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.

Eclectic starters at this Asian-accented restaurant include pecan-encrusted goat cheese and smoked duck and Brie quesadillas.

Hit State Street Brats for a taste of the famed local bratwurst.

The large “big-apple” pancake serves three.

The area’s famous fish—walleye pike—is used in classic northern Italian dishes.

Stop into this institution (since 1954) for a family-style Italian dinner. Don’t miss the garlic bread!

Retro wood-paneled Spud's dishes up creative comfort food, like Reuben pizzas.

The region’s slow-food mecca.

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