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Jeremy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:53 am Reply with quote Back to top

This sticky forum topic is provided for WGA members to share their recommendations regarding good places to eat in this region.

When you make a recommendation, please provide as much information as you can. At a minimum we need the name of the restaurant, type of food served, and the city/town where it is located. We are all geocachers, so the coordinates of the establishment would also be helpful. Smile

If there is a need to edit or delete your recommendation at a future date, just post a note in this topic and one of our forum admins will take care of making the change.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!
 
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TyeDyeSkyGuy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:49 am Reply with quote Back to top

I'll get this started by staying very local.

If you are visiting Kenosha and planning to stay a while. Consider Franks Diner. By far the best greasy spoon and breakfast spot I've ever been to. Franks Diner is a historic landmark and has been in business for over 80 years. Franks is located at 508-58th Street or N 42° 35.002 W 87° 49.051

If you are just passing through Kenosha on I94 check out The Brat Stop Good food, live entertainment, and great prices. Lot's of celebrities have passed through these doors over the years. The most recent was Hillary Clinton. Hope that doesn't scare some of you away! Very Happy The Brat stop is located at the intersection of I-94 and Hwy 50 or N42° 34.079 W 87° 57.377

If you're in Kenosha, and looking for a fine dining experience, there are several places to choose from. Chops on the Lake is my favorite. Chops is located on the Kenosha Lake Front at 5722-3rd Avenue or N 42° 35.032 W 87° 48.884

Lastly, if your out caching on our fantastic lake front and have the kiddies along, a fun place for them would be Trolley Dogs Best hot dog place around and fantastic prices. If you stop here, take the kids on a trolley car ride for just 25¢ Trolley Dogs is located at 5501-6th Ave or N 42° 35.148 W 87° 49.114

If it's coffee you're looking for, then The Daily Dose will surely help you get your fix. It's located at 6010-40th Ave or N 42° 34.846 W 87° 51.413 If you're up early enough on Thursday mornings, you can meet up with a group of local cachers that meet at 6:30AM every week. We stay until we leave.

Places to AVOID:

Marina Gardens was a great place for a long time, but has gone way down hill.

Maraz has had more than one visit from the health department and we'll leave it at that.
 
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cekcacher
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:25 am Reply with quote Back to top

Hey Tye Dye -
You misseed my favorite Mexican restaurantin Kenosha! Between Hwy 32 and 31, on Bridge Rd is Tacos El Rey. Great Mexican food and very reasonable prices!
P.S. There is another Tacos El Rey on Lathrop Ave. in Racine, too! (same management)
 
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TyeDyeSkyGuy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:52 am Reply with quote Back to top

Don't know how I missed that one. It's a block from home! We almost lost it in the tornado last year!

Taco's ElRay is at 2000 Birch Road. or N 42° 37.862 W 87° 50.001
 
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furfool
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:20 am Reply with quote Back to top

If you are in the Hartford area, I would have to recommend The Mineshaft. A half block north of hwy. 60 on 83 (the main drag). We have been going there for almost 20 years, and have never had a bad experience there and never left with an empty stomach. I don't think they take reservations but if you go on Friday nights for a fish fry, go early or you will have to put your name on the waiting list. In the past we've been told about an hour wait, but it turns out to be about fifteen minutes. And that is when they are packed. They also have a game room on the second floor. Street parking the front with additional public parking in the back.

Sorry. I don't have any coordinates. I'll try to remember to shoot some the next time we're up there.

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Mister Greenthumb
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:23 am Reply with quote Back to top

furfool wrote:
If you are in the Hartford area, I would have to recommend The Mineshaft. A half block north of hwy. 60 on 83 (the main drag). We have been going there for almost 20 years, and have never had a bad experience there and never left with an empty stomach. I don't think they take reservations but if you go on Friday nights for a fish fry, go early or you will have to put your name on the waiting list. In the past we've been told about an hour wait, but it turns out to be about fifteen minutes. And that is when they are packed. They also have a game room on the second floor. Street parking the front with additional public parking in the back.

Sorry. I don't have any coordinates. I'll try to remember to shoot some the next time we're up there.


There are better fishfrys, but not for the price. All you can eat for $4.95. The Mineshaft also has the distinction of being the largest restaurant in Wisconsin. It's a great place to take kids of any age.
 
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AuntieNae
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Waukesha - downtown area

Jimmy's Grotto
http://www.jimmysgrottopizza.com/
N43 00.846 W88 13.425
Home of the Famous Ponza Rotta!

Mia's Italian Cuisine
N 43° 00.639 W 088° 13.961
If you have been to the Mama Mia's restaurants in Milwaukee - same menu, different owner.
I might add that they have hosted 2 of our JanBoree Meet & Greet events.

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furfool
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

furfool wrote:
If you are in the Hartford area, I would have to recommend The Mineshaft. A half block north of hwy. 60 on 83 (the main drag). We have been going there for almost 20 years, and have never had a bad experience there and never left with an empty stomach. I don't think they take reservations but if you go on Friday nights for a fish fry, go early or you will have to put your name on the waiting list. In the past we've been told about an hour wait, but it turns out to be about fifteen minutes. And that is when they are packed. They also have a game room on the second floor. Street parking the front with additional public parking in the back.

Sorry. I don't have any coordinates. I'll try to remember to shoot some the next time we're up there.


Here are coordinates for the Mineshaft and for parking, provided to me by Crockett3663.

N 43 19.091/ W088 22.730 Front Door of The Mineshaft

Since parking on Main Street is very often an unsuccessful crap shoot, I've included some additional parking coordinates:

N 43 19.099/ W 088 22.675 Back Lot behind restaurant. There IS a rear entrance to The Mineshaft from this parking area.

N 43 19.125/ W 088 22.622 This is a gravel parking area a bit further away, but the abck entrance is still within reasonable walking distance.

N 43 19.102/ W 088 22.772 This is a paved parking area which is located BEHIND the businesses which are located ACROSS the street from The Mineshaft. The restaurant is still easily accessible via the Main Street Annex, an enclosed walkway with stairs AND a elevator for those with physical limitations.

The Mineshaft serves an entire menu of Italian, Mexican and American cuisine. They also boast one of the best Friday Night fish frys in all of Wisconsin. If you're going morning caching, they also serve a full breakfast menu, with an exceptional Sunday Morning Breakfast Buffet.

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sweetlife
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:46 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Waukausha

Don't know the coordinates, but Great Mexican food would be Jose's Blue Sombrero. We eat here every time we go to Milwaukee, they open at 5 on the weekends, and i would be there early if I were you. Its a very busy place, its worth the wait, get the combo plates, 3 items for 10.95 i think with plenty of beans and rice, we take some home every time.

Barry
 
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hotdogs_off_trail
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Not one to do much posting of recommendations, but while meeting an “old” high school buddy and cruising through downtown Beaver Dam, we found a wonderful dining piece of “Americana”. With a very plain front, Chili John’s is a wonderful, colorful eatery operated by the third generation at the same location (N43* 27.368 W088* 50.429) since 1928. The food is great, prices are good, and Chili John is a delightful character, masterful at slinging both hash and comments on most topics.

If you stop by, note that hours of operation are from 5 AM til 2 PM Monday thru Saturday, and mention that “the geocaching Hotdogs” sent you. I think you'll enjoy your visit.
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blue_cougar54494
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

When over by Montello a great place to try is Good Old Days on Lake Puckaway

http://www.goodolddaysresort.com

On Fridays they have all you can eat fish & chicken. On Wednesdays they have all you can eat chicken wings for $5. Also pitchers of beer on Wednesday is $5.

Sunday brunch is pretty good also.
 
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blue_cougar54494
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:31 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Over in Kingston Wisconsin you will find 1 of THE best places for prime rib... aplace called The Kingston House.

http://www.thekingstonhouse.com/

They are open for lunch Tuesday thru Friday. But they only serve dinner on Friday & Saturday nights. And both nights are buffets. HOWEVER their Friday night fish buffet is 1 we drive 1 1/2 hours for once a month. If you love a good prime rib you will have to try their Saturday night buffet. They do their own prime rib in house & it melts in your mouth. Besides prime rib they also have 1 other meat hand carved as well (usually ham). This is another trip we make once a month. Among other items on the buffet are broasted chicken; mashed potatoes; home made stuffing; gravy; corn fritters; bbq ribs; both nights have a fried fish. Also not seen on a buffet often is boiled cabbage & creamed gizzards.
Prices are very reasonable also with Friday being about $11 & Saturday being about $17. They start serving at 5pm but they get busy right away at 4pm when they open the bar. You can buy your dinner & relax with a few drinks before your number is called. If you ge there at 5pm dont be surprised to have to wait an hour to be seated.

 
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The Pirate Monkies
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Location: Kenosha, Wi.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:17 pm Reply with quote Back to top

When in Kenosha a stop at "THE SPOT" drive-in is a must... It is especially known for their bacon double cheesburger with the works, a common epicurian delight for late night imbibers...
Corner of 75th st. & 22nd av.
N 42 33.946
W 087 50.117

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The Pirate Monkies
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:28 pm Reply with quote Back to top

When caching in the Burlington area a stop for "The Worlds Best Burger" at FRED'S PARKVIEW INN is always a treat... The atmosphere is very casual, it's seat yourself when a table opens up and you have to place your order at the bar with your table number... Even though it's a pub & grill, it's very child friendly, I've been bringing my son there for a birthday burger since he was 8 tears old, he's 23 now... A trip to Fred's is not complete without an order of their home made chips...
Corner of Pine st. & Hwy 36...
N 42 40.855
W 088 16.628

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beezers958
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:21 pm Reply with quote Back to top

To add to the thread, a little further north (but if Milwaukee isn't southeast, why are we in that region on the WGA page?!), three great places - all on Farwell Avenue: The Eatery , Comet Cafe, and Ma Fisher's Diner. In order: inexpensive and great happy hour, inexpensive and the best, weirdest, "diner" food you've ever eaten, and cheap, urban, authentic diner experience!

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