One of the best things about food is the memories it carries. A single taste or smell can transport you to a different place or time. Whether it’s memories of vacations past or time spent in the kitchen with your family, there’s nothing so great as a home-cooked meal in a cozy atmosphere with great history.
1. Al Johnson's (Sister Bay)
This restaurant not only serves up some of the most authentic Swedish food in the state, but it's been a Door County icon for almost six decades. Comfort foods for breakfast, served all day. Located at 10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234.
2. Ardy and Ed's (Oshkosh)
Originally an A&W, Ardy and Ed's still serves Chicago-style hot dogs, root beer and the kind of nostalgia other places spend a lot of money to replicate. Located at 2413 S Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54902.
3. Aunt Ozie's (Loganville)
This Amish restaurant is well-known for its bakery and hearty home-style fare. Located at 200 Main St, Loganville, WI 53943.
4. Dorf Haus (Sauk City)
In Wisconsin, there's nothing so comforting and nostalgic as the German food our Omas used to make, which is exactly what Dof Haus serves. Located at 8931 County Hwy Y, Sauk City, WI 53583.
5. Edytka's (Wisconsin Dells)
The setting is no-frills and you'll get your food on a styrofoam plate, but the pierogis are homemade and the dining room feels like home. Located at 221 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.
6. Garmisch USA (Cable)
This cozy resort way up north conjures bits of Bavaria, but also Switzerland, Ireland and more. The lodge is welcoming and the food reminds you of the stuff you had at grandma's house. Located at 23040 Garmisch Rd, Cable, WI 54821.
7. Glarner Stube (New Glarus)
New Glarus was settled by immigrants that left Switzerland due to overcrowding. It's as authentic as you can get here in the States and the gooey fondue is the perfect antidote to a cold Wisconsin day. Located at 518 1st St, New Glarus, WI 53574.
8. Gus's Drive-In (East Troy)
This seasonal drive-in features Wisconsin's favorite frozen custard, classic car nights, and the change to pretend you live in the 1950s. Located at 3131 Main St, East Troy, WI 53120.
9. Mader's (Milwaukee)
For more than 100 years Mader's has been an iconic part of downtown Milwaukee, serving the best in authentic German food to celebrities and residents alike. Located at 1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203.
10. Red Circle Inn (Nashotah)
The oldest restaurant in the state, Red Circle Inn has been around since Wisconsin has been a state. Located at N44W33013 Watertown Plank Rd, Nashotah, WI 53058.
11. Norske Nook (DeForest, Rice Lake, Hayward and Osseo)
Since 1973, these restaurants have been serving Norwegian food and bakery to help folks remember their roots.
12. Paul's Pel'meni (Madison)
The ethnic, immigrant theme continues with this Russian counter-stop where you connect with your neighbors and basically eat communally. Located at 203 W Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703.
13. Three Brothers (Milwaukee)
Not only can you find some of the only Serbian food around, but the storefront is vintage, the owner is a James Beard winner, and the food is meant to be shared. Located at 2414 S St Clair St, Milwaukee, WI 53207.
14. Trailside Bed and Breakfast (Wilton)
Their motto is "There are no strangers at our house, only friends we haven't met yet." Located at 26147 WI-71, Wilton, WI 54670.
15. Wilson's (Ephraim)
Since 1906 this ice cream parlor and restaurant has been a staple of Door County life. Open seasonally, Wilson's is the kind of place that will always remind you of childhood vacations. Located at 26147 WI-71, Wilton, WI 54670.
16. Winzer Stube (Hudson)
The wood dining room and exposed beams make you feel cozy, while the food is filling and delicious. Located at 516 2nd St, Hudson, WI 54016.