There’s so much of our great state to get out and explore and making a plan to check out the awesome small towns is one great way to do it. Sure, you’ll want to check out the history, the architecture and the scenery, but let’s be honest, the best way to get us out and about and seeing the rest of the state is through food. Our small towns absolutely have some of the best food in the state and most of it is totally unappreciated and without the long wait you’ll find at spots in larger towns and cities.
Time to work up an appetite and head out to discover these small Wisconsin towns and all the delicious food from stellar restaurants they have to offer:
Honestly, start with the Pie at Stockholm Pie Company and then if you're still hungry, find Lena's Lucky Star or Nosh or head out to A to Z pizza farm. Stockholm is up along Lake Pepin, just south of Maiden Rock Bluff.
2. Mineral Point
Mineral Point is south of Dodgeville and not only do they have great history, but it's one place in Wisconsin to get Cornish pasties at spots like the Red Rooster. There's also a stellar Brewery Creek, Grey Dog Deli, Popolo Pizzeria and The Walker House.
I know you wouldn't imagine it, but the BBQ in Tomah is where it's at. BP Smokehouse is stellar and worth a trip all on its own.
This is one of those spots where folks are always telling me about more great restaurants every time we talk small town food. CT's Deli is fairly new, but it's also a new local favorite. There's also Brown Street 151, Shady Sue's and Fireside Supper Club.
Shullsburg is way down in the southwest corner of the state, nearly to Dubuque, but it's a great little spot to stop for good food! People are always recommending Water Street Place and The Burg is a nice little spot.
Located in the far north suburbs of Milwaukee, Cedarburg is a charming, quaint town with covered bridges and great food. The Farmstead has some of the best steaks in the state and downtown Cedarburg has pizza at Tomaso's, Cream and Crepe Cafe, Anvil Pub, The Stilt House and more.
Historic Trempealeau Hotel is a town staple that folks have been enjoying for ages. There's also Hungry Point Bar and Grill on the water, the River Cafe and Sullivan's Supper Club.
This small spot along the Mississippi River is a great stopping point along the Great River Road and it has really great BBQ at a spot people travel for miles to try. There's also The Stone Barn and Beth's Twin Bluffs Cafe.
Green County is where you go to find great cheese and if you have any room in your belly after sampling all the local goods, Baumgartner's, Buggyworks, The Laughing Trout, Vince's, The Garden Deli and more have all the food you could ever want to try!
This spot outside Green Bay is best known for the stellar food at Chives, but Rustique, Four Way Bar and Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe are all worth stopping for.
This Northwoods town often gets overlooked for bigger, more well-known towns nearby, but you should come here for Jacobi's, Hazelhurst Pub or the Watering Hole..
12. Lake Mills
Head to Lewis Station Winery for really, really good wines, but plan to go on one of their small plates nights for inexplicably good food. The Grist Bar & Table and Hering's Sand Bar are also solid choices.
From The Branding Iron to the Liberty Bell Chalet, folks in Hurley way up near the UP know they have it good.
This spot in the Driftless Region has gotten a reputation as a foodie haven. The Driftless Cafe has been James Beard nominated, Cowboy David Bake Shoppe brings folks in from all over, and the Food Co-Op is one of a kind.