RE: Northern Wisconsin
Not sure exactly where you're headed but if you're going to the Minocqua area, I can help you out. You'll probably want to check out a classic Wisconsin supper club. The two that I've been to that are worth checking out are the Norwood Pines supper club, on Hwy 70 just west of Minocqua, and Mama's Supper Club, also on Hwy 70 a little further west. Norwood Pines is probably a little more upscale. They have a great menu and a huge screened porch overlooking one of many lakes in the area. Mama's is also set on a lake and has one full wall of windows so you have a great view from anywhere in the dining room. I've never had a bad meal at Mama's. Their Friday fish specials are especially nice. I've also heard that Marty's, north of Minocqua/Arbor Vitae on Hwy 51 is good. Haven't made it there yet.
Some other places worth checking out: Blink Bonnie's on Hwy 70 East for steaks. Otto's Beer & Brat Garden downtown in Minocqua for casual food, drinks, authentic german decor, and a great shuffleboard table. The Thirsty Whale, right on Lake Minocqua in a converted old boathouse: Good bar food and great view. Bosacki's Boathouse in Minocqua, kinda touristy but the only place to go for late night food besides Country Kitchen. Barb & Fred's just south of Hazelhurst on Hwy Y: an old log building in the woods, very casual, great service if it's not too crowded.
Let me know if you need more info. Have fun "up nort"!