Thanks, Easydoesit, for the update. You live in a beautiful, comfortable area. Wish I could enjoy that area this fall, but PA/NJ is nice, too. You can find good things and food wherever you go, but it is nice to be able to use sites like this for info, or memories!
I am sorry that we missed the Mr D experience. It was already closed down when we moved here and that corner is now a bank. However, it appears there will be a shadow of its former self. There will be a Mr D’s drive-thru in a corner of that bank. No longer a sit-down restaurant with full meals, but can still get the sweet rolls they are known for. Should open soon, and we are looking forward to it. Apparently Mr D’s is what they chose to feed President Bush on a visit to La Crosse.
Glad to report, though, that you would be right at home at Maid-rite. It is a glorious throwback to another time, and has not been changed in decades. Still the same tiny booths and counter, and almost always full. The daily lunch special automatically includes a dish of ice cream.
I sent you an email. We are going to meet ChiTwnDiner (Gregg) at the Tango (Argentine Steak Place)in Naperville, Monday evening. See the email for details.
I’m not too far from Naperville, where are you going?
We will drive to Chicago Monday the 15th, stay in Naperville, and are planning to meet ChiTwnDiner for dinner Monday night at a place of his choosing.
Tuesday we will photograph several old addresses in the Cicero/Berwyn/Riverside area that are relevant to my family history. These include the High School my Mother and her Brother and Sister attended. We also hope to find some of the old homes for them and other relatives, and some grave markers for family that have some information I am seeking. Then we will meet with some cousins at the Bohemian Crystal, a Czech restaurant in Westmont. We will try to beat the afternoon traffic rush out to the NorthWest on I-90 and I-39 to arrive in Baraboo, WI before dark (we hope).
Wed. and Thurs. are open at this time. We will have my daughter and her family with us, but the only thing I asked her to do is find some good German or Czech food at least once in the two days. If there is a good place to eat somewhere between you and where we will be, perhaps a meeting on Wed. or Thursday will work out.??? Let’s talk about this!!
Friday and Saturday we will follow the Wisconsin River to the Mississippi and then head South along the river. Depending on my endurance as to where we will turn East to head for Louisville. Quad Cities? Nauvoo? or St Louis?? Thats the basic plan!
I love southeastern and southcentral Wisconsin. My dad grew up and lived as a young man in LaCrosse and Eau Claire. I was born in Dodgeville. I remember visiting LaCrosse with my own kids when we lived in Chicago and going to Mr. D’s and Maid-Rite. We also especially loved to stop in New Glarus whenever possible, even going hours out of our way, and eat at Glarner Stube, which we liked better than the Chalet Landhaus down the street.
http://community.iexplore.com/planning/journalEntryDining.asp?JournalID=25311&EntryID=16463&n=Glarner+Stube In the Dells, which we went to a few times a year usually, my family enjoyed The Cheese Factory, a restaurant you did not care that it was vegetarian. It [:)]has an amazing bakery! My kids learned to love cheesecake there. http://www.cookingvegetarian.com/Wisconsin_Dells_Restaurants/Restaurant.html Cute, too.
Al-which we are you heading home-would love to meet up for a bite!!!
I know the area is out of route for you. If you do get here, try to include a round trip on both sides of the river between La Crosse and Lansing IA. Besides great views of the Mississippi, you will see many examples of the devastation wreaked by our "100 year rains" in late August. Whole hillsides washed away, seven counties on both sides declared disaster areas. There is the BN RR on the WI side and the ICE on the IA/MN side. You will see new roadbed in many places on each road, as the hillside came rushing down, across the highway, and down further onto the railroad.
We took the drive today. There is still a lot of barge activity on the river, and the kids might like to see one going through a lock, and the BN is an awful busy road. And there are work crews and cleanup going on everywhere.
Right now we are at a campground in Baraboo, WI on our way to Indianapolis. I had a Mushroom Swiss Burger at Monk’s in Baraboo for dinner tonight.
Thanks for the kind words and the tip. We haven’t decided on how far "upriver" we will venture, but have notes on the places you mentioned. We have wandered around Baraboo and the area a few times when visiting, but primarily to places that will welcome a couple of small kids with the family.
Watch for our trip report later in the month!!
I love La Crosse! I’ve never been there for Octoberfest, but I have been to Buzzard Billies. They have great food and atmosphere. I also love the retro martini bar upstairs. I think it’s called the Starlight Lounge. La Crosse is one of the hubby and my favorite weekend trips, especially on the motorcycle. There are no bad roads between there and our home in New Glarus, WI. Unfortunately, some of them got washed out with the flooding this summer.
This weekend (10/5-10/7) is Oktoberfest in New Glarus. It’s not the traditional time for Oktoberfest but it’s pretty smart because Monday is a holiday for some, so it brings people in for a long weekend rather than a day trip. I will be selling tickets at the beer tent on Saturday night. With high temps predicted to be in the 80’s, it should be a crazy weekend!
Eli is a cutie. I hope your family and you enjoy La Crosse as much as we do. It is a great place to live, and to raise kids. Thanks for all your many trip reports, I go along with you on all of them. And you are a breakfast lover — my kind of guy.
Hello Al-The Mayor,
I have been reading and enjoying your posts for some time. I love your road trips and pictures, and as a retired rail, particularly like the railroading aspects you include.
My wife and I moved to La Crosse this summer and have been exploring the area. What we have here is good, solid midwesteren grub, but unfortunately not a lot of variety — I would like to see more ethnic places, of all types. There is Manny’s, a more or less authentic Mexican place, with good food, prices ranging from (for example) a burrito combo for around eight bucks to some seafood and steak specials up to 25.00 or so. Nice clean place, newer building. Unfortunatly, Casablanca was a very promising place we did not get to try, as the owner has closed after many years in business so he could go home, to Casablanca. He says he will be back in a few years and open something up, but who knows.
There are a lot of places we have not gotten to yet, and would not want to steer you wrong. But we have been told Buzzard Billy’s is very good, for that type of food.
However, how about a great burger on the river? Can you run 20 miles north of La Crosse to Trempeauleau? There is a little restaurant,boat landing/bait shop right near the lock and dam, called Hungry Point. Great river views and a truly good burger for five bucks. Good fries and onion rings also. They have other things too, but we never get past the burger cause we like it to much. They have a beautiful view of the Mississippi and the lock and dam, and the BN railroad runs right through there. You should see great fall colors, and Perrot State Park is right there.
Or, for an evening meal, Sullivan’s Supper Club in Treampeauleau offers an old fashioned Wisconsin supper club experience, as does Wason’s, near Galesville. This whole area is fish fry heaven on Friday nights.
Have you tried Monk’s Bar in downtown Dells for their famous burgers? Very good, and nice tavern ambience, fine for kids too. There is also a Monk’s in Baraboo, but have not been to that one. Probably just as good. Good luck!
Yeah we have ! We will check one of the Jim’s places on the Illinois side of the "Quad" !
Al………………. you better check/phone Jim’s Rib Haven in Rock Island. when we were there in July it was closed for unknown reasons ……….. We found / smelled BBQ smoke coming from a small building across the street, I mosied on over and talked to the guy working the BBQ who told me he was Jim’s grandson and he cooks up the ribs for both Jim’s . I said BOTH ?? He told me about Grandfather Jim’s was close but his fathers Jim’s up the road in East Moline was open and these ribs he was cooking were for his Dad’s place.
This all sounds familiar……….. didn’t we have this conversation before?
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