Kenosha's Restaurant Week Coming Up February 1 - 9

Appetizers at Grab's Burger Bar
I've been traveling up to the Kenosha, Wisconsin for many years, but it's just been in the last couple years that I truly came to appreciate what an awesome food city it is.

Last year my friends at the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau invited me to come up and try out some of the restaurants that were participating in Kenosha Restaurant Week. I had a great time eating way around town. It was only the second time I planned a trip entirely on food (but there have been more since then). 

Linguine Carbonara at Tuscany Bistro Bar and Grill
On many of my travels food is a focal point and I often schedule other things around having a meal at a place I want to visit, but this trip was different. The itinerary was ALL food. Of course, you have to walk off a few calories in between, so I squeezed in some other stops (Kenosha has some awesome museums near the lakefront, beautiful beaches and parks, a cool art scene, outlet shopping and more) in between meals. I loved every minute of it.

The half order of halibut at Twisted Cuisine

I was invited back this year to do another foodie trip centered around Kenosha Restaurant Week and was excited to check more of the eateries off my list. This year there are more than 40 participants.

Avocado toast and cream of vegetable soup at Kenosha Brewing Company

This year's trip included stops at the following participating restaurants/businesses:

Grab's Burger Bar
Tuscany Bistro Bar and Grill
Mason's Pub & Eatery 
Twisted Cuisine
Kenosha Brewing Company
Mars Cheese Castle
Robin's Nest Cakery
Tenuta's Delicatessen and Liquors

Macaroni and cheese with crab at Mason's Pub & Eatery
Should you plan to do as I did and do a foodie trip to the area, I have three recommendations for lodging. One is the Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside. That's where I stayed on this most recent trip and I've stayed there in the past. It's the only lodging option that is right on the lake with beautiful views all year long. There are some great rates right now, too. Last I checked you could get a room for $89 during the dates that Kenosha Restaurant Week is running. The Coffee Pot Inn isn't too far off the lake and it's an adorable apartment above The Coffee Pot diner with three bedrooms and a full kitchen. The Stella Hotel and Ballroom is located downtown in a historic building that was renovated and opened less than a year ago and their restaurant is also a participating location for Kenosha Restaurant Week. I stayed there last summer when we went to town for a fishing charter excursion (where we then had our catch cooked up at the Boat House Pub & Eatery). It's a nice touch of luxury and elegance and a great home base during a visit.

Also, take a minute to look at the meals I've had at some other Kenosha eateries and start planning your foodie trip. And maybe pack your stretchy pants!

 Classic fried cheese curds at Mars Cheese Castle
Waterfront Warehouse
The Brat Stop
Frank's Diner
The Hobnob
The Coffee Pot
Ashling on the Lough
Sazzy B's
House of Gerhard
Boat House Pub & Eatery
Rustic Road Brewery
Bristol 45 Diner
The Buzz

And sadly, Mike's Chicken and Donuts has since closed, but it's worth scanning through the post just for the food porn.

Deli sandwiches at Tenuta's Delicatessan and Liquors. In the top corner is their famous Muffo-Lotta sandwich

Brussels Sprouts Pizza on Cauliflower Crust at Twisted Cuisine

Cupcakes at Robin's Nest Cakery

The "Urkel" Burger of the Week at Grab's Burger Bar