By Hilary Burg
If you’re looking for a great meal, you’ve come to the right place - Wisconsin is home to some of the best food in the Midwest. From food stands to supper clubs, quaint cafés to local hideouts, restaurants all across Wisconsin are serving up uniquely delicious meals to please any palette.
Even better, if you’re visiting from one of our neighboring states, you won’t have to travel far to discover Wisconsin cities making a name for themselves in a blossoming local food scene. Hop in the car, head over the border and check out these Wisconsin destinations to fuel your inner foodie.
Just 20 miles east of the Twin Cities you’ll find Hudson, a quaint and inviting town located along the banks of the St. Croix River. The streets of Hudson’s historic downtown district are bursting with small town charm, and lined with shops and restaurants boasting big flavors.
Bricks Neapolitan Pizza serves up fantastic Neapolitan style pies with unique toppings and Winzer Stube offers an extensive menu of authentic German fare. Fried chorizo stuffed olives and grilled Ahi ceviche are favorties from Pedro's del Este's Spanish, Latin and Cuban inspired small plates menu. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by this river town, whose up-and-coming food scene is sure to leave you satisfied.
Insider Tip: Enjoy some entertainment with your meal at Urban Olive and Vine, a downtown wine bar and café hosting live music in a cozy, casual atmosphere.
A scenic drive north along the shores of Lake Michigan leads you to Kenosha, a perfect lakeside getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Just north of Chicago, Kenosha offers an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars serving creative food in an environment both accessible and affordable.
Stop by Twisted Cuisine for their innovative small plates and seasonal menu, or tackle the signature ‘Garbage Plate’ at Frank’s Diner, a bombshell of a breakfast and local favorite. If you’re looking for local beer, try Public Craft Brewing Company, who pair their craft brews with board games – a great spot for a casual drink with friends.
Insider Tip: For truly unique eating, try Mike’s Donuts & Chicken. Spectacular, colorful donuts with out-of-this-world toppings? Check. Mouth-watering chicken wings? Double check. Donuts topped with chicken wings? You’ve got it. Mike’s cannot be missed.
Cross the border from northeast Iowa and you’ll enter Prairie du Chien, a city of stunning river views and a rich history as Wisconsin’s second oldest city. After a day spent reliving history at Villa Louis or hiking along the Mississippi, you’ll discover a range of dining options to please both the classic and adventurous eater.
Enjoy lunch with a gourmet sandwich from Simply Coffeehouse, or experience a traditional Friday Fish Fry at a Wisconsin supper club, Jones Black Angus. Whether you explore a more modern meal or keep it classic, either way you won’t be disappointed.
Insider Tip: Step back in time at Pete’s Hamburgers and enjoy a burger and grilled onions from their roadside food stand. Pete’s has been serving up burgers since 1909, and is a landmark in Prairie du Chien’s culinary history.
Small town charm meets a big city vibe in La Crosse, a lively community with a diverse food scene. Surrounded by natural beauty, La Crosse lies on the banks of the Mississippi and boasts an impressive array of culinary options.
Indulge in pot of cheese fondue at Fayze’s, stop for coffee and crepes at The Root Note Café, or visit the La Crosse Art District for dinner and cocktails at Piggy’s. If you’re looking for brunch, try Greengrass Café- their signature ‘Pancakes Plombombed’ are homemade with Java Lava stout.
The options don’t stop there. Wisconsin has endless unique and flavorful restaurants worth the drive!