Are you ready for a foodie adventure? Sometimes the best-kept epicurean secrets are outside a big city’s restaurant circle. Explore these sought-after cafes, diners and lounges that excel in all things local: food, flair and fun.
Drive one hour from Madison to Freddy V’s for a taste of history and locally-sourced fare. Located inside a Neo classical-style bank building from 1915, Freddy V’s draws crowds for its crab cakes, famous sweet potato fries and fish and chips. Original bank features like the safe door and teller window add charm, while the open kitchen adds excitement for the discriminating foodie.
Pull up a barstool at the Red Rooster Café, a friendly diner bursting with charm in the heart of historic downtown Mineral Point. The Red Rooster has been a Mineral Point institution for over 30 years and is known and loved for its Cornish pasties – thick, hearty pastry filled with tender meat and veggies – and other Cornish specialties like figgyhobbin.
Dessert after breakfast is acceptable (and encouraged) at the Norske Nook, whose homemade pies have been delighting diners and raking in blue ribbons for years. Sweet-lovers from all around make the trip to taste from an incredible assortment of pie flavors – everything from fresh raspberry to Snickers caramel, Pecan Fudge and more – and to fill up on home cooked Norwegian food (don’t skip the lefse wraps!)
Love the Milwaukee Public Market? Make a trip to Field to Fork in Sheboygan. It’s more slow-paced, farm-to-table focused, and creative. You’ll find a cafe serving hipster classics like chorizo breakfast burritos, alongside a juice bar, in-house coffee roastery, bakery and mini grocery store. Field to Fork is most popular for breakfast and lunch, but their inspired dinner menu is worth checking out, too.
As the only Nepalese restaurant in the Milwaukee area, The Cheel has developed a devoted following, which makes getting a seat in the small restaurant no small feat. The food is authentic and unusual for Milwaukee, with its mixing of Himalayan and Rocky Mountain traditions. You’ll find complex flavors in all meals, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Perhaps the best part of the meal is the homemade dipping sauces--don’t miss out!
Near the Twin Cities
This local breakfast mecca attracts long lines and even Eau Claire’s famous native, Justin Vernon from Bon Iver. Foodies will appreciate the list of homemade crepes on the menu, though the lemon ricotta hotcakes and the El Presidente hashbrown scrambler draw the biggest fanfare.
This hole-in-the-wall restaurant and bar is famous for its jumbo, all-you-can-eat chicken wings served all week long. At the River Inn Bar, you can challenge your friends to video games while you devour the huge wings, burgers, fish fry and local Leinenkugel’s beer.
The dining destinations are endless. Find whatever you're craving!