If you’re looking for a few new La Crosse restaurants to try, enjoy this list of family friendly places to eat! Each of these delicious La Crosse restaurants has my picky family’s stamp of approval. 🙂
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Family Friendly La Crosse Restaurants to Try this Summer
From breakfast to lunch to dinner and desserts – we’ve got you covered if you’re heading to the La Crosse, Wisconsin area. We even have a bonus food truck for you to try too! All of these restaurant options are tried and approved by my picky family! Enjoy delicious coffee, craft beer, wood fired pizza, homemade ice cream and more in La Crosse and the surrounding area.
Fayze’s Restaurant & Bakery
We hit Fayze’s Restaurant and Bakery for breakfast take out one morning and my kid were in heaven! Look at those beautiful pastries! The choloate croissants were my fave, but Fayze’s also serves a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Their Bloody Mary’s look fabulous and judging by the wait list when we showed up for our pastries, Fayze’s is a very popular La Crosse destination.
Fayze’s is in downtown La Crosse at Fourth & Pearl
Open at 6:30 am daily (608)784-9548
The Bodega Grill and Bar
If you like delicious sandwiches and beer, definitely stop in at the Bodega Grill and Bar. We tried a lot of the hot sandwiches and loved them all. My favorite was Ozzie’s Own Reuben. Made with brown mustard instead of 100 Island, this was a much better Reuben than I’ve had elsewhere. I’m not a huge 1000 Island fan, though. Dan the beer enthusiast had a great time spinning the bike tire for a brew at the Bodega.
Essentially, spin the wheel and then pay $3.75 for whichever beer it stops at. You get what you get and you can’t throw a fit, but since a lot of the beers cost more than $3.75, it’s possible you’ll save a bit of money while trying a beer you might not have tried otherwise! With over 400 different bottles of beer and 20 on tap, The Bodega is the place to go. We learned about a lot of fun ghost stories on The Ghosts of Historic La Crosse Walking Tour and the Bodega was one of the places they mentioned. The kids also loved their free popcorn. 😉
The Bodega Brew Pub is in downtown La Crosse at 122 4th Street South.
The Charmant Hotel offers several different dining options including The Restaurant, the Lobby Bar & Lounge, an informal Rooftop Terrace, The Parlor coffee bar, and a confectionery Sweets Bar as well. We really enjoyed spending a nice evening on the rooftop terrace. The drinks and wood fire pizza were delicious and the atmosphere was informal enough that we felt comfortable bringing our kids along. If you want a nicer evening out, enjoy a kid-free dinner in the dining room!
We love that the Charmant Hotel sources local ingredients from regional farmers and works with local breweries and spirit makers too! We highly recommend the homemade French Onion Dip, the Burrata Salad, and the delicious wood-fired pizzas! It’s probably a good idea to call ahead for reservations as the Charmant is a very popular destination.
The Charmant is in downtown La Crosse at 101 State Street
If you are an ice cream lover, you must stop in at The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor for homemade ice cream and waffle cones. Located in the heart of downtown La Crosse, The Pearl features a 1930s soda fountain and has been voted the #1 dessert establishment in La Crosse. The ice cream, waffle cones, and most of the candy is all homemade and delicious. My family gives The Pearl 12 thumbs up! If you’re feeling adventurous, ask them about the friendly ghosts that tug at their apron strings – another interesting story we learned on the walking tour of La Crosse!
Find the Pearl Ice Cream Parlor at 207 Pearl Street La Crosse
Be on the lookout for the Apothik Food Truck! We really enjoyed their delicious food at the Driftless Sports Convergence! Apothik’s home location is in downtown La Crosse on the corner of 3rd and Main Streets but they’re a food truck so they’re on the go. Check out their facebook page for uptodate locations. We loved their Chicken Scawarma but Apothik’s menu is constantly changing based on what’s available seasonably.
Located just outside La Crosse in nearby Onalaska, Two Beagles Brew Pub is aother one of our favorite family friendly restaurants in the area. Enjoy live music, six seasonal craft beers brewed on site, pizza, and beautiful sunset views of the Mississippi River. Two Beagles’ lunch and dinner menus are updated seasonally and feature local, organic, and sustainable foods whenever possible.
Find them at 910 2nd Avenue North Onalaska
Also outside La Crosse in nearby Onalaska, you’ll find the Red Pines Bar & Grill. This chill restaurant has a heated patio that offers great views of Lake Onalaska’s northern shore, a boat dock, live music, and sand volleyball courts! Red Pines Bar & Grill has been voted the #1 Fish Fry, the #1 Rural Bar, and the #1 Neighborhood Tavern so it’s worth a stop on your trip to La Crosse. They have delicious pub fare – make sure to try the walleye bites if you go. Their claim to fame is the Shrimp & Fish Fry on Friday nights so add a visit to your list!
Red Pines Bar is at W7305 County Road Z, Onalaska
Have favorite La Crosse restaurants to add to this list?? I’d love to hear!
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