In and Around Sparta, WI
The Sparta/La Crosse area is home to many great restaurants, varying from casual to elegant for lunch or dinner. Enjoy great food in Wisconsin’s No Smoking atmosphere! Menus for many of these restaurants and more are available here at the Inn.
~Franklin Coffeehouse (New)
110 E. Franklin St, 1 block away from our B&B.
Hours: 6:30am- 2:30pm, Tues-Wed 6:30am- 2:30pm, Thru 6:30am- 4pm, Fri. 6:30am- 2:30pm, Sat. 7:30am- 1pm,
~Cotter Pin: Good food, full bar, and music. They offer a variety of wines, craft & local beers. Sit back and relax with friends with food and drinks.
Hours: Monday – Sunday at 10 am
Address: 20671 State Hwy 27, 5 MINUTE DRIVE
~Super Restaurant: Offers a modern, relaxed atmosphere. Mexican & American Foods, Home-style meals, Salads, homemade soup, appetizers, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, stir-fry & burgers.
Hours: 6 am - 9 pm
Address: 620 Industrial Dr. Suite 8
~El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant: other great Mexican in the town of Sparta! We love their food!
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm;
Sun 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Address: 223 North Black River Street
~Sparta Family Restaurant: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Homemade, soup daily. Strives to bring the best possible food and service.
Hours: 6 am – 9 pm 7 days a week
Address: 704 W Avon Rd.
~Club Oasis: Wonderful food! Since 1939 this Restaurant with fine dining, full menu, full bar, salad bar daily specials. Reservation requested, especially on weekends.
Mon-Sat. - 4pm-9
Sunday – 4pm-8
Address: 11345 State Highway 21
~Sparta Steakhouse: Great Steaks, Seafood, Pasta, and Sandwiches. Full Bar
Hours: Open Tues – Sat 5pm-11 pm
Address: 701 Industrial Dr
~Big Boar Barbecue: Voted Best BBQ in Area.
See below West Salem, see details in city listing.
~Lake Side (NEW): Dining is inside the VFW building.
Hours: Wed-Sat 11-9pm, Sun, Monday, Tuesday 11-7pm, steaks, seafood, fish fry, and salad bar. Outdoor summer seating available. 121 Rusk Avenue, 608-269-2278.
~Silent Outdoors: 2700 Riley Rd. 608-269-2600 Guests said it was the best beef brisket sandwich they have had and good cold beer.
~Italiano’s Pizzeria and Restaurant: authentic homemade pizza, Italian dinners, appetizers, full bar, just two blocks from our Sparta Inn!
Hours: Open M-Sat 4 to 9 pm, closed Sunday, Eat In or Delivery
Address: 142 North Water St
~Slice of Chicago: Arguably the best pizza in Sparta. This locally owned restaurant serving pizza and pasta is receiving rave reviews! Eat In or Delivery.
Hours: M-F 4:30 – 9:00 pm; Sat & Sun 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Address: 507 West Wisconsin
~Ginny’s Cupboard: Offering homemade soup and sandwiches, large stack sandwiches on homemade bread, and fresh house-made soups daily. Features a fully operational 1957 soda fountain serving Wisconsin Super Premium ice cream, an Espresso bar with coffee from around the world.
Hours: M-F 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sat 6:30 am – 8:00 pm; Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Address: 127 North Water St.
~Rudy’s Drive-In: Based in La Crosse, Rudy’s Drive-In recently opened a second location in Sparta. Enjoy food and a cool root beer right off the bike trail! With the picnic tables and Orange roof.
Address: 100 West Wisconsin Street
Purchase Alcoholic Beverages in Sparta
Westside Wine & Spirits– 7607 State Hwy 16. 608-269-1404
Fast Eddies Food, Gas & Liquor– 860 Highway 21 East, 608-269-2266
Purchase Beer and Wine in other area Sparta stores too.
Cashton (20 minutes away)
Badger Crossing Menu Pub & Eatery: 5-Stars! Old fashioned restaurant and bar with a diverse menu including Steak, Chicken, Crab Legs, Homemade Pizza and Pan Fried Perch. All meat is from an award-winning local butcher shop.
Hours: Daily 11 am-9 pm
Address: 909 Front Street
Viroqua (40 minutes away) the best drive for great food
Driftless Cafe‘: Farm to Table, seasonal menus are posted on Facebook. Award Winning Chef/Owner, Luke Zahn!!
We have had many guests go to the unique place and love the food and love the place! Well worth the drive!
Meet their farmers*
Hours: Sun & Mon Closed; Tues – Sat 11:00 am –10:00 pm
Address: 118 W Court St
West Salem (15 minutes away)
~5-Stars - Big Boar Barbecue: Voted Best BBQ in Area.
Hours: 6 am to 8 pm
Address: 510 Commerce St, West Salem
Address: 118 3rd St. LaCrosse
~Features Bar & Grill: Modern sports bar, American eatery & bowling alley with a full bar, patio & live bands.
Hours: Daily 7 am - 1 am
Address: 425 State Hwy 16, WestSalem
Bangor (on the La Crosse River State Bike Trail)
Purple Cow Sweetshop & Cafe: we strive to bring joy to every visitor. We have an advantage. . . we serve ice cream! We make fresh to order panini sandwiches that are grilled to perfection. Our hearty salads will satisfy your hunger.
Hours: Seasonal, 11 am - 6 pm, Sun. 12-5, Closed Monday
Address: 1710 Commercial St, Bangor
La Crosse (25 minutes away) this list is some of the highlights, but many more….
~Lovechild: Uncomplicated food with intriguing ingredients and big flavors – locally sourced and seasonally driven. Menu
Hours: Sunday Closed; Mon-Sat 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Address: 300 Third Street South
~Le Chateau! Bienvenus! French cuisine restaurant. Our restaurant offers the perfect balance of ambiance and fine French cuisine, with European style atmosphere. Visit our Menu page often to keep up to date with our seasonal cuisine. Hours: Monday – Saturday from 5 pm – 9 pm. Closed Sun.
Phone: (608) 782-6498 - Call for reservations
Address: 410 Cass Street
~The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern: American cuisine of fresh seafood, steak, pasta, salads, and homemade desserts. Situated between the banks of the Mississippi River and bustling downtown. Enjoy the Piano Bar and Lounge with live music!
Hours: Sunday Closed; Mon-Friday 11:00 am – 9:30 pm; Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Address: 328 Front Street
~Dublin Square Irish Pub & Eatery: Irish Fare, Appetizers, Sandwiches, Build Your Own Burger, Soups, Salads, Wraps, Desserts. Full Menu and daily specials
Hours: Daily 11 am - 2 am
Address: 103 N. 3rd Street
~The Old Crow: Appetizers, Signature Sandwiches, and Burgers, Flat Bread, Soups/Macs, Salads, Full bar, and Beers.
Hours: Open daily 11 am
Address: 100 S. 3rd Street
~The Mint: The farm-to-table style eatery. Quaint place with locally sourced small plates & entrées, plus creative cocktails & outdoor seating.
Hours: Closed Monday, Tues - Sat 11AM–2PM, 5–9:30PM
Address: 1810 State St
~Three Rivers Lodge: Amazing view of the Mississippi River, summer eating outside, wonderful menu. Open Lunch and Dinner. Relax, Drink and Eat and outside eating.
Hours: Daily 11 am - 1 am
Address: 111 Front Street,
~Piggy’s Restaurant & Blues Lounge: Featuring hardwood-smoked flown-in fresh seafood, ribs, chops, and choice steaks in the historic Pioneer Foundry Building.
Hours: Sun & Sun 4:00 -10:00 pm; Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm and 4:00-10:00 pm
Phone: 608-784-4877 Reservations accepted
Address: 501 Front Street South
~Charmant: The Restaurant serves rustic French-inspired cuisine in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Utilizing the best of the season’s offerings, the dishes emerging from the open kitchen are fresh, simple, and down-to-earth. A large outdoor roof patio, open as the weather permits, provides a spectacular view of the Mississippi River.
Hours: Varies all Day with Bkft, Lunch, Dinner & Lounge
Address: 101 State St
~Freight house Restaurant: Downtown, a National Historic Site. La Crosse must visit! Steak & seafood plus wine served in a historic freight house with a bar & live music.
Hours: Daily 5-9 pm
Address: 107 Vine St
~Fayez’s Restaurant and Bakery: A La Crosse tradition! A wide variety of menu choices in a comfortable atmosphere with a full in-house bakery on-site. If you don’t order dessert from the bakery, then take it home with you!
Hours: 3 menus hours vary
Address: 135 4th Street South
~4 Sisters Wine Bar & Tapas: Online menus. An eclectic tapas menu plus seafood & steak entrees' are offered at this informal riverside fixture.Enjoy the Mississippi River view!
Hours: Closed Mon, 11 am - 10 pm Tue-Sat
Address: 100 Harborview Plaza
~Hackberry’s Bistro: A People’s Food Co-op restaurant. Above a long-time food co-op, this chic eatery & bar offers a menu of various dietary restrictions.
Hours: Daily 8 am - 4 pm
Address: 315 5th Avenue South
Wine Tasting Tours
in the beautiful Drift-less Region of Wisconsin...
Wineries in the Drift-less Region are the perfect way to truly experience Wisconsin’s incredible variety of wines. While on a tasting tour, you can meet the winemakers, see the vineyards and orchards, tour the wineries, and – best of all – indulge in some wine tasting! Wisconsin’s independent wineries are beautiful, historical, and full of personality. So reserve your room at Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast, and start planning your Wisconsin wine tasting tour vacation!
Here is a quick list of some of our favorite area wineries. Click on the winery name to visit their website.
DNA Vintners: 420 15th Street South, La Crosse, WI
Branches Winery: E6796 Old Line Road, Westby, WI
Tenba Ridge Winery: N27587 Joe Coulee Road, Blair, WI
Seven Hawks Vineyards: 17 North Street, Fountain City, WI
Burr Oak Winery: N5873 US Highway 12 and 16, New Lisbon, WI
Weggy Winery: 30940 Oakridge Drive, Muscoda, WI
Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery: 16008 Pine Tree Road, Highland, WI
New Glarus Primrose Winery: 500 First Street, New Glarus, WI
Wollersheim Winery: 7876 State Road 188, Prairie du Sau, WI
Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery: W12266 King Lane, Stockholm, WI
Hope Hill Vineyard: E7645A Rognstad Ridge Road, Cashton, WI
Elmaro Vineyard: N14756 Delaney Road, Trempealeau, WI
Three Lakes Winery: 6971 Gogebic Street, Three Lakes, WI
Falconer Vineyards: 3572 Old Tyler Road, Red Wing, MN
Botham Vineyards & Winery: 8180 Langberry Road, Barneveld, WI
Danzinger Vineyards: S2015 Grapeview Lane, Alma, WI
Lost Island: 570 Theater Rd., Suite 100, Onalaska, WI
Wine Sitter Brew House: 500 Holmen Dr. North Suite 524, Holmen, WI
River View Winery: 32882 County Rd 1, La Crescent, MN
The Cotter Pin: 20671 WI-27, Sparta, WI
To find a Winery, click on Wine Glass Icon on Map
View Wisconsin Wineries in a larger map
Famous Wisconsin Cheese, Curds, Tours and Stores...
Most everyone in America knows that Wisconsin means cheese. We’re known for it, we love it, and we invite you to discover for yourself just how delicious this dairy product can be! Wisconsin’s cheese-making traditions stem from our early 19th-century dairy farms and their practice of making cheese to preserve excess milk. Wisconsin’s first cheese factory was started in 1841, and the rest is history. Today, Wisconsin cheese can be found in stores around the country!
Bring your coolers with you for your stay at our bed and breakfast, and plan to tour local cheese maker factories or shop specialty food stores to pick up some delicious Wisconsin cheese to take home!
Amish Cheese House: 711 Avon Rd, Sparta, WI
Fosters Cheese Haus: 21/E10934 City Road HH, Osseo, WI
Le Coulee Cheese Castle: 112 S Leonard St, West Salem, WI
Humbird Cheese Mart: 2010 Eaton Avenue, Tomah, WI
Carr Valley Cheese Company: S3797 City Highway G, La Valle, WI
Carr Valley Cheese Company: 1042 E. State Street, Mauston, WI
Carr Valley Cheese Company: 1002 State Highway 82, Mauston, WI
Carr Valley Cheese Company: 420 Broadway Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Hidden Springs Creamery: S1597 Hanson Rd., Westby, WI
Nordic Creamery: S2244 Langaard Ln., Westby, WI
Westby Cooperative Creamery: 401 S Main Street, Westby, WI
Organic Valley: 507 W Main Street, La Farge, WI
Pasture Pride Cheese, LLC: 110 Eagle Drive, Cashton, WI
Old Country Cheese, LLC: S510 County Road D, Cashton, WI
Contact us to Have Your Cheese-making Tour or Retail Store Listed Here.
An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional...
~ Pearl Street Brewery: Wisconsin’s premier craft brewery since 1999. Come and see how our beers are brewed. Beer tasting room and brewery tours are available.
Hours: Sun-Mon Closed, Tues - Thru 4–8PM, Fri 3–10PM Sat 12–7PM
Address: 1401 St Andrew St, La Crosse, WI 54603
- Brewery Tours: Every Friday: 5 pm and 6 pm; Every Saturday: 1 pm – 4 pm (Tours at the top of the hour).
- $8 gets you a custom PSB pint glass, one free fill (choose from 9 draft beers!), one coupon for a B.O.G.O. PSB beer at a local La Crosse account & a whole lot of valuable beer knowledge.
~Events: Check out the Events on their website
Turtle Stack Brewery: La Crosse
Produces high-quality local beer for residents of La Crosse and surrounding communities as well as visitors to the upper Mississippi River Valley
Phone: (608) 519-2284
Address: 125 2nd Street South
Tasting Room Hours: Wednesday: 4pm-9pm, Thursday: 4pm-9pm, Friday: 4pm-11pm, Saturday: Noon-11pm,