15860 T-Bone Lane
Hayward Wisconsin 54843United States
Midwest Living Recommends
The delicious food at this upscale restaurant contrasts with the atmosphere that tries hard but misses the mark on sophistication.
Contrasts are striking at this Hayward restaurant. The water goblets sit on tan vinyl tablecloths. The wine list comes in a sheet protector. The building tries very hard to overcome its apparent roots as a cavernous, cut-log-encased pole barn. But there's only so much you can do to add intimacy in a space that makes you think of back-to-back hotel ballrooms. Rough-hewn beams that act as pillars and leafy arbors that divide the dining room are a good start. As is a massive stone fireplace with comfy leather couches at one end. But it's the food that truly makes this restaurant outstanding. A favorite: The Pork Namekagon, tenderloin stuffed with field greens, craisins and bleu cheese, and served with a peach zinfandel sauce ($16.95). The menu also offers a nice variety beyond the pork--steak ($15$28), fish ($13$30), pasta ($14$21), salads ($9$13). Sides, including the mixed green salad and the wild rice, are somewhat forgettable. This establishment is one of the few in this season-driven town that professes to be open seven days a week, year-round. Unless they are closed for a private party; call ahead to confirm. The restaurant's upscale approach doesn't translate to the attached lodge. A classic motel, with room doors opening directly into the massive parking lot, this lodging is pretty straightforward. Cabin-esque split logs cover the walls--inside and out. While the motel's Web site mentions that it's within walking distance of the downtown, we wouldn't characterize the walk as pedestrian friendly. Rooms include a small patio overlooking the highway.