Eating Well in Racine


Food & Drink




Located halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago, Racine is worth a visit.

Make your first stop into town at Bendtsen’s Bakery at 3200 Washington Ave. Since 1934, they are known for their authentic Danish kringle. Kringle are large pretzel-shaped pastries that were made with the original flavors of raisin and almond paste. They now have many flavors including pecan, chocolate, cream cheese, custard, date, apple, cherry and blueberry. I tried pieces of the pecan and the cherry. Both were great!

Other dining options include:

Cliff’s Boathouse Cafe, 301 Hamilton St.: Just north of the Root River is a fun casual spot for breakfast or lunch. Located in a cinder block building with a casual interior, the menu features breakfast items as well as sandwiches and lunch specials. They also have a traditional Fish Fry on Fridays. I enjoyed my omelette with potato pancakes.  

Hobnob Restaurant, 277 Sheridan Rd. in Racine: Located along Lake Michigan between Racine and Kenosha, this is a classic Wisconsin supper club opened in 1954. They have a large menu featuring steaks, seafood and a Friday Fish Fry. Local friends and I tried the Friday Fish Fry with a baked cod, a salad, soup, bread and potato. They have porch seating as well as seating the bar. They offer live music in the Bar on Friday and Saturday evenings. The architecture and decor is classic 1950’s.

Divino Gelato Cafe: Make sure that you while exploring downtown Racine, you stop in at Divino for a coffee and some great homemade gelato. The cafe is in the lobby of a former hotel and has some great architectural details. 245 Main St.

For chocolate, I really liked DeRango’s Phoenix Chocolate Shoppe just north of downtown at 1439 N. Main.

Reefpoint Brew House has great views of the boat harbor. 2 Christopher Columbus Causeway.

John’s Dock, at 303 Dodge St.,  is a casual bar and restaurant with great outdoor seating along the Root River. Nearby is Wharf 209, at 209 Dodge St., another casual bar and restaurant with great views of the River.

The Benjamin Beer Co.: Recently opened in downtown Racine, at 507 6th St., is a microbrewery and tasting room which features their Belle City Blonde, Robust Porter, American Pale Ale and Zombie Candy IPA. They also have seasonal offerings including an Imperial Stout. I thought the Belle City Blonde was excellent.  

After the tasting at The Benjamin Beer Co., stop in down the street at Olde Madrid, 418 6th St., for tapas and paella.

Roberts Roost, a casual spot, for breakfast and lunch at 600 6th St.