The state of Wisconsin has been settled over the centuries by Native Americans, Europeans, Asians, Africans and various mixes of these cultures.  They have all brought their own dining preferences and dishes to Wisconsin to enrich our “foodie” choices.  From apples to zucchini, Wisconsin is blessed to host many dining taste treats along our highways and byways. Over the next several months, Edible Antics will chronicle foodie destinations around Wisconsin and make specific recommendations for your enjoyment.  It will be done by county and point out unique road tours, stops for cheese shops, meat markets, bakeries, restaurants, breweries, wine makers shops, and unique hotels or bed and breakfast stops. So stay tuned for the Edible Antics Wisconsin Foodie Tour.  This week we start with Adams and Ashland counties.

Adams County

Adams County by David Benbennick
Map highlighting Adams County. Illustration by David Benbennick.

Located in central sands section of Wisconsin Adams County is home to about 20,000 people and is 645 square miles in size.  The county seat is in Friendship, Wisconsin.  Bisected by Wisconsin State Highway 13, the county includes the cities of Adams, Rome, and Big Flats.  It is also home to Roche-A-Cri State Park. Established in 1948, Roche-A-Cri protects a 300-foot-high rock outcropping and Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. The name “Roche-A-Cri” comes from French words meaning “crevice in the rock.” The park has 41 rustic campsites and five miles of hiking trails within a forest of large oaks and pines.

Edible Antics recommends:

High Rock Cafe in Wisconsin Dells for your dining pleasure.


Ashland County

Ashland County in Wisconsin by David Benbennick
Map highlighting Ashland County. Illustration by David Benbennick.

In far northern Wisconsin on the south shore of Lake Superior, Ashland County is home to about 16,000 hardy souls and occupies 1,043 square miles.  Ashland is the county seat and other cities in the county include Butternut, Glidden, Clam Lake and Mellon.  The county includes the Copper Falls State Park and the Bad River Indian Reservation.  The Whistle Stop Blues and Brews Festival is held in October with other events scheduled throughout the year.

Edible Antics recommends:

The city of Ashland makes a great base for the “Apostles Country,” 143 miles road tour that is one of 30 spectacular auto trips featured in Gary Knowles The Great Wisconsin Touring Book.

In Ashland the South Shore Brewery and Deep Water Grille  for fine hand crafted micro brews and good food.  Sixth Street Market for a broad selection of local meats and seafood. Ashland Baking Company for bread and croissants. The Hotel Chequamegon  offers historic accommodations with views over the Lake Superior harbor.

If we missed some of your favorite foodie stops in Adams or Ashland Counties let us know your recommendations in the comments.

Next week we explore Barron and Bayfield counties.

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