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We stopped at Breakwater Cafe in Ashland Wisconsin, about halfway across the northern tier of the state along US Route 2. The restaurant is located in front of a small shopping center just across the street from a shoreline park overlooking the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior.
We arrived around 10 am and quickly found seats in front of the windows with water views. Dad decided to try their special chile omelet for $6.50,while I stuck with a more traditional farmers breakfast with two eggs, four slices of bacon and two pancakes for about $5. We also had coffee at a kind of expensive $1.45 each. My meal was as good as you'd expect for such a simple breakfast. The eggs were nicely done over easy, and the bacon not too crisp. My dad said his unusual omelet was also good, and he ate the whole thing.
After breakfast, we walked to the park across the street to read the few historical markers and look at the bay.
Breakwater Cafe also has locations in Superior, WI, and Ironwood, MI.
1808 Lake Shore Dr E
Ashland, WI 54806
4927 E 2nd St
Superior, WI, 54880
1111 E Cloverland Dr
Ironwood, MI 49938
Written Oct 16, 2008
The Rice Cafe is a small sort of place, and does not have a particularly great atmosphere. The people are nice, they give large helpings usually, and it is mostly a quiet place to dine. Good service is a big plus of this place, as well as great food.
Favorite Dish: The Teriyaki Chicken Bowl is my favorite- you'll never taste better. They serve it over rice, and I must say they have some of the best rice you'll ever eat as well. Very high quality for an average price.
Written Jul 21, 2008
I enjoyed the evening at "Perkin's" restaurant in Green Bay where I was taken by my host family.
There was a very cozy atmosphere, delicious dishes, very quiet.
I also enjoyed eating at "Ponderossa" in Wisconsin for the first time in my life.
Updated Mar 8, 2008
Address: Green Bay
I LOVE BOb Marley! Anyway...this restaurant takes a lot of the Jamaican feel, althought the Marleys actually have nothing to do with the restaurant. The gifts in the shop are really cool as well and decently priced. The food was GREAT! The music was good as well.
Favorite Dish: Jerk chicken, but the food was so good that I kept ordering more food just to try different dishes.
Written Feb 10, 2008
This little find is a gem. It serves a great selection of German and Central European beers, along with some great liquors. Plus, they have great deals on food. This is a QUANTITY place. Even if they just dumped the raw ingredients on your plate you would be getting a good deal. They specialize in schnitzels, but I had the roast duck, whioch was superb. Spatzle, cabbage, pierogi, and latkes all made great sides. The restaurant bakes its own bread and all the food is handmade from scratch on the premises. I wouldn't give the food five stars, but it is good, and you get a lot for a reasonable price.
The menu boasts food from Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Bohemia, and stresses the culinary similarities between those countries, but the options are heavily tilted to Germany.
Favorite Dish: Roast duck, done to perfection. The latkes were a big hit as well
Written Sep 3, 2007
Address: 6613 120th Ave. (Frontage Rd.)
This first portion is written by my travel partner, Jill Martin
While in Platteville, Wilsconsin searching for quilt fabric, Dee and I went to lunch at THE TIMBERS, a long-time landmark restaurant there. I remembered the name of THE TIMBERS because a friend, now over 50, once waitressed there during college; in fact, her mother was a hostess there also.
The Timbers, perhaps named for the large wooden beams supporting the roof, seems, with good reason, to still be a favorite of local residents. The service and food were very good and the atmosphere friendly.
The most outgoing hostess invited us to taste the Roast Pork Loin Soup [although it was not included in our salad choices]. It was delicious.
The whole supr-of-the moment experience was delightful.
Dee's note: I especially enjoyed the cedar and glass everywhere as well as the massive fieldstone fireplace and the many pianos and the white organ.
Favorite Dish: Besides the delicious soup, Jill enjoyed an exotic "Wrap" pictured in Photograph #1, and I especially loved the salad that is pictured in Photograph #2.
The waitress tried to tempt us with an array of delicious-sounding desserts, but we were way too full to even share one.
Examples are the cheesecakes such as Jack Daniels, Neapolitan, and White Chocolate Macadamia nut.
As Photo #3 reveals, this is a place with music as well as food. There is live jazz on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. The photo shows the custom-built Conn theater pipe organ.
They offer such items as Tenderloin Steak Victoria [stuffed with shrimp and topped with sauteed mushrooms!]. In addition, I noted "open-faced hot crab sandwiches.
Updated Jun 28, 2007
Address: 670 Ellen St., Platteville, Wisconsin
Phone: (608) 348-2406
This restaurant specializes in traditional Italian cuisine. Served in a-la-carte or dinner style, I highly recommend the dinner size. The atmosphere is warm, cozy and has that small town feel. The service is excellent and sometimes a wait is necessary on weekends. They offer a wonderful lunch buffet at noon at which you can sample their best dishes.!
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish here is the Lasagna dinner. It comes with a salad, with a house dressing that is uniquely Italian, is decorated with slices of peperone, and chunks of provolone cheese and of course a hot pepper. With this comes your first garlic bread. It is like a home baked loaf of white bread drenched in melted butter, warm and sprinkled with garlic salt... Oh..... so good! We usually order an extra to go with the main course, the lasagna. The dinner is enough for two people to share. Then we get the soup, traditional minestrone, or on Fridays, clam chowder. Excellent too! Next comes the main course, the lasagna. They used to serve it in a square corning ware dish straight from the oven. Lately they have changed to an oval shaped dish, but the portion size is still equally plentiful for two people. It is to die for... cheezy, tomatoey, and truly Italian! To top it off, a small dish of spamoni icecream...good and Italian again... Don't miss this place... Good thin crust pizza and other traditional Italian food. Expect to take home leftovers.
Written Feb 12, 2006
Address: 8531 W Greenfield Ave, Milwaukee WI 53214
Allan was given great tickets for June 20, 2005, at Miller Ball Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and with these great tickets, he also received tickets to eat at the .300 Club.
We had four tickets, and Jill and Eric were supposed to go with us as they did last year. However, since Jill just had a baby (Sabrina Dee) on June 11, they could not attend. Instead, we went alone and sold (for face value of $32.00 each) the remaining two tickets.
We had reservations for the .300 Club, which is a real "must". We had to take the elevator there. You can use the elevator without showing the special tickets because the .300 Club is open to members and their guests only. You have to show a valid membership card or a Guest Pass. They also have a dress code. (no shorts, tank tops, etc.)
They have an upscale bar area, and the fining portion is tiered, and we sat on the lowest tier next to the windows that look out over the ballpark.
It is always a Buffet Style dining. There are fresh flowers on the table with white cloth table coverings and cloth napkins. Our waiter was quite friendly and efficient.
Favorite Dish: Each night they have a different menu. While we were there, the menu was:
Alaskan Crab Legs, Beef Tenderloin, Pork Roast, Chicken with Salsa, Green Beans, Potatoes, all kinds of salads, about ten different kinds of breads and rolls, several styles of butter, and tempting desserts.
I ate mixed salad with peppers, carrots, tomatoes, celery and chose Dill dressing. I had a multi-grain roll with butter. In addition, I had a cheese/meat plate with three kinds of cheeses and I chose salami as the meat. I also had fresh fruit: strawberries, melon, fresh pineapple, and kiwi.
For the main meal, I ate about four slices of the beef tenderloin (very small slices), one slice of pork, and one small chicken salsa breast.
I had a Reisling Wine with the dinner. For dessert, I had Chocolate Nut Torte , and Allan had Door County Cherry/Sour Cream Pie With a Rich Graham Cracker Crust. We also had coffee and after-dinner drinks. My drink was my all-time favorite, Kalua and Cream.
Needless to say, it was a fantastic meal. We came at about 5:15 and stayed until about 7:45 so we watched part of the game from the restaurant.
Updated Jun 21, 2005
Phone: 1-414 902-4707
Generous portions of American pub food made this stop a real treat. Spicy wings, tangy reubens, mammoth chicken sandwiches, and a googalug of freshly brewed beer made this place a memorable one.
Despite the great food and drink, this one wasn't very expensive. You get a lot for a little.
Favorite Dish: Ugly potatoes :)
Written Jun 3, 2005
Address: 674 S. Whitney Way - Madison, WI 53711
The photo is of three of my four friends, Mickey, Deb, and Jill; Marcia never wants her photo shown PLEASE CLICK PHOTO
Just over the Illinois border in Wisconsin, you'll find a family-owned, old-time restaurant called Ray Radigans. The first Ray Radigans was started in a four-room cottage in 1933, and it still exists one-half mile south of its present location.
For all these years, a one-word philosophy has sustained the restaurant, and that word is quality.
Just before Christmas of 2004, I went there with four of my teacher friends to celebrate the holidays. What a great choice it was.
It was brightly decorated, which added to the holiday ambience. After the meal was over, we all agreed that the food was outstanding, the service was excellent, and the environment was cozy and warm on that cold December night.
They offer such favorites as Baby Back Ribs, Double Lamb Chops, Fresh New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Prime Tenderlin Steak, Ray's Internationally Famous T-Bone Steak (28 ounces of Prime blue ribbon stter), Lobster Thermidor, Lobster Tail, Shrimp, Sea Scallops, Sauteed Sole Almondine, and a wide array of sandwiches and salads plus quite an assortment of appetizers.
There's a huge bar, which was jam-packed on that evening. Several rooms make up this fine old restaurant, which gives it a feeling of eating at home.
Favorite Dish: had the Appetizer portion of Shrimp DeJonghe" (Texas Gulf shrimp in a special marriage of garlic, butter, chives, and sherry, baked golden brown and served encasserole). The shrimp was large, firm, and tender with just the right amounts of garlic and sherry. I also had a salad with delicious home-made blue cheese dressing. The fresh hot dinner rolls were outstanding.
My friend Marcia ordered the Baked Stuffed Eggplant that was finished with marinara and fresh shredded Parmesan cheese, which she raved about. Debbie, another friend, really enjoyed her fish entree.
All-in-all, it was a rewarding dinner with good friends, delicious cuisine, and old fashioned quality service.
Updated Feb 1, 2005
Address: 11712 Sheridan Road, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
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