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Baumgartner's Cheese Store and Tavern

1023 16th Ave.
Monroe  Wisconsin  53566
United States
(608) 325-6157
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Hannah Agran
The signature sandwich at Wisconsin's oldest cheese shop is the oh-so-stinky Limburger with onion.

You know you're in for something ripe when the sandwich you order comes with a breath mint on top. And the Limburger sandwich (a rite of passage for first-time visitors to Baumgartner's Cheese Store and Tavern on Monroe's old town square) is definitely stinky. Nicknamed a Swiss Apple, it's served on rye bread with sliced red onion and a smear of brown mustard (if you're feeling fancy) and arrives on a napkin. Just one bite confirms Limburger's Looney Toons reputation as worthy of a clothespin on the nose. It's a love it or hate it kind of thing, and in our case, we rather enjoyed it. The slightly fresh sweetness of the onion makes a good contrast to the pungent cheese and spicy mustard. But you'll definitely be happy for that mint afterward. If you'd rather not render yourself unkissable for the rest of the day, Baumgartner's also offers more mild cheeses, plus chili, hot dogs and other hot sandwiches. Most items are less than $5.Like the menu, the atmosphere is a funny mix of Swiss tavern and hole-in-the-wall diner. You'll see tourists at some tables, snapping pictures of the marching beer steins painted on the wall, and locals at another, sipping pop and eating roast beef.

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