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Breakfast spots in Wisconsin you’re going to want to try

Whether you’re the eggs and bacon type, team pancakes or team waffles, you’re sure to find your cup of tea (or coffee) here in Wisconsin! Sara Meaney, Wisconsin tourism secretary-designee, joined us in the studio to talk about some of the best breakfast spots in the state.

Sister Bay’s legendary Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant
AKA, “the place with the goats on the roof.” It’s a place you really need to see to believe! While the goats might get you in the door, the food will keep you around. This year marks their 70th year in business, so it’s a great time to make the trip to celebrate the milestone. They’re popular for their Swedish pancakes, served either sweet with strawberries or savory with Swedish meatballs. The Swedish pancakes are always served with a delightfully tart side of lingonberries.

The Charmant in downtown La Crosse.
The Charmant hotel is located in a refurbished candy factory originally constructed in 1898. They pay homage to their sweet history, offering gourmet chocolates and homemade Macarons at the hotel’s Sweets Bar. For brunch, The Charmant serves meals with local flair such as trout benedict and corn meal pancakes with maple syrup.

Engine Company No. 3 in Milwaukee
This breakfast hot spot boasts truck-sized garage doors that open in the summer. Interestingly, Engine Company’s cuisine has a global flair, with dishes deriving from Hungary, Colombia and Denmark. One of the most popular meals is the Queen’s Brekkie from South Africa, featuring sausage and curry braised eggplant.

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Samantha Bowers

Host, Midday Madison

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