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Wisconsin I-94 stop?

Hey, thanks for reporting back! It's nice to see that the effort to help out is worthwhile. Many people don't bother.

Glad you liked that new little place. But that burger at the casino is a good one, too. Try them next time!

Jan 17, 2014
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Wisconsin I-94 stop?

Here's a newer place right off the four-lane in Black River Falls. We've enjoyed everything we've had so far.

http://themochamouse.com/bread.html

And then, just a few miles down that road (Hwy 54) is a Ho-Chuck casino, with a surprisingly good lunch counter. We like their cheeseburger, nice and greasy and juicy and lots of fried onions.

Dec 20, 2013
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Looking for a Hot Brown in the Milwaukee area

It's not exactly the same, but I've had something close in Oshkosh. Check under "Special Baked Sandwiches" for the "George's White House."

http://www.georgesgaslight.com/lunch-...

But if you're going to Oshkosh, you really need to check out Ardy & Eds Drive-in, and Hughes chocolates, just a few blocks away from Ardys.

Oct 23, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Rochester, Harmony, MN area and going north along the Mississippi River

Allright, so I CAN'T seem to attach a reply to the proper message, so what? It's Saturday, I'm off duty. Have fun in our area. A follow-up report later would be interesting to read.

Jun 09, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Rochester, Harmony, MN area and going north along the Mississippi River

Later...I see I made a mistake. The cottages in Fountain City is Hawk's VIEW, not Hawk's Nest.

And at Pete's Hamburgers is a very pretty riverside park two blocks away where we always go to eat the burgers.

And when I said sixty miles from Prairie du Chien to La Crosse where I live, that is one way.

And, last, what, pizza again? Going up that side will take you right past the Great River Roadhouse, where the really do have great pizza. But you want to be hungry, because they are big and they are loaded.

Jun 09, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Rochester, Harmony, MN area and going north along the Mississippi River

And the river drive from PdC to La Crosse is one of the prettiest that we have.

But that means you're coming into La Crosse, oh boy, that's a big subject.

But Rudy's Drive-in has old style color and carhops on roller blades.

Train Station Barbecue is excellent, Carolina Style, they are a drive through, but Riverside Park nearby is a very nice place to enjoy oy.

The Pizza Doctor was included on one of the foodie TV shows, Diners, Drive-in and Drives? Can't recall.

Jun 09, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Rochester, Harmony, MN area and going north along the Mississippi River

Aw Gee. I just noticed that you say you're making a quick jaunt into Iowa. Will you be getting near to Prairie du Chien WI/ If so, you've got to go to Pete's Hamburgers! They have a little website you can check. Over one hundred years,family business, in the same location since startup, and all they serve is one thing -- a hamburger, a different and unique hamburger...they don't even have cheese, just the burger. But there is always a line, always a line, because it is so good.

It's a sixty mile drive for us, and we always take along a tupperware containers to bring four extra home besides what we eat there.

Just one bummer -- they're only open Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Locals tip: Get both cooked and raw onions, make a different taste and texture.

Jun 09, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Rochester, Harmony, MN area and going north along the Mississippi River

Oh, yeah....google "Lanesboro food cart" and there is a story not even a week old, about a new dining option in that quaint little town.

Jun 09, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Rochester, Harmony, MN area and going north along the Mississippi River

Scandahoovian, hey? Why, some of my best friends are....

This is a great area for good looking blond folks -- you could google Westby WI (Wilkommen! Google them, there's a Viking statue too) or Decorah IA and find plenty of countrymen, and there are various festivities at various times.

Hayward is a great place -- I was there a year ago this month, happened to be the weekend of the Muskie Festival. Wish I had a brother that lived there.

As far as up the river, by working in the Twin Cities, I've done them both a jillion times, and while there is some real good stuff on the Minnesota side, I really think you'll have better views and dining options on the Wisconsin side.

(As a side note on the Minnesota side, have you ever come across the book on Hwy 61 by Cathy Wurzer, called Tales of the Road, Highway 61? It actually covers the whole length of the highway, but has a section on Minnesota.)

OK, Wisconsin side, assuming you're crossing at Winona (you can google most of these places):

Fountain City, The Golden Frog, right on the main drag, Hwy 35. Old style supper club, been there forever, great food, and good for a sandwich at noon or full-blown at night.

And then here's a must stop for the Scandahoovies -- immediately across Hwy 35 from the Frog is a lefse shop. They make it right there, you could not get any fresher. I just can't remember the name of the place, but it's right across the street.

Alma WI, Kate & Gracies Restaurant, very interesting and different.

Pepin WI, The Harbor View, a very nice place that borders on gourmet, very well reviewed.

Stockholm WI -- Bogus Creek Cafe -- I haven't been here, but again it gets great reviews.

Stockholm again -- You like pizza? Are you bringing kids? Here's an off chance for something you just don't get to see too often, but you would have to hit it just right with your schedule.

The place is a local farm, that sells only their own product, but they have a unique event here -- on Tuesday nights only, during the summer only, 430 - 800 pm only, local families from miles around park in the farmyard, find a place to spread the blanket (this is all outside, there is no inside) and then they order their pizza. Yep, pizza. That's all they will have, and that's fine by everybody. If the weather is right (it is BEAUTIFUL right now!) there will be a few hundred people sitting on their blankets of lawn chairs, enjoying family and jawing with their neighbors.

But they're all really there for the pizza!

If you want local color, this is it! I think there may be a connection here to the Bogus Creek Bakery, but not sure.

It's A to Z Produce and Bakery, or google A to Z Pizza, or The Pizza Farm. They are at N2956 Anker Lane, Stockholm.

Will you be staying in the area? Google Hawk's Nest in Fountain City for a unique place high up on the bluffs.

And lately, we have been getting several wineries in the region too.

OK, dat's about dat. All I can think of right now.

Jun 09, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Rochester, Harmony, MN area and going north along the Mississippi River

If you are getting near Spring Grove, you could stop and get a case or two of Spring Grove Soda, and it's cool to buy it right at the bottling plant, and actually cheaper too. They are billed as the state's "only soft drink maker" and it's old style good soda, bottled the old way. A case of assorted varieties would be a great gift!

Where are you coming over to the Mississippi, near La Crosse or Winona? And then it all depends on timing and schedule -- there are a lot of places to eat in La Crosse, depending on what you're after.

Winona? Sammy's pizza is the only place you want to consider. Google them, they have a nice website. Great pizza, I mean great pizza, Chicago style square-cut, thin crust, old style and definitely an institution in Winona. Insider's tip: get the 'beef and onion', it's a whole different flavor.

From there it depends on which side of the river you are going up. There are possibilities on both sides, but the Wisconsin side might (will) offer more options.

But, important, you want to consider the views along the river. There are better views on one side or the other as you go along. And they are all magnificent!

Good luck! Come here and enjoy the area. We like your money....and you too!

Jun 08, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Can anyone tell me where to find a knish in la crosse Wisconsin

Thanks. I'll find them and check them out next time I'm around. I would like to love them, and hope to find good stuff.

But Stan, speaking of that area, you ever go to the Irish Shanti in Gunder for a burger? Supposed to be really good. I have not, but it's on my list. I don't usually get past Pete's in Prairie du Chien.

Do you have any good recommendations for LaX or elsewhere?

Jan 23, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Can anyone tell me where to find a knish in la crosse Wisconsin

Well, we've got a Checkers now, and they're big in Florida, I'm curious do you like them? I'd sure like to see a lot of new things here, starting with that good ole belly bomb, the White Castle. Also would like a Waffle House, they are a class act. But that's just chains -- I sure would like to see more ethnic foods offered here, a great Polish or Jewish deli would find me coming in every day.

And some challah bread, and other good stuff. I was in Florida recently and REALLY enjoyed Einstein bagels, with their challah rolls and that extra delicious cream cheese spread they offer.

Like I said, I love living here, but we are in the boonies.

Hey, have you tried Marge's for breakfast? Drive by there any day and they are always loaded with customers, which surely tells the story. But you better go hungry, cause they load you up with potatoes, and they are good, the American fries especially. We always take most home, and they are great for some leftover meal.

Jan 23, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Can anyone tell me where to find a knish in la crosse Wisconsin

SmileForShells,
I feel your pain. Welcome to La Crosse, I live here too. And although we live in Paradise (though you may not think so with the weather right now!), we are definitely in the boonies when ti comes to ethnic foods. It seems all we can muster are Mexican and Asian places, or the typical bar food.

You will probably have to go to Madison or Twin Cities to find what you are after.

I guess try to take comfort in our wonderful fried fish and cheese curds.

I can't help with a knish, but I did have blintzes for breakfast once at the Three Rivers Lodge in the Radisson Hotel. I don't see them listed today on their on-line menu, but they might still be there.

But, hey, if you're new here, there is a place you've got to try, just 60 miles south, on a beautiful drive to Prairie du Chien. Just google Pete's Hamburgers there, and you'll find this unique place that has been selling just that one thing for over a century, and they are a smashing success, always a line and well worth the wait.

They're only open in the summer, and we make the trip several times each year, and buy a half dozen to take home. We take separate containers for the burgers and buns, so they don't get all soggy and messed up.

Local tip: They offer both cooked and raw onions. The locals order both on their burgers.

Jan 20, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Can anyone tell me where to find a knish in la crosse Wisconsin

Stan, have you been to that store before? I haven't been for several years, as I found them to be a very dirty place, dust on the items on the shelves, etc. I couldn't find much appealing, and bought some Jewish candy bars that turned out to be VERY old and stale and discolored. I have no need to go back.

Are they even still there, after all that's happened with the meat plant?

Jan 20, 2012
rudybaga in Great Lakes

Embarrassing Frozen Foods You Always Keep on Hand?

Hey dinnercraft, don't want to hijack the thread, but have you noticed a change in the taste of that Stouffers mac&beef? My wife and I used to love it , but a couple of years ago they changed the flavor (changed the box at the same time). The new stuff is just not as good. You notice anything?

We did write Stouffers to express our opinion, got a form letter back and a couple coupons.

We've been trying to duplicate the original recipe at home, and can't quite find it. Any ideas?

Dec 31, 2009
rudybaga in General Topics

"That's the most nutritious part!"

Well, Sam, you are just the person for this, then. This has been nagging at me since I posted a few hours ago. I tried several google searches and got nowhere, so looked up potato in Wikipedia. Their nutrition section (#6) indicates quite a little additional nutrition contained in the skin -- enough to make it important to eat.

It does not mention the word corona, but does say that almost all of the PROTEIN in a potato is contained just under the skin.

What say you?

Oct 17, 2009
rudybaga in General Topics

"That's the most nutritious part!"

Question for anyone -- some years ago I was in a mess hall in Alaska eating steak and baked potato. The guy across from me (from Florida) said "You're from the Midwest, aren't you?" "Minnesota," I said, "How'd you know?" He said "People from the Midwest are the only ones who eat their potato skin."

Think it's true? I love 'em, my wife from the same town won't touch them.

Oct 17, 2009
rudybaga in General Topics

"That's the most nutritious part!"

I recall reading about potatoes years ago in National Geographic, where they said that the skin being the most nutritious part is a myth that started through misunderstanding -- that the actual most nutitious part is the "corona" -- the outside portion of the potato just inside the skin. You can see the corona easily on many potato chips, it is the outside edge of the chip that is more dark from the frying process.

But the skin may supply good fiber. Whatever, it is a mighty tasty part. My grandma got me started on that, and I ALWAYS want the skin.

Oct 17, 2009
rudybaga in General Topics

Chow destinations between MSP and Ferryville, WI?

Hey, that St Olaf thing is a pork tenderloin sandwich,the Iowa specialty, not a beef steak. Sorry, local language, I guess.

Chow destinations between MSP and Ferryville, WI?

Or, you've got to go back, don't you? You can go "up the river."

Chow destinations between MSP and Ferryville, WI?

Kristin, Newt's in Rochester has been voted best burgers for a number of years. Just a little out of route is the scenic Lanesboro MN, which has some interesting restaurants and cafes. Also a little out of route is Spring Grove, who has a small family owned company named Spring Grove Soda Pop with some interesting and tasty flavors. You can buy directly from the factory office or in the local stores. Google all three for their websites.

In Decorah is an authentic Jewish Deli that will make you swear you are in Brooklyn or the Bronx. But beware! The place needs a good dusting and hosing down, you will be able to see that immediately. Don't be fooled by the packages, either. I was trying hard to find something clean and fresh looking to take home with me, and finally bought a multi-pack of Jewish chocolate bars. Bad, bad, bad. Old, stale, hard. I wouldn't spend a penny in that place again.

Again somewhat out of route is the St Olaf Tap in tiny and old St Olaf IA, they won top tenderloin in a statewide contest. Near there is the Gunder Tap, with the Gunder Burger, renowned locally. You can google them as well.

Also google Pete's hamburgers in Prairie du Chien WI for a one-of-a-kind hamburger stand that celebrated their 100th year this summer. 100 years! PdC also has a couple interesting "general store" type places that you can find some good supplies. And another in Marquette IA.

But why don't you meander down the river instead of the boring flatland? There are great river views, and many, many places to find very good food. Search this site for a lot of suggestions, or I can give you some good local places.

Wisconsin Burgers (La Crosse)?

OK, I'm assuming that even though no car, you do have some transportation, otherwise you are stuck with downtown. If you were stuck downtown, the Backyard Burger at the Radisson is real good, and will make a nice picture for your website. If you want to see a picture of it, google "eating la crosse" and choose Three Rivers. This is a local reviewer, and she calls it the perfect burger.

If you can move a little, I would go with Cruz-In, but that is 8 miles from downtown. (In a beautiful little valley, called a "coulee" here.) And Bucky's will probably make you happy. (Expect to go around a few corners in their neighborhood -- one way streets.)

And Bucky's standard burger will be a little smaller, which might leave room for you to try a drive-by Culver's or Maid-Rite, just for the experience. The old Maid-Rite is just a mile away from Bucky's.

Culver's, by the way, is known for the "crispy edges" on their burger, which is a very common and much loved drive-in method of preparation in the midwest.

Just one note if stuck downtown...if someone says Fayze's, well, that is old news. They used to be great, but have changed hands and their best days are behind them.

There is a hot dog chain (four outlets, all local) called Coney Island, since 1922, cheap and tasty little dogs. And their original is downtown, just a few blocks from Radisson. There is also a cheap and tasty soup and sandwich place called Pickerman's, which is very good, and should be a chain of it's own; it seems like it could be a unique niche among the usual places.

Wisconsin Burgers (La Crosse)?

Well, I just checked your website and had to add it to my favorites. Boy, do I miss those Big Boys! I just want to take that right out of your hand.

Oh, and there is some pizza here too. Google small regional chain Happy Joe's, we've got a good one. Pizza Doctor downtown for a constant and good buffet. You know this is a college town, so lots of pizza, and lots of taverns too!

Wisconsin Burgers (La Crosse)?

You can google "walnut burger" and get a nice write-up. They are indeed famous around here, but they are veggie, and it seems you want MEAT! You have choices!

Bucky's is indeed good, just be advised it is a workingman's bar. But it is also a local place, and you will see the railroad workers next to the ladies from the neighborhood. We are always comfortable here.

But here's some others: In Trempealeau is a bar/grill/boat landing called Hungry Point, with great burgers and good prices. It is also a very scenic town, on the river, and the local lock and dam is worth a visit, You can see the dam from Hungry Point.

Stop in at the Trempealeau Hotel for a walnut burger at it's original home if you wish. I like the Walnut Balls better, as they provide more crust area. .

Just outside La Crosse is a newer place called Cruz-In, on Smith Valley Road, just off County Road B. Excellent burgers and fish sandwiches, that's all we ever tried. But we have those a lot. Patty melt too!

Downtown, in the Radisson, is Three Rivers Lodge, very very good, We are never disappointed, in breakfast or lunch. They pay attention here. And they will make you a Backyard Burger with bacon and cheese and everything else.

Want colorful and local? Try Nutbush City Limits in Onalaska, just off the Interstate. The usual bar menu, all done well. This place is always full.

But if you're coming to the Midwest, there's two things you gotta try, Culver's and Maid-Rite. Maid-Rite is the original loosemeat sandwich, and people either like them or not. I think they are bland, like a sloppy joe without the sauce. But everybody should try one. And Culver's is a regional "slow fast food" place with fantastic burgers. I have seen arguments on other sites, over which is better, Culver's or In-n-Out.

One note about Maid-Rite. They have been expanding rapidly the last few years, mainly company stores in small malls. I hear there is some difference in the product at the new stores versus the old (Maid-Rite as a company has been around a LONG time). The difference seems to be in how the meat is prepared. I don't know, but lucky for you, vive la difference! In Onalaska is a brand new company store, but a real treasure is located on Caledonia Street in North La Crosse. This place is its own time warp, has not changed in half a century. And I mean has not changed! And full of locals, and I mean full. Go here! If you go just a little off hours, crowds will be gone and you can get a seat in this cool old place. And besides the loosemeat they have a good burger too.

You can google these, all have websites except Hungey Point.

Ok, that's enough. But don't you want to hear about our famous fish fries too?