One of the nation’s most beloved scenic byways is the 3,000-mile Great River Road, which snakes along the mighty Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The pretty drive includes 250 miles in Wisconsin, most along Highway 35 between Prescott and Potosi.
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Four miles east of Highway 35 in Trempealeau County is a soft spot for lip-smackin’ flavors of the South. That includes Creole shrimp with pasta and the option of ordering any steak blackened with Cajun spices.
Have room for just a sandwich? Check out the Chatwich, layers of cheese, ham and tenderloin tips inside a bun. Also in demand are nearly one-pound servings of seasoned chicken livers grilled with mushrooms, onions and green peppers.
Friday is the night for all-you-can-eat fried pike, but fried alligator is always on the menu. Order it deep-fried, sautéed or blackened. All entrees include the salad bar’s 30-plus choices, enough for a meal on its own.
“Best steaks in the tri-state area” is the promise, and “bowl of steaks” is code for tenderloin tips. Only-here options include deep-fried turtle and a cheese spread so good that it is packaged and sold in grocery stores.
Look for this longtime roadhouse at the rural and woodsy intersection of highways 35 and 11 in Grant County, less than two miles from Ol’ Man River and near the border with Illinois and Iowa.
Steve and Angie Jones operate the Angus between the municipal airport and 300-acre La Riviere Park, which has many hiking trails. Reserved for the heartiest of eaters is a 28-ounce, bone-in ribeye.
The longtime supper club has no website, so fans find other ways to rave online about the steaks, salmon, salad bar, banana cream pie and more. “Dinner on the Mississippi” is the caption under one happy camper’s photo; the waterfront is just two miles away.
A tavern that Earl “Rocky” Pennel turned into a supper club in 1959 still thrives in this Vernon County hamlet of 774 residents.
House-made blue cheese dressing tops salads and half-pound burgers. The chunky dressing, by request, is added to fish or shrimp before broiling. The Creamy Bacon Zinger – burgundy pepper steak wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cream cheese and jalapeno peppers – earns a thumbs-up, too.
Wisconsin’s Driftless Area is one of a kind, and so is Sullivan’s, which has Irish roots. Expect Irish brown bread muffins with meals and, on birthdays and anniversaries, free cake. At the bar, Bailey’s Blizzard adds Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream to ice cream.
Sullivan’s deck reveals a panoramic view of The Big Muddy, next to Perrot State Park, where the Mississippi and Trempealeau rivers meet.
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