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Best Cheese Curds in Wisconsin: The Old Fashioned wins title

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Winning Madison restaurant makes their curds in-house

Wisconsin natives proudly call themselves Cheeseheads, as the state leads the nation in cheesemaking. Cheese curds, a springy, squeaky byproduct of the cheesemaking process, get battered and fried until they’re crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside – an irresistible Wisconsin treat. Just about every restaurant, bar and bowling alley in the state serves them, though not all curds are created equal. 

  • The Old Fashioned
    Madison

    At The Old Fashioned in Madison, Wisconsin cheese curds are made fresh in-house with a special recipe beer batter.
    Photo courtesy of The Old Fashioned

  • Curd Girl
    Madison

    Two best friends who shared a love of cheese teamed up to create Curd Girl, a food truck specializing in deep fried cheese. Curds are hand battered in a house-made beer batter and come with a choice of dipping sauces, all made from scratch.
    Photo courtesy of Matt Miller / Curd Girl

  • Main Street Taps
    Stevens Point

    The white cheddar cheese curds from Main Street Taps in Stevens Point are hand battered in a ranch/beer batter and served with a choice of dipping sauces.
    Photo courtesy of Main Street Taps

  • Grumpy Troll Brew Pub
    Mount Horeb

    A customer favorite at Grumpy Troll Brew Pub in Mount Horeb are the Wisconsin cheese curds – deep fried white cheddar curds served with honey mustard or ranch.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / ifollowthe3way

  • Eddie Whipp's Dining Hall
    Green Bay

    The cheese curds from Eddie Whipp's Dining Hall in Green Bay are made from a recipe dating back to 1962. Today, they’re only served on Fridays to ensure they’re fresh from the factory.
    Photo courtesy of Whipp's Dining

  • Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery
    Schofield

    Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery makes their Mullins beer battered cheese curds to order, fried to a crisp golden brown with a gooey interior, and served with house made ranch.
    Photo courtesy of Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery

  • Crawfish Junction
    Johnson Creek

    Crawfish Junction in Johnson Creek uses fresh curds from Kraemer Cheese in Watertown to make their fried curds. They come in single or double batches with a side of ranch.
    Photo courtesy of Crawfish Junction

  • Chuck's Dyckesville Bowl
    Luxemburg

    Chuck's Dyckesville Bowl combines two local favorites, bowling and crispy fried cheese curds. These award-winning curds are battered and fried to order using a secret batter recipe.
    Photo courtesy of Rhonda Johnson Hampton via Facebook

  • Pioneer Keg
    Theresa

    Cheese curds come two ways at Pioneer Keg in Theresa. The traditional Widmer’s deep fried cheese curds are made fresh and served by the half or full pound. Diners can also order brick curds, also made from Widmer’s cheese.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / ifollowthe3way

  • Kristi's Restaurant
    New Glarus

    At Kristi's Restaurant in New Glarus, curds are made from Green County brick cheese from Silver Lewis Cheese Factory. They’re lightly breaded and served with homemade chipotle ranch dressing.
    Photo courtesy of Kristi's Restaurant

The top 10 winners in the category Best Cheese Curds in Wisconsin are as follows:

  1. The Old Fashioned - Madison
  2. Curd Girl - Madison
  3. Main Street Taps - Stevens Point
  4. Grumpy Troll Brew Pub - Mount Horeb
  5. Eddie Whipp's Dining Hall - Green Bay
  6. Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery - Schofield
  7. Crawfish Junction - Johnson Creek
  8. Chuck's Dyckesville Bowl - Luxemburg
  9. Pioneer Keg - Theresa
  10. Kristi's Restaurant - New Glarus

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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