Jefferson County’s Finest Flavors

Hailey Rose

March 22, 2023

Stable Rock Winery & Distillery via Facebook

Jefferson County is certainly one of Wisconsin’s finest counties, full of fun and of course, fabulous flavors! With six cities, four villages, and 16 towns, there are bound to be a variety of mouthwatering foodie destinations. From cafes & pop-up stands to bar & grills, and even supper clubs & specialty restaurants, you’re going to fall in love with Jefferson County’s fantastic flavors. Follow along as we discover the finest foods & flavors of Jefferson County!

Cafes & Pop-Up Stands

Photo Credit: Route 19 Cafe via Facebook

With an array of connected small-town communities, Jefferson County offers visitors and locals alike the opportunity to dine at quaint, nostalgic cafes & pop-up stands that fill the county with charm!

Brickhaus Cafe, located in Jefferson, is a great way to start the day! Open at 7 am Tuesday through Saturday, enjoy freshly baked delights from the bakery or order a full breakfast meal. The bakery offers warm, fresh-from-the-oven breads, scones, cupcakes, bars, muffins, and the list goes on! For breakfast, fill up on their classic Breakfast Sandwich–a combo of freshly scrambled eggs and cheese with your choice of meat and veggies. Or, try Twice Baked Oatmeal loaded with goodness from fresh fruits, vanilla, and topped with sweet brown sugar. Any option you choose, you can’t go wrong.

If you’re looking for a classic diner, Route 19 Cafe in Waterloo is a must-stop! Its nostalgic, cozy atmosphere will bring you back to the good ol’ days. Serving breakfast and brunch, they will surely have some of your flavorful favorites! To name a few of their noteworthy dishes, taste their heavenly pancakes piled high with toppings of your choice such as whipped cream, fresh fruit, and more! For all the skillet lovers, it’s one of Route 19’s most famous–they’re sizzlin’ with flavor. 

Save room for lunch at Wedl’s Hamburger Stand–a local joint in Jefferson overflowing with juicy flavor! In fact, they’ve been voted Best Burger of the Area for 10 years in a row! On the menu, they have it all from savory hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and pizza burgers to other juicy handheld sandwiches and perfectly paired sides.

The cafes and pop-up stands don’t stop there. For more classically scrumptious flavors, dine at Cafe Carpe, Paradiddle’s Cafe, and even Cafe on the Park!

Bar & Grills

Photo Credit: Heron’s Landing via Facebook

Next stop on the foodie tour of Jefferson County: bar & grills! Jefferson County’s bar & grills are filled with an inviting and comfortable atmosphere to enjoy a great meal with your family and friends.

A noteworthy bar & grill with a spectacular view is Heron’s Landing in the heart of Jefferson! As they say, it’s great food, good times, and a scenic view. With nothing short of an appetizing menu, they serve a wide variety of flavorful foods including their infamous Jam on the Dam Burger which consists of a beef patty, onion bacon jam, sauteed mushrooms, cheddar, and American cheese topped with barbecue sauce. You won’t regret trying this unforgettable, finger-licking sandwich. 

For a peaceful, secluded view of the water, and more importantly, tasty foods, head to Outpost – Lake Koshkonong in Fort Atkinson! They take pride in serving both visitors and locals their hand-crafted comfort foods. One of their favorites is their specialty Friday Fish Fry with fresh, hand-battered fish, creamy coleslaw, and fluffy potato pancakes. This fish fry will surely make you fall in love with their fantastic flavors.

Ride the flavorful wave to another Fort Atkinson favorite–Island Bar & Grill where the drinks are cold and the food is steaming with fresh flavor. On the docket for foods, they have their own twist of Island Burgers, specialty sliders, and luscious salads like the Cranberry and Mandarin. Their unique combinations make for ravishing dishes.

There are far too many delicious bar & grills of Jefferson County to check out like, Zwieg’s Grill, Von Loppy’s Bar & Bistro, and Crawfish Junction. The options are endless and each exquisite in flavor! 

Supper Clubs & Specialty Restaurants

Photo Credit: Paddy Coughlin’s Pub via Facebook

Last but not least, Jefferson County is home to supper clubs & specialty restaurants that are oozing with rich flavors! 

Follow the sensational flavors to Elias Inn which has carried on Watertown’s supper club since 1935! They offer everything from dinner, Friday luncheon, and weekend brunch menus giving you more opportunities to taste their delightful dishes. Indulge in their prided true Wisconsin supper club fashion by ordering any exquisite entree. Their enchanting entrees include mouth-watering steaks, slow-roasted prime rib, and spectacular seafood, to name a few. 

Stay on the supper club path and venture to The Edgewater Supper Club of Jefferson offering an unforgettable farm-to-table experience. The flavors don’t get fresher than straight from the farms of Wisconsin. Taste their zesty spin on exciting entrees like phenomenal pork chops topped with blue cheese, walleye with a homemade mustard cream sauce, and roasted salmon. You can almost smell the spectacular flavors. 

Up next, Jefferson’s very own Stable Rock Winery & Distillery serving food with an epic German flare. Get a taste of each course. For apps, indulge in their Wurst German King Board loaded with all things German deliciousness–a king pretzel, bavarian sausage, German potatoes, cheese, and the perfectly paired condiments. For dinner, try their savory twist–the Greuben. Decked with Wisconsin’s finest slow roasted corned beef, garlic kraut mustard and specialty German sauerkraut and melting swiss cheese. Get an insider’s look at Stable Rock with the Discover Wisconsin team here.

And of course, Paddy Coughlin’s Pub in Fort Atkinson, known as Wisconsin’s most unique and authentic Irish pub. At Paddy’s they strive to use all-natural and local foods to give you the freshest, and most flavorful, dishes. In addition, their menu is made entirely from scratch, meaning you can’t find these fabulous flavors anywhere else. Order from the Chef Specialties to get the full tasty experience. Enjoy dishes like delicious Shepherd’s Pie topped with creamy mashed potatoes or Bangers and Mash smothered with homemade gravy.

You can’t beat Wisconsin’s supper clubs and specialty restaurants so here are a few more to check out with their own unique, flavorful combinations: Hubbleton Brewing Co., Hi-Way Harry’s, and Red Line BBQ & Catering. As always, enjoy Jefferson County’s immaculate flavors!

Now you know Jefferson County is home to some of the finest foods & flavors and ranks as one of Wisconsin’s all-time foodie destinations. From cafes & pop-up stands to bar & grills, and even supper clubs & specialty restaurants, there’s a variety of flavors to fall in love with! 

But don’t just take it from us, see the goodness for yourself by watching Discover Wisconsin’s digital short: ‘A Day of Dining in Jefferson County’ now:

Hailey Rose: Writer for Discover Mediaworks. A born & bred Wisconsinite with a love for fishing, hunting, and enjoying the great outdoors.

*Narration provided by WondervoxAI.

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