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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: Continue reading

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

Milwaukee Edible Antics blog Edible Antics is on tour in Wisconsin posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we were touring in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the blog. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post some background information on each county followed by specific links to our artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Milwaukee County looking for edibles and adventures.

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Kewaunee and LaCrosse Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week our Wisconsin county virtual culinary tour takes us to Kewaunee and LaCrosse Counties looking for Wisconsinmade edibles and fun places to visit.

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Jackson and Jefferson County Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks or these prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.  The archives cover these counties:

The Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network recently had a segment discussing items that are made in Wisconsin.  I was the guest and discussed with Joy and her listeners many of the high quality products produced in Wisconsin and featured on  We even had a chance to discuss this blog, Edible Antics.  You can listen to the program at the Joy Cardin Show archives.

We continue our Wisconsin County Edible Antics online culinary tour this week in Jackson County and Jefferson County Wisconsin.  Both counties have much to offer the visitor for their comfort and enjoyment.

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Iowa and Iron County Edibles

We are continuing our Wisconsin County culinary tour in Iowa County and Iron County Wisconsin.  At opposite ends of the state these two counties are about a five hour drive apart.  Northwoods wilderness and lakes are reviewed alongside rolling rich agricultural lands.

Iowa County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Iowa County by David Benbennick

Iowa County is 762 square miles and has a population of 23,700 with the County seat in Dodgeville.   Other cities and villages include:

  • Mineral Point
  • Avoca
  • Barneveld
  • Cobb
  • Highland
  • Hollandale
  • Linden
  • Rewey
  • Ridgeway

The current agriculturally based farming economy supports many of the jobs here.  The earlier history is preserved in Mineral Point.  The Wisconsin State Historical Society has preserved the Cornish mining history in the Pendarvis historical site.  This part of the state was a major commercial center before Wisconsin became a state.  The mining of lead and zinc were large industries in the early 1800’s.  Cornish pasties were popular lunch meals for the miners.  A folded pastry around a beefy stew center provided mid-day nourishment.  The county is home to three Wisconsin State Parks; Blue Mounds, Governor Dodge and Tower Hill State Park.  Tower Hill contains an 1831 “shot tower” off the edge of a cliff where molten lead was dropped from the top of the tower and it formed a round globular shape on the way down and fell in a vat of cold water at the bottom.  These lead balls were then used as shot for early rifles.  The Military Ridge State Trail also traverses the county. The west end of the trail is at Governor Dodge State Park.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Iowa County include:

  • Little Creek Press is the Mineral Point publisher of a number of books for children and adults.
  • Walnut Hollow in Dodgeville has developed InGrained Art as a new line of wall décor using a revolutionary new process that allows wood surfaces to be enhanced with

    Wisconsin Capitol Lake View photo on wood

    high-resolution imagery. This process allows all of the natural grain and texture of the wood to show through while maintaining the quality, detail and resolution of the original image.

  • Wagging Tail Bakery  features a Sampler Gift Bag that is an assortment of homemade dog snacks

In addition to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners Edible Antics Iowa County recommendations include:

  • Taliesin was the home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He first designed the home for himself in 1911. From that time until his death in 1959, Wright continuously changed the home and the surrounding landscape, which included buildings that he had designed for his family.  At the time of Frank Lloyd Wright’s death, “Taliesin” referred to the home, the surrounding 600-acre estate, and 4 other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures.
  • Hook’s Cheese Company in Mineral Point has won numerous awards for their Parmesan cheese (try it with a nice Merlot), Cheddar cheese (with a glass of Syrah), Colby cheese (with a Malbec) and their Blue cheese (with a glass of Cabernet)
  • Uplands Cheese Company is the maker of award winning Pleasant Ridge Reserve. It is the most-awarded cheese in American history, having won Best of Show in the American Cheese Society’s annual competition three times (2001, 2005 and 2010), and having also won the US Cheese Championships in 2003. It is the only cheese to have won Best of Show three times, and the only cheese to have ever won both of the major, national cheese competitions.
  • Botham Vineyards is an original Wisconsin winery and one of only a handful with estate vineyards producing authentic Wisconsin wine.
  • Lake Louie Brewing in Arena provides quality beers including Tommy’s Porter, one of my favorites.
  • The Quality Bakery in Dodgeville provides sweets for all.
  • Brewery Creek brewpub in Mineral Point for good beers and historic lodging.
  • The Mineral Point Opera House began in 1915 as a vaudeville house. Over the years, it has been used as a movie theater and a venue for a variety of live performances.  After extensive recent restoration, it is open again.
  • Mineral Point Gallery night happens four times a year; the first for 2016 is April 2. Local galleries open for tours and visitors can see the artists at work.

Iron County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Iron County by David Benbennick

Iron County population is 5,900 people living on 757 square miles.  It is the third least populated county in Wisconsin.  The County seat is Hurley with other cities and villages of:

  • Montreal
  • Mercer
  • Manitowish

The northern border of the county includes some Lake Superior shoreline and the state border with the upper peninsula of Michigan.  The Gogebic Range of mountains is in the northern portion of the county and the Turtle Flambeau Flowage covers most of the southern portion of the county.  Here is another map of Iron County showing the extensive undeveloped land.

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Iron County Wisconsin

Edible Antics Iron County recommendations include:

  • In Mercer Claire d Loon weighs 2,000 pounds, stands 16 feet tall, and lends credibility to the town’s claim to be the “Loon Capital.”
  • The Plummer Mine Headframe is part of an iron mine that opened in 1904, the Plummer Mine shaft angles downward from the headframe following a vein of ore into the earth to a depth of 2,367 feet. The Plummer Mine closed in 1924 and is the last such headframe standing in Wisconsin. From an engine house, cables ran up over the wheels at the top of the headframe and were attached to elevator cars, lowering miners and equipment underground and pulling ore cars back to the surface.

Edible Antics continues our tour next week in Jackson County and Jefferson County where we are looking for people, places or edibles that are all Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Dunn and Eau Claire County Edibles

This week’s Wisconsin county culinary tour visits Dunn and Eau Claire Counties.  Interesting not only are they next to each our alphabetically but they are also next door neighbors.

Dunn County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dunn County by David Benbennick

Dunn County is 852 square miles and is home to about 44,000 people.  County seat is Menomonie.  Some of the villages in Dunn County include:

  • Boyceville
  • Colfax
  • Downing
  • Elk Mound
  • Knapp
  • Ridgeland
  • Wheeler

The University of Wisconsin – Stout campus is located in Menomonie with many outstanding career focused majors.  The Chippewa River is an excellent recreational resource and flows through the south east corner of the county.  The Red Cedar River and state trail run north and south through much of the county.  The county is blessed with a number of state hunting and fishing grounds that attract visitors and fans.

Edible Antics recommendations located in Dunn County include:

  • The Grain Bin market and bakery near Boyceville stocks bulk supplys of grains and baking supplies and also has fresh baked goods to take home
  • Sailer’s Cut Rite meats in Menomonie for local meats
  • Jake’s Supper Club on Tainter Lake five miles north of Menomonie features three outdoor decks overlooking the lake, live music on weekends and 20 beers on tap.
  • Zanzibar restaurant and pub in historic downtown Menomonie
  • The Waterfront restaurant on Lake Menomonie offers outdoor seating in the summer with great views of the lake
  • Lucette Brewing company is a small batch craft brewer with interesting brews
  • Legacy Chocolates in Menomonie for expresso and hand dipped chocolate truffles

Eau Claire County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Eau Claire County by David Benbennick

About 99,000 people live in the 637 square miles that is Eau Claire County.  The County seat is in Eau Claire.  Other cities in the county include Altoona and Augusta.  Villages include Fairchild and Fall Creek.  The Eau Claire River merges into the Chippewa River in the city of Eau Claire.  The city is home to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire campus, the Chippewa Valley Museum and the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp.  .  The county straddles an area where the agricultural lands of southern Wisconsin transition into the forested north woods of Wisconsin.

Edible Antics recommendations in Eau Claire County include:

  • Randy’s Family Restaurant
  • Mona Lisa’s in historic downtown Eau Claire
  • Grizzly’s Grill wood fired oven treats
  • Eau Claire Firehouse in an updated firehouse with good beer selections
  • Bijou Bistro with an interesting menu
  • Silver Spring Foods provide condiments derived from horseradish roots.
  • Otter Creek Inn bed and breakfast in Eau Claire.  Here is their recipe for Easy Blonde Brownies from the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast cookbook:

Easy Blonde Brownies (makes 12 servings)


  • 2/3 cup margarine
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9X12 inch baking dish.  Melt the margarine in a saucepan over low heat.  Add the brown sugar and stir until melted.  Beat in the eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt.  Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and top with chocolate chips.  Bake for 25 minutes.

Blonde Brownies are said to have been invented before traditional brownies.   January 22 is National Blonde Brownie Day.

Join us next week as we hunt down more edible antics in Florence and Fond du Lac Counties searching for stuff that is Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.


Chippewa and Clark County Edibles

Edible Antics culinary tour of Wisconsin continues in Chippewa and Clark Counties.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Chippewa County by David Benbennick

Chippewa County

About 62,000 people live in Chippewa County’s 1,010 square miles of territory.  The County seat is Chippewa Falls and the county includes the cities of Bloomer, Cornell and Cadott. .Chippewa Falls is home to the Leinie’s Lodge by the Jacob Leinenkugle Brewing company makers of “Leinie’s” family of beers.  The county is bisected by the beautiful Chippewa River.  It home to the Old Abe State Trail, Lake Wissota State Park, Burnet Island State Park and a portion of the Holcombe Flowage. artisan partner in Chippewa County is Roth Sugar Bush a producer of maple syrup.

Edible Antics Chippewa County recommendations include:


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Clark County by David Benbennick


Clark County

Clark County covers 1,215 square miles with Neillsville as the County seat.  Population is about 35,000.  Other cities in the county are Thorp, Greenwood, Abbotsford and Colby. artisan partner in Clark County is Marieke Gouda cheese from Holland Family Cheese in Thorp, makers of award winning Gouda cheeses.

 Edible Antics Clark county recommendations include:

Burnett and Calumet Edibles

The Edible Antics culinary tour explores the best spots in Burnett and Calumet Counties in Wisconsin.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Burnett County by David Benbennick

Burnett County

Are we “Up Nort” yet?  About 15,000 people live in Burnett County.  It occupies 880 square miles.  Meenon is the county seat and it includes the villages of Grantsburg, Siren and Webster.  The county includes a number of Wisconsin State Wildlife areas, many lakes, the Saint Croix Indian Reservation and its western border is the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway.  Outdoor recreation and tourism are features of Burnett county.

Edible antics Burnett County recommendations:

  • The Burnett Dairy Cooperative store and bistro for cheese.  The Coop store stocks over 100 varieties of cheese and wines and makes handmade sandwiches to order.  Their cheese brands include Wood River Creamery, Burnett Dairy and Cady cheese.  The store is a fun stop when you are in the area.
  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway This is a national treasure.  The river has carved deep channels and offers beautiful canoeing, hiking and fishing.


Calumet County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Calumet County by David Benbennick

Is home to about 49,000 people and it occupies 320 Square miles.  The county seat is Chilton and it includes the cities of Brillion, New Holstein and parts of Appleton and Menasha.  High Cliff State Park is in Calumet County along with the Brillion Wildlife Area and the Killsnake Wildlife Area .  There are over 30 supper clubs in the county that calls itself the Supper Club Capital of the Midwest.

Edible antics Calumet county recommendations:

These stops in Burnett and Calumet Counties offer you some of the best edibles that are all Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.  Check back next week as our culinary tour continues in Chippewa and Clark Counties.





Brown and Buffalo County Edibles

Road Trip! Road Trip!

Our Wisconsin culinary tour visits our friends in Brown and Buffalo Counties.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Brown County by David Benbennick

Brown County

Brown County is home to about 248,000 folks and occupies 529 square miles.  The county seat is Green Bay.  Brown County hosts the cities of Green Bay and De Pere and the surrounding suburbs but it known as “Title Town”  – the home of our championship football team the Green Bay Packers.  This metro based community has much to offer the visitor including over 400 dining opportunities, microbreweries, a distillery, recreation and cultural activities with abundant lodging.

Brown County is home to a number of artisan partners.  They include:

Edible Antics Brown County recommendations include:


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Buffalo County by David Benbennick

Buffalo County

Buffalo County is on the far western edge of Wisconsin and offers scenic and pastoral vistas.  It is home to about 13,000 Wisconsinites and is 684 square miles in size. The county seat is the city of Alma.  One side of the county is along the scenic Mississippi River and includes the cities of Fountain City and Mondovi.  While Buffalo County is a more sparsely populated county this rural area supports good dining, interesting lodging and a section of the Great River Road along the Mississippi River.

Edible Antics Buffalo County recommendations include:

Enjoy the hospitality and fine edibles from these spots and know that it is all Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Check back next week for recommendations in Burnett and Calumet counties.

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