Simon’s is a hybrid cheese production facility, deli and store. Your first stop should be the counter at the back to get a grab-and-go pizza or one with whatever toppings you like (and a gluten-free crust, if you prefer). We loved the bratwurst and sauerkraut pizza, which sounds bizarre, but turned out to be a satisfying combination of savory, spicy and sweet flavors. The sandwich menu is short and sweet: grilled cheese, turkey, ham and Swiss melts, and the like, with the most expensive variety topping out at $4.99. To wash it down, buy a can of Black Bear soda from Oak Creek, Wisconsin, or take it up a notch with a bottle of Arty’s Old Fashioned Sour (with alcohol). Simon’s also makes fudge and an excellent chocolate cheese (that blends in cream and sharp cheddar) said to pair well with wine and beer. Customers can dine at one of the little cafe tables in the front of the store, then indulge in a little shopping afterward.
Among the store offerings are locally produced farm market items, wines, frozen foods, coffee and condiments. And, of course, the cheese, made on-site or at one of two other Simon’s plants in Wisconsin. These master cheesemakers were awarded four Best In Class awards in the 2013 United States Cheese Championship. In short, this cheese is good stuff.
The gift items are remarkably nice, too. The springtime inventory featured several lovely glass birdbaths, garden decorations and picnic accessories. Simon’s does a brisk gift basket business at Christmas; if you can’t make it to the shop, order them online.