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2018/10/03 11:04:17 (permalink)

Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there?

Mr. Maki and I are going up to a wedding in Rhinelander, WI this weekend.  We're staying in Tomahawk (not Lake Tomahawk!) and have a post-wedding event the next day in Pelican Lake.  We'll need nourishment on the way there from Chicago (at least one meal), breakfast/brunch somewhere closer to Tomahawk on Saturday, and probably dinner on the way home on Sunday.

We're open to scenic routes, but I'd like to get to Tomahawk before it gets dark, lest we suffer the same fate as our previous attempt at a trip up north.
 
I did see some suggestions in an older thread about Chip's Burgers in Merrill, Tom's Drive-In in Appleton, Cinder's in Appleton, The Red Ox in Appleton, and Chet & Emil's in Birnhamwood, so we'll probably do one of those on the way up, but we're open to other suggestions. 
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/03 11:42:09 (permalink)
Not sure if this is considered breakfast/brunch food, or even where to get it, but a heaping plate of grilled Hodag is the regionally appropriate dish in Rhinelander.  Tastes like chicken.  Giant, mythical, man-eating chicken...
 
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/03 12:08:11 (permalink)
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Not sure if this is considered breakfast/brunch food, or even where to get it, but a heaping plate of grilled Hodag is the regionally appropriate dish in Rhinelander.  Tastes like chicken.  Giant, mythical, man-eating chicken...
 
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/03 12:55:47 (permalink)
Avoid Rhinelander beer at all costs.
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/03 14:01:01 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2018/10/03 15:23:44
abe_froeman, While I think Cinder's and Tom's are fine...I would try JD's (opened for 50 years by a member of the "Tom's" family-https://www.facebook.com/JdsDriveIn/  As for Red Ox, I would choose Dick and Joan's or Mark's East Side over the Ox personally.  If you really want to step outside the box Mai's Deli is awesome for the bomb Stuffed Chicken Wings/Fresh Spring Rolls/Curries all at a great price a in a small downtown Appleton spot-https://www.facebook.com/Mais-Deli-128382370549842/ Just my humble opinion.
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/03 14:27:06 (permalink)
Abe, have you decided on a route yet?  Google Maps thinks you should take I-90 to I-39 but also suggests I-94 to I-41 to US-45 to US-10 to I-39 as well.
 
The Sky Club on Plover's south side has been featured in books and on TV shows and there's the Pine Tree Supper Club in Tomahawk, but I have no personal experience with either (yet).  And Tomahawk also has a Dog 'N' Suds.
 
Trig's makes good brats - squeeze in a stop if you have time.  Don't forget to bring along a cooler!
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/03 15:28:40 (permalink)
If near West Bend at meal time, definitely try The Braising Pan.
 
I-43 is also shown as an option. All kinds of stops in Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Green Bay.
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/04 22:49:23 (permalink)
Thanks for the suggestions everyone!  I'm going to look over them and decide what to do!
 
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/04 23:36:32 (permalink)
Stop off at Benji's in Milwaukee or Fox Point and pick up some corned beef sandwiches, chips, and Dr Brown's Black Cherry. I guarantee this with be the best food on your road trip. http://www.benjisdeliandrestaurant.com/ Take a small cooler for some Matzo Ball soup and have them make you a chocolate phosphate to go. Way better than anything you'll find on the road. Nina and I have been doing this since 2000 when we bought our house in Manitowish Waters.
 
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/05 10:30:37 (permalink)
More of a where not...
We had an awful meal at a place called the White Stag. 
Stuck in time, and not in a good way...

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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/07 16:01:24 (permalink)
We got a much later start than anticipated on the way up, so only made it to Kenosha before wanting food, so we went to Hot Dog University alum Interstate Dogs and each got an interstate smash burger- really good.

We are on our way back now, going the Madison route. Just leaving Sawmill Brewery in Merrill. Any last minute advice for dinner would be appreciated.
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/07 16:46:17 (permalink)
Lucy,

Tough call for Madison, not much Roadfood near I-94. Hwy 151 exit is best bet.

Monk's Bar
Noodles
Rocky Rococo

A few places on East side if you don't mind a 10-15 minute detour.

Tip Top Tavern
Ale Asylum
Tex Tubb's Taco Palace
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/07 17:28:50 (permalink)
From Madison are you going east toward Milwaukee or south toward Rockford?  If you're taking I-90 you can take exit 160 to the BP truck stop on the north side of Edgerton for a bowl of chili, or you could continue a few minutes south to 163 to WI-59 and head east a short distance to Anchor Inn in Newville for a burger.
 
I-94 east will take you right past The Pine Cone at exit 267 and Marty's Pizza at exit 283.
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/07 17:39:49 (permalink)
I-94 thru Milwaukee puts you near Kopp's. The KRK Burger is remarkable.

Also, the Olson Residence in Stoughton is very welcoming.
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/07 17:51:13 (permalink)
Too much of a detour from 90 and the kitchen's closed today.
 
Milwaukee Grill in Janesville is good, too.
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/07 18:36:33 (permalink)
Sorry I'm seeing this so late.  If you're still on the road to Madison, and want some really good Vietnamese, try Vientiane Palace.  Excellent food, served in the Asian version of a Roadfood restaurant.
 
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/07 21:09:07 (permalink)
If you're going through Madison my wife highly recommends the Weary Traveler Freehouse. Craft beers and some seriously good food. She's completely enamoured with their Bob's Bad Breath Burger. She also liked the Elk Burger. She's gone on about the place ever since she and her beer judge buddy found it a few years ago.
 
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/07 21:17:07 (permalink)
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If you're going through Madison my wife highly recommends the Weary Traveler Freehouse. Craft beers and some seriously good food. She's completely enamoured with their Bob's Bad Breath Burger. She also liked the Elk Burger. She's gone on about the place ever since she and her beer judge buddy found it a few years ago.
 
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That's Pie Diva's favorite too.
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/09 20:20:47 (permalink)
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We are on our way back now, going the Madison route. Just leaving Sawmill Brewery in Merrill. Any last minute advice for dinner would be appreciated.

Did you wind up stopping anywhere or did you just drive straight through, fueled only by soda and Doritos?
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/10 09:01:33 (permalink)
Root-Beer-Man, my sister also recommended Weary Traveler.
 
However, we were able to get in touch with a friend from Madison about a half hour before we got into town and we decided to meet up at HopCat for dinner with her.

The food was good- very indulgent pub food.  We got Sloppy Fries for an appetizer, which were fries covered in sloppy joe meat and cheese.  I got a fish sandwich- Dorito-encrusted tilapia- with a side of cheese ale soup.  Mr. Maki got The Angry Bird sandwich, which was basically a buffalo chicken sandwich.  

Mr. Maki had a beer at the brewery earlier in the day, so he just had an iced tea.  My driving shift was over, so I had a Wyder's Pear Cider.
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Re: Trip to Rhinelander, WI- where to eat on the way and once we're there? 2018/10/10 10:45:44 (permalink)
I enjoy the HopCat in Grand Rapids - great beer selection and Crack Fries!  re pear cider - oh my!  I discovered Rekorderlig at a Madison grocery store last summer.  So crisp and delicious.
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