Situated where Highways 21 & 116 cross the Fox River in downtown Omro, the Colonial Cheese House specializes in aged cheeses, including “super aged cheddars,” and also features fruit cheddars (like cranberry cheddar), nut cheddars, curds, beef sticks, and a variety of sausages and cheese spreads.
It’s also a popular place for sandwiches, subs, and take-home pizzas (which they’ll bake you to enjoy in their place for an extra buck.)
But it’s the Wisconsin cheese and sausage selection that makes this a State Trunk Tour pick. Check it out if you’re heading through Omro!
230 W. Main Street (Highways 21 & 116)
Omro, WI 54963
(920) 685-6570 Website
Fox River Brewing Company started up in 1995, an early entry in the craft beer resurgence across the country. It started with Fratello’s Waterfront Restaurant in Oshkosh and expanded to Fox River Brewery & Restaurant in Appleton’s bustling Fox River Mall in 1997.
The beers brewed in their Oshkosh and Appleton facilities encompass a wide variety, depending on the season. Popular picks include Fox Tail Pale Ale, their Hoppyface IPA, the Badger Bitter ESB, the Trolleycar Stout, and Vader’s Imperial Stout. But there are many seasonal and special beers available at different times of the year.
The Oshkosh location has a terrific outdoor patio along the Fox River right at the southeastern end of Lake Butte des Morts. Highway 21 meets U.S. 45 nearby, and the large new bridge carrying U.S. 41 (I-41 later this year) across the lake is visible. The patio is great in summer for enjoying their beers, live music, and occasionally some volleyball an boating activities.
Fox River Brewpub & Restaurant
4301 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Appleton, WI 54913
(920) 991-0000 Website