An All American Food Trip in Wisconsin: Eating My Way through Lake Geneva WI.

Erik the Hungry Traveller Goes on an All American Food Trip in Wisconsin

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My all American food trip in Wisconsin post is but the first of two posts about my food travel journey while in America.

If you have been following my posts in my social media accounts which I’m pretty sure 90% of you have not- Erik you are not a famous blogger why would we follow you?

But if your up for it add me up on: Instagram and Facebook.

You would probably know that I got an opportunity to visit the states last August.

I stayed in America for 2 weeks in which i stayed in Wisconsin for a week and another week in Illinois.

Related Post: A Filipino’s First Time in America: Expectations Vs Reality

While this visit was for work (my 9-5 work) that did not mean I can not explore the state after my shift and during the weekends, right?

Being that this site is named Erik the Hungry Traveller. It is only mandatory that I write about my adventures on food while in the land of Milk and Honey.

Like it is an absolute crime if all throughout my 2 weeks visit in America I just stayed in my hotel room and ordered room service.

As someone coming from the Eastern part of the world. I have always wanted to experience the culture of the West.

Erik the Hungry Traveller
at Geneva Lake Wisconsin

Experiencing the culture of a place can be done by visiting their famous landmarks, interacting with the locals and finally my favorite way – trying out their iconic and trademark dishes.

There is something special about trying authentic meals from the country or town you are visiting.

For a place as popular and great as America trying homegrown meals is a dream come true for me. And I am very excited to share with you all my food travel experience!

So here we go!

A DocuMEALtary of the Mid West: First up Lake Geneva Wisconsin

As the heading suggests, this post is not about the best of the best pancakes, steaks or hotdogs article.

After all, this is just a post about a guy standing in front of a restaurant asking them to make me taste their signature meals.

(For those of you who didn’t get it I was trying to be witty and attempted to insert a Noting Hill line there)

Moving on and forget I ever attempted to be funny. I stayed a week in Lake Geneva Wisconsin and I did cherish every moment of it.

I was fortunate enough that I have friends and officemates who brought me over to restaurants that have iconic and signature American- WI meals.

My All American Food trip in Wisconsin would not have been successful if it weren’t for them.

Kicking Off the All American Food Trip in Wisconsin: Grand Cafe in Grand Geneva Resort

All American Food Trip in Wisconsin
The Juicy Bing Burger at the Grand Cafe

I am a burger kind of guy so for my first meal in Wisconsin and my first real meal in America. (ate airplane and airport food along the journey)

I ordered the Juicy Bing Burger at The Grand Café in Grand Geneva Resorts.

Why at this restaurant you say? Well, for the simple reason that while in Lake Geneva Wisconsin I stayed at Grand Geneva Resorts.

The resort is huge with multiple restaurants in the area. But I decided to go with Grand Cafe since it was the closest to the lobby and I did not want to overspend my money being that it was just my first day in America.

Now back to the meal I ordered. The Bing Burger.

The burger had Gouda and American cheese on it, fried egg, tomato jam, honey-ale onions, arugula topped on a brioche bun.

I enjoyed my burger together with a cup of coffee. Child, I was extremely jet lagged thus I need my fill and refill of coffee even during lunch time.

The Highlight : My First Authentic American Meal

When the waitress provided options for the sides she threw in either: Fries – nah potatoes could not be that different in America, Onion rings – not really a fan of onions and lastly Tots- now that sounds new.

Thus I ordered with gusto and excitement Tots with my burger only to find out that they were just bite sized hashbrowns. Well at least that was how it tasted like.

Being my first American dining experience is the highlight itself.

To be honest I was extremely awkward approaching the restaurant for a table, ordering and oh don’t get me started on tipping. (Tipping is not a common practice here in the Philippines)

I made the waitress awkward by asking her an honest to goodness question.

” I am not from here and tipping is not a practice in my country, so how much should I tip you?”

In my defense my phone had some challenges connecting with their WiFi during that time so I could not ask google about how much is the acceptable tip.

But overall I survived with a full stomach my first dining out experience in Wisconsin.

A Traditional Breakfast Meal: Egg Harbor Café

Next stop on my all American food trip in Wisconsin is breakfast at Egg Harbor Cafe.

And with my visit to this cafe/ diner I finally got the opportunity to visit the town of Lake Geneva.

I was looking for the perfect all American Breakfast meal and the cafe has plenty of options to choose from.

What I like and dislike about American restaurant menus is that they display the calorie count of your ordered meal.

I like it for the reason that it keeps you aware of your caloric intake and I hate it at the same time since it keeps you aware of your caloric intake. Sigh!

All American Food Trip in Wisconsin: Egg Harbor Cafe
My Love for Bacon!

Thus for this breakfast meal I ordered their signature pancakes with a slab of bacon and egg omelets. I did not want to over eat and considering the first meal I wanted to try had 1000 calories.

This only had 648 calories on it.

For my drinks I had their pumpkin spice brewed coffee.

Pumpkin spice coffees is never available in the Philippines thus trying anything that has pumpkin spice on it was something I did although out my trip.

And yes, even tried a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks. (wink)

Pumpkin Spice Brewed Coffee

The Highlight : An All American Diner

While I enjoyed the meal especially the maple syrup with the pancakes- probably the best pancakes ever but then again I love food so whatever!

Going back, while I enjoyed my meal at Egg harbor the highlight for me has got to be the café itself. The ambiance of the place is a typical diner set up which is uncommon in The Philippines.

We have Deny’s here in Cebu Philippines but nothing beats an authentic american diner experience.

This for me is a memory worth keeping.

Egg Harbor Cafe

Getting to observe the routine of the locals and of course finally stepping foot at a diner. A place I only get to see in movies before arriving to America is one for the books.

Am a fan of Riverdale – well more of season 1 than the new seasons- and they usually hangout at Pop’s Diners. So i can now say hey i hanged out at Egg Harbor Cafe (wink).

Dinner at a Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub

Another first for me, setting foot in a pub!

I wanted to take photos of the place but I got to conscious with the crowd in the restaurant.

The place was crowded with people. I would not be surprised since their food was awesome!

Aside from their signature meals. Sprecher also makes their own root beer and their beer.

I did not want to have an upset stomach so for this All American Food trip in Wisconsin so I had to choose either a rootbeer or beer for my drinks.

The picture below could not be more obvious of what I chose.

All American Food Trip in Wisconsin
The Curd Burger

The Curd Meal

By now you probably know that my go to meal is a hotdog, kidding a BURGER.

For this edition of Erik the Hungry Traveller eats another Burger I present to you the The Curd.

A burger on a pretzel bun with white cheese curds, onion straws and their own specialty sauce.

This was a good burger but the best burger for me will be on my All American Food Trip in Illinois post.

The Highlight: A Pickle Won the Night

As a food blogger I am absolutely down to eat anything. I’d probably eat anything peculiar at least once.

A friend told me to try on cheese curds while in Wisconsin. So I did.

While I enjoyed eating my Cheese Curds. Something I have never heard off nor tasted made my dining experience at Sprecher’s memorable.

Sprecher's Deep Fried Pickles
Deep Fried Pickles

Deep fried pickles are something very uncommon in The Philippines. Oh if I have not established it by now I’m a proud Filipino – wink!

Thus I got intrigued with deep fried pickles which in appearance looked very similar to French fries.

Short story I LOVED IT. It’s got a sour and tangy taste to it.

Deep frying it gave it some texture. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. In fact i like it more than just the plain pickle.

I guess anything tastes better when it is deep fried right? My heart and arteries thanks you Sprecher for that deep fried meal.

Eating the deep fried pickle in moderation this definitely is a must order at Sprecher’s.

Dining at Medusa’s Lair: Medusa Grill and Bistro

Another night, another opportunity to go on an all American Food Trip in Wisconsin. And this time it was an All Meat You Can Eat Festival!

Medusa is similar to Sprecher’s only smaller. like a fourth of the crowd in Sprecher.

If you are looking for an intimate and unique place to dine that has good wine and alcoholic beverages then Medusa is that place.

We went out on everything you place at our table kind of dinner.

All American Food Trip in Wisconsin

Lamb Chops, Chicken, Ribs, Lobster and Scallops all in one huge plate. This was the heaviest meal I had while in America.

And I feared I was a borderline glutton for this day! But hey seize the day right! Disclaimer: Kids don’t try this at home, or in any restaurant.

The Highlight: Sea Food Splurge

Another first for me was eating lobster and boy oh boy did I love it.

I am an avid fan of Gordon Ramsey and Masterchef US.

In any season of the show the contestants would always cook lobster and scallops. Good thing I am not allergic to seafood as I had plenty of lobsters and scallops while in Medusa.

Make Your Own Pizza at MODs

I am not leaving Geneva Lake Wisconsin without having a slice of pizza or a box of it.

All American Food Trip: MODs Pizza
Erik the Hungry Traveller Pizza

I have visited pizza stores that allow you to make your own pizza but everytime Im in those stores I always order their standard menu.

I always have that apprehension that I would not like my own pizza.

But for this experience I made an exception. I decided to make my own pizza out of jalapenos, chicken and teriyaki sauce.

And did I love what I made. Now, I wanted beef on my pizza but what the attendant heard was chicken and being I got too anxious about making my own pizza I just said yes.

Well, it is the best mistake that ever got placed on a pizza as the Erik the Hungry Traveller’s pizza tasted fine!

No seriously I did.

The Highlight: Erik the Hungry Traveller Pizza!

You may have probably have guessed it. I made my own pizza for the first time at Mods and I absolutely had a great time doing it!

Well not entirely ,needing to create your pizza with numerous topping options was overwhelming for me. But hey i tried to keep my cool .

Next time Ill be better at this make your own pizza thing.

Daghang Salamat- Thank You Geneva Lake Wisconsin!

Wisconsin was the first stop on my all American food trip and I could not have picked a better state to start my adventure.

The people were certainly very pleasant and all of them ensured I had a great time. As in my previous posts I am pleasantly surprised at the hospitality of the people in Midwest.

I am an awkward person but I felt right at home while in Lake Geneva Wisconsin.

And the genuineness of the town definitely was a factor as to why my All American Food trip in Wisconsin became a success.

Moreover, the town itself Lake Geneva was a beauty. Expect a post about the landscape and the scenery on my next posts.

Finally, the food that I tasted throughout my stay was nothing but exceptional.

All American Food Trip in Wisconsin: Whats Next?

On my next post we visit another state. Another city and another opportunity to try out an All american food trip.

See you in Illinois on my next post where I try Chicago’s signature dishes and I got to experience buying food at a food truck!

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Erik the Hungry Traveller

Erik James aka Erik the Hungry Traveller is a Human Resource Ninja and at the same time a travel & food blogger. He uses his passion for the arts particularly with painting and photography to add more fun and color to his social media pages. He loves extreme adventures and does not back out on any food challenge. His passion for food and travelling started during his childhood years where he would accompany his parents to business trips around the Philippines. He currently focuses on writing blogs on solo travelling and trying out restaurants that are not your usual run of the mill places. To counter his extreme love for travelling and FOOD he also enjoys swimming and mix martial arts so that he can stay “relatively” fit and healthy. Instagram : Facebook: Email: [email protected]

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28 Responses

  1. Oh I LOVE Lake Geneva! My family used to go there a lot when I was a kid. My hubby and I visited a few years ago and loved it too!

  2. I love reading your stories! I’ve never been to Wisconsin but that looks like some interesting food!

  3. I got so curious of the fried pickles! I saw a great recipe for it and will be trying it soon at home. Thanks for the idea ka-Pinoy!

  4. Avatar Nate says:

    Welcome to America! WI is a great place to visit. You need to visit the West Coast soon!

  5. I want to try everything you had except for the seafood cus I am allergic. Is the pumpkin spice coffee good? I’ve never had one.

    I’d also love to try the burgers you had… as they look very enticing. Okay I’m getting hungry. Bye!

  6. Avatar Alexis says:

    I’m laughing that you tried cheese curds, they are definitely a staple in the midwestern states. WI is a beautiful state, I’m glad you had the opportunity to experience it and enjoy the local foods.

  7. Avatar Maysz says:

    The food makes me feel hungry Lol! I love American Food Awesome photos!

  8. The abundance and variety are wonderful. Your table is always full of deliciousness. Keep it full of a great company too.

  9. Avatar Kuntala says:

    Wow that is quite a lot of food varieties. The food looks interesting. I have heard about Wisconsin but the food part was bit unknown.

  10. Avatar Samar says:

    The variety of the menu is wonderful, very rare places do have that

  11. Avatar Gervin Khan says:

    I have never been to Wisconsin but through this article I can say that it was a beautiful place and that restaurant looks like a great place to eat a delicious food.

  12. Avatar Danielle says:

    This looks so good. Thank you for the tips on where to eat if I am in the area.

  13. Avatar CHad says:

    OMG!!! I want to try all those delicious food!!! I would love to go to Wisconsin, I’ve never been actually.

  14. Avatar Art & Home says:

    It looks like you really enjoyed your tour of some Mid-West specialties. Deep fried pickles, when done right, can be really tasty! When done wrong, they are just sort of gross (LOL).

  15. My goodness your food photos make all those dishes look delicious! Also, I love the Egg Harbor Cafe’s logo! =0)

  16. What a great post Erik. I have not been to WI or IL but it looks like you ate pretty good on those places. It’s a fun post about an foreigner prospective of the American food.

  17. Looks like Lake Geneva has some delicious food! I’ll have to visit one day!

  18. Avatar Norma says:

    The food looks delicious! I would start with the burger with cheese, fried egg, tomato jam, honey-ale onions, arugula topped on a brioche bun.

  19. Avatar aisasami says:

    There are so many delicious places to eat near Lake Geneva, but my favorite place has to be the one with the traditional American breakfast. I miss eating those!

  20. Avatar Catherine Santiago Jose says:

    I have never been to that place but my goodness those food looks really good and tasty, I am sure you really had a great time visiting this place.

  21. Why am I reading this before a meal. The photo makes me more hungry. The foods are what I expect Americans it on a daily basis especially pancake, egg, and bacon. hehehe

  22. Avatar Dalene Ekirapa says:

    How yummy! This is making me salivate! When visiting a new place,as much as I love interacting with the locals, I will always do a food tour just to enjoy the locals meals. From your list, the deep friend pickles, grilled meat and burger would be must-eats.

  23. I have not visited Wisconsin but definitely loving the food regardless. All the food looks so yummy, making me hungry over here.

  24. Avatar Jasmine M says:

    The food looks delicious! I would have loved to try The Curd Burger. I’ve never heard of deep fried pickles before. I am going to have to visit there and try those!

  25. Avatar Akriti says:

    I really enjoy the variety of food that you try. Seems like a lot of fun!

  26. ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL THAT FOOD… Looks so good.. Its making me soo hungry. It looks like such a great trip.

  27. Avatar Sudipa says:

    Food is an integral part of our travel. All these dishes look amazing

  28. Haha. There is nothing like discovering something in your own backyard from a visitor. 😂 I never heard of Mods before! What fun to read about your excitement when you got to make your own pizza! Really enjoyed seeing what foods you chose. There are, by the way, a lot of health food and vegan restaurants in America. I hope you get to come back soon and try them too. I really enjoy your blog, Erik.

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