Monroe, WI, a quaint, small town, is known for a few wonderful things, among them, Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern. They serve stinky Limburger cheese sandwiches, mouth-watering beery brats, and some of the best dark beer around. They also make a dynamite BLT with brick cheese sandwich. I know this because I had one today. My other dad, Tony, and I took a little day trip up to Monroe, where we had a leisurely lunch, and then traversed the square, looking at their collection of public art, which includes a variety of whimsical, sculpted, brightly painted, mostly barnyard animals. Except the mermaid. Definitely not your barnyard variety.
Most of the stores are closed on Sunday, but it was a beautifully sunny, warm and very windy day, and the small number of visitors were mostly collected inside Baumgartner’s, where patrons are invited, for $10 a pop, to guess the number of dollar bills stuck to the ceiling for a chance to win half the money in September, when the ceiling is cleaned. The rest of the money goes to charity.
Photo courtesy Baumgartner’s. baumgartnercheese.com
All in all, we had a lovely little adventure. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend having lunch at Baumgartner’s. Not fancy, but definitely delicious. In case that’s not your thing, there’s a Chinese restaurant next door…
Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern
1023 16th Avenue
Monroe, WI 53566