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Our Favorite Curds to Crawl For in Wisconsin

Here in Wisconsin, we know a thing or two about cheese curds and when it comes to serving them up fried and delicious, there’s no shortage of places to go and nosh on them! In fact, cheese curds are such a favorite people have been organizing curd crawls across the state to try the best curds Wisconsin has to offer. Today we’re sharing some of your favorite curd hotspots (as voted by the public in 2018 in USA Today) and a few of our own to inspire your very own cheese curd crawl!
Topping the list as Best Cheese Curds in Wisconsin is Madison’s very own hotspot, The Old Fashioned.
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Second Place went to another Madison staple, Curd Girl, where the tiny food cart brings fried curd happiness to people all over the Madison area!
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Also making the top 10 list was the Pioneer Keg in Theresa where Widmer’s fried Brick cheese curds are a favorite on the menu!
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And it wouldn’t be Wisconsin without a Bloody Mary, and the Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern in La Crosse serves its fried cheese curds with a  Bloody Mary dipping sauce! Doesn’t get more Wisconsin than that!
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Another Discover Wisconsin favorite for delicious curds is Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, which serves up delicious tempura-battered curds.
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We’re rounding out our list of favorite curds with these babies from Craftsman Table and Tap in Middleton, which feature Carr Valley curds and a classic buttermilk ranch dressing.
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No matter where you are in the state, whether it’s fresh or fried cheese curds, you know they’re made with Wisconsin pride and passion, so enjoy! Watch the full A Curd Crawl episode now on Roku, Smart TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and discoverwisconsin.com.
Amy Wallace is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Watch Discover Wisconsin on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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A Road Trip to Green County for Wisconsin Cheese!

Welcome to Green County…where there are more cows than people! Famous for its Swiss heritage, serene bike trails, barn quilts and dairy farms, this southern Wisconsin destination will have you escaping to the rolling hills for a little countryside R&R.
Green County is also known as the Gateway to Cheese Country—so you know everyone’s favorite delicacy will be top-notch here! Read on for a few of our top suggestions for your next epicurean road trip.

Order Decatur Dairy’s signature grilled cheese sandwich in Brodhead.

Opening its doors for the first time in 1942, this Swiss-inspired cheese creamery and store is perhaps best known for serving up their signature grilled cheese sandwich utilizing some of their award-winning specialty cheeses. (And some say it’s the best grilled cheese in the whole county…) What started as a fluke idea has expanded into several varieties of grilled cheese and even soup and mac and cheese. Decatur Dairy takes things to the next level with their original creations, including memorable combinations like Colby-Swiss and chedster. If you’re planning a trip or passing through the Napa Valley of Cheese (Green County, that is) then consider Decatur Dairy an absolute must-stop!
Enjoy an iconic Wisconsin brew on the patio at New Glarus Brewing Co.

Let’s talk about Wisconsin icons. There’s Aaron Rodgers, Wisconsin Cheese and of course, Spotted Cow. The latter of the bunch is the brain child of the now-legendary New Glarus Brewing Company. Take a fascinating self-guided tour of this mammoth brewery before enjoying your own interestingly named brew on the relaxing patio. Before you head out, make sure to check out the gift shop to stock up on your favorite Wisconsin cheeses and more!
Indulge in cheese fondue at Glarner Stube in New Glarus.

Round up the whole family and head on in to one of New Glarus’ most historic restaurants. At Glarner Stube, Swiss cheese fondue reigns supreme and whether it’s your first time dining in or your 100th, it’s a must-try shareable dish. Local aged swiss cheese is a key ingredient in many of the meals here, including the Roesti potato and their famous Reuben.
The verdict is in: Green County is Wisconsin cheese heaven! Have you been to any of these iconic spots in southern Wisconsin? Chime in below!
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How to tour Door County for the best Wisconsin Cheese

Ah, Door County…land of charming small towns, historic lighthouses and idyllic sunsets. It’s also a foodie’s dream thanks to the many shops and restaurants that pepper the peninsula. You’ll find more than your fair share of chocolate, wine, baked goods, cherry-flavored anything and of course, Wisconsin cheese to bring home.
Now, here’s our gift to you: A Door County itinerary featuring three fantastic Wisconsin cheese destinations!
Door Artisan Cheese (Egg Harbor)

Sure, you can buy Wisconsin cheese here. But what makes Door Artisan Cheese in Egg Harbor extra special is the fact that this culinary hot spot is all about celebrating the art and science of Wisconsin cheesemaking. Guests have the opportunity to see cheesemaking in action—and ask questions along the way—while sampling specialty cheeses along with regional and international wines.
The restaurant at Door Artisan Cheese is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy lunch once you’ve stocked up on goodies to go. Pair fresh cheese platters with a local wine or dine on a burger topped with house-made, award-winning cheese.

Renard’s Cheese (Sturgeon Bay)

At Renard’s Cheese, curd is the word. Known for their famous cheese curds, made fresh every day, you’ll have fun browsing their impressive variety of more than 50 flavor-infused cheeses. Just as impressive is the fun playground right outside—making this gem of a spot a true family-friendly destination!
If you’re looking for a more in-depth experience at Renard’s, take a tour of the facility and get a behind-the-scenes look at how the cheese is made. Post-tour, we have a feeling you’ll have worked up a craving for Wisconsin’s famous delicacy, so head over to the in-store deli and indulge in your choice of pizza, sandwiches or soups all topped with – you guessed it! – Renard’s fresh-from-the-creamery Wisconsin cheese.
Waseda Farms Market (Baileys Harbor)

Waseda Farm Market in Baileys Harbor does things a bit differently and we love them for it! Here you’re invited to wander the grounds to see how they raise their animals and grow their produce – plus, you can pick your very own veggies! Stock up on the goods for your next family feast and then head inside to the on-site market to browse fresh and organic items, including award-winning Wisconsin cheese, from a variety of local artisans, producers and farmers.
You’ll love the quaint, bucolic feel of Waseda Farms. Come for the goodies, stay for the cows and baby goats!
Have you made your way to one of these iconic Door County destinations? Let us know below!
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Milwaukee’s Ultimate Cheese Experience

What do you get when you pair award-winning Wisconsin cheese with a fresh, cold brew—and a sweet treat to top things off? Pure happiness!
If you’re making your way to Milwaukee on an empty stomach, keep reading for some of our favorite bucket list-worthy spots for Wisconsin cheese, artisan chocolate and local brews!

Tour Wisconsin’s First Urban Cheese Factory
Located in Milwaukee’s historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, Clock Shadow Creamery is an absolute must for every Wisconsin cheese devotee. As the first urban cheese factory in Wisconsin, the creamery is all about arming folks with fresh, local cheese while being environmentally conscious and educating customers about the craft of cheesemaking.
Speaking of going green, Clock Shadow Creamery’s impressive building features a geothermal heating and cooling system, a rooftop garden, rainwater reuse system, a power generating elevator and other ecological innovations.
As for a cheese that comes highly recommended? We suggest nabbing a sample of Quark, the creamery’s melt-in-your-mouth signature Wisconsin cheese, soft and creamy with a bit of a tang. Clock Shadow Creamery is the only cheese factory in the state that makes this popular European cheese! While you’re there you might as well grab some fresh, squeaky cheese curds too!

Cheese and Beer are Not in Short Supply at this Milwaukee Shop…
Just two miles north of Clock Shadow Creamery is a gem of a spot called Wisconsin Cheese Mart & Uber Tap Room. Founded in 1938, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart has grown from a small shop to a leading cheese retailer in the state. They’ve been around for 70+ years but the goal at Wisconsin Cheese Mart has never changed: to celebrate the cheesemakers’ craft, showcase their hard work and innovation, and serve cheese fanatics everywhere!
With over 175 Wisconsin cheeses to enjoy—plus more than 36 tap beers to try next door at Uber Tap Room—we can’t think of a better spot to kick back and relax…Wisconsin-style! Wisconsin Cheese Mart & Uber Tap Room’s in-house cheese bar offers unique pairings of cheese and Wisconsin craft beer, so go with one of their super savvy staff recommendations or step outside the box and create one of your own.

Take a Chocolate Pairing Class in Walker’s Point
Ready for dessert? To satisfy your sweet tooth, we suggest you pop in to Indulgence Chocolatiers on 2nd Street. Founded in 2007, and using only the finest chocolate from around the world and other locally sourced ingredients like cream from nearby Sassy Cow Creamery, the skilled chocolatiers craft absolutely, positively delicious confections.
For the ultimate date night or girls’ day, register for one of Indulgence Chocolatiers’ two-hour pairing classes. Learn which foods and beverages each chocolate complements perfectly…and do a little taste-testing along the way!

Who’s up for a road trip to Milwaukee? Let us know about some of your favorite spots for Wisconsin cheese below!
Ellen Fallon is the Marketing Coordinator for Discover Wisconsin. Growing up in Madison she has enjoyed spending her weekends exploring the state and finding new and exciting destinations to travel to with her friends and family. You can watch Discover Wisconsin online at discoverwisconsin.com.
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What Happens When You Challenge 3 Wisconsin Chefs to a Cheese Duel?

What happens when you challenge three talented and award-winning Wisconsin chefs to create three different dishes using the same variety of cheese? Magic!
If Wisconsin is well known for anything, it’s got to be for our award-winning cheese! So we decided to have three talented chefs make three very different dishes using the same type of cheese!

First up is Nathan Berg, head chef at the Lakely Restaurant in the Oxbow Hotel in Eau Claire. We challenged him to use Kammerude Gouda from Comstock Creamery.
His first course consisted of Kraut Balls! Using strained sauerkraut, shredded Kammerude Gouda, and a bit of flour and panko bread crumbs to bind it together! Serve with a house-made Cranberry mustard; it’s a mouthful of Wisconsin goodness!

For his second course, he made an airline chicken breast served with a Kammerude Gouda potato gratin. Thin layers of potato covered with shredded Gouda cheese and layered with heavy cream and baked to perfection!
The dessert course consisted of a strawberry rhubarb tart topped with a creamy Kammerude Gouda and whiskey ice cream! Scrumptious!
The next chef we challenged was Luke Zahm of the Driftless Café in Viroqua. We challenged him with Sid Cook’s Glacier Penta Crème Blue Cheese.
For the first course Luke created a pizza. Starting with an herbed aoli base, topped with house-cured bacon, figs, caramelized onions, and of course; Glacier Penta Crème Blue Cheese!

For the main course, Luke created a creamy wild rice risotto using the blue cheese as the base, and serving it with a pork chop covered with door county cherries in a bourbon and local honey sauce reduction and edible flowers!
For the dessert course, Luke and his pastry chef concocted a whipped Penta Crème blue cheese cake with a walnut crust. Amazing lemony taste with just a hint of blue cheese flavor! Delicious!

And last, but certainly not least, is Chef Adam Siegel from Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee. We challenged Chef Siegel to create three dishes using a Wisconsin original; Widmer’s Aged Brick cheese or Aged Brick cheese spread!
For the first course, Adam created an appetizer of ravioli pasta stuffed with Aged Brick spread, basted in a brown butter sauce with wild mushrooms and brick cheese shavings! Incredibly tasty!
For the second course, chef created another form of pasta infusing a choux pastry with aged brick and poaching it to create a flavored gnocchi tossed with summer vegetables like sweet corn, sweet bell peppers, patty-pan squash, some duck confit added in, and covered with a brick cheese fondue sauce! Completely scrumptious!
And for the pièce de résistance, a peach tart with accents of Aged Brick cheese! Devine!
Well one thing is certain, not only is Wisconsin Cheese the best, it’s also incredibly diverse in the many different ways to enjoy it! I hope we’ve inspired you to try some new cheeses and maybe even do a little experimenting in your own kitchen! And no matter how you use it, there’s no wrong way to hit a Wisconsin cheese trifecta!
 
Amy Wallace is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Stream Discover Wisconsin on Roku, Apple TV, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast or discoverwisconsin.com. Or tune in Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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