Midwest Living Review
Brewster House Restaurant has the feel of a local standby, as if many of the people eating here always come around this time on this day of the week and order more or less the same thing. It's not trying to be innovative, and people like it that way. The menu includes a comfortably predictable lineup of sandwiches (French dip, burgers); salads (grilled chicken, raspberry spinach); entrees (baked cod, bacon-wrapped filet mignon); pastas (marinara, alfredo); and desserts (fruit pies, brownie sundae). Just two items leap off the menu as specialties: the Sawdust Pie, featuring coconut, graham crackers and pecans, and the Shullsburg Cheese Soup, featuring the cheese that makes the town a household name for folks in the upper Midwest. Shullsburg cheese is widely available in supermarkets around here, and you can buy it at the shop next to the restaurant. A Sunday brunch buffet brings in crowds for biscuits and gravy, broasted chicken, French toast and other breakfast-lunch fare. Nothing fancy, but the pans are frequently refilled and the food is hot.Brewster House and the Shullsburg Creamery outlet are in downtown Shullsburg, in a handsome old building with exposed stone walls and wood floors. Some of the furniture could use an upgrade (the vinyl is split on some booth seats), but the atmosphere is cozy and friendly and for the most part, the food satisfies. Lunch runs around $8, dinner between $10 and $20.