Mr. Pancake
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Mr. Pancake

Mr. Pancake

Mr. Pancake

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A breakfast tradition for generations. Over 30 varieties of delicious pancakes/waffles/omelets made from scratch daily.
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In 1962 Chuck Thompson was a Wisconsin Dells Junior High teacher when he and his wife, Dianne, decided to purchase their first restaurant, Mr. Pancake, a local favorite. Dianne, a Home Ec major and gourmet cook, added her magic to the recipes and its popularity spread. After only 2 years the restaurant was so successful Chuck retired from teaching to focus on his now many restaurants. Over the years their daughters, Liz and Julie, often worked alongside their parents and in 1980 Liz took over managing the ever-popular Mr. Pancake and carrying on The Thompson Family's Tradition of Excellence.

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A breakfast tradition for generations. Over 30 varieties of delicious pancakes/waffles/omelets made from scratch daily.
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    2012-09-11We go to Mr. Pancake every year on our last day in the Dells. I had the bacon waffle last time & it was delicious! It just wouldn't be the same if we didn't stop there for breakfast.
    2012-06-16Luv Mr. Pancake, great pancakes and omlettes but my favorite is the blintzes and the hashbrowns!
    2010-04-18Have been going there sinse you opened. Would like to know when you open for the season as we are in IlL and sometimes we just have to have PANCAKES so we make the 187 mile drive to get the BEST.
    -WilliamCrystall Lake,Il.

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    What's Up With That Restaurant?2010-04-01Quirky places to plunk down for a great meal.Read More
    What's Up With That Restaurant?

    monks-wisconsin-dells-restaurants-23Monk's Bar & Grill

    Let's start with the original Monk's Bar & Grill located in Downtown Wisconsin Dells, named after Monk Heineke. What makes Monk's one of the memorable restaurants in Wisconsin Dells aside from the best burgers in the Dells, is the University of Wisconsin Badgers' memorabilia. It's a shrine to the red-and-white because Monk's sons played football for UW-Madison back in the late 1950s.

    Showboat Saloon - Wisconsin Dells Bars

    Showboat Saloon

    Just down the street is the Showboat Saloon, with its Tug's Kitchen restaurant. Located in a 100-year old building with a distinctive wedge shape, Showboat's always housed a bar, except during Prohibition, although some say drinks were still available through a speakeasy in the basement of this Wisconsin Dells restaurant and bar.

    Mr. Pancake - Wisconsin Dells Restaurants

    Mr. Pancake

    The landlocked Mr. Pancake restaurant in Wisconsin Dells looks like a paddlewheel boat. Why? Because the owners wanted to give patrons the feel of "dining on the water."

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    Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

    If you're into "muffler men" -- those big fiberglass statues that dot the American landscape -- then pull up to Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty, where good ol' Paul towers over this establishment.

    So, now you know!


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    These Are Some Big Breakfasts2010-04-01Relish a big breakfast while on vacation in Wisconsin Dells.Read More
    These Are Some Big Breakfasts

    mr.pancake-wisconsin-dells-restaurantsMr. Pancake

    You just have to love a place called Mr. Pancake. The owners have been serving big plates of pancakes, French toast, blintzes and waffles since 1962. While there is every fruit variety under the sun and then some, the hands-down winner for many patrons is the potato pancake, a blend of cooked potatoes in a rich egg batter with applesauce and crisp bacon on the side.




    paul-bunyans-dells-restaurants-23Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

    Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty lets you dine lumberjack-style, with family portions passed around at big, comfortable tables. You can’t go wrong with their famous “Logging Camp” breakfast of flapjacks with maple syrup, special recipe sausage and baked ham, scrambled eggs, camp fried potatoes and memorable buttermilk donuts.




    Howie's Restaurant

    Last, but certainly not least, is Howie’s Restaurant, the self-proclaimed Home of Howie’s Huge Breakfast. This plate of pancakes, egg, hash browns, toast and jelly is mighty filling. Upgrade to Howie’s Super Breakfast and you’ll get sausage too. This diner has been a favorite for Dells residents and visitors since 1958.

    You know we have to say this…breakfast is the most important meal of the day.


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    Happy Time-Out For Toddlers2010-02-09Tour waterparks, attractions and more that are just the right size for the little ones.Read More
    Happy Time-Out For Toddlers

    Families with Toddlers: Vacation Now Before School Lets Out

    Wisconsin Dells has been known as a family-friendly vacation destination for more than a few generations, and this includes activities perfect for the littlest members of the family too. If you have children under the age of five, here are a few suggestions on where to stay and where to play.

    Where to Stay Great Wolf Lodge is ideal for families with little ones, both the accommodations and the waterpark. Wilderness Resort, Chula Vista Resort, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, and Kalahari Resorts & Conventions made toddler-friendly play areas a priority too. Baker’s Sunset Bay Resort on Lake Delton is a classic with modern amenities. Lots of mid-size resorts with water playgrounds too, like Atlantis Waterpark Hotel & Suites, Alakai Hotel & Suites, Meadowbrook Resort, and Grand Marquis Waterpark Hotel & Suites. Spring Brook Resort offers easy vacationing in their rental homes and condos. If you like to camp, Sherwood Forest Camping & RV Park is a sure choice, with a toddler-friendly splash pad.

    Families with Toddlers: Vacation Now Before School Lets Out

    Where to See Animals Timbavati Wildlife Park has behind-the-scenes tours where the children can get up-close with the exotic animals. At Wisconsin Deer Park, they can feed the gentle deer. Don’t forget about the ducks, as in a scenic tour of the Wisconsin River aboard an amphibious DUCK land-to-water vehicle. Circus World, a national historic treasure in nearby Baraboo, has different shows daily under the Big Top.

    Families with Toddlers: Vacation Now Before School Lets Out

    Where to Eat Meals are delivered by miniature train at Buffalo Phil’s Pizza & Grille. MACS - Macaroni and Cheese Shop has two locations, with gourmet mac and cheese offerings for mom and dad too.  For breakfast, Mr. Pancake is a tradition, as is Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty.

    Stroller Friendly The Scenic River Walk downtown is stroller friendly and the views are stunning. Great for family selfies.

    Families with Toddlers: Vacation Now Before School Lets Out

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    Rock A Classic Vacation2011-08-01At least once in your lifetime you should try this itinerary. These classic attractions, restaurants and resorts never go out of style. Just ask your parents or grandparents.Read More
    Rock A Classic Vacation

    At least once in your lifetime you should try this itinerary. These classic attractions, restaurants and resorts never go out of style. Just ask your parents or grandparents.

    Starting with attractions, these are all must-do’s, so be sure to schedule your time accordingly. For those traveling with little ones, Wisconsin Deer Park is worth a stop. At the deer park, which opened more than 50 years ago, kids can feed the freely roaming deer, some still with their doe spots, others with huge antlers. Staying with animal-themed attractions, Lost Canyon Tours offers its own version of the “magnificent mile” - a ride through the narrow gorges of the canyon in a quaint horse-drawn wagon.

    A tour of the Wisconsin River in the afternoon is next in order. You can head out on a Duck, an amphibious WWII vehicle that gives you a little land travel with your water tour. Choose from the Original Wisconsin Ducks® or Dells Army Duck Tours. Or you can relax aboard a double-decker tour boat. Some offer you shore landings to explore the gorges and see a trained dog make the famous Stand Rock jump from one bluff outcropping to another. Other aqua tour options include jet boats, a paddle wheeler, tours without shore landings and dinner cruises.

    Take a detour downtown and stop in the H.H. Bennett Studio, the original studio of the post Civil War photographer H.H. Bennett, the man who introduced the world to Wisconsin Dells with his critically acclaimed photos of the river, the bluffs, the early logging industry and Native American culture. Here you can try the Stand Rock jump, blocked off on the floor. The original leaper was actually Bennett’s son Ashley.

    You can’t get much more classic than the circus and that’s why nearby Circus World in Baraboo makes this list. The grounds here were the original winter home of the Ringling Bros. Today, visitors can still take in 10 different shows performed daily during the warm weather months and gaze upon the world’s largest collection of restored parade wagons.

    One evening has to be set aside to see the Tommy Bartlett Show. Even this popular ski show, going strong after 60 years, is harkening back to its classic high-energy roots with the costumes and choreography for its 2011 “Livin’ the Dream” show. After the show, take a stroll downtown for some homemade fudge or a candy-loaded caramel apple or giant sucker at one of the many confection shops. Maybe even slip into a new pair of moccasins at Winnebago Gift Shop, Bailey’s Landing or Aunt Jenny’s Got-It-All Store.

    On another evening, pile in the car for a double feature of first-run movies at Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater. This is one of the last of its kind in Wisconsin.

    Settle down for the night at a classic hotel or motel.  There are so many to choose from in the area it would be unfair to mention just one or two. But what must be said is that these places represent the best of the mom-and-pop motel tradition, with a good number run by second and third generation families. Pull your car right up to the door of your room and make yourself feel right at home.

    The next morning, make breakfast your classic meal of the trip, with a stop at Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty (fair warning, the doughnuts are fresh and soft and irresistible); or Mr. Pancake, where matriarch Diane Thompson’s recipes for waffles and pancakes and blintzes are to die for.

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    A Vacation for Any Age2014-04-30Finding the right size is not just for new clothes shopping for the kids. It’s also paramount to proper vacation planning. What’s great for toddlers still getting their sea legs will likely be far too tame for more adventurous teens and vice versa. In Wisconsin Dells, attractions cover a wide spectrum, so it’s good to know in advance where your child fits in the mix.Read More
    A Vacation for Any Age

    Finding the right size is not just for new clothes shopping for the kids. It’s also paramount to proper vacation planning. What’s great for toddlers still getting their sea legs will likely be far too tame for more adventurous teens and vice versa. In Wisconsin Dells, attractions cover a wide spectrum, so it’s good to know in advance where your child fits in the mix.

    For Toddlers

    Many of the waterparks and resorts, including the large waterparks, have zero depth pools and water playlands with clean sight lines, making them ideal for families with little ones. Try Tadpole Bay at Noah’s Ark Waterpark and Raccoon Lagoon at Great Wolf Lodge, for example. You’ll also find that many of the mid-size waterpark resorts are just right too. Start at the beginning of the alphabet with Alakai Hotel & Suites and Atlantis Waterpark Hotel & Suites. Meadowbrook Resort is an A+ choice in the toddler category too, as is the Polynesian Water Park Resort, and Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center. On dry land, take the kids to feed the deer at Wisconsin Deer Park or see the giraffes at Timbavati Wildlife Park. The 15-guage railroad at Riverside & Great Northern Railway is toddler-sized and they can watch the locomotive being turned on a hand-operated turntable.

    For Grade-schoolers

    Tweens and younger will want you to pick up the pace, so be sure to consider-karting, mini-golf and the big wave pools when planning out their time. For waterparks, you can’t go wrong with Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks and Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort. Let them have some fun while learning about the wonders of science at the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory – Interactive Science Center. They’ll actually enjoy the history lesson that comes with a ride in restored steel coaches built in 1915 at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Circus World is sure to keep them entranced, with performances in the Hippodrome and the Tristan Crist Illusion Show. The Magi-Quest/Shadow Quest attractions at Great Wolf Lodge and Wizard Quest downtown combine computers, full-size labyrinths and scavenger hunting into an activity that will keep middle children happily occupied for a good several hours. Fuel their day beginning with breakfast at Mr. Pancake or Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty.

    For Teenagers

    Put plunge-style waterslides, surf machines and water roller coasters at the top of the vacation agenda for your teens and they’ll leave all that teenage angst at home for a change. Solid waterpark choices include Kalahari Waterpark Resort and Chula Vista Resort. High schoolers will jump at the chance to earn bragging rights by doing a little zip lining too. Rent a jet ski for an afternoon and off they’ll go. Or take them out for a jet boat ride on the Wisconsin River. Snowboarding in the winter is another way towear them out. Of course, they will be hungry, so just know that their pizza options are expansive: Pizza Pub, Pizza Ranch, Pizza Villa, Moosejaw Pizza, Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Dominos, to name a few. 



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