Marshfield’s dining scene has changed a lot in recent years, and there’s a lot for food lovers to discover. New restaurants are popping up throughout the city and longtime spots are delivering new menu items while still serving up all the classics. Exploring this culinary bounty is a tasty excuse for a getaway, and it’s easy to find some of the best food in town—just visit the establishments that are Best of Marshfield winners. These places received top honors in this annual survey voted on by locals. Pack your bags and bring an appetite: here’s where to go and what to eat.
There’s perhaps no dining tradition more celebrated in Wisconsin than the Friday night fish fry. Nutz Deep II, a Marshfield institution with a colorful name, draws rave reviews for its food, and its fish fry has won the hearts of locals–in 2020 it was voted Best Fish Fry. Not into fish? The restaurant’s signature burgers are also amazing. Their flagship burger, the Nutz Deep Burger, is a can’t-go-wrong, but why not go big or go home? Take on The Pounder, two half-pound patties piled high with four cheeses, haystack onions, beef brisket, lettuce, tomato, sautéed jalapenos, a slab of Mexican cheese, and finished off with a chipotle cream sauce.
After dinner, relax in your hotel. Looking for a comfortable unique place to stay with a full menu of amenities? Hotel Marshfield won Best Hotel/Motel in 2020. Another great bet: The Holiday Inn & Conference Center, which is home to the recently renovated restaurant, The Rivers.
The Kitchen Table has been serving up hearty and homemade breakfasts for more than four decades. The restaurant won the 2019 Best Breakfast award, and this is a place to go for all the classics—buttermilk pancakes, hash browns, omelets and bacon. Don’t worry–they’ll be sure to keep the hot coffee flowing.
Later in the morning, stretch your legs with a stroll at Wildwood Park & Zoo. Be sure to visit the star residents of the zoo—twin Kodiak bears Munsey and Boda are always a delight to watch.
Spice things up with a trip to El Mezcal. This Mexican restaurant delivers south-of-the-border classics with flair, winning both Best Ethnic Restaurant and Best Outdoor Dining in 2020. The restaurant’s daily lunch specials include tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos and more. Dive into the complimentary chips and salsa (and get some queso blanco) while you review the full menu.
After lunch, head to these must-see foodie shops: Weber’s Farm Store and 2½ Cups Cupcakery & Bake Shop. Weber’s won Best Shop for Gifts in 2019 and sells an extensive line of cheese that’s produced at this fifth-generation dairy. Their selection includes lots of favorites, like 11-year cheddar and Parmesan merlot. 2½ Cups – Cupcakery & Bakeshop, located in the historic Downtown Historic District will have your mouth watering with gourmet cupcakes and a plethora of other sweet treats (can anyone say salted caramel)?
Wind down with a little Marshfield comfort food. According to the latest Best of Marshfield survey, the place to go is MoJo’s Pasta House & Cajun Cook Shack. This fast-casual family-owned eatery makes their Cajun and Italian entrees from scratch, fresh and to order. Try their pasta (made in-house) in the Pasta Jambalaya, served with tender chicken, andouille sausage and Gulf pan-seared shrimp. Their flavorful expansion is right next door, Bleu Plate Deli & Market, with sandwiches showcasing the mouth-watering Boar’s Head product line.
Head to the Lumberyard Bar & Grill. The restaurant serves hearty breakfasts, including a bacon cheeseburger-stuffed French toast. If you arrive late, the lunch menu does not disappoint. The Lumberyard serves up flatbreads that are out of this world. Choose from nine delicious options, like the zesty Chaparral Chicken flatbread.