Wisconsin June 16, 2018
The Most Delicious Bakery Is Hiding In This Unsuspecting Wisconsin Gas Station
About midway between Milwaukee and Madison on I-94 at the same exit as the outlet mall is one of the very best hidden gems in the state. Sure, you probably know about the home cooking at the Pine Cone truck stop restaurant in Johnson’s Creek that’s been serving this part of the state for years. But did you know that you can stop and fill up your tank and grab some of their mouthwatering bakery right there in the gas station?
The Pine Cone is a bit of a beacon on this stretch of interstate between Wisconsin's two biggest cities. Sure, the area has been built up and you're probably most likely to head here for the outlet mall, but it's been a haven for truckers for a long time.
The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but for most travelers, this is a convenient stop to fill up the gas tank, stretch their legs and, if they're smart, grab some truly delicious bakery to serve as a road trip snack, too.
The bakery case is located right there at the check out, and the delicious smell of baked goods constantly permeates the air here.
Whether you're looking for a simple morning donut or to satisfy the pickiest sweet tooth, Pine Cone has you covered.
A popular item to share with kids are the decorated cookie as big as your face.
But there's really so much to choose from in the pastry case, it can be difficult to make a decision.
That's ok because these guys are ready and able to wrap things up for travel, so you can stock up on the baked goods to take with you and enjoy for the rest of the week.
The prices are incredibly inexpensive, so you won't even feel guilty about indulging.
Light fluffy cream puffs are available year-round, filled eclairs will have you drooling, and you won't be able to resist grabbing a caramel apple to save for later.
Every sweet your heart could yearn for or imagine is available here. You will literally be the kid in the candy store as you stare at elephant ears and other treats from your youth.
If you have a chance to dine in the restaurant, it'll be a cozy, fulfilling experience you won't forget. But for those trips when a meal isn't on the menu, the gas station extension of the bakery is the perfect way to indulge.
The only regret you'll have is not buying more - or having to share with others in the car.
Pine Cone Johnson Creek is located at 685 Linmar Ln., Johnson Creek, WI 53038. There is also a Pine Cone Restaurant in DeForest, with different owners. They also have a restaurant and bakery. Their address is 6162 US-51, DeForest, WI 53532.
You can check out the
Pine Cone Johnson Creek website here. Or head over to their Facebook page for more information.
What’s your favorite indulgence at this amazing roadside bakery? I love to get a caramel apple to take home with me, a giant cookie, and then whatever specialty they’re serving at the moment.
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