Wisconsin

Restaurants in Wisconsin

Wisconsin makes over a quarter of all cheese sold in America (about 2.4 billion pounds worth), so it's no surprise that restaurants in Wisconsin highlight this star product. With the increase in farmers markets, craft breweries, indie distilleries and artisan food purveyors, though, Wisconsin has, in recent years, upped its national culinary profile; now, diners can enjoy everything from award-winning waterfront seafood restaurants and 50's-throwback diners to Northwoods supper clubs, gastro pubs, and the famous Door Country Fish Boils.

The most popular restaurants in Wisconsin include The Old Fashioned in Madison, which features a dark-wood, retro decor along with a menu of local specialties (cheese soup, walleye) and over 150 labels of state brews. Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, everyone from families and students to the hipster crowd heads to Comet Cafe to enjoy gravy-topped meatloaf, hangover-cure brunch dishes, and oversized cupcakes—and more craft beer.

Experience a fish boil at the inn, where you can learn about and watch the preparation of Lake Michigan whitefish over an open fire.

Wisconsin’s oldest cheese store. Pair your favorite fromage with a local brew in the tavern.

The region’s slow-food mecca.

What It’s Like: On a bluff high above Lake Michigan, Lake Park Bistro serves sophisticated but unfussy French fare under the guidance of executive chef Adam Siegel, winner of the prestigious 2008 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the

The small-plate restaurant has great service, a proper wine program, and an impressive amaro selection.

The perfect spot for authentic Mexican cuisine and drinks overlooking the Wisconsin River. The Hurricane Rosa, a fruity, red rum punch, is the house specialty.

Enjoy pubby comfort food (think big burgers and serious salads). Weather permitting, grab a table on the outdoor patio.

The shop sells beer-and-cheese flights pairing Wisconsin blue Affinée, Gruyère, sharp cheddar, and Bellavitano with local Sprecher Special Amber microbrew.

Homemade fresh pasta and custom-cut steaks are hits. The giant portions mean hearty leftovers.

For seasonal fare, trundle over to this local foodie favorite. Its specialty is—what else—a cheese platter with artisanal Wisconsin cheeses.

Holding fast to the area’s Swedish heritage, Al Johnson’s meatballs and pancakes are notable, and so is the restaurant’s grass roof with grazing goats.