Foodies often gravitate towards big cities in search of the latest and greatest culinary creations, and that usually means booking a hotel room. But if you’re looking for a weekend away from the concrete jungle, you’re in luck- the foodie scene in Wisconsin has expanded into smaller communities like Green Lake and Stevens Point, where you can find cabins within miles of your new favorite restaurants. You can really have your cake and eat it too: relax in a cozy cabin, and enjoy quality dining.
Stevens Point may be known as an inviting college town, but it offers so much more than late-night pizza joints. A surprisingly rich selection of dining options can be found right downtown.
Father Fat’s Public House offers a uniquely communal dining experience that features an ever-changing menu of small plates that are meant to be shared. The menu features flavors from across the globe, so don’t be afraid to mix and match! The buttermilk-fried chicken and waffles are always a great place to start, but the lamb & feta meatballs aren’t to be missed either.
If fine dining is what you’re after, Christian’s Bistro offers traditional, homemade foods that are always prepared with top notch, seasonal ingredients. The menu changes daily, so you can expect the local produce in every dish to be as fresh as possible. Aside from the food, Christian’s is known for impeccable service and cozy atmosphere, making it the perfect option for a romantic dinner.
Once you’re full, head back and relax at one of these local cabins:
Many people know Wausau as a winter sports destination thanks to the slopes at Granite Peak, but Wausau’s foodie scene continues to thrive year-round. Surrounded by rolling hills and abundant farmland, the area restaurants take full advantage of the fresh, local produce to integrate into a wide array of recipes, ranging from modern American to Southeast Asian cuisines.
The Back When Café has been providing a farm-to-table dining experience since 1991.With a fierce dedication to the “slow food movement”, the chefs at Back When prioritize quality over speed to produce food that’s good for you using ingredients from local farmers. The roasted duck with Door County cherry and orange sauce comes highly recommended - try to keep your mouth from watering!
The chef-owned Thrive Foodery operates under one simple goal: to create delicious dishes while supporting the community. With this dedication to local agriculture, the chefs at Thrive create modern American cuisine like perfectly tender bone-in pork chops and made from scratch pizzas.
For a menu that’s truly unique menu featuring “borderless cuisine”, check out the family operated Basil. The owners’ goal was to blend the flavors and traditions of their Irish and Laotian heritages. The result is a delicious fusion of south and southeast Asian flavors and western European cuisines. You’ll have to taste the sriracha bourbon BBQ ribeye to believe it!
Green Lake is known as “the oldest resort town west of Niagra Falls” and has always maintained a high standard of service and excellence to bring visitors back year after year.
Sometimes nothing hits the spot like pizza, especially when it’s made from scratch and topped with a heaping helping of Wisconsin mozzarella. At Christiano’s, there’s no room for shortcuts and the pizza is better for it. Their house sauce is made using only vine-ripened tomatoes, with the perfect blend of spices to bring out that true tomato flavor. Rest assured, you can expect the same standard of freshness from the pasta, sandwich, and salad selections as well.
The Heidel House Resort & Spa is one of the most famous destinations in Green Lake and is known for their incredible food as much as for their luxurious spa services. At on-site restaurant Grey Rock, award-winning chefs whip up everything from locally sourced steaks to vegetarian options like the Portobello Florentine. Order your favorite glass of wine and take in the impeccable view of the lake through their floor to ceiling windows.