Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Cheese Factory Restaurant: A REAL taste of Wisconsin.

My wife selected WI Dells as a location for our family getaway.   I will be blogging about various locals and things we do along the way.
As we entered town, I started to notice a few things.  There seemed to be a plethora of places to eat.  What I found odd was that there seemed to be "chain" type restaurants or local eateries with a cultural bent (e.g., Italian).  
I kept driving because I wanted to taste food FROM Wisconsin, not to get away from it.  
My search was soon rewarded by finding what I think is a gem in the somewhat battered crown of Wisconsin Dells: The Cheese Factory.
From the lovely outside to the historic inside, The Cheese Factory was all I had hoped for in a local Wisconsin eatery.  The biggest bonus for me was the SODA FOUNTAIN.  I think the last time I was in a shop with a soda fountain was when I was 7 years old.  The selection of flavors were a bit limited (I used to love Lime Coke), but it was certainly worth having a real Vanilla Coke again.  
The friendly staff were more than willing to chat and give us a rundown of the menu.  The food is very traditional Wisconsin...heavy on the cheese and meats.  All of the items seemed homemade which is become more of a rarity in todays American fast food culture.    My wife had the portabella mushroom sandwich which was marinated to perfection.  I had the cheese and tomato sandwich which was HUGE.  I also couldn't pass up the beer cheese soup which only seems to be made correctly by people of Wisconsin genetic background.  
I know that I haven't explored the Dells completely yet, but this place was a winner right off the bat.  I might have to run back and get that beer cheese soup recipe from their cookbook...


Cristie said...

We were in the Dells yesterday with out-of-town guests and were looking for a non-chain restaurant that serves old-fashioned, WI food. I saw the Cheese Factory Restaurant but didn't stop in. Thanks for the great review, next time we'll know to dine there!

Jamie Sundsbak said...

No problem Cristie. Glad you took the time to check it out. You have to try the beer cheese soup for sure.