Dining October 16, 2018
11 Rural Restaurants Around Wisconsin That Are So Worth The Drive
Sometimes a meal out is about convenience, but sometimes it’s all about the experience. When you’re looking for a stellar meal in a unique, relaxing location with great scenery on the ride, check out one of these awesome, rural restaurants. They may not be in the big city, but they deliver big on flavor. Don’t overlook these spots that are worth taking the time to get to:
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1. Vino in the Valley - Maiden Rock
When you want to be surrounded by nature and pampered at the very best lawn meal you've ever had, you head here. Located at W3826 450th Ave., Maiden Rock, WI 54750
2. Al Corso - Collins
This place borders a marsh in the northeast part of the state, meaning there's plenty of wildlife watching to be had. Plus, this is a restaurant that would flourish in a much bigger area. You will fall in love with a meal here. Located at at 20931 Main St., Collins, WI 54207.
3. J&J BBQ - Nelson
You can't talk about bbq in Wisconsin without mentioning this spot that's a favorite of motorcyclists out for a gorgeous drive. Despite its small-town roots, it delivers big flavors that folks travel for regularly. Located at 208 N Main St., Nelson, WI 54756.
4. The Burg - Shullsburg
Simple and delicious, this is part cafe, part sports bar. You'll find homemade takes and wonderful flavors. Located at 134 W Water St., Shullsburg, WI 53586.
5. Jacobi's of Hazelhurst - Hazelhurst
Who wouldn't travel for a stellar supper club experience? All the things you love about the Wisconsin supper club experience can be found here. Located at 9820 Cedar Falls Rd., Hazelhurst, WI 54531.
6. Crawfish Junction - Milford
Where else are you going to have gator and crawfish in Wisconsin? How about a burger with a donut bun? This place is cozy and welcoming and they never spot playing with the menu to come up with awesome and unique options. Located at W6376 Co Rd A, Milton, WI 53038.
7. The Birchwood Cafe - Birchwood
Who doesn't love a small-town diner where you know most of the folks are regulars and the food is consistently the type of comfort food you dream about?
Located at 120 N Main St., Birchwood, WI 54817.
8. Farm Table - Amery
Think of much snobbier food towns and you can imagine a place like Farm Table fitting in. But instead of snooty attitudes, you get locally sourced, amazing food with the kind of rural Wisconsin charm and welcome you expect. Located at 110 Keller Ave N (Hwy 46), Amery, WI 54001..
9. Crystal Cafe - Iola
This is a positively scrummy family-owned spot with self-described "Pies 2 Die 4." Multiple generations have created a stellar little cafe you just have to visit. Located at 126 N Main St., Iola, WI 54945.
10. Yellowstone Lake Dairy Restaurant - Blanchardville
You might stop for dessert or you might ask them to make you a pancake bigger than the plate. Located at 7125 Lake Rd., Blanchardville, WI 53516.
11. Rushing Waters Fishery Trout House - Palmyra
One of the coolest locations anywhere in the state, this stunning spot is in a state forest and the building has a wall of windows to bring the outside in no matter the weather.
Located at N301 Co Rd H, Palmyra, WI 53156.
Where are your favorite off-the-beaten path but totally worth the time places to have a meal? We want to know all about them – let us know in the comments!
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