On the Lookout for Good Eats? Menomonie Can Fill Your Appetite

some highlights and unique spots from Menomonie’s food scene

Rebecca Mennecke, Serena DeMars, James Johonnott

Stout Craft Co.
Stout Craft Co. (Photo by Andrea Paulseth)

STOUT CRAFT CO.

Formerly Stout Ale House, Stout Craft Co. recently got a total rebrand of the restaurant. With new paint, new TVs, new neon, new trimwork, a new bar, and newly added axe throwing (a first for Menomonie!), this restaurant is sure to be a hit. Featuring craft burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and appetizers; 25 LED TVs and two projection screens; private skybox rooms for small parties; and games like pool, darts, axe throwing, tables, and boards, and the Broadway Bowl located right next door with 20 bowling lanes, Stout Craft Co. has no shortage of options to make your night out one for the books. Along with their slew of craft beers and burgers, general manager Jay Ouellette said a top seller is their Sizzlin’ Cajun Jalapeño Burger: a jalapeño-infused burger with jalapeño bottle caps, onion rings, pico de gallo, pepperjack cheese, and Cajun sauce. Squeaky cheese curds, fried pickles, nachos, pretzel bites, buffalo chicken dips, smothered hot beef sandwiches, reubens, bacon ranch wraps, taco salad, gouda macaroni and cheese, Friday night fish fries, and ice cream cakes are just a few of their mouth-watering options. They also  have daily specials available from 4 to 9pm. If you’re playing it safe and not quite ready to dine-in because of the pandemic, Stout Craft Co. even offers online ordering options (see stoutcraftco.com for details).


Wilson Creek Inn (Photo by Andrea Paulseth)
Wilson Creek Inn (Photo by Andrea Paulseth)

WILSON CREEK INN

The thought of Wilson Creek Inn, 932 N. Broadway, should bring warm thoughts of old-fashioned Friday fish fries and prime rib Saturdays. The owners, Jim Maguire and Kim Spizale, initially weren’t looking to get into the food industry, but noticed a need for a more upscale dining experience. The two take pride in using cast iron skillets for most dishes to produce a flavorful experience, and thus receive lots of local rave for their ribeye and fillets. The scallops and unique pasta dishes seem to be gaining some traction in popularity as well – not to mention that the woodwork and dining scene are unmatched. Maguire and Spizale wanted to show off the original restaurant’s look, so instead of a complete remodeling, they decided a little rejuvenation was all the club needed. (The building formerly housed Skoog’s Parkside.) On your next night out, be sure to add this unique eatery in your plans. The Wilson Creek Inn is perfect for those nights you’re wanting a formal dining experience but don’t want to stray too far from home. Learn more at wilsoncreekinn.com.


The Raw Deal (Photo by Tyler Michaletz)
The Raw Deal (Photo by Tyler Michaletz)

THE RAW DEAL

The Raw Deal (603 S. Broadway St.) is your stop for a healthy lunch in downtown Menomonie. They roast their own beans into coffee, cold press, and espressos. Try their juice and smoothie bar featuring fruits and veggies and wheatgrass shots. For food, grab a vegan bagel sandwich, pies and bars, and their baked goods include banana bread, bagels, muffins, and cookies. Grab a glass of wine or pick from their great selection of beer. They also have a variety of raw and vegan food and meal options that rotate seasonally. Stop in and check out what’s new that day. Find them online at rawdeal-wi.com.


The Duke & Dagger
The Duke & Dagger (Photo by Andrea Paulseth)

THE DUKE & DAGGER

For authentic British fare with flavors of the empire, look no further than The Duke & Dagger (120 Sixth Ave. West). They’re serving up bangers and mash, fish and chips, Scotch eggs, Guinness-glazed steak bites, and more. And if you happen to fancy a pint, they’ve got 10 taps of British Isles brews and 24 Scotch varietals, the largest assortment in western Wisconsin. Learn more at facebook.com/dukeanddagger.


Lucette
Lucette Woodfire Eatery (Photo by Andrea Paulseth)

LUCETTE WOODFIRE EATERY

Located at Lucette Brewing Company’s brewery, Lucette Woodfire Eatery (910 Hudson Road) ranked at the Best Restaurant in Menomonie among voters in Volume One’s Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll earlier this year. Lucette Woodfire Eatery offers pizzas, salads, and more, made with locally sourced and organic ingredients, perfect for pairing with one of their in-house brews, such as the ever-popular Farmer’s Daughter. During the pandemic, Lucette is open for both reservations and take-out orders: Call (715) 231-6836 for reservations or visit lucettebrewingcompany.com to learn more.


The Tiki Bar at Jake’s Supper Club (Photo by Timothy Mather)
The Tiki Bar at Jake’s Supper Club (Photo by Timothy Mather)

JAKE’S SUPPER CLUB

Jake’s (E5690 County Highway D) offers a classic supper club atmosphere on the shores of scenic Tainter Lake. Ask a Jake’s regular for the best and they’ll point you toward the prime rib, served Thursday through Saturday. Their menu also includes salads, sandwiches, steaks, pastas, and seafoods. Fish fry on Fridays. Check out their daily specials, like the Thursday prime rib night. The menu changes seasonally, so visit their website often for the most up-to-date view at what you can expect. Jake’s features live music on weekends during the winter. Closed on Tuesdays. Find them online at jakessupperclub.com.


Log Jam Bar & Eatery (Photo by Andrea Paulseth)
Log Jam Bar & Eatery (Photo by Andrea Paulseth)

LOG JAM BAR & EATERY

The deep booths, warm colors, and dark woodwork give the Log Jam (709 S. Broadway St.) a cozy, classy atmosphere. The menu’s signature item – the Lumber Jack Burger – is a half-pound burger topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, fried onion slices, and BBQ sauce. Also try the award-winning English Burger, along with their hearty selections of greens and sandwiches, morning brunch, and be sure to check out the fish fry. Patio seating, vegetarian options available. All soups made from scratch. Visit them virtually at logjambarandeatery.com.