Raise a Glass to Perfect Pairings

1/25/2019 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Captain Mike's Beer & Burger Bar
Tuscany Bistro Bar & Grill
Sazzy B
HobNob Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
Franks Diner
grasshopper at House of Gerhard

If you love exploring a new place through the food culture, you’re going to adore Kenosha. From gastropub offerings of craft beer and fried cheese curds, to fine dining experiences with wine flights and tapas-style small plate cuisine, there is something for every taste and budget.


You’ll find many local restaurants that carry local craft beer, as well as a large selection of beers that pair beautifully with menu items. Places like Captain Mike’s Beer & Burger Bar go so far as to offer suggestions on perfect beer pairings to accompany their burgers. The Buzz Café is known for their tap takeovers each month when specific breweries dominate the tappers as a featured guest, and their monthly beer pairing dinners have featured craft beers teamed with everything from hot dogs to rice krispie treats.


A perfect glass of wine can enhance the flavors of any meal. The culinary team at Wine Knot Bar & Bistro spends time selecting great wines to offer at their bar, and learning how to pair them with their seasonal restaurant menus. Try a selection of wines in 3-ounce sample pours and a few appetizers for great combinations. Tuscany Bistro Bar & Grill offers an extensive wine list, from sparkling white wines to deep reds and everything in between, including a Reserve List with many selections from Italy chosen by Chef Guglielmo Ianni. Or, give a wine slushy a try at Iron Depot Winery and pair it with a cheese board or chocolates.


If a cocktail before a meal or an after-dinner drink is more your style, you’ll want to explore the best hand-crafted beverages in town. The mixologists at Sazzy B design drinks that are smoked, chilled, and perfectly decorated — almost like magic. At Twisted Cuisine, you’ll find cocktail creations as unique as the dinner menu, with homemade simple syrups and bitters. And you can’t go wrong with a classic Brandy Old Fashioned when dining at a traditional Wisconsin Supper Club such as HobNob.


Even first thing in the morning, a drink pairs perfectly with a meal. Franks Diner may be known for their Garbage Plates and Cinnamon Rolls, but they also offer giant mimosas! The Coffee Pot boasts fantastic Bloody Marys — loaded with garnishes like pickles, cheese, and beef sticks. Ashling on the Lough serves up brunch on the weekends with the best Irish Coffee in town to give your morning a little extra kick.


Sometimes dessert is a cocktail — and sometimes your cocktail is a dessert! House of Gerhard serves up “mile-high” ice cream drinks that are made with a full pound of ice cream. Their Brandy Alexander and Grasshopper are among the most popular. If a milkshake isn’t enough, give a shake with sass at Mike’s Chicken & Donuts a try — the “Birthday Party” adds cake flavored vodka to a vanilla ice cream blend.

So raise your glass to perfect pairings of food and beverages. With creative eats and craft beverages, the Kenosha culinary scene is sure to impress and leave you satisfied.

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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