5 Quirky Wisconsin Eateries (plus 2 That Closed)
There’s always a hearty serving of restaurants to be found in Wisconsin, but don’t hungry Midwesterners deserve more? If you really want to treat yourself, and turn a meal into something more than just an obligatory energy renewal, pull up a chair at one of these unique Wisconsin eateries.
1) Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik
Where: Door County
Claim to Fame: The goats
Not only does this landmark eatery take its Swedish theme seriously, but everyone knows about the goats atop the building. Although the lively roof ornaments are partly responsible for the business’s continued success, it’s probably best this trend didn’t catch on. Website.
2) Ella’s Deli and Ice Cream Parlor
Claim to Fame: The animatronics
I like to consider this place the little sister of House on the Rock. Essentially, it’s like they took all the quirky animatronics that didn’t fit there, found a niche-less deli. and bestowed upon them the gift of new life. Website.
P.S. Try not to stare at the dancing feet too long.
3) Moccasin Bar
Claim to Fame: The taxidermy
Hunting and fishing are fairly popular in Wisconsin, so taxidermy in and of itself doesn’t garner much fascination. But this place really knows how to do it. Cases upon cases are filled with woodland creatures yodeling, boxing, and wearing silly hats. Silly hats! Website.
4) Rocks for Fun Café
Claim to Fame: The rocks
Yes, rocks aren’t that interesting. At least, not until you put googly eyes on them. Banking on this (rock solid) truth, the walls and floor of this small café are filled with all those art projects no one really wanted. Website.
5) Organ Piper Pizza
Claim to Fame: The organs (and not the vital kind)
What could possibly go better with thin crust pizza than organ music? Instead of the usual cover bands or jukebox, the owners have been providing top notch organists for their guests’ entertainment since the '70s. Website.
And if they weren’t closed for business …
Claim to Fame: The ... rotating
Wisconsin’s only revolving restaurant unfortunately closed to the public some years ago (it’s still available for private events), but the memories of its magic will spin 'round forever. One rotation every seventy minutes. One rotation to steal your heart.
7) Pyramid Supper Club
Where: Beaver Dam
Claim to Fame:The pyramid
To offer the Egyptian cuisine Wisconsinites crave, some bold restaurateurs built a pyramid-shaped restaurant outside of Beaver Dam. It's survived several reincarnations, but no one can quite keep it going. Perhaps this is the work of an angry Amun-Ra.