The Butter Burger, A Local Fave

Wisconsin Punk Site

Regional Chains-

Culvers-Specializing in frozen custard and Butter Burgers

Highway 94 is Wisconsins burger belt according to George Motz (Hamburger America)
Starting East to West
In Milwaukee
Solly’s Grille-4629 North Port Washington Road, Glendale, WI, 53212 for Butter burgers
Jefferson, WI for Wedl’s-200 East Racine Street Jefferson, WI 53549 for the smallest hamburger stand in us fried in onions in a pan of Lard

Wedls, Jefferson, WI

Pete’s Hamburgers in Prairie du Chien, WI who have a poached burger, which is boiled in water instead of fried.118 West Blackhawk Avenue Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 US since 1909 (limited hours, closes for season.)(there was a Milwaukee stop but it closed)

Appleton, WI


Best burger Trashy Travel had in Wisconsin was from the nearby Mihms charcoal grill in the Appleton area over in Minasha.

Toms drive in is a mini chain with burgers and cheese curds but this one location has booths made out of Tilt a whirl Cars

Tom’s Drive-In-501 N Westhill Blvd-Appleton, WI 54914

George’s Steak House -2208 S Memorial Dr, Appleton, WI 54915 (920) 733-4939-Fancy old cool steak house.  Time machine and a bargain.

JD’s Drive-In-1939 E John St, Appleton, WI 54915 (920) 739-6935-Burger diner with DQ style dipped cones.

Live Music-


Beaver Dam, WI

Eats-The Pyramid of the Nile-Pyramid shaped building, currently closed sadly. 6711 Hwy 33 East Between Beaver Dam & Horicon

Beechwood, WI-in the middle of nowhere in the dairyland
Eats-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.

Brookfield, WI (Milwaukee Suburbs)


Pho One24 -3705 N 124th St, Brookfield, WI 53005 (262) 583-1250-This vietnamese restaurant makes a 13 inch Banh Mi.

Bulington, WI (Near Racine and Milwaukee)  

Eats-FRED’S WORLD’S BEST BURGERS,596 N. Pine St. Burlington, Wisconsin 53105-Lots of burgers including a horseradish burger and a nacho burger.


Chippewa Falls, WI (near Eau Claire)

Heckel’s Family Restaurant-2621 South Prairie View Road, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 (715) 723-0844

Live Music-Mousetrap Tavern-311 S Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI 54701 (715) 832-8418

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


East Troy, WI


Gus’ Drive In-Old timey indoor/outdoor drive in that does car shows.  Chicago Dogs available.Closed it the winter.  Giant real meat burgers.   3131 Main St
East Troy, WI 53120 (262) 642-2929


Elkhorn, WI


Annie’s Burger Town-645 N Lincoln St, Elkhorn, WI 53121  (262) 723-3250-Tiny walk up drive in with great onion rings and chicago dogs too.

Fox Lake, WI

Eats-Mullin’s Drive in-102 Spring St, Fox Lake, WI 53933-another homemade root beer ice cream and snack stand.  Good Burgers and Chili Fries

Glendale, WI (Milwaukee Northern Suburb)
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.

Eats-Sollys Grill-4629 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53212-Famous for their butter burgers.  Its a must try but wasn’t my favorite of the genre.

Kopp’s Frozen Custard-5373 N Port Washington Rd, Glendale, WI 53209 “best frozen custard I ever had” Dean Curtis of Le Continental. They have a butterfinger custard!
Green Bay, WI

Below, Fried Cheese curds, available throughout Wisconsin at places such as Krolls below.  Also Bratwursts are everywhere.

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-
Phat Headz-420 N Clay St, Green Bay, WI 54301  (920) 349-7428


Als Hamburgers, Green Bay

Al’s Hamburger – 1934 burger and breakfast joint. Great!  And great onion rings. 131 S Washington St, Green Bay, WI 54301

Kroll’s East Restaurant,1658 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54302 (920) 468-4422 over 75 years. Also other locations- Get a prime rib sandwich or a double butter burger. Also fish fry every day!


Record Stores-

The Exclusive Company-423 Dousman St
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54303 (920) 435-0880  One of the few places where you can buy  a misfits with cheesehead shirt.  Other locations in Wisconsin too.


Hartford, WI


Barbecue Company Grill and Catering-1699 WI-83, Hartford, WI 53027 (262) 751-4777 BBQ with this location and a location in Arizona.  This has award winning ribs, but unfortunately does not have the smoked meatloaf of the AZ location.

Hayward, WI

Freshwater Fishing Hall Of Fame’s Giant fish!

National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame
10360 Hall of Fame Drive, Hayward, WI 54843-(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.


Hortonville, WI


Charlie’s Drive-In – 806 W Main St, Hortonville, WI 54944 Most Days 11AM–9PM
(920) 779-6753-Drive in with a nice lawn to enjoy during the summer.  Classic Car Tuesdays.

Luxemburg, WI (Greater Green Bay)


Joe Rouer’s Bar- E1098 Co Rd X, Luxemburg, WI 54217-Amazing Burgers in a bar that doesn’t look like much on the outside.  Get the Cheese curds with it!


Manitowoc, WI (near Green Bay, WI)

Late’s BBQ-Address: 1924 S 9th St, Manitowoc, WI 54220 (920) 682-1539 Not really BBQ. Amazing looking burgers, onion rings, plus brats, etc at a cool lunch counter.
Bud Willman’s Lunch-1901 Washington St, Manitowoc, WI 54220 (920) 684-0005 they cook the burgers with thin sliced onions, mashing them into the meat.


Kaukauna, WI


Dick’s Drive-Inn-1718 Crooks Ave, Kaukauna, WI 54130 (920) 766-3511-Ice cream place with broiled burgers and proudly displays that in a neon sign.


Kenosha, WI


Mars Cheese Castle -Located along Interstate 94,  a “cheese landmark”,  2800 W Frontage Rd, Kenosha, WI 53144 (855) 352-6277

Eats-Big Star Drive In – drive-in & window-serve spot doling out burgers, fries and shakes. 1500 Washington Rd, Kenosha, WI 53140(262) 658-1572 as of 2016 hamburgers were still 99 cents.  Theres a neighborhood pub nearby with Slot machines called Stans place too.

Franks Diner-508 58th St, Kenosha, WI 53140 (262) 657-1017-Classic Diner food in a diner car with some twists like a mac and cheese omlette.  Garbage plates.  Est 1926

Captain Mike’s-5118 6th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140  (262) 658-2278-Kooky crazy decorated bar with a wacky menu including a burger called the “shitty bill” and a deep fried burger.

Marinette, WI


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.


Menasha, WI-

Eats-Mihm’s Charcoal Grill-342 Chute St, Menasha, WI 54952 mihmscharcoalgrill.com (920) 722-0306 Butter Burger and “steak sandwich” aka burger, cheese curds, cooked over real charcoal fire. Good place to stop on the way from Osh Kosh to Green Bay.  THIS IS THE BEST BURGER TRASHY TRAVEL HAD IN WISCONSIN

Mihms Charcoal Grill

Milwaukee, WI

Be on the lookout for DIY music event Turkeyfest, happening in late October.

The Shepard Express is the weekly alternative paper is Milwaukee.

Met a dude when Trashy Travel went to Milwaukee the first time and he made a list of his favorite sandwiches in Milwaukee:  Prime Rib at Mcbobs, Club at Benjis, Rueben at Benjis, Rueben at Jakes, K-jon Chicken (cajun) at BooBoos, The Gringo at Oscars, Meatball at Gloriosos, Italian Beef at at Scardinas.   These are not necessarily the opinons of TrashyTravel.


Bowling Alley-

Holler House Tavern- 2042 W Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53215 (414) 647-9284 Bar with the oldest bowling alley in the USA with human pinsetters.  Odd hours.


Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge – 1579 S 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204 (414) 383-2620-Oldest cocktail bar in Milwaukee.  Plush.

Landmark 1850 INN-5905 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207 (414) 769-1850-Really old bar with food near the airport
Foundation Tiki Bar
Foundation Tiki Bar-2718 N Bremen St, Milwaukee, WI 53212 (414) 374-2587-tiki bar, open til 1:30 A wonderful tiki bar with a great souvenir glass. A tiki great!  Now they have an airbnb above the bar!

The Tracks -1020 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI 53212  (414) 562-2020-Bar with volleyball courts and decent burgers.

Vitucci’s -80-year-old cocktail bar 1832 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 273-6477



County Clare Irish Pub -1234 N Astor St, Milwaukee, WI 53202  (414) 272-5273-Inn with well respected restaurant for their food.  Reuben is supposed to be great.


Ted’s Ice Cream & Restaurant- 6204 W North Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213  (414) 258-5610-old school diner, kind of looks like a fancier Sollys.  Everything looks amazing from Chicken and dumpling soup to butter burgers.

Hooligan’s Super Bar-2017 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202  414-273-5230-there are bad bars in other cities with the same name, this one has a german burger on a pretzel bun. Since 1936!

Mader’s Restaurant-German Restaurant featuring a big giant pretzel with dipping sauces.1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203 (414) 271-3377
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.  Rib Tips are recommended
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

McBob’s Pub & Grill-Family-owned, no-frills bar known for Corned beef and prime rib sandwiches.: 4919 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208 (414) 871-5050

Leon’s Frozen Custard : 3131 S 27th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215  (414) 383-1784-Photogenic Custard and burger joint.
Safe House-Spy themed restaurant with fake walls and other spy toys.  fake name on the door…779 N. Front Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Three Brothers -2414 S Saint Clair St, Milwaukee, WI 53207 (414) 481-7530-Serbian food.  Great goulash.

Oscar’s Pub & Grill-1712 W Pierce St, Milwaukee, WI 53204  (414) 810-1820-Burger joint recommended highly by a dude I met on my first trip there.  Not to be confused with the custard joints.

Glorioso’s Italian Market -1011 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 272-0540-Itallian deli with a great sandwich called the human torch-Calabrese, capocollo, provolone, hot pepper spread and hot muffalatta(olive spread), Obviously Meatball subs and Reubens?!

Scardina Specialties-822 E Chambers St, Milwaukee, WI 53212 (414) 395-3369-Another mostly italian deli with a small menu of good sandwiches including a good cuban.

Swingin’ Door Exchange-219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 276-8150-Very dark bar with burgers and sandwiches including the Grilled Russian, Shaved roast beef, braised corned beef, coleslaw, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses on grilled marble rye.

Blue Star Cafe -1619 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53221 (414) 273-9744-Small African cafe with a well known Tender Beef Sandwich.

Rollies-7751 N Teutonia Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209 (414) 354-9827-Simple cheeseburger in a simple sports bar that looks like the type you see in Green Bay

Boo Boo’s Sandwiches -405 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204  (414) 885-1532-Tiny Cute cafe with a popular Cajun Chicken Sandwich.

Live Music-

High Dive – 701 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53212 (414) 763-0729 Open daily
The Rave, 2401 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, (414) 342-RAVE
Shank Hall-1434 N. Farwell Ave. Milwaukee, WI (414) 276-7288

Circle-A-Cafe– 932 E Chambers St, Milwaukee, WI 53212 (414) 562-4101 Bar with punk bands

Cactus Club-2496 S Wentworth Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Bremen Cafe-901 E Clarke St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Quarters Rock and Roll Palace-900 E Center St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (414) 263-4140

The Miramar Theatre -2844 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood, WI 53211(414) 967-0302 

Record Stores-
Bullseye Records-1627 E. Irving Pl. Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 223-3177
Off The Beaten Path-1938 N Farwell Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 224-1550

Madison, WI

Isthmus is the local alternative weekly.

Eats-Ella’s Deli and Ice Cream Parlor-Address: 2902 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 241-5291-Ice cream parlor with a Carousel in the Parking lot

Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry-317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703(608) 259-0000 Institution serving burgers and cheese curds with quirky decor.

Montys Blue Plate-2089 Atwood Avenue-608-244-8505-vegan friendly diner

That BBQ Joint -901 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703  (608) 709-1300 Decent ribs

Alchemy -1980 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704  (608) 204-7644-burger bar with live music and wasabi green beans as a side.

Oakcrest Tavern -5371 Old Middleton Rd, Madison, WI 53705 (608) 233-1243 Neighborhood restaurant with good burgers

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.

Live Music-

Mickey’s Tavern- 1524 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 251-9964

Kiki’s House of Righteous Music -1326 MacArthur Rd, Madison, WI 53714 This woman has a house and she has shows in her basement.  

The Wisco Bar – 852 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 256-8211-Live Music and Burgers

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.


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.

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 53703Not 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


Lake Mills, WI

Eats-Hering’s 345 Sandy Beach Rd, Lake Mills, WI 53551 920-648-3227-All you need to know, bacon beer curds

Bowling Alley-Hering’s Fish Bowl ?-Bowling Alley-137 Sandy Beach Rd, Lake Mills, WI 53551(920) 945-0338

Manitowoc, WI (near Green Bay, WI)

Late’s BBQ-Address: 1924 S 9th St, Manitowoc, WI 54220 (920) 682-1539 Not really BBQ. Amazing looking burgers, onion rings, plus brats, etc at a cool lunch counter.

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.

Osh Kosh, WI

Eats-Ardy and Eds Drive in-2413 S Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54902
(920) 231-5455

Hotdog Charlie’s Encased Meat Emporium – 9 Church Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54901 Open some days til  3AM  (920) 230-3647

Leon’s Frozen Custard-  121 W Murdock Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54901  (920) 231-7755-this drive in Ice cream stand serves whats called a Joos burger which is similar to a sloppy joe or loosemeat sandwich.  Chili dogs too.


Live Music-

The Reptile Palace: 141 High Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54901  (920) 231-1296

Plymouth, WI (Halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay, WI)

Eats-Chester’s Drive-In -1504 Eastern Ave, Plymouth, WI 53073 (920) 892-77220-real drive in with glass mug root beer floats, etc.

Racine, WI

Sign up for free tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed SC Johnson Headquarters.

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

Also available at Bendtsen’s Bakery-3200 Washington Ave
Racine, WI 53405 who have giant cinnamon rolls

Eats-Kewpee Lunch-Lunch counter with great small classic burger, retro chairs and a horribly creepy wall of dolls in cabinets. AMAZING!


Cliff’s Boathouse Cafe-301 Hamilton St, Racine, WI 53402 crazy hours closed by 1 pm, so ill never be able to eat there, but famous for fish fry and “Special recipe potato pancakes”

Rudolph, Wisconsin


Grotto Gardens

Tourist Attraction-Rudolph Grotto Gardens -Religious Sculpture Garden with an odd cave feature. 6975 Grotto Ave, Rudolph, WI 54475  (715) 435-3120

Sheboygan, WI


Charcoal Inn South-1313 S 8th St,  Sheboygan, WI 53081-Original of multiple locations, Locally ground, charcoal grilled, perfectly seasoned meat served with a glob of butter on a Sheboygan hard roll, Brats, chili, and Friday fish fry. Real charcoal grilled.
Gosses-Broasted Chicken, Brats, Butter Burgers, Homemade Tortes.1909 Union Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081


Somerset, WI (Near Minneapolis)

Eats-Sportsman’s Cafe & Lounge-217 Main St, Somerset, WI 54025 They package and sell their own bloody mary mix, Redneck Juice. Bloody mary on a board with a deviled egg A cheese cube, beef stick, pickle, and olive. Mixed yelp reviews but recent ownership change. Looks like their ribs might be good too?


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.

One of the many, many parts of House on the Rock.

Stevens Point, WI


Silver Coach: 38 Park Ridge Dr, Stevens Point, WI 54481  (715) 341-6588 Restaurant in Railroad Car.

Live Music-

Pabs-Point Area Bicycle Service – 1311 Strongs Ave, Stevens Point, WI 54481 (715) 498-4122-Umm, so its a bicycle store…that serves beer…and has live music events

Superior, WI (near Deluth)

Eats-Anchor Bar -413 Tower Ave, Superior, WI 54880-famous for the “olive burger” with green olives and cream cheese.

Washington Island, WI

Eats-Albatross Drive in-777 Main Rd, Washington, WI 54246
(920) 847-2203 Great burger joint on this island ferry accessable from Door county

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-
Mount Olympus-formerly Big Chief Carts and Coasters
This place is serious.  SIXTEEN go cart tracks and real rollercoasters, including some coaster club favorite woodies. 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-(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 53940608-253-6411

Stuff’s Restaurant-all-day breakfast.Special Biscuits and gravy. Homemade buns. Generic decor 4144 State Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (608) 254-6323


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


Water Treatment Plant, East Linwood Avenue, Milwaukee, WI