Just in the last few months another handful of new businesses have opened, ranging from a gourmet mac and cheese restaurant to hunting and fishing options to two cloverleaves of baseball diamonds.
First up, food, as in that gooey guilty pleasure known as mac and cheese. MACS Macaroni and Cheese Shop, located in the downtown river district right on Broadway, has a menu loaded with options for both grown-up and kid tastes. For gourmands, there are flavor combos like Memphis Mac with three kinds of cheeses, pulled pork, BBQ sauce and onions, and Popeye’s Mac, with spinach, caramelized onions and mushrooms added to provolone and mozzarella. Kids will likely go for the Mama’s Mac with a trio of cheeses smothering a fried hot dog. Tip: The interior design of this diner is worth a visit, with its contemporary industrial feel punctuated with funky artwork, retro chairs and reclaimed barn wood for tables and countertops.
Just a few doors down from MACS is the new Dells Distillery, a Western-themed restaurant and bar that already has a fan following for its specialty tator tot creations which range from Cheeseburger Tots to Philly Tots. There’s also a full menu of sandwiches featuring the restaurant’s signature fire-braised meats, and a kids’ menu too. As for libations, the Dells Distillery has its own distilled vodka, whiskey, brandy and rum, and they’re even offering a VIP Barrel Service where they’ll tap a keg right at your table.
Speaking of youth sports, eight baseball diamonds have opened at the Woodside Sports Complex in nearby Mauston. The complex is the largest all-turf, multi-sport facility in the Midwest with four all-turf baseball and four all-turf softball fields. Full concessions and berm seating make this a nice spot for family spectators turning a baseball tournament into a Wisconsin Dells “sportcation.”
For those who know just how good Wisconsin Dells is for fishing, you may fall for this new attraction hook, line and sinker, so to speak. It’s Redbeard Bowfishing and here’s how it works: A bowfishing captain takes you out on the Wisconsin River where you go after carp using a traditional bow, crossbow or throwing spear. If you’re visiting the Dells with a group of friends, consider a private charter.
Add to these the previously announced world’s first all-wooden looping roller coaster at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, Dells Lumberjack Show, impressive animal exhibits at Timbavati Wildlife Park, plus fall-themed attractions at Country Bumpkin Farm Market, and it’s difficult to argue with the assertion that a Wisconsin Dells fall getaway is in order.