By Mel Grau
No matter what kind of picnic you prefer—whether you love savoring a solo bite lakeside or combining friends and food to enjoy an outdoor concert—it all starts with a good sandwich. Check out how these tasty Wisconsin sandwich shops can make your next picnic perfect.
For a chic evening picnic, pair Fromagination with Concerts on the Square. The combination delivers a cityscape backdrop, sweet serenades and specialty sandwich options. Hundreds flock to the Capitol green to listen to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, so plan to stake out a picnic spot early. Then head across the street to artisan cheese shop, Fromagination. You can’t go wrong ordering the award-winning “Salami Trio” with its Wisconsin provolone cheese, house-made giardiniera with oil cured olives, capers, pepperoncini, lemon zest and olive oil on a baguette. If you’re not feeling this Italian wonder, the “Turkey, Apple & Swiss” sandwich’s maple mayonnaise stirs up a sweet flavor.
A charming resort town, Elkhart Lake boasts a couple family picnic hot spots. Pick a serene spot by the lake or hike the nature trails in Kettle Morraine State Forest. Wherever your picnic location, order “The Siebkens Sandwich” from Stop Inn Tavern & Restaurant. An unassuming and simple sandwich, the stand out component is the rye bread. A family recipe spanning back generations, molasses is speculated to be the secret ingredient that keeps customers coming back for more.
Settle down in this river town with lunch from Lindy’s Subs & Sandwiches. A straightforward sandwich shop, Lindy’s offers fresh ingredients, locally made bread and build-your-own options. Popular classics include the “Turkey Club,” “Chicken Little” and “Uncle Lindy,” but the “Craisinberry Wrap” with turkey, cranberry spread, walnuts, craisins, balsamic and romaine is a delicious alternative to the simple sub. Keep in mind a regular size is enough for two. Take your lunch the few blocks to Riverside Park and enjoy these classic sandwiches by the Mighty Mississippi.
If you’re heading north to Green Bay or Door County, pull over to Heath Farm Market and enjoy a roadside picnic. A quirky antique store, farmers’ market and deli mishmash, this hidden gem will shake things up after a long car ride. The menu offers countless sandwiches as innovative as “Don’t Go Breaking My Artichoke Heart” and as classic as a Reuben. You can count on changing specials that reflect what’s in season.
With performances throughout the summer both in the afternoon and at night, the Brookfield Civic Plaza Summer Concert Series is flawless for family fun. Musicians range from pianists to country singers, but coupling a concert with the $5.00 sandwich deal from Angelina’s Deli is sure to suit anyone’s taste. Angelina’s makes their own meatballs and sausages, so don’t miss the mozzarella meatball sub or the Italian sausage sandwich.