Monday, July 9, 2012
Northern Wisconsin - One of God's Miracles
Beyond the pine forests and abundance of waterways, the next best thing is the dining experience in the northwoods. Classic supper clubs abound as do the more frequent pub food bars. Some are better than others, but the northern crowd is discriminating, so bad food will shutter the place faster than the mortgage company.
Friday fish frys vary as well, but most withstand the taste test and you should always leave full. Battered cod or haddock, pan-fried walleye, and lake perch are the mainstays. Even those who are not fish fans will partake, at least for a bite. The standard drink, the Old Fashioned, is crafted by good bartenders who muddle the cherry, orange, sugar and bitters, before splashing in the brandy (or if you prefer, whiskey), and top it with 7-up. That is the experience that makes the trip worthwhile. Sure, you can boat, ski, tube, camp, golf, and many other things, but finding a quiet spot on the lakeshore, seeing a loon dive for food, with a cool drink in hand is, indeed, heaven. Thank you Lord for the exquisite beauty of the Wisconsin Northwoods.