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Oshkosh may not be the most famous city in Wisconsin, but its vibrant downtown and variety of festivals draw visitors from all over the world. In recent years, Oshkosh has been in the midst of a culinary renaissance. Oshkosh restaurants have embraced foreign influences, local suppliers and a variety of atmospheres to suit every taste. Enjoy our guide to the top ten local restaurants in the region.
Ardy & Ed’s Drive In has been an Oshkosh landmark since 1948 and any trip to Oshkosh would be incomplete without a visit. Ardy & Ed’s is an authentic 1950s drive-in restaurant with roller skating car hops. This fun, casual restaurant serves up frosty mugs of draft root beer, a variety of burgers and local favorites, such as cheddar cheese nuggets and Coney dogs. Seeing as it would be difficult to roller skate during Wisconsin’s freezing winter, Ardy & Ed’s Drive In is only open during the summer season.
Ardy & Ed’s Drive In, 2413 South Main Street, Oshkosh, WI, USA +1 920 231 5455
Bangkok Thai Cuisine is a ‘hidden gem’ of Oshkosh. This locally owned restaurant offers the residents of Oshkosh a genuine taste of the Far East. Pad Thai is their most famous dish and for good reason. The level of spiciness and type of meat can be chosen for almost every dish on the menu, allowing the meals to be adapted to every taste. A vegetarian alternative is also available for most dishes, which is a rarity in most Oshkosh restaurants. Located near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, this small restaurant is a great spot for a quick lunch or deliciously satisfying take-out.
Bangkok Thai Cuisine, 80 Wisconsin Street, Oshkosh, WI, USA +1 920 232 0120
The Brooklyn Grill is located in one of Oshkosh’s most historic buildings dating back to the 1800s. The restaurant’s design is inspired by Brooklyn, New York in the 1940s, which creates a fun dining atmosphere. It offers a long list of martinis, including the special ‘Oshkosh Martini’. The Brooklyn Grill serves a variety of sandwiches, salads and some of the best burgers in town.
Brooklyn Grill, 607 South Main Street, Oshkosh, WI, USA +1 920 230 4477
Dublin’s Irish Pub brings a bit of Ireland to Oshkosh. Dublin’s also offers weekly team trivia and a ‘come in after an event’ special where guests can enjoy 2-for-1 on their first drink after attending one of Oshkosh’s many events. In addition to 30 beers on tap, Dublin’s Irish Pub offers a wide selection of food including traditional Irish fare such as shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Thanks to its warm and social atmosphere, this genuine Irish pub is a great place to share a pint of Guinness with your friends or enjoy a meal with your family.
Dublin’s Irish Pub, W 9th Avenue, Oshkosh, WI, USA +1 920 385 0277
Gardina’s Wine Bar & Café is a true treat for any wine or beer connoisseur. As Oshkosh’s first and only wine bar, Gardina’s offers a wide selection of wines, craft beers, craft bourbons and scotches. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and will help you select the perfect cheese or beautifully crafted dish to pair with a glass of wine. Gardina’s regularly showcases the work of local artists and serves a delicious Saturday morning breakfast during the local farmers market. Located in a beautiful 100-year-old building, Gardina’s has brought elegance back to the heart of historic downtown Oshkosh and is the perfect spot for a business lunch or romantic dinner.
Gardina’s Wine Bar & Café, 448 N Main Street, Oshkosh, WI, USA +1 920 231 3516
The Roxy Supper Club has been an institution in Oshkosh for over 50 years. This award-winning restaurant serves a delicious Sunday brunch and embraces Wisconsin’s cultural heritage by serving traditional German food every Tuesday night. This is a great location for big gatherings or an intimate dinner for two. The Roxy Supper Club offers a large selection of dishes, including delectable homemade pastas and daily specials. Open for lunch, dinner and breakfast on Sundays, The Roxy Supper Club is always an excellent option for fine-dining in Oshkosh. If you cannot get enough of the delicious food at The Roxy Supper Club, it is also worth checking out its sister restaurant, Primo Italian Restaurant on Oshkosh’s north side.
The Roxy Supper Club, 571 N Main Street, Oshkosh, WI, USA +1 920 231 1470
West End Pizza has been serving fresh, hand-made pizza in Oshkosh for over 50 years. West End Pizza uses original family recipes to make their pizza sauce, cheese, crust and sausage from scratch. In addition to serving delicious pizza, a variety of sandwiches and salads are available. No meal at West End Pizza would be complete without one of their all-American appetizers, such as sweet potato fries, mini corn dogs or breaded pickle spears. This family owned and operated pizzeria and sports bar is a fantastic place to spend a casual evening or watch your favorite sports team play.
West End Pizza, 1414 W 20th Avenue, Oshkosh, WI, USA +1 920 235 6650