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15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Okay, Wisconsin, put your stretchy pants on.

Cassie Sheets

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1. Embrace Surprises At Sanford Restaurant

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Sanford Restaurant Facebook

Sanford Restaurant
1547 N Jackson St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 276-9608
Yelp: 4.5 Stars — 109 Reviews

If you’re looking for exciting upscale dining in a chic, relaxing atmosphere, Sanford Restaurant should be at the top of your list. The chef and owner, Justin Aprahamian, won the James Beard award for the best chef in the Midwest in 2014, and with his innovative, perfectly plated New American dishes, it’s easy to see why.

Adventurous diners shouldn’t miss the Seven-Course Surprise Tasting Menu, where a custom menu is prepared according to the whims of the chef, and is best paired with something off the impressive wine list.

2. Traditional Tastes At The Old Fashioned

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: The Old Fashioned Facebook

The Old Fashioned
23 N Pinckney St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 310-4545
Yelp: 4 Stars — 743 Reviews

The Old Fashioned pays tribute to the best of Wisconsin’s traditional foods, and that’s reflected in their locally inspired décor. The fried Walleye sandwich, brats, and beer cheese soup are a must, best paired with a local tap beer or The Old Fashioned House Brew.

Of course, no traditional Wisconsin meal would be complete without incredibly tasty cheese curds, and a meal at The Old Fashioned is no exception.

3. Gluten Free Eats So Good You’ll Forget About Grain At Plae Bistro

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Plae Bistro Facebook

Plae Bistro
1671 Hoffman Rd
Ste 10
Green Bay, WI 54311
(920) 632-7065
Yelp: 4.5 Stars — 76 Reviews

Anyone with a gluten allergy knows the true significance of finding delicious gluten free bread, which is why so many flock to Plae Bistro. If you don’t fill up on their delicious appetizer bread, try their bacon macaroni and cheese and beef tenderloin. Don’t miss out on your greens; innovative salads, like the Ahi salad, are always crisp and fresh at Plae Bistro.

4. Take A Trip To Texas Without The Flight At Joe’s Texas BBQ

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Joe’s Texas BBQ Facebook

Joe’s Texas BBQ
1800 Ashland Ave
Green Bay, WI 54304
(920) 430-1404
Yelp: 4.5 Stars — 56 Reviews

Finding delicious, authentic, finger-licking-good Texas BBQ in Wisconsin is no easy feat. Joe’s Texas BBQ may be a hole in the wall spot that’s tough to track down, but once you try the tender sliced beef brisket, or the perfectly seasoned ribs, you’ll understand it was totally worth the hunt.

5. Veggie Friendly Eats That Even Please Carnivores At Comet Café

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: The Comet Café Facebook

Comet Café
1947 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 273-7677
Yelp: 4 Stars — 659 Reviews

Comet Café is a cozy spot where vegans, vegetarians, and even the Ron Swansons of the world can come together over delicious, fresh, seasonal eats. Whether you’re stopping in for a mid-morning brunch, or staggering in at one in the morning for some much needed finals week sustenance, you’re in for a delicious dish.

The Compact Turkey dinner and vegan meatloaf are great comfort food meals, and a little coconut banana caramel pie for dessert is the perfect way finish it off. If you’re not sold on veggie “meats” you can still order a few slices of their delicious real bacon.

6. Dig Into The Perfect Combination, Pizza And Beer, At Wild Tomato

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza and Grille Facebook

Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza and Grille
4023 State Hwy 42
Fish Creek, WI 54212
(920) 868-3095
Yelp: 4.5 Stars — 172 Reviews

This family owned and operated affordable restaurant that’s committed to using sustainable products is a choice you can feel good about. Oh yeah, and it tastes absolutely amazing too.

Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza and Grille serves up delicious pizzas with fresh, creative toppings, paired with local craft brews. The quaint atmosphere and super friendly staff are added bonuses.

7. Grab Classic Diner Dishes At Franks Diner

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Yelp

Franks Diner
508 58th St
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 657-1017
Yelp: 4.5 Stars — 179 Reviews

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seems to be the philosophy behind Franks Diner, and it’s definitely working. This restaurant serves up the best of classic diner breakfast foods at the best classic diner prices.

Order a garbage plate (which is actually delicious), homemade cinnamon rolls, and a mimosa, and you know your day will start off right.

8. Fill Up On Fancy Ramen At Tochi

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: TOCHI Facebook

Tochi
2107 E Capitol Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 963-9510
Yelp: 4 Stars — 150 Reviews

If you still think ramen is that packaged stuff you lived on in college, you’re seriously and sorely mistaken. It’s time to reeducate yourself immediately with a trip to Tochi.

In the mood for traditional? The Shoyu Ramen is topped with tender pork belly, flavorful smoked egg. In the mood for fusion? The Wisconsin Ramen is topped with brat sausage and dehydrated sauerkraut. Either way, it’s going to be way better than anything you ate as an undergrad.

9. MACS Gets Creative With Mac And Cheese

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: MACS Facebook

MACS Macaroni And Cheese Shop
208 Broadway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 678-2300
Yelp: 4.5 Stars — 128 Reviews

MACS serves up macaroni and cheese that bears absolutely no resemblance to the dollar boxed stuff. Creative macaroni and cheese options include Memphis Mac, topped with pulled pork and BBQ sauce, and Hangover Mac (three cheeses, bacon, fried hot dog, green pepper, onions, mushrooms, hash browns, and sriracha should about do the trick). MACS also has delicious melts, wedge salads, and desserts, all in cast iron skillets.

10. Brunch That’s Worth The Wait At Blue’s Egg

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Blue’s Egg Facebook

Blue’s Egg
317 N 76th
Milwaukee, WI 53213
(414) 299-3180
Yelp: 4.5 Stars — 529 Reviews

Blue’s Egg serves up some of the most delicious breakfast and brunch in Wisconsin…and the secret is out. You may have to wait awhile for a table, but the monkey bread with bourbon glaze alone will make it worth the wait.

With endless coffee refills, tasty mimosas, perfectly poached eggs Benedict, and flavorful goat cheese hash browns, it’s easy to see why this classic American brunch spot draws such a big crowd.

11. Devour Flavor Packed Cajun Dishes At Stella Blues

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Yelp

Stella Blues
306 E Madison St
Eau Claire, WI 54703
(715) 855-7777
Yelp: 4 Stars — 56 Reviews

Stella Blues brings a taste of Louisiana to Eau Claire. With cozy, retro décor in a pretty historic building and super friendly wait staff, Stella Blues isn’t just a pleasant place to eat—it has the food to match.

The Andouille sausage packs a flavorful kick, and pairs perfectly with hearty portions of moist corn bread. The jambalaya and gumbo are perfectly seasoned, and absolutely can’t be missed.

12. Get Your Friday Fish Fry On At Lakefront Brewery

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Lakefront Brewery Facebook

Lakefront Brewery
1872 N Commerce St
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 372-8800
Yelp: 4.5 Stars — 640 Reviews

Friday fish fries are to Wisconsin as baseball is to America. There are dozens of spots diners could choose, but there’s a reason people keep coming back to Lakefront Brewery for the Friday fish fix.

When your food is served in a beer hall with live polka music playing, and it’s a deep fried cut of tender cod and potato pancakes with a cool glass of local beer, the experience just can’t get any better.

13. Authentic Mexican Eats In A Unique Environment At Taqueria Guadalajara

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Taqueria Guadalajara Facebook

Taqueria Guadalajara
1033 S Park St
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 250-1824
Yelp: 4 Stars — 204 Reviews

If your passport isn’t up to date or you just don’t have time to fly down to Mexico for authentic food, Taqueria Guadalajara is the next best bet. Order a delicious Huarache el Paisano, grilled cactus, chicken chimichanga, and Mexican coca-cola, and you’ll get to watch it prepared in the quaint restaurant’s open kitchen. Oh…and then you’ll get to eat it, which is definitely the best part.

14. Feed Your Soul At The Cozzy Corner

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: The Cozzy Corner Facebook

The Cozzy Corner
111 N Walnut Street
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 364-9563
Yelp: 4.5 Stars — 47 Reviews

Sometimes eating is about so much more than feeding your body. Sometimes it can be about feeding your soul. A meal from The Cozzy Corner in Appleton does just that. The tasty mac and cheese, collard greens, hush puppies, and chicken and waffles The Cozzy Corner serves are always seasoned and cooked to perfection.

All the food is best enjoyed with a group of friends or family in the warm, welcoming, and of course, cozy environment with music-themed décor.

15. Locavores Rejoice At Graze’s Fresh Regional Eats

15 Wisconsin Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Graze Facebook

Graze
1 S Pinckney St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 251-2700
Yelp: 4 Stars — 456 Reviews

Graze is more than just a place to grab a bite. It’s a chic, modern dining experience where customers are treated to the best fusion eats made from local ingredients, and tasty innovative cocktails.

Whether you’re grabbing Nutella French toast to satisfy your morning sweet tooth, or a bibimbap burrito and noodle bowl for a filling fusion lunch, you’ll be as pleased with the way your meal tastes as you are with the trendy atmosphere.

What’s your go-to for great grub in Wisconsin? Tell us in the comments below!

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posted on: March 12, 2015
251,159 views, 12 comments

12 Comments

  1. Todd Klassy

    1.) Your list of the 15 best restaurants includes one from Traverse City, MICHIGAN. What the hell? Does anyone proof articles at Movoto, or is it only a Ctrl-C Ctrl-V click bait operation?

    2.) There is only ONE WAY you company can redeem itself; if in its place it includes The Glarner Stube in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Your omission of it from your list alone is worth of banishing your blog to the land of nevermore. However, if you do your homework you will CLEARLY see that The Glarner Stube should be added to the list.

    Failure to make this correction means I will write a new post on MY blog called “15 Reasons to Stop Reading Movoto Blog That Will Totally Blow Your Mind.” The good news is that #9 will be about Trulia.

  2. Todd Klassy

    You removed the Michigan restaurant you had listed at #9 and replaced it with a Wisconsin restaurant. Good for you. Next time you should probably acknowledge your error.

  3. Lisa Kirmse

    This food critic should have ventured out more,hes missing out on a lot. One of the top restaurants in wisconsin is The Black Otter in Hortonville i was expecting to see it on here!

  4. Bonnie

    Todd, I couldn’t agree more about The Glarner Stube! One of the coolest places I’ve been to with amazing food.

    I am curious though, which one from this list is from Traverse City, MI?

  5. Judy Timber

    Movoto, you will be blown away at the taste of the BBQ and Smoked Brisket at Double B’s BBQ in West Allis, WI. Guests from all over the country claim its the best the state has to offer. Please come and give it a try!

  6. Todd Klassy

    #9 WAS from Traverse City, MI. After my comment they fixed it.

  7. Chris

    Maggiano’s Milwaukee it’s has Gluten free pastas and more, Flatbread pizza and more. if anyone was interested in that., Mama Mia’s on greenfield ave 86th st & Greenfield in West Allis Wi. also has Gluten-free pasta and amazing Garlic bread and pizza.

  8. Jason

    Sobelman’s in Milwaukee !

  9. Patricia Noonan

    Schwartzs in St.Anne,WI
    STEAKS CUT IN HOUSE. BEYOND TGE BEST STEAK AND ALASKAN WILD CRAB LEGS TOO!!!

  10. Lin

    Some of the absolute best ‘Americanized’ Chinese food I’ve ever had was at a nice family ran restaurant named Chang Garden! They have locations in Wausau & Weston, WI. and are definitely worth checking out if you’re ever in the area!

  11. deb

    Harvey Moys had the best chinese food ever.We drive from Port Washington to Menomonee Falls to eat there.The hot and sour soup and egg rolls are the best you’ll ever have.They offer Hunan and sechuan in various levels of heat.Our favorite restaurant in Wisconsin by far…I promise you won’t be disappointed.

  12. Mrs. Gates

    Green Acre’s in Sauk City, WI… Its the best food I’ve ever had and always go there.. Its always packed every night…. 5 STARS

 

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