October 15th is National Cheese Curd Day! This most important food holiday gives us the perfect excuse to devour squeaky Wisconsin cheese curds in every way, shape or breading.
To help you get your curd fix, we’re highlighting a few local restaurants, creameries and cheesemakers across Wisconsin serving up deliciously good curds. Whether they’re fresh or fried, regular or beer-battered, classic or flavored, served with dip or no dip—Wisconsin cheese curds remain one of favorite dairyland delicacy’s.
You can’t swing through Wisconsin’s capital city without sampling the unique creations served up by Madison’s chefs. The Buffalo-Style Cheese Curds at Merchant are a spicy twist on the classic—smothered in hot buffalo sauce then dipped in house-made buttermilk ranch. For a Korean-inspired twist, try Farmer John’s Cheese Curds with spicy kimchi and creamy gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) mayonnaise at Sujeo.
Next up, Milwaukee! Our state’s largest city offers endless curd enjoyment. Locals swoon over the Fried Cheese Curds with garlic ranch dressing at Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery. If you prefer your curds fresh and squeaky, go to Clock Shadow Creamery to pick up a bag.
Hop on interstate 43 north out of Milwaukee, and stop off at The Horse & Plow restaurant in Kohler for hot and crispy Beer-Battered Gibbsville Cheese Curds. Or, head further north for the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich: Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curd Grilled Cheese at The Cannery Market in Green Bay. With pecan smoked bacon and A1 aioli on a buttery brioche bun, you won’t regret celebrating National Cheese Curd Day here.
Venturing to the center of America’s Dairyland, 2510 Restaurant is a local favorite in Wausau for their 2510 Battered Cheese Curds, which come in original, beer-battered and cajun variations. You can also purchase fresh curds at Mullins Cheese in the town of Knowlton, just south of Wausau. If you live along Wisconsin’s north shore, stop at Tetzner’s Dairy in the Ashland area for a bag of fresh curds and a stunning view of Chequamegon Bay.
Heading west, the curd options are equally as plentiful. At Dooley’s Pub in Eau Claire, the Cheese Curds (cheddar or pepperjack) are deep fried until golden brown and especially huge, so come hungry. For a bag of the fresh kind, stop in Ellsworth for the uber-popular curds made by Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery. Driving down the Mississippi River, catch a basket of white cheddar Jalapeño Cheese Curds old-school style at Rudy’s Drive-In in La Crosse. Or, swing by everyone’s favorite Rocky’s Supper Club in Stoddard for Cheese Curds that are hand-dipped, batter-fried and served with cocktail sauce.
And what is National Cheese Curd Day without the ultimate, over-the-top creation—a Curd Burger! For that, go to Features in Holmen for their juicy steakhouse burger topped with American cheese AND a mound of deep fried Wisconsin cheese curds. Now, that’s the way to celebrate National Cheese Curd Day!
What’s your favorite place to eat cheese curds in Wisconsin? Leave us a comment!