Make a note: Exit 81.
That’s the exit off Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin for the Foster Cheese Haus. It’s a nondescript byway, but you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find inside: Wisconsin artisan cheese and wood-fired pizza.
I’ve written about this place before when I discovered basil pesto Gouda. Tonight, we enjoyed the pizza — my side had blue cheese, carmelized onions and walnuts (yes, it was delicious); my Beloved enjoyed haus-made sausage and green onions. The crust was thin and fresh tasting, and the cheese — blue and mozzarella — was distinctive. Do you add Parmesan to your ‘za? It comes freshly shredded here.
The cheese haus also features a “cave” of small craft beers from all over the country. Of course, six-packs are available but those who dine in can choose a single from literally dozens of labels.
Blink, and you’ll miss it. Unlike so many other exits along the interstate between Minneapolis and Chicago, there is not much besides the cheese haus and a gas station there. So I’m not kidding: Make a note to stop. You won’t be disappointed.