Midwest Living Review
Wausau Mine Company’s fun house exterior offers the promise of a good time within, and the interior—designed to replicate a mine shaft—delivers.
The menu covers pastas, including homemade ravioli ($11.99), Southwestern food (burritos, quesadillas from $7.59 to $9.99), burgers ($6.99), hot sandwiches and pizzas ($13.99 to $19.59). Wausau Mine Company is best known for its Italian Fries, listed in the menu as the "only true original Italian Fry, discovered in 1979.” The surprise is that the "fries" are actually made-from-scratch breadsticks with cheese melted on top and a marinara dipping sauce on the side. The cheese curds (a half pound of deep-fried white cheddar for $5.99) are among the best in town, and the Mine-Style Fish Sammie (breaded cod, lettuce and tomato on a ciabatta roll for $7.99) is downright delicious. Sandwiches are served with kettle chips and pickles, but guests can substitute onion rings or potato timbers for $1.29.
The cavelike dining room is dark and decked out with pictures, memorabilia and artifacts detailing mining history, such as a diorama sure to keep kids entranced if the arcade room upstairs doesn't do the trick. Be sure to ask about Wausau Mine lore and keep an eye out for "Virgil,” a mannequin fixture in the Rusty Saloon bar since 1980.