Restaurants in Racine, WI

Only a few states have officially named a state pastry. Maine’s is Whoopie Pie; Connecticut’s is the snickerdoodle cookie; Texas has two: the sopaipilla and strudel. Wisconsin’s is kringle, a Danish delectable that customarily is as wide as a steering wheel: a great round wreath of flaky, butter-layered dough stuffed with fruit preserves, cheese, or chopped nuts and gilded with a sugar glaze. Once unique to a handful of bakeries in the city of Racine, kringle has earned popularity elsewhere, and in modified form, such as the cardamom-scented, single-serving, braided version at the Swedish Crown Bakery up in Anoka, Minnesota. For classic kringle, Racine still is the place to go; and among its several sources, our favorites are O&H, Bendtsen’s, and Larsen Bakery.

Racine’s Most Famous Dishes

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


Tall soda fountain glass holds a whipped cream-topped malt, with a silver beaker in back for refills.


Flaky square pastry with a sugar glaze an dark red guava filling


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

Grilled Hamburger

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