Serving Up Dining Originals in the Kenosha Area

3/24/2017 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

iconic sign, The Spot Drive-In
garbage plate on the grill at Franks Diner

Where else can you order the “Garbage Plate” or “The Godfather” but at one-of-a-kind Kenosha diners?!  Or enjoy a chicken salad sandwich on a Belgian Waffle? Bring your appetite and come dine in the Kenosha Area!

Franks Diner is a registered historical landmark and the oldest continuously operating lunch car diner in the U.S. In 1926, six horses pulled the diner to the spot where it still stands today. It became world famous after appearing on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." Their signature dish? The renowned “Franks Garbage Plate”, consisting of hashbrowns, green peppers, onions, jalapeno peppers, eggs, and your choice of meat or all veggie. A full Garbage Plate comes with five eggs, a half with three.

At The Coffee Pot, you'll find omelets with creative names. The diner serves “The Godfather”, which includes Italian Sausage, garlic, tomato, mozzarella, and Italian seasoning. “The Shroom” is an omelet with breakfast sausage, mushrooms, and cheese. The diner's seating capacity doubles in the summer when the outdoor patio, known as 'The Garden of Eatin' is open. The setting is reminiscent of Key West.

If you like your food with a twist, visit Twisted Cuisine. The casual dining restaurant changes menus seasonally. A steady favorite is the “Parmesan Crusted Ribeye”. Another favorite is the chicken salad sandwich - on a Belgian Waffle! tg's touts having Kenosha's best hot beef sandwich. Perhaps the Kennedys and sports legends Ray Nitschke and Bobby Hull had one while dining at tg’s over the years.

Original Lake Michigan views can be enjoyed at Boat House Pub & Eatery, Harborside Common Grounds, and HobNob Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge. Boat House will cook your fresh catch for you. The original supper club atmosphere can be soaked up at HobNob Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge.

If ethnic fare is your preference, there are many options in the Kenosha Area. Your favorite German dishes can be enjoyed at House of Gerhard. Korean/Japanese fare can be found at Soon's Sushi Café. Soon's is the place to go on your birthday - for a Sushi Cake!

Build your own burger (options include delicious Kobe and Grass Fed Beef Burgers) at Capt. Mike's Beer & Burger Bar. Enjoy the 1950's again at Big Star Drive-In (open March 1 through August 31) - known for its car hops, famous double cheeseburger, and ice cold root beer served in frosted mugs. The Spot Drive-In, meanwhile, is open year round.

For sandwiches, coffees and lighter fare, stop at Harborside Common Grounds. Trolley Dogs, a block from the electric streetcar line, is known for its Chicago-style dogs and its signature “Trolley Dog” - a hot dog and tamale on the same bun. Another Downtown Kenosha dining stop is Sazzy B, which features live music with your dinner.

Purchase your dinner fixings at Kenosha HarborMarket: fresh organic vegetables, meats, ethnic products, cheeses, eggs, delicious prepared foods and beverages, artisan bakery goods, and more can be found.

And you can't visit Wisconsin without eating your fill of brats and cheese. Both can be found at Brat Stop and Tenuta's Delicatessen and Liquors. This is just a small taste of the great dining choices that await you in the Kenosha Area. For more information about dining in the Kenosha Area or other things to see and do in the community, contact the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at (262) 654-7307 or visit the Bureau's web site at

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