What do Mars and Wisconsin have in widespread? Well, the planet Mars does have a panorama that offers it an look resembling Swiss cheese – and there is definitely numerous cheese in Wisconsin.
But Mars is not only a planet neighbor in our galaxy. It additionally shares its title with two locations in Southeast Wisconsin that any Midwest traveler ought to make time to get pleasure from – Mars Cheese Castle and Mars Resort.
From my first go to to the state of Wisconsin as a teen, there was one fixed on each journey – a go to to Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha. Sitting proper alongside I-94 and simply over the Wisconsin border, it was typically the final cease when heading out of city the place we would get the compulsory foodie memento of the land of cheese – a bag of curds for snacking on. It’s a roadside landmark that permits you to know you’ve got entered this main dairy state.
Since my early visits there, Mars Cheese Castle has moved into a more recent constructing and one that actually appears like a citadel. The enterprise initially opened in 1947 and moved to a brand new area a couple of decade later after a fireplace after which in 2011 an interstate-widening undertaking passed off that meant that the Mars Cheese Castle would have to come down. The new constructing was greater and higher – greater than twice the dimensions of the previous one. That meant extra room for cheese and a chance to broaden what they carry. It’s now additionally stuffed with Wisconsin-made specialty meals objects and has a bakery, a tavern, a restaurant, a wine corridor, a sweet space, some rows of Wisconsin-themed clothes, connoisseur sodas – and naturally an enormous room of nothing however cheese. There’s nearly each sort of cheese your lactose-loving coronary heart might think about – effectively into the a whole lot.
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Some of my favourite objects are the King of Clubs Cheedar Cheese Spread and, in fact, the cheese curds, which you may discover in a big number of flavors. I’ve had some garlic ones and a few bacon-infused ones that I actually preferred. In pre-COVID days, you’d typically discover a massive tub of it out on the bar within the tavern on a platter with a pair sleeves of crackers.
The tavern has a couple of native craft beers on faucet together with some normal domestics and one enjoyable function about it’s that for those who ask, they will put it in a plastic cup for you in an effort to sip on it whilst you store. Scanning the aisles and filling the cart with such pretty culinary treasures as Kringles, Sprecher Root Beer, Palo Popcorn, cheese curds, beef sticks, domestically made jellies and mustards and different condiments whereas sipping on a brew is one thing so Wisconsin and such a cool approach to break up a street journey. It’s additionally an ideal meal cease the place you have to place an order for bratwurst and fried cheese curds. For extra data, go to marscheese.com.
On my most up-to-date journey to Wisconsin, I found there’s one other superb foodie place additionally referred to as Mars. Mars Resort is the quintessential Wisconsin supper membership. As we hung out in Lake Geneva and chatted with locals, a number of informed us that we had to pay a go to to Mars. I used to be pondering that they had been speaking concerning the Mars Cheese Castle, however I rapidly realized that they had been speaking a couple of completely different place after they described the ambiance and menu.
Apparently, Mars Resort is the supper membership to go to in Lake Geneva. Everyone we chatted with beneficial it. It’s a type of in-the-woods, out-of-the-approach locations that feels so homey and nostalgic. It dates again to the Nineteen Twenties and is positioned on the shores of Lake Como within the city of Lake Geneva. As we headed in to the entrance entrance, it immediately took me again to old skool steakhouses stuffed with darkish wooden with dim lighting, however we realized that though it is a critical supper membership up entrance, it is all social gathering within the again. Head out the again and down the steps and you discover patio seating overlooking the water with a ship dock, sandy seashore and out of doors bar.
We acquired there on a Friday summer time afternoon in what I assumed was loads of time to beat the dinner rush round 4 pm and we discovered that indoors had been already spoken for the following 45 minutes or extra (reservations aren’t taken), however we had been directed out the again the place we might probably discover seating. We initially thought it was an inconvenience, however I used to be so completely satisfied they relocated us exterior the place it was steamy and sunny and the metal drum participant was simply warming up. We sat within the solar and loved some grilled shrimp whereas listening to reside Jimmy Buffet covers and watching the water roll into the sand. It actually felt extra like being on a tropical seashore within the Caribbean than lakeside within the Midwest.
Many individuals have heard of Mars Cheese Castle and made it a roadside cease, however this Mars that you simply most likely have not heard of is one you need to know and cease at, too. For extra data, go to mars-resort.com.