Restaurants

Top Choice Bakery in Southwest Wisconsin

Stockholm Pie & General Store

You may have to wait in line at this old-timey spot with wood plank floors and red-checkered tablecloths, but that allows you to study the blackboard and its lengthy list of pies available. Sour cream raisin, double…
Top Choice American in Madison

The Old Fashioned

With its dark, woodsy decor, the Old Fashioned evokes a supper club, a type of retro eatery common in Wisconsin. The menu is all local specialties, including walleye, cheese soup and sausages. It's hard to choose am…
Top Choice American in Milwaukee

Comet Cafe

Students, young families, older couples and bearded, tattooed types pile in to the rock-and-roll Comet for gravy-smothered meatloaf, mac 'n' cheese, vegan gyros and hangover brunch dishes. It's a craft-beer-pouring …
American in Milwaukee

Ardent

Milwaukee's foodies get weak-kneed when they sniff the Beard-nominated chef's ever-changing, farm-to-table dishes. Dinner is a lingering affair in the tiny glowing room, with two seatings each night for the 10-cours…
American in Pepin

Harbor View Cafe

The book-stuffed Harbor View is a Slow Food stalwart. Staff write the changing menu on a chalkboard twice daily – once for lunch, once for dinner. Cross your fingers the list shows the four-cheese stuffed mushrooms,…
American in Madison

L'Etoile

L'Etoile started doing the farm-to-table thing more than three decades ago. It's still the best in the biz, offering creative meat, fish and vegetable dishes, all sourced locally and served in a casually elegant roo…
Pies in Northern Wisconsin

Norske Nook

Norse Nook hangs a sign that says, 'Pie Fixes Everything.' Try the chocolate mint, blueberry crunch or cherry cream cheese varieties, and you'll believe it. They've all won blue ribbons at the National Pie Champions…
American in Milwaukee

Bavette La Boucherie

This hip industrial space in the Third Ward is a butcher shop with a cafe that serves lunch and dinner. It stacks a meaty sandwich, such as the roast pork with rhubarb-raisin compote and the seared steak with truffl…
Bakery in Racine

O&H Danish Bakery

Family-owned O&H has been around forever. The bakery's claim to fame is its kringle, an oval-shaped Nordic pastry with a sweet filling. O&H's kringles are flaky wonders the size of a tire and come in flavors…
International in Madison

Weary Traveler Free House

Old-style speakeasy meets UK pub at the Weary Traveler. The low lighting, dark wood decor, art-filled walls and myriad board games complement the menu of global comfort foods. Top marks go to the Reuben sandwich, ve…