Great LOCAL Eating
"Off the beaten path restaurants"
I live in Racine and of course most people that come here to visit rave about the Kringle when it comes to food. If you're planning a visit to Racine, most definately pick up a Kringle or two but don't limit yourself to that as a food source. Racine has some great "hole in the wall" places to eat. These are little known to tourists but the locals know... they're the best at what they do.
Try these during your next visit to Racine,
Infusinos - Italian, 2 locations, one primarily for pick up, Washington Ave, Call ahead pizza order on Friday night (as we do just about EVERY week) or the full service dining facility on Rapids Drive. Both locations serve a full range of good italian food. Pizza. lasagna etc... Many of the cooks at the Washington Ave location do not speak english... very authentic. The prices are reasonable. A pizza that feeds 8 teenage boys runs around $20. Great Deal.
Great Wall - Chinese, Washington Ave. This little place is NEVER packed. They offer dine in or carry out. We usually dine in but there is a steady flow of customers for pick up. The portions are HUGE. Usually everyone orders something different, then we all share. The staff is friendly and service is generally good. If you do not like spicy food, make sure your order you meals "mild". It'll still blow your socks off.
Chubby's - High Street. This is the true "hole in the wall" restaurant. A little place that has been in Racine for YEARS. It's located in a part of town that had deterioated but is now "coming back". The restaurant serves "american" food. If you go to Chubby's you must be very very hungry. No lie, the hamburgers are 12"+ across. The fried catfish is very good also. Prices are cheap. A burger is around $4.50 including fries.
La Tapia - Mexican, (1 block west of Racine St). This little store serves the local neighborhood and boast some of the most authentic mexican food offered in Racine. In the back part of the store is a kitchen, dine in is not recommended. The tacos are $.50 each and the tamales are the BEST!!! I personally know the owner and he came from Mexico over 20 years ago. He and his family members operate the store and kitchen.
BBQ Time -Dekovan Ave (I think) Mostly carry out. We've ordered from them a few times and have always been happy with the food. It's been a while since we'ver ordered sandwiches from them, but for a quick meal definately good food.