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Touring Wisconsin Food

Top Ten Wisconsin Waterfront Dining

Edible Antics has been on tour for over 9 months searching Wisconsin highways and byways for people places and adventures that are examples of our moto “Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin”.  Supper Clubs, bakeries, butcher shops, brew pubs, wineries, Bed and Breakfasts, parks and attractions, bike, hike and snowmobile trails and anything fun, beautiful, delicious or special.  Just so you can enjoy all the beauty that is Wisconsin.  Our archives can help you find our recommendations in all 72 counties.

Wisconsin’s Best

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring “Top Ten” listings from our 72 Wisconsin county research efforts.  These will be the best of the best.  Multiple examples of Wisconsin artisans that weekly put forth their best efforts that are Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.  This week we sort down our research to a specific category.  Wisconsin Waterfront Dining.  It can either be outdoors on a patio or deck overlooking a lovely Wisconsin lake or stream, or indoors with views of our state’s liquid assets.   We have about a seven month window for outdoor dining, but the Wisconsin beauty is visible from indoors all year round.  We are looking for quality food, outstanding service and an atmosphere worthy of a drive to each destination.

There are many qualifying entries located on Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin River, the Mississippi River, the Fox River, The Wolf River and others.  It was difficult to narrow it down to just 10, but here goes:

Wisconsin’s Top 10 Waterfront Restaurants

  • 10. Pier 290 – Williams Bay on Lake Geneva offers local farm to table dining in a warm casual atmosphere overlooking the lake.
  • 9. The Buckhorn Supper Club – just outside of Milton on Lake Koshkonong has been serving families for over 85 years.
  • 8. Paisan’s – overlooking Lake Monona in Madison features their pizza and Italian influenced dishes both inside their glass windows or on their large patio overlooking the lake

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    Paisan’s patio – Lake Monona

  • 7. Harbor House – on the Milwaukee Lake Michigan waterfront with the city skyline in one direction and the lake and Milwaukee Art Museum in the other.

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    Harbor House Milwaukee

  • 6. The Waterfront – in LaCrosse has patio dining along the riverfront in addition to their good food.  Interior views of the riverfront are also beautiful in all seasons.
  • 5. Fratello’s Riverfront Restaurant – Appleton on the Fox River overlooking a dam and rapids.  Large glass walls and an open room allow both light and beauty to be enjoyed by all.
  • 4. Norton’s of Green Lakeis a popular supper club with locals and visitors alike.  Great food and great views out over Green Lake.

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    Norton’s of Green Lake

  • 3. Lake Park Bistro – in Milwaukee Lake Park offers fine dining in a park settling overlooking Lake Michigan and is part of the Bartolotta family of dining locations.
  • 2. Donny’s Glidden Lodge – on Glidden Drive outside of Sturgeon Bay is a Door County favorite for locals and visitors alike.
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    Donny’s Glidden Lodge

    Voted one of the most romantic, best steaks, best view – it looks out over Whitefish Bay on Lake Michigan.  Only feet from the lake with fan favorite menu items, open year round, great fireplace in the bar in winter – just what you are looking for.

  • 1. Ishnala Supper Club – This special place is on everybody’s “best of” list because it deserves it.  Overlooking Mirror Lake near the Dells this classic is only open in the warm months; it closes for the season October 30.  If you have not been there make sure you get there soon.

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    Ishnala Supper Club

So there you have them.  Edible Antics top 10 Wisconsin waterfront dining spots.  Did we miss your favorite?  Make sure we know about it so it gets considered for the next time.

There is still plenty of time to enjoy these special Wisconsin waterfront dining spots.  Fall colors, crisp air, no bugs, beautiful sunsets and great food.

 

Wood County, number 72!

Wisconsin’s 5.7 million people (2010 census) are spread out over 54 thousand square miles or an average of about 105 folks per square mile.  We are organized into 72 counties.  Over the last 9 months we have carefully visited each or those counties to search for special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visited.  Wisconsin is rich in ethnic traditional food artisans from many origins, newly emerging microbreweries and wineries, restored historic bed and breakfast lodgings, vast areas of forests and park lands preserved for public use, a growing network of bike, hike and snowmobile trails and a long list of our beloved Wisconsin supper clubs.  This week we visit Wood County, the last of our 72 county tours.  Over the coming weeks we will compile listings of the “Best of the Best” from our research around the state.

If you had the time, the funds and a nice touring vehicle which 20 supper clubs would you have on your “Got to get there!” list?  We’ll share with you our list.  And ask for your input too.  But first let’s close out this effort with Wood County.

Wood County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Wood County by David Benbennick

Wisconsin Rapids is the county seat of this 793 square mile county.  74,700 people live here.  Others cities and villages include:

  • Marshfield – is the home of the Marshfield Clinic, celebrating 100years of world quality care.
  • Nekoosa – has a long history of paper making in this area
  • Pittsville –  the geographical center of Wisconsin
  • Alpin
  • Auburndale – home of radio station WLBL, one of the oldest AM radio stations in the US (1923)
  • Biron – on the banks of the Wisconsin River is surrounded by hundreds of acres of cranberries.
  • Hewitt
  • Port Edwards
  • Rudolph – home of the Dairy State Cheese Factory and the Rudolph Grotto and Gardens
  • Vesper

This part of Wisconsin has historically featured industries that are agriculture and lumber related.  More recently they have added sand mining for hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells.  And the little cranberry rules.

Wood County is one of the largest producers in Wisconsin as the nation’s leading producer of cranberries, harvesting more than 60 percent of the country’s crop.  Cranberries are grown on 21,000 acres across 20 counties in Wisconsin.  During the early 1890s, the center of the Wisconsin cranberry industry shifted to the Cranmoor area, just west of Wisconsin Rapids.

The University of Wisconsin – Marshfield/Wood County campus is in Marshfield.  It is also the home location of the Marshfield Clinic Health System serving central Wisconsin and beyond.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Wood County

  • Rubi Reds produces a variety of cranberry products, as well as additional items which complement Wisconsin’s top fruit crop – cranberries!

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    Assorted Cranberry treats in heart shaped container

  • Ruby Bay  provides their Curbanies™ that are more than an all-natural fat free snack. Curbanies™ are made using a new patented process that assures the premium fruit’s high moisture and irresistible taste.

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    Curbanies

Edible Antics recommendations in Wood County

September 22 is National Ice Cream Cone Day.  Be sure you observe it with real Wisconsin Ice Cream!

So… we made it through all 72 Wisconsin counties and found lots of places to recommend to you for your enjoyment.  Supper Clubs, B&B’s, meat markets, bakeries, wineries, breweries and recreational opportunities from all corners of the state await your attention.  Now we will sort it all down to top choices in each of a number of categories.   Edible Antics will ID the best as we narrow them down.

Join us next week as we start to search for the best people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

Waushara and Winnebago counties

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Oshkosh and other Wisconsin communities in Waushara and Winnebago counties in Wisconsin.  Not only are they linked alphabetically but they are right next to each other.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.

Waushara County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Waushara County by David Benbennick

Wautoma is the county seat of this 526 square mile county.  24,500 people live here.  Other villages in the county include:

  • Coloma – the Glover Bluff crater, a meteor crater, is about 4 miles south of the village.
  • Hancock
  • Lohrville – is on the Bannerman Trail, a 7 mile bike, hike, snowmobile trail converted from rail.
  • Plainfield
  • Redgranite is named after the deposits of red granite in the area
  • Wild Rose –  is named after the wild rose bushes found in the area

Wautoma will host the Outlaw Grass Drags September 16 and 17, 2016.  Snowmobiles are raced on grass.  It’s a Wisconsin thing.

Edible Antics Waushara County Recommendations

Winnebago County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Winnebago County by David Benbennick

Oshkosh is the county seat of the 438 square mile county.  167,000 people live here.  Other cities and villages in the county include:

  • Neenah –  hosts major steel and paper companies along with electronics manufacturing
  • Omro –
  • Fox Crossing
  • Winneconne –  the Wolf River runs through the city
  • Parts of Menasha and Appleton

Oshkosh is Located on the shores of Lake Winnebago where the Fox River flows into the lake.  For about ten days each summer Oshkosh hosts the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the airport becomes the busiest in the world.  Hundreds of planes gather here for their annual meeting and to enjoy educational talks, see supplier’s exhibits, exchange insights and watch unusual planes in a daily air show.  The EAA Museum is currently hosting an exhibit of “Nose Art” from the front of World War II military aircraft.  The exhibit runs through the end of 2016.

Oshkosh is also the home of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh campus.  It is one of the four year schools that are part of the UW system colleges.

Oshkosh is the site of the Paine Arts Center and Gardens.  Winnebago County boasts 87 Historical sites including the Oshkosh Grand Opera House an 1883 performance facility restored in 2010 that now hosts community theater, symphony orchestra presentations, corporate meetings and weddings.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Winnebago County

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Moonlight Gathering Fire Ring

P&D Metal Works offers unique quality crafted metal products, which includes, fire rings, wall sconces, campfire grill, and fire poker.

Edible Antics Winnebago County Recommendations

Travel Wisconsin to enjoy these recommended stops.  The owners and staff at these locations look forward to serving you.

Join us next week as we continue our tour in Wood county searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

Historic Waukesha and Waupaca counties

Edible Antics is traveling this week to historic Wisconsin communities of Waukesha and Waupaca counties in Wisconsin.  One is Northwoods forest tourism and recreation area, the other is a tourism playground for urban visitors.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county. Continue reading

Tourism in Washburn and Washington counties

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Washburn and Washington counties in Wisconsin.  One is Northwoods forest tourism and recreation area, the other is a tourism playground for urban visitors.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county. Continue reading

Tourism in Vilas and Walworth counties

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Vilas County by David Benbennick

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Vilas and Walworth counties in Wisconsin.  One is a Northwoods forest tourism and recreation area, the other is a tourism playground for urban visitors.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.

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Wine in Trempealeau and Vernon Counties

Trempealeau County

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Trempealeau and Vernon counties in Wisconsin.  Both counties are home to good wine producers.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Trempealeau County by David Benbennick

Whitehall is the county seat of this 734 square miles county.  28,800 people live here.  The Trempealeau River joins the Mississippi close to a nearby mountain.  The French fur traders named this location for “Mountain steeped in water.”  Other cities in the county include:

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State Fair, Sheboygan and Taylor counties

Wisconsin State Fair and other important dates

The Wisconsin State Fair starts its annual 10 day run on August 4th.  Cream puffs, cheese curds, ice cream, brats, corn on the cobb and lots of food on a stick are all here.  Judging of cattle, horses, pigs and feathered friends can be enjoyed each day.

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Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs

The Wisconsin State Fair certainly has a reputation for unique and unusual foods, which is why they created an Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies. Each year eight finalists are selected from several dozen entries, and a panel of celebrity judges chooses the recipients of three Golden Spork Awards

The first Friday in August, this year it is the 5th, is International Beer Day.  In Wisconsin it is not yet a state holiday but is celebrated with gusto reflecting our German heritage and long brewing history.  Wisconsin’s largest brewers are Miller in Milwaukee, Minhas in Monroe, New Glarus Brewing and Stevens Point Brewing.  However the craft beer industry is growing and Wisconsin is now home to 70 members of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.

August 6th is National Mustard Day and will be celebrated in downtown Middleton, Wisconsin at the National Mustard Museum.

August 10th is National S’mores Day celebrating that wonderful creation enjoyed around campfires all across Wisconsin.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin has just completed the annual Experimental Aircraft Association show that draws hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of airplanes.  Aircraft enthusiasts love the opportunity to experience the aviation marvels.  The EAA grounds also are the location of an aircraft museum.

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Sheboygan and Taylor counties in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Fair.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.

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Wisconsinmade in Sawyer and Shawano counties

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Sawyer and Shawano counties in Wisconsin.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything Wisconsinmade we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county alphabetically by county.

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Saint Croix and Sauk counties Edible Fun

Edible fun is available this week by touring Saint Croix and Sauk counties in Wisconsin.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county alphabetically by county.

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