The Brick House Cafe, Cable


The Brick House Cafe occupies one of the oldest buildings in Cable, dating back to the late 1800’s. The building itself has been a Church parsonage, a private residence, apartments, business offices, and interior design shop. Now it’s a cafe that’s even drawn the attention of TV’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Stories abound with the cafe and its building. Cable’s original Postmaster General lived in the Brick House for while, and memorabilia was found from the 1929 Post Masters Convention during renovations. Longtime local Reverend Joe Jenkins and his family lived there for decades, and his penchant for raising chickens was discovered during a 2003 renovation; it was discovered that he had build a chicken coop in the attic, and feathers and chicken wire lined the attic walls.

The brick on the Brick House is all original, along with large stained glass windows in the front.  On the grounds, check out an original Sara Balbin sculpture called “Cable Girls”. When owners Heather and Larry Ludzack bought the building in 2003, Heather received a photograph of her Grandmother and a lifelong friend walking to Sunday School in 1924 – with the Brick House prominently in the background. Balbin’s sculupture immortalizes that moment on the lawn.

You’ll find the Brick House Cafe on Reynolds Street in downtown Cable, just off U.S. 63.

Address:
13458 Reynolds Street
Cable, WI 54821
(715) 798-5432
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Baumgartners in Monroe on the town square

Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern


Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern in Monroe is a State Trunk Tour favorite! A cheese shop and tavern established in 1931, Baumgartner’s is a highlight of any road trip, serving up selections of cheese, sausage, beer, and some terrific fresh sandwiches. Our favorite is the brick cheese and summer sausage on rye, especially if you take advantage of their variety of mustards. The house specialty is the limburger sandwich, featuring cheese direct from the only limburger cheesemaker in the United States: nearby Chalet Cheese Cooperative, which is only a few miles up the road.

Baumgartner's brick and summer sausage sandwich

Not the best lighting, but it IS one of the best sandwiches. Summer Sausage & Brick on Rye at Baumgartner’s.

The walls are adorned with murals, maps (check the pins indicating where people have visited from all over the world, especially Europe), and fascinating artwork while up top the ceiling is peppered with dollar bills, thrown up expertly by staff members who know how to incorporate a tack, a little weight, and a strong throw straight upward to help the donated bills stay there. About once a year, Baumgartner’s takes down the money and donates it to a different local charity.

Baumgartner's menu and taps

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Dollar bills, embedded in the ceiling from skillful employees, hover over you in Baumgartner’s. Each year, the money is donated to a local charity.

A festive atmosphere often permeates Baumgartner’s, as does the scent of Limburger cheese when a hearty soul orders it as part of a sandwich. They have a variety of foods to enjoy, cheese and sausage to buy, and people to meet, as this is a destination for many tourists from around the world. Check out where they’re all from on large national and world maps that adorn the south wall.

Baumgartner’s is right on Monroe’s town square, which hugs the beautiful Green County Courthouse across the street. Minhas Brewery – and its new distillery and wine-tasting room – is just down the street. Highways 11, 59, 69, and 81 all bring you to Monroe and this tasty Wisconsin experience.

Baumgartner's Limburger sign in Monroe

Baumgartner’s Address:

1023 16th Avenue
Monroe, WI 53566
(608) 325-6157
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Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern front

The front entrance to Baumgartner’s, a destination for cheese and sausage (and beer) fans from around the world.