. You’ll enjoy a guided walk through The Savory Spoon Cooking School and an ooey-gooey gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Next, the trolley will head to Ellison Bay and you'll get a behind-the-scenes tour of Charlie's Smokehouse, where you’ll learn about their smokehouse as well as taste freshly caught, smoked whitefish and salmon. No Door County visit is complete without homemade pies, jams and jellies. With the Door County Trolley, you’ll make a stop at Bea's Ho-Made Products for an insider’s look at their canning operation. End the afternoon with a sweet treat at the Door County Ice Cream Factory, where the ice cream is made in-house.
Create Your Own Food Tour
In Madison, sample savory cheeses at Fromagination. Continue to New Glarus for a sip of Spotted Cow at the New Glarus Brewing Company. For the brave of heart, taste test the smelliest of cheeses, limburger, at Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern in Monroe, the only city in the United States that produces this infamous, stinky cheese.
The Wisconsin Cranberry Trail: Experience the sights and tastes of fall harvest in Wisconsin, with a self-guided tour of Wisconsin cranberry country.
Start with a drive along the Wisconsin Cranberry Highway with more than 50 miles of century-old cranberry marshes to explore. Learn about how cranberries are uniquely harvested at Splash of Red Cranberry Tours. End your day with a stop in Warrens at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, a destination for learning and snacking!
The Great River Road: Get your fantastic waterside views and take a weekend to explore superb Wisconsin food and spirits along the great Mississippi.
Start in Potosi at Potosi Brewery, home of the National Brewery Museum, where they’ve been brewing good ole Wisconsin beer since the mid 1800s. Stay the night at the Historic Hotel Trempealeau in Trempealeau, where meals are made from scratch with locally grown ingredients. Satisfy your sweet tooth at The Stockholm Pie Company in Stockholm for a slice of the most satisfyingly sweet pie or Flat Pennies in Bay City for an ice cream treat. Top off your own personal food tour in Stockholm by sipping on cider from Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery.