The adage “not all those who wander are lost” certainly applies when exploring Wisconsin backroads and woodlands during autumn. And what better place to stop for a meal along your gorgeous fall color drive than a supper club? This fall, take in the sights of the season on a color tour to these classic clubs.
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After exploring the bluffs and hills of Wyoming Valley, between Dodgeville and Spring Green, Arthur’s provides another kind of sensory experience. Think “King Arthur” and medieval armor as themed décor, in addition to tributes to native son Frank Lloyd Wright and nearby American Players Theatre.
Indulge in the prime rib buffet during the first Saturday of the month. Make a meal out of the all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar on any evening of business.
Near the northern unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest is a historic supper club that began as a one-room cabin to which a basement bar was added. Horseback riders would gather after a day of fox hunting, but now anyone who appreciates nature can find their way here.
The rustic, rural, thick-timbered setting seems more precious with the passage of time; take a seat near the fieldstone fireplace as temperatures dip. Friday fish and shrimp specials are all-you-can-eat.
Just northwest of Black River State Forest in Jackson County is a hilltop farmhouse that has grown to include a 400-seat banquet hall, used for Friday night dining as well as wedding receptions.
Don’t worry about deciding which fish to eat: The Friday Grand Seafood Buffet includes catfish and cod (plus shrimp and clams). Seafood is baked, beer-battered and served in chowder. Expect a fish boil, too, non-fish entrees, salad bar and dessert table.
Near Clark Lake and the edge of Logan Creek State Natural Area, on the rugged side of Door County, is a longtime supper club with walls of windows.
The top-selling entrée is fall-off-the-bone-tender ribs that win county barbecue competitions, and one version of house-made barbecue sauce contains locally grown cherries. Save room for dessert, especially when the house specialty – Buttered Rum Banana Pecan Pie – is available.
After a day of exploring waterfalls and parks in Marinette County, follow the Menominee River to this supper club for more lovely views. Some customers arrive by boat and hitch up to the property’s pier.
In demand is crab fondue as a baked appetizer, served with crackers, or broiled in a portabella mushroom. Count rack of lamb and veal cutlets among the more unusual entrée choices. The house soup – creamy white chili, with chicken – eases the nip as weather chills.