When people think of a huge selection of good restaurants, they immediately think of the larger cities, like Madison or Milwaukee. Those places have some good eats, but today we’re profiling a smaller town with some good food: Monroe. Monroe is in Green County (southern) Wisconsin, right near the Illinois border. It is the Swiss cheese capital of the world. And it only has a population of around 10,000 people. But man, does it have some really great restaurants. Here are 10 of the best.
This place has wonderful service in an incredible atmosphere. They have good burgers, but definitely check out their cheese curds and onion rings. 1015 18th Ave #112, Monroe, WI 53566.
2. Green County Smoke Shack
Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't get great BBQ in Wisconsin. Their "Wisconsin style" BBQ is just what the doctor ordered. 1609 10th St, Monroe, WI 53566.
3. Pancho and Lefty's
This is a hybrid of Wisconsin cuisine and Tex-Mex. Have you ever tried a burrito filled with brats? 1018 17th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566.
Most of the store is dedicated to being a cheese shop and specialty food store. But it also has a tavern with some pretty amazing eats. 1023 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566.
5. Laughing Trout
This is definitely your stop for fine dining in Monroe. Locally sourced duck and bluegill offerings make this place beyond your standard steak house. 407 6th St, Monroe, WI 53566.
6. Chocolate Temptation
More than just a chocolate shop, this is a place you can sit down and enjoy your chocolates. They also serve ice cream sundaes and great coffee. 1004 17th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566.
7. Vince's Restaurant and Pizzeria
If you are looking for some fantastic pizza, there is no other place than Vince's. But it's so much more than just pizza, with authentic pastas (and really yummy garlic bread). 619 4th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566.
8. Corner Cafe
There's nothing fancy about this place, which is why people love it. Just solid breakfast food in a place crowded with locals. 1127 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566.
9. The Garden Deli
There aren't many delicatessens these days, let alone good ones. This place has fantastic sandwiches and wonderful soups. 1624 11th St, Monroe, WI 53566.
10. Suisse Haus
This place is what is referred to as an "institution." Everyone eats here at some point. They have large, delicious sandwiches, burgers and pizza. 1602 12th St, Monroe, WI 53566.