By Jonathan Eckelberg
From flapjacks to hash, you won’t find any place better for home-style cooking than some of Wisconsin’s heartiest local establishments. From the moment you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted like family and told about the mouth-watering specials of the day. You can be assured the meal will make you feel at home without the leg work of cooking yourself.
Smack dab in the middle of the Northwoods, this uncommon and authentic diner is situated in a 1940 Silk City diner car. Delta Diner was established for the intended purpose of providing a destination for people, near and far, who love a unique experience. With food made primarily from scratch, your taste buds are sure to go crazy! Owners Todd and Nina Bucher identify their Norwegian pancakes as a favorite. On the menu from the get-go, this dish is significantly different from any other pancake you’ve had. They serve based on while supplies last because of processing their meat fresh each week on the day they are serving it.
One of Wausau’s finest hidden gems and serving a full breakfast menu, the Mint Café offers home cooking in a retro diner setting. If you’re looking for a place to get a taste of cooking like Grandma’s, Mint Café is the place to be. Whether a regular or brand new to this café, you will be in a comfortable atmosphere with customer service that will make you feel as if you’re at a family gathering, complete with excited chatter buzzing all around you. The kids will enjoy sitting at the old-school lunch counter. Whatever kind of breakfast you may be craving, Mint Café’s from-scratch fare will make your taste buds dance. And don’t forget to grab some of their famous pie to take with you!
You certainly won’t go hungry at Jo Mama’s! Employees and customers alike say you’ll get plenty for the price. This café strives to provide excellent and fast service for everyone who steps in the door and are proud that their prices are affordable. Famous for their roast beef hash, the regulars will also recommend the Walt special. Named for one of the regular customers, this favorite dish, deluxe hash browns, will set your taste buds on fire. The backwoods mystique will throw you back a few years to the 1950s. Jo Mama’s features an Elvis room that is only open during the summer as well as a vintage Coke room.
Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty lets you dine lumberjack-style, with family portions passed around at big, comfortable tables. You can’t go wrong with their famous “Logging Camp” breakfast of flapjacks with maple syrup, special recipe sausage and baked ham, scrambled eggs, camp fried potatoes and memorable buttermilk donuts. The atmosphere of the 1890s logging camps starts right from the parking lot where a giant, wooden lumberjack sign welcomes you in the front door. A unique combination of restaurant, gift shop and bakery, the locations in Wisconsin Dells and Minocqua have become well known destinations in the Midwest. Don’t forget to grab a photo by the 12-foot statue strutting in front of the building.