Off the Beaten Path: Your favorite restaurants in every part of Wisconsin

Credit: Discover Wisconsin

By Christina Lorey

May 31, 2024

Readers have the best recommendations. So we know who to turn to when searching for a new-to-us restaurant.

Last month, we asked for your favorite restaurants of the moment, and boy, you delivered! We whittled down hundreds of responses to this list of 33, which only contains spots mentioned more than once. (There’s power in numbers!)

Appleton: Cozzy Corner (Southern BBQ, fried chicken)

Brookfield: Cafe Manna (Vegetarian)

Cudahy: Pizza Pete’s (Pizza)

Delta: Delta Diner (All-day breakfast, lunch, & dinner)

Dickeyville: Millie’s Diner (Breakfast)

Eagle River: Andy’s Pontoon Saloon (Pizza, beer)

Eau Claire: Ray’s Place (Sandwiches)

Fort Atkinson: Cafe Carpe (American)

Hayward: The Tavern at White Stag Farm (Burgers, steaks, seafood)

Hudson: Black Rooster Bistro (American)

Hudson: Knoke’s Chocolates and Nuts (Candy, ice cream)

Little Chute: The Heiting Place (Supper club)

Madison: North and South Seafood & Smokehouse (Fish, BBQ)

Madison: Ollie’s (American)

Marinette: Mickey-Lu-Bar-B-Q (Burgers, shakes, & diner fare)

Medford: 64 North Bar & Grill (Bar food, drinks)

Mercer: The Pines Restaurant (German food, pizza)

Milwaukee: Kegel’s Inn (German food, beer)

Milwaukee: Solly’s Grille (Butter burgers)

Milwaukee: The King & I (Thai)

Minocqua: Norwood Pines (Supper club)

Montello: Table 15 (Farm to table)

Racine: Chiit Chaat (Pakistani street food)

Racine: Olde Madrid (Spanish tapas)

Reedsburg: Greenwood’s Cafe (Breakfast/brunch)

Rice Lake: Casa Mexicana (Mexican)

Rice Lake: Lehman’s Dinner Club (Supper club)

Sheboygan: Field to Fork (Breakfast/brunch)

Stevens Point: The Wooden Chair (All-day breakfast & lunch)

Superior: Central Pub (Burgers, beer)

Superior: Superior Waffles (Breakfast/brunch)

Verona: The 5th Quarter (Pub food)

Woodruff: Mavericks Restaurante (Mexican)


  • Christina Lorey

    Christina is an Edward R. Murrow-winning journalist and former producer, reporter, and anchor for TV stations in Madison and Moline. When she’s not writing or asking questions, you can find her volunteering with Girls on the Run, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and various mental health organizations.



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