You might be sick of the same old chain restaurants, and few of us have the money for fine dining (at least not all the time). But that still leaves several quality restaurants cooking up simple food: just your standard down home cooking. We’re talking about mom and pop restaurants. These are the places that have been around forever, that don’t have super fancy interiors or exterior, the ones with fair prices. Here are our 11 favorites in Wisconsin.
1. Red Apple Restaurant
This restaurant is known for serving up huge portions at affordable prices. The double cheeseburger, for example, is probably as big as your head. 1152 E Wisconsin St, Portage, WI 53901.
2. Golden Basket
This place does quality, simple food at affordable prices. I've had the grilled cheese and it was one of the best I've had. 1350 S Military Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304.
3. Big Apple Tree Family Restaurant
This family style restaurant is known for their large, delicious breakfasts. You really feel like you have a whole day of work to do at the farm when you see the sizes. 675 Park Ave, Columbus, WI 53925.
4. Pinecone Resaurant
You wouldn't necessarily think a truck stop would have great food. But this place not only has your standard diner food, they also have AMAZING desserts. 6162 US-51, DeForest, WI 53532.
5. Sunview Restaurant
This is a nice breakfast place with ultra-friendly staff. You will love their breakfast skillets. There are a wide variety to choose from, all better than the last. 827 Park Ave, Beaver Dam, WI 53916.
This is a nice place for both breakfast and dinner. At dinner, the menu shifts to pub foods. It's family friendly dining at its best. 1201 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.
7. Charcoal Inn
This is a classic place to get a great burger. They even serve it in the white paper and everything. Yum. 1637 Geele Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53083.
8. Koffee Kup
Don't let the vintage storefront fool you--this place is great. It is almost always full with locals, as it offers a great breakfast as well as an awesome atmosphere. 355 E Main St, Stoughton, WI 53589.
Merrill is a charming little small town and Skipper's fits right into that charm. People rave about the beef hash carved in house. 812 E 1st St, Merrill, WI 54452.
10. M&M Lunch
This classic place is right on the river, so a great view. Fluffy pancakes and great fish make this a wonderful stop for breakfast or lunch. 1210 Washington St, Two Rivers, WI 54241.
11. Mihm's Charcoal Grill
This one is a throwback, as it serves up malts and burgers. Everything is grilled over real charcoal so you will taste the difference. 342 Chute St, Menasha, WI 54952.