Supper Clubs Are All the Rage
Classic supper clubs -- you know those places with a certain retro-hip ambiance -- are alive and well in Wisconsin Dells. In fact, they never went away. The area is home to a handful of restaurants that have all the requirements of a great supper club -- the perfect steak, accommodating staff, a clubby-feeling bar area, you get the picture. Two of the best -- Field’s at the Wilderness and the Del-Bar -- were designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. Several have been featured in Wine Spectator for their stellar wine cellars.

Interview Recommendations

  • Jane Wimmer, one of the owners of the Del-Bar, whose service standards are legendary in the area
  • Michael Obois, Wisconsin Dells native who received his degree from The Culinary Institute of America in New York and returned to run House of Embers, their family’s restaurant

Round-Up/Trend/Sidebar Story Ideas

  • When on vacation, indulge
  • Prairie-style architecture interpreted very differently at two popular restaurants

The Best Burgers in Town
Wisconsin Dells’ insiders know the place for burgers is Monk’s Bar & Grill, located in a hallway of a building in the middle of downtown since 1947. The place has been so popular over the years, with its kitschy Wisconsin Badger football themed décor and signature burgers, that the owners decided to serve up orders at a second free-standing restaurant on the other end of town at the Wilderness Resort. The 308-seat eatery provides plenty of elbowroom to enjoy the mouthwatering baskets of burgers and fries. Other burger hot spots include Zap’s Tap, River’s Edge Pub & Grub, and Country Keg Bar & Grill/Baja Cantina.

Interview Recommendations

  • Tom Heller, current owner of Monk’s and keeper of the secret burger recipe
  • Dennis Leonhardt, owner of River’s Edge Pub & Grub

Round-Up/Trend/Sidebar Story Ideas

  • Favorite toppings for burgers
  • Maintaining the same tried-and-true menu can pay off when you’re in a resort mecca