Cafe Wisconsin: A Guide to Wisconsin's Down-Home Cafes

Cafe Wisconsin: A Guide to Wisconsin's Down-Home Cafes

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by Joanne Raetz Stuttgen
     
 

    Cafe Wisconsin returns in a new, updated version that provides a sure-bet guide to Wisconsin’s best small town, home-cooking cafes. For this second edition, author Joanne Raetz Stuttgen traveled more than 12,000 miles in six months, revisiting old business districts and main streets in search of the ultimate cafe, the perfect

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    Cafe Wisconsin returns in a new, updated version that provides a sure-bet guide to Wisconsin’s best small town, home-cooking cafes. For this second edition, author Joanne Raetz Stuttgen traveled more than 12,000 miles in six months, revisiting old business districts and main streets in search of the ultimate cafe, the perfect slice of homemade pie, and the meaning of life in Wisconsin’s down-home cafes.
    Featuring 133 cafes, with another 101 Next Best Bets alternatives, Cafe Wisconsin is every hungry traveler’s guide to real mashed potatoes, melt-in-your-mouth hot beef, from-scratch baked goods, and colorful coffee klatches. At the counter of aptly named cafes like the Coffee Cup, Main Street, and Chatterbox, you’ll laugh with owners, shake dice with customers, and find the authentic taste and flavor of Wisconsin.
    Come on. Let’s go out to eat!

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"An eminently useful book, directing readers to dozens of colorful eateries we wouldn't otherwise find, Cafe Wisconsin is so much more than a guide. It is stirring evidence that despite the onslaught of corporate fast food, small-town cafes thrive, resonant with local character and perfumed by the good smells of sizzled bacon and oven-warm rhubarb pie."—Jane and Michael Stern, authors of Road Food

"Stuttgen explored Wisconsin’s back roads to discover humble, small town restaurants that still serve good home cooking. . . . She is also interested in the role cafes play as meeting places in the community. . . . Cafe Wisconsin celebrates the people, the food, and the traditions of small town Wisconsin that these cafes represent."—Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

"Stuttgen is at her best when capturing a cafe’s color, with its clientele as part of the decor. You get a sense of the atmosphere and what it is that keeps the regulars coming."—Capital Times

It was the love of slow-cooked roast beef swimming in gravy that drove Joanne Raetz Stuttgen to create her 1993 regional hit Café Wisconsin. And it was the same love that inspired this 21st-century update. The book is a reliable guide to 140 of Wisconsin's best small-town cafés, mom-and-pop eateries where the mashed potatoes are a little lumpy and the cook has never heard of the South Beach Diet. As appetizing as a hot slice of heavy sour cream raisin pie.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299201142
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
2
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
1,364,379
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen is a folklorist. She grew up in Minnesota, lived five years in Wisconsin, and now resides in Martinsville, Indiana, with her husband, a Chippewa Falls native, and son. She is currently at work on the Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook (with Terese Allen) and Cafe Indiana, both forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press.

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Cafe Wisconsin: A Guide to Wisconsin's Down-Home Cafes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
hismom42 More than 1 year ago
I love this book, and was hoping that it would be updated soon. We carry it in our car and pull it out to check out 'down-home' cafes when we travel in Wisconsin. Yesterday we found (by using the book) a super little cafe just outside of Stevens Point, in Polonia. Great food, clean and friendly help. But some places have closed since ths 2nd edition was published. We need a 3rd edition!