Restaurants in Wisconsin

You know you are in “America’s Dairyland” when hamburgers and charcoal-cooked brats (bratwursts) come glistening with butter, and when cheese curds are served in every bar. Cool, smooth custard is another creamy specialty; and cream pies are superlative. Fruit pies – apple, cherry, rhubarb, berry – also are memorable, even when they are not served a la mode. Friday night is fish fry night in virtually every restaurant; and if you’re up in Door County in the summer, do avail yourself of the pyrotechnical spectacular known as a fish boil. Milwaukee is rich in ethnic foods and is one of America’s top corned beef cities; and, of course, its population of brew pubs and corner taverns is peerless.

Wisconsin’s Most Famous Dishes

Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA


Seafood platter is loaded with fried shrimp, scallops, oysters, flounder, plus deviled crab and hushpuppies


Thick, horseshoe-shaped sausage ring is tightly cased.


Wisconsin’s Best Restaurants

Saukville Meats - Summer Sausage
Saukville Meats


Three Brothers - Roast Lamb
Three Brothers


Karl Ratzsch’s


Klinger’s East


Holy Hill Cafe




Gilles Frozen Custard


Watts Tea Shop


Jack Pandl’s Whitefish Bay Inn


Bogus Creek Cafe & Bakery




Elegant Farmer


Eggs, potatoes, and salami -- all mixed up for breakfast


Mazos - Cheeseburger


Harbor View Cafe


White Gull Inn


Kroll’s West


Iron Grate BBQ


Solly’s Grille - Butter Burger
Solly’s Grille


Chili John’s Restaurant




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Charcoal-grilled sausage is piled into a bun with pickle chips and onions.


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Sign advertises Friday night fish fry.

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Sandwich combines a burger and a brat ... Sheboygan brats

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A whole apple kringle with sugar icing, on a counter ready to cut

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Thick square of strawberry cheese torte ... Sheboygan brats

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The Sign at Speed Queen Bar-B-Que in Milwaukee, WI

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Widman’s Candy Shop - Hot Air

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Julian Pie Company - Apple Crumb Pie

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In a clear plastic cup, ice cream is topped with swirls of hot fudge and caramel, pecan halves, and a maraschino cherry

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Eggs, potatoes, and salami -- all mixed up for breakfast

Hoppel Poppel

Butter Burgers

Tender 3-layer orange-zested sponge cake, layered with custard, on fine china, boasts silky boiled frosting

Filled Sunshine Cake


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