A guide to exploring Racine's cuisine
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Nov. 22, 2008 at 2:29 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
Racine's dining landscape is ever-growing and while you'll still find your fair share of small, mom and pop diners and supper clubs, new, contemporary and ethnically diverse restaurants are popping up downtown.
Here is an updated account of what our neighbor to the south is bringing to the dining table. While this list doesn't cover every last eatery, it includes the newcomers as well as several perennial favorites.
2031 Lathrop Ave., (262) 633-8951
You'll find classic bar food here, done well. Hit it up for your Friday night fish fry or grab a burger during the game.
Buona Vita Pizzeria Restaurant
3701 Durand Ave., (262) 554-5508
It's known locally as an "Italian gem." Go for the pizza, stay for the fun.
Charcoal Grill & Rotisserie
3839 Douglas Ave., (262) 884-9400
As the name suggests, the Charcoal Grill prepares its homestyle food backyard BBQ-style over coals or wood and its pizzas are made in a wood-fired brick oven. Overall, the place feels casual and relaxing.
1521 Washington Ave., (262) 637-1295
Famed for its prime rib, the Corner House has been a Racine surf-and-turf staple for years. Prime rib not your thing? Try the lobster and other seafood selections.
DeRango's Pizza Palace
3840 Douglas Ave., (262) 639-4112
The DeRango family pizza is consistently voted the best in Racine, but the restaurant also serves up plenty of other Italian specialties, as well as seafood, charbroiled steaks and sandwiches.
3810 Durand Ave., (262) 634-1267
It doesn't get much more family-style than dining at The Farm. You can't miss it; it's the size, shape and color of an actual barn and it dishes out good Midwestern eats, like burgers, fries, fish and chicken. Dig in.
277 S. Sheridan Road, (262) 552-8008
Rarely will you find a more stunning view of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin than at the HobNob. It has the feel of a '50s-style supper club, with classic entrees, swanky cocktails and live music on the weekends.
3325 Rapids Dr., (262) 633-3173
If you're looking for an authentic Italian dinner, this is one of your best bets in Racine. The huge menu boasts a complete tour of Italy, from veal and pasta to seafood and dessert.
Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery
231 Main St., (262) 637-4730
Once you make your way through its extensive beer and Irish whiskey selection, you might want to consider a meal. Choose from apps, salads, wraps, burgers, ciabatta bread or entrée items like shepherd's pie.
Jose's Blue Sombrero
6430 Washington Ave., (262) 886-5600
Jose's offers standard, quick, Americanized Mexican fare with some interesting options added for good measure. Tip: order the tableside guacamole; it's prepared fresh in front of you at your table.
520 W. Wisconsin Ave., (262) 634-9601
One of the only unique hamburger joints in town, Kewpee caters to downtown workers looking for a mid-day snack or evening meal. The 1950s diner-style sandwich shop serves 700-1000 hungry patrons everyday.
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon
5880 Durand Ave., (262) 554-4511
This Texas-style steak house and saloon specializes in hand-cut mesquite-grilled meats with all the sides you love: steak fries, twice-baked potato, Texas rice and homemade chili.
Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant
5821 Washington Ave., (262) 884-0770
How about some beef tongue tacos tonight? Yep, they've got them (and we hear they're good!), but if you're looking for a your favorite Mexican dishes, you'll find them here in many tasty varieties. Page 1 of 2 (view all on one page)
I also Agree! since I have moved to Caledonia i have started to invade some of the hidden gems of Racine, Caledonia, Husher, Mt Pleasant and kenosha. I have also blogged a lot about the racine Scene on Urbanspoon just look for top contributors and follow the heirloom!!
I totally agree~! Would love a new guide to Racine since the restaurants have changed significantly> Thanks.
I think it would be nice to have an updated version of A guide to exploring Racine's cuisine.
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