Pictured above:  The Old Hiawatha Inn now Jacobi’s.  Maynard is at the head of the table and Millie in the front.  I believe that is the same door today that goes into the kitchen

Last night my girlfriend and I attended the Taste of the North.  Restaurants brought samples of their best to the table and we went around sampling them and judging them.

Here are the winners

Judge Awards:
Best in Fine Dining: Smokey’s / Manitowish Waters
Best in Family Dining: P.J.’s Burger Barn / Arbor Vitae
Best in Ethnic Dining: Norwood Pines Supper Club / Minocqua
Best Appetizer: The Outdoorsmen / Boulder Junction
Best Dessert: Trig’s Bakery / Minocqua

People’s Choice Awards:
Best in Fine Dining: Matt Morgan’s / Minocqua
Best in Family Dining: Bear Bar / Winchester
Best in Ethnic Dining: Blue Bayou / Manitowish Waters
Best Appetizer: Trig’s Deli / Minocqua
Best Dessert: Northern Cafe / Arbor Vitae

The talk of the table that we were at was the Blue Bayou.  I have to admit I have never been to the Blue Bayou just driven past it, but may have to make the drive sometime.  They had an amazing soup.  Northern Cafe was also wonderful with an apple cake for desert.  The Bear Bar’s ribs were outstanding along with Matt Morgan’s Prime Rib.  Trig’s did a bacon wrapped date that was to die for.  I hope this list gives you a few new places to think about.

Couple of notes

Northern Cafe has wonderful and unique sandwiches and also serves wonderful breakfasts I am told.  They had a fried meatloaf sandwich last night that was good

Bear Bar in Winchester should not be confused with the Black Bear Bar on Hwy 70.  Both are good but totally different places and you just might have to drive to Winchester for those ribs they fell off the bone last night and melted in your mouth

There was also a new restaurant Goodreu’s that is the former Refuge building in Woodruff.  They brought a wonderful french toast and pasty that I liked.  Might be a place to check out with the family.  It is also family run I think they have a large famlily

Now here is the question… What is your favorite restaurant or restaurants up North.  Especially if you have discovered one off the beaten path that others should check out.  Best Fish Fry?  I get asked this question all the time