Mama said don’t judge a book by its cover…but we do. I know I do that with restaurants. Which is silly, because you’re there to eat, not to gaze at the interior design. These places might not look like the fanciest places in the world…but inside, they house some of the best culinary delights Wisconsin has to offer. So get ready to grab a napkin, because you’re about to drool over these great Wisconsin restaurants:
1. Frank's Diner (Kenosha)
Frank's does Wisconsin food. Period. They've got those big breakfasts we're known for. But then there are pasties for our UP friends who have influenced us. And because it's Wisconsin, this diner is serving Bloody Marys. This place is for you!
2. The Comet Cafe (Milwaukee)
Do you have a comfort food craving? If so, you have to check out the Comet Cafe. They do a meatloaf that will bring you back. Don't eat meat? They have legitimately good vegetarian dishes as well. But they also do "Bacon Night."
3. Delta Diner (Delta)
It's pretty safe to say that Delta Diner is one of the few diners you'll find in the woods. This diner doesn't have a ton of offerings, but what they do, they do well. People are loving the burgers, and people have commented on the authenticity of the Norwegian cakes.
4. The Brick House Cafe (Cable)
The Brick House Cafe/Facebook
What lies up the steps of this old house is some of the best food you'll find in Wisconsin. You can get an awesome breakfast. But then you can get a delectable sandwich (people rave about the 'heidi ho').
5. Kounty Quarthouse (South Range)
They serve one of the best fish frys around. But they also serve lobster tails...and meatball bombers. A real unique menu that the locals love. You might recognize that guy in the green shirt, BTW.
6. Shorty's Pizza and Smoked Meat (Superior)
Shorty's Pizza and Smoked Meat/Facebook
You wouldn't think that some of the best pizza in Wisconsin would be up in Superior...but it is. Meat lovers, rejoice! You can get meats piled on a pizza or in sandwich form. A must-dine for carnivores.
7. Wedl's Hamburger Stand (Jefferson)
Wedl's Hamburger Stand/Facebook
Wedl's has been making the same hamburgers for over 100 years. They're thin, crispy, the kind that don't require much effort to eat. There's a reason these burgers have been selling for over a century.
8. Monty's Blue Plate Diner (Madison)
Monty's Blue Plate Diner/Facebook
This is a fantastic place where you can get breakfast all day. But the desserts are absolutely phenomenal. The pie is super good, and I'm in love with the sundaes.
9. The Cozzy Corner (Appleton)
The Cozzy Corner/Facebook
It's hard finding a decent soul food place in Wisconsin, but this place does it so well. People RAVE about the BBQ chicken, and I'm partial to the mac n' cheese.
10. Sam's Diner (Waterford)
Everyone agrees that this place is a hidden gem. The skillets are absolutely fantastic. But beyond a great breakfast, you can also get a Lebanese sandwich.
What restaurant did you go into and come out pleasantly surprised? Let us know in the comments.