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The butter burger, a local fave

Amhearst, WI

Eats-Not really close to anything, about Freddys club orlow is a bar with cheap hot beef sanwiches which he serves with a variety of horseradishes for about a buck. 112 S Main St. Amherst, WI 54406  10 miles east of Steven's Point

Beechwood, WI-in the middle of nowhere in the dairyland
Beechwood Cheese, N1598W County Rd. A, Beechwood, WI  53001 , 877-2CHEESE -whys this on here?  They make niche cheddars, like a chicken soup flavored cheddar.


Fennimore, WI (North of Dubuque, IA, West Of Madison)
Friederick's Family Restaurant
430 Lincoln Ave
Fennimore, WI 53809
(608) 822-7070
Old Fashioned Family Cafe, good pie

Glendale, WI
701 W. Glendale Avenue
Glendale, Wisconsin 53209
CALL (414)964-BREW(2739)
They not only make beer but gourmet soda as well.  Tours are 3 bucks, but end in sampling.  Must call first.

LaCrosse, WI

Bars-Casino's-304 Pearl St, La Crosse, WI 54601 · 608-782-1910 - They have a sign outside this sleazy lounge that says they have terrible service. Its in the style of a 1950s Vegas cocktail lounge.

Green Bay, WI


Green Bay has a government owned kiddie park with an antique train ride, and it will be the home soon of the Zippin Pippin, which was at Libertyland in TN and was Elvis' favorite roller coaster.  Rides are strangely cheap, going for about 50 cents at last check.  Bay Beach Amusement Park, 1313 Bay Beach Road
Green Bay, WI, 920.448.3365

Live Music-
Concert Cafe-1116 Main Street, Green Bay, WI-all ages venue which of course means lots of punk shows


Hayward, WI
National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame
10360 Hall of Fame Drive
Hayward, WI 54843-2666
(715) 634-4440
Located closer to Deluth, MN rather than any major cities in WI, this spot features a giant fish you can walk in among its many attractions
Manitowish Waters, WI(near WI Dells)
Little Bohemia Lodge
142 Highway 51 S, Manitowish Waters, WI- (715) 543-8433‎
Famous shootout took place here.  Now a restaurant.
 Marinette, WI
Eats-Mickey-Lu-Bar-B-Q, 1710 Marinette Ave, Marinette, WI 54143  (715)735-7721.  Old fashioned joint that cooks up stuff on charcoal like Brats and Burgers.  Some drive six hours to get these burgers.

Milwaukee, WI

The Shepard Express is the weekly alternative paper is Milwaukee.

Speed Queen BBQ-1130 W. Walnut St (corner 12th & Walnut)
Miwaukee, WI 414-265-2900- Good BBQ joint, but get take out unless you want to be hassled for change.  They serve a sandwich called "outside" which is the crispy outside of the pork roast.
Real Chili-
419 East Wells. Hole in the wall with one of kind chili, served over beans, spagetti or hot dogs.
Solly's Grille-
4629 North Port Washington Rd. Milwaukee, WI (414)332-8808-Specializing in the butter burger; a burger covered with a huge dollop of butter.  Yes.
If you don't want your burger drenched in Butter, try the nite owl drive in-830 Layton Ave., Milwaukee, WI with a cool neon sign out front.
Jakes-Traditional jewish deli, corned beef and matzoh ball soup.  1634 W. North Ave.Milwaukee, WI 53205
Jo's Cafe-3519 West Silver Spring, Milwaukee, WI-breakfast food, omletes, great cinammon rolls and Hoffel Poffel, eggs scrambled with potato, onions,spicy salami and cheese
Safe House-Spy themed restaurant with fake walls and other spy toys.  fake name on the door...779 N. Front Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Live Music-
The Rave, 2401 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, (414) 342-RAVE
Shank Hall-1434 N. Farwell Ave. Milwaukee, WI (414) 276-7288
Cactus Club-2496 S Wentworth Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Record Stores-
Atomic Records-1813 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI -indy record shop that puts on a lot of events around town. 414-332-3663

Madison, WI

Isthmus is the local alternative weekly.

Genna's-105 W. Main Street-608-255-4770-Darts and Jukebox bar
Mickey's-1524 Williamson Street-608-251-9964-hangout of musician types.
Cafe Montmartre-127 East Mifflin Street-608-255-5900-Chi chi wine bar where the band garbage hang out sometimes.

Dance clubs-
Cardinal Bar-418 East Wilson St-608-251-0080
Memorial Union Terrace-800 Langdon Street-608-262-2215-This is really the student union of the local university, but they get national touring bands and have huge dance events. 

Montys Blue Plate-2089 Atwood Avenue-608-244-8505
State Street Brats-603 State Street-608-255-5544-mmmm, sausage!
Clevelands Diner-410 East Wilson Street-608-251-4455

Live Music-
Dick and Dave's  Crystal Corner Bar-1302 Williamson Street.
Madison WI 53703, 608-256-2953. With a long history of being a favorite neighborhood hangout, the Crystal Corner Bar offers some of the best music in town.
O'Cayz Corral-504 East Wilson St.-Madison WI-608-256-1348-great lineup of local and national punk and indie music.
Regent Street Retreat Annex-1206 Regent Street-608-256-7750-National indie bands play here.

The Frequency, 121 West Main Street, Madison, WI 53703(608) 819-8777
Mother Fools Coffeehouse-1101 Williamson St-Madison, WI (608) 259-1301-cafe with live music
High Noon Saloon-701A E. Washington Avenue (or Hwy 151)

Record Stores-
B-Side Records-436 State Street Madison
Madcity Music Exchange, 600 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703

Not far outside of Madison, behind Delaneys Surplus is a huge sculpture called the Forevertron that is worth a drive.  On U.S. 12, North Freedom, WI 53951

Marshall, WI

Amusement Park-
Little A-Merrick-A - 700 East Main Street, Marshall, WI  (608) 655-3181-Small amusement park with 3 small coasters located between Madison and Milwaukee.

Mount Horeb, WI

Wierd Museum-
The Mustard Museum-"The Mount Horeb Mustard Museum is located in downtown Mount Horeb, WI. Mount Horeb, commonly known as The Troll Capital of the World, is situated about 20 miles southwest of Madison, the capital of Wisconsin. The Mustard Museum is on "The Trollway" (Business Route U. S. 18 and 151) at 100 West Main Street"
Just what it sounds like, thousands of jars of mustards on display.  Now the trollway thing: there are "life sized trolls" carved into tree trunks in the Mount Horeb area.

Racine, WI

A local specialty food available almost nowhere else but Racine is Kringle.  Nobody is more well known for it than
O and H Bakery.  1515 Rapids Drive,  Racine, Wisconsin  1.800.709.4009


Spring Green, WI

Tourist attraction
The House on the Rock-400 Springs Drive
Spring Green, WI, 53588. 800-822-7774
You would place this in the odd houses catagory.  Large resort on a mountain.  Odd architecture.

Wisconsin Dells, WI
Wisconsin Dells is definately a place one must visit.  More waterparks than anywhere in the world, and some hotels and resorts have their own indoor and outdoor water parks.  Plus amusement parks, go carting, and places with extreme rides.

Amusement Park-
Big Chief Carts and Coasters
This place is serious.  SIXTEEN go cart tracks and real rollercoasters, including some coaster club favorite woodies.
Big Chief is open mid-March through October, daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission to the park is free and cost for the rides are either per-ride or pay-one-price.  Highway 12, PO Box 5, Wisconsin Dells, WI  (608) 254-2490
Tourist Attraction
Tommy Bartlett Exploratory
560 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-9728
(608) 254-2525
formerly known as robot world, Home of the Mir Space station
Wallys House of Embers-50 year old restaurant. They actually tore down the old restaurant and in the 70s built the current wild and out of time restaurant.  935 Dells Parkway, Highway 12, Lake Delton, WI 53940 608-253-6411
Westfield, WI (a drive north of Madison.
Eats-Pioneer Restaurant
244 N Pioneer Park Rd
Westfield, WI 53964
(608) 296-3121
reasonable food, and a little kitsch, like a mountain man statue outside


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