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Wisconsin supper clubs to try

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Supper club tradition runs deep in Wisconsin. Built on family, fish fry and Old Fashioneds, they’re a place where everyone is welcome. These historic supper clubs have been a gathering place for locals and visitors alike nearly a century, or longer! Sara Meaney, secretary-designee at the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, joined us with a few supper club top picks.

Fox & Hounds – Hubertus
Located near the northern unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest, this historic supper club began as a one-room cabin. In the 1930’s, an avid horseman restored the cabin, added a basement bar and opened it to fellow equestrians. It soon became headquarters for many fox hunts, so the name “Fox & Hounds” was a natural fit when he turned it into a restaurant in 1933. The supper club still maintains its historic charm with rustic, thick-timbered walls and fieldstone fireplaces. On Friday nights, all Fox & Hounds fish specials are all you can eat, from cod to perch to shrimp. Stop by early to grab a drink in their historic basement pub.

Little Bohemia Lodge – Manitowish Waters
Little Bohemia Lodge was built in the 1920’s and became a popular vacation spot and hideout for gangsters. It is the site of the infamous Dillinger Gang shootout with the FBI in 1394. Diners can still see bullet holes in some of the windows and walls. The owners have converted the upstairs hotel rooms to a museum that includes clothing, newspapers and items left behind by Dillinger and other gangsters. Little Bohemia is open every night of the week, with nightly specials ranging from fish to steak to duck and more.

Red Circle Inn – Nashotah
Located about 35 minutes from Milwaukee, Red Circle Inn is dubbed “Wisconsin’s Oldest Restaurant.” It was originally built as The Nashotah Hotel in the 1840’s. In 1889, beer baron Frederick Pabst bought the stagecoach stop and named it Red Circle Inn as a nod to his brewery’s logo. While he only owned it for 22 years, the name endures to this day. Enlarged historical photos can be found throughout the restaurant and event space as a nod to its past. Today, customers can be treated to a fine dining menu with fish, veal, lamb and poultry with a French flair.

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