Visited the following places during a week trip to Wisconsin and Minneapolis-St. Paul, based mostly upon recommendations from this board.
DELAFIELD BREWHAUS--near Milwaukee--nice brewpub--clean-not busy on Mon nite. Had a nice sampling of their micro-brews. Had a German sausage dish. Food and service were good. A little hard to find--use Mapquest.
ESSEN HAUS-downtown Madison, WI--entrance in the rear (seems obvious, but...)Nice selection on tap-- had several German wheat beers, and some sort of schnitzle for a main dish. Had enough food to take home. Electric accordion player was good. Not busy on Sunday afternoon.
GASTHAUS ZUM GEHMUTLICHKEIT--Univ Ave -Minneapolis.
Huge beers -no, I didn't try The Boot (2 liter) but the foreign beers were good. Had some sort of beef roll German dish--again, enuf to take home. The male-female accordion/guitar duo serenaded every table, including mine, and were tipped well--they were good. Not busy on Thursday nite.
MONK's BAR-- Wisconsin Dells. A nice little oasis tucked into a street that looks like a clone of Main Street in Gatlinburg, TN. Great burger-nothing fancy. Good beer--introduced me to the Leinenkugel line. Service excellent--some signature trinkets for sale also.
NORSKE NOOK-Osseo, WI--great pies--several there and several to go. Just stick with the pies and you can't go wrong.
PRIME QUARTER-Madison, WI--one of those cook-your-own-steak places. Dinner about 15 bucks. Not busy on Tues nite. Service excellent. Ordered small beer-waitress bought one about 32 oz and said "Oops, this one's on me." (Large tip invariably follows) Still room for dessert.
MICKEY'S DINER--greasy spoon institution in downtown St. Paul--only attraction was not quality, but 24/7 hours--sat right in front of the grill (return trip not contemplated)--cheap and good service--singles at counter only. Departing patron said "Y'all are doing a good job." Very busy grill lady replied "Thank you, sir, now my life is complete."
128 CAFE--Minneapolis--good ribs ($25 per rack)--upscale but small community place-wine, no beer. Save room for Izzy's Ice Cream afterward (3 blocks away.)
CAFE LATTE-Great little bakery/cafe on Grand Ave in St. Paul. Took some things home. Recommended by the Sterns also.
COSETTA'S--7th St-St. Paul. Huge portions of Italian food and pizza. Busy at noon. More space upstairs. A lotta bang for the buck.
SAWATDEE THAI--downtown St. Paul--had a great lunch buffet, altho no mention of this except out front. Great value and excellent food-not too busy Thurs lunch. Again--great bang for the buck. My chowhound recommendation.
MANNY'S TORTAS-- Minneapolis--Manny is quite a guy--he couldn't have been more cordial or helpful, and makes a great sandwich-he's understandably proud of his little place--I tried the Manny's Special per someone else's recommendation here ("The Sandwich That Changed My Life")--different and good. Very clean--surprisingly not busy on Sat nite.
ICE CREAM PLACES--Kopp's Custard in Milwaukee (Brookfield)--excellent quality and busy at 10PM Mon nite. IZZY'S in Minneapolis--there were 45 people in line on Sat nite, and after sampling their wares, I can understand why. Scope them out if you are anywhere nearby.
Thanx to all for the recommendations--it was a memorable chowhound trip.