The early risers (myself, ChiBears15
, and ChiTownDiner
) started the day at Brat Stop
. CTD mentioned that originally it covered a modest 1200 square feet but today encompasses over 44,000.
And along the way it picked up some sports bar schtick. CB15
and I each had the "Egg von Brat", which is basically that well-known fast-food breakfast sandwich with a brat patty and better cheese in place of the sausage and processed American. Very tasty, as were the fried potatoes...neither of us professed disappointment at not being offered a deep-fried hash brown patty. CTD
chose the bratwurst omelet and was presented with a very well-filled plate.
From Brat Stop we headed north up the frontage road and made a brief, unscheduled stop at Tim & Tom's Cheese Shop
, which is part of an antique mall. CB15 did make a purchase here, although I can't remember what it was.
Destination #2 was Bobby Nelson's Cheese Shop
, recommended by BuddyRoadhouse
and the place where Mr. Maki
and abe froeman
joined the shindig. Old school, the way the cheese & sausage shops used to be.
I bought some of their Cajun brats, which turned out to have plenty of heat when I grilled them a couple of days later.
And since we were in the area and had some extra time, we stopped at Mars Cheese Castle
, which has morphed into a giant specialty supermarket. But to their credit they do carry La Quercia
meats, which are really, really good.
From there we journeyed to Big Star
, the official start of the tour. I do not know if Alex Chilton
ever ate here. Or ever visited Chilton, WI for that matter.
Sorry about the bite marks, but I didn't have a knife. I liked the burger but the Velveeta-style cheese isn't something I care much for. CB15
, was it you that ordered the corn dog? Pie Diva
Unfortunately, when you visit a bakery on the Sunday of a holiday weekend and closing time is only a couple of hours away, this sight can be common. Still, I think almost everyone went away with at least one item.
Tenuta's turned out to be not only a shopping stop but a snacking stop as well. CB15
had this Italian sausage from Tenuta's outdoor food stand.
ordered this panini at the deli counter. While it looks quite good the general consensus was that it was a bit too salty.
Well, after eating at a stop where we weren't supposed to eat it was no surprise that appetites were a little dull by the time we reached The Spot
. I wonder if this guy has a name...
Why spend money on menu boards when you can simply put the bill of fare right on the eaves?
I ordered an ordinary bacon cheeseburger while the Roadhouse Four
went a bit fancier with theirs.
While it was a very temperate day a person could still get warm in the sun, which made the root beer taste extra extra good (the first extra comes from it being in a glass mug). The Spot
will also be remembered as the place where ChiBears15
passed up what could've been the adventure of a lifetime...that biker chick had plenty of room for you, Danny.
Eventually the afternoon began to reach toward evening and our final meal approached.
Time to upgrade from root beer!
Fire Pitt has a nice dining room, and if we wanted we could've eaten up on the stage at the back. Had ChiTownDiner been with us we just might've done that, but instead we chose al fresco
as it was really nice outside.
In order to get a group shot of the table I had to climb into the bushes and never really paid attention to the composition...
Boiled cod, barbecued chicken, and potatoes. I could only muster enough room for this plate; if I was eating here as part of a regular day I would've definitely gone back for seconds. Frank
, however, upped the ante by choosing ribs and adding an onion (boiled along with the potatoes in the fish pot).
surprisingly good brisket sandwich.
My trip home took me past Holi Cannoli
on the outskirts of Elkhorn and I remember thinking, "if only I was hungry..."
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2016/07/21 21:42:39