Eating Out In Kenosha, Wisconsin

Haley Henschel

Currently the fourth-largest city in Wisconsin, Kenosha is a thriving lakeside locale known for its contributions to the automobile industry, diverse natural landscape and now, its food culture that celebrates state heritage and local family institutions. Enjoy our guide to the 10 best local restaurants in Kenosha.
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1. Ashling on the Lough

Ashling on the Lough

Ashling on the Lough offers superb views of Southport Marina. Enjoy dishes such as the Molly Malone Mussels cooked in a white wine, tomato and leek cream sauce and served with brown bread; or the classic Shepherd’s Pie prepared with lamb, beef, cracked peppercorn gravy and topped with butter-whipped potatoes. Ashling’s has an extensive list of whiskeys, or if you’re heading over for weekend brunch, try one of the extravagant Bloody Marys—they’re so heavily adorned with cheese, meat, pickles and olives, they could be a small meal in themselves.
Ashling on the Lough, 125 56th Street, Kenosha, WI, USA, +1 262 653 0500

2. Daily Dose Cafe

Cafe, Vegetarian, American

Daily Dose Cafe serves breakfast and lunch, with dishes like the French toast Panini made with scrambled eggs, cheese, bacon, syrup, cinnamon and powdered sugar. The delectable, thoughtfully crafted comfort food and welcoming, cozy ambiance will make you feel right at home.

3. Franks Diner

Restaurant, American

Franks Diner, which still looks like a vintage train car, has hosted celebrities such as Liberace and the Three Stooges – some stars even made lengthy trips between shows in nearby cities to enjoy the pancakes, omelets, burgers and more. Franks has been named Best Diner and Best Breakfast in Kenosha County by Kenosha News readers for many years.

4. House of Gerhard

Restaurant, German

House of Gerhard is a traditional German restaurant that serves hearty, authentic cuisine. This multiple award-winning restaurant has a large selection of German and domestic beers which you can enjoy at the stylish, intimate bar.

5. Luigi’s Pizza Kitchen & Restaurant

Restaurant, Italian

Luigi’s Pizza Kitchen & Restaurant takes its reputation as an archetypal Italian restaurant very seriously. Enjoy expertly prepared, homemade, thin-crust pizza or very generous portions of lasagna, gnocchi, stuffed manicotti, homemade spaghetti, stuffed green peppers, ravioli and mostaccioli.

6. Ron’s Place

Bar, American, Pub Grub

Ron’s Place is the type of restaurant that many big-city food scenes are missing nowadays: the staff treat you like a regular and you can drink a Long Island Iced Tea made to perfection. This Southeastern Wisconsin staple is about as unpretentious as they come, with a friendly, neighborhood-like ambiance, quirky decor and straightforward menu. Comfort food favorites like Ron’s Original Famous 5×5 Burger and the New York Reuben with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese on dark rye bread are both highly recommended however, if there’s one thing you should not miss during a visit to Ron’s, it’s an order of curly fries.

7. Sazzy B

Restaurant, American, Contemporary

Sazzy B restaurant is the perfect place if you’d like to experience the vibes of a big city restaurant but don’t want to drive south to Chicago to do so. In the sophisticated dining room, with brick walls and delicate strings of light bulbs stretching overhead, indulge in intricate dishes like bourbon salmon, veggie polenta and prosciutto-wrapped duck alongside imaginative cocktails like a cucumber-basil martini.

8. Soon’s Sushi Cafe

Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese

Soon’s Sushi Cafe is an impressive sushi, sashimi restaurant which serves Korean and Japanese food in large portions. Diners come from across Southeastern Wisconsin for dishes like the squid salad with edible wild plants, the half-dozen varieties of bibimbap and the spider sushi roll made with soft-shelled crab, fly fish roe, avocado, crab and cucumber. The cafe has won the title of Best Sushi in Southeastern Wisconsin multiple years running.

9. The Spot Drive-In

The Spot Drive-In

Dining at The Spot Drive-In is like paying a visit to 1950s America. Aside from its prices, the Spot’s menu hasn’t changed much over the years and still features indulgent favorites like onion rings, breaded cheese squares, steak sandwiches, chili dogs and banana splits. Just like in its early days, the Spot still makes its own root beer and orange soda.
The Spot Drive-In, 2117 75th Street, Kenosha, WI, USA, +1 262 654 9294

10. Wine Knot

Wine Knot

Wine Knot couples a serious wine list with a menu that’s sure to please everyone at your table. From chicken lettuce wraps to macadamia nut-crusted halibut to duck stroganoff with truffle sour cream, the dishes listed are just the right blend of familiar and innovative. Pair your meal with one of over 50 wines: you can order by the glass or sample a flight of three.
Wine Knot, 5611 6th Avenue, Kenosha, WI, USA, +1 262 653 9580

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