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Supper Clubs – Smoky’s Club


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I have lived in Madison for 33 years, Al about 23, and we had never been to Smoky’s Club before.  We figured it was about time!  For those who don’t know, this is a supper club, only open for dinner.  Wisconsin is famous for them all over the state, and we hope to spend more time exploring them. Find a supper club in your area here.

Smoky’s opened back in 1953 before there were many businesses on University Avenue. I hope they are there for their 100th anniversary in 2053. My Grandparents Norman and Barb Braton brought many people here during the 60’s-80’s. Leonard and Janet Schmock are the current owners and are grooming the next generation to continue the great service here.

When you enter, you forget it is 2017. It is the 60’s again and big band music plays softly in the background. No bright lights here, subdued lighting and a tension-free background leads to a relaxing dinner here.

Yes, that lamp above is a puffer fish.

We ate in the back dining room, inside was a picture of John F. Kennedy and candlelit tables with cloth napkins. The long table was soon filled with Badger football fans enjoying dinner after the game.

Our meal began with relishes, veggie while we wait for the meal.

And dinner itself! We ordered the sirloin steak with hash browns, another item Smoky’s is famous for. The steaks come a 500°F heated metal platter, you are warned not to touch it by your server. You also get a bread basket with your meal.

Dinner was delicious and we had no leftovers. Enjoy some pictures of the bar area, many twinkly lights and neat decor.

Get out of the water, SHARK!

We really enjoyed our dinner here and the relaxing ambiance. We recommend coming here for a great dinner, especially steak, as they are famous for them. Don’t pass up the hash browns either, Smoky’s is also famous for them as well.

 

Cross Plains – Famous for Friendliness


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Cross Plains Sign

 

Cross Plains is a community of 3500 in Dane County, incorporated in 1920. It is also known as the “Gateway to the Driftless Area” of Wisconsin. It was named by one of the early settlers named Berry Haney.  He was from Cross Plains, Tennessee and named the community after his hometown. On the east edge of town is a marker honoring Haney and his business, Haney Tavern.

Haney's Tavern Marker in Cross Plains

We began our tour with breakfast at the Cross Plains Family Restaurant.  Friendliness and good food is the cornerstone of this great restaurant, open in June 2014.  Stop by for a great meal if you are visiting the area! The restaurant is in Glacier’s Edge Square Shopping Center on the eastern edge of town. Piggly Wiggly is the anchor business here.

 

Cross Plains Family Restaurant

 

Glacier's Edge Shopping Center

After breakfast we took a look at the Cross Plains Historical Society Museum building, the former St. Martin church. We will have to come back when it is open. It is just behind the shopping center.

Cross Plains Historical SocietyCross Plains Historical Museum hours

 We continue down Main St. and see many thriving businesses and historic buildings. On our left is the Crossroads Coffee House, waking up Cross Plains since 2007.

Cross Plains Downtown

Kurt’s on Main bar and volleyball in the summer. Also True Value.

Kurt's in Cross Plains

Just off of Main is the American Legion -Post 245  and a Veteran’s Memorial. I went to a wedding reception there in 1998.

Cross Plains American Legion and Vets Memorial

 

Back on Main is one of the oldest buildings in the town, a former general store called the Plain Good building.

The Plain Good Building in Cross Plains

 

Plain Good Building plaque in Cross Plains

 

Another historic building across from the Plain Good building. We do not yet know of its history.

Historic building in Cross Plains

 Further down the street is Jodie’s Bar and Grill.

Jodie's Bar and Grill in Cross Plains

 Get your dog groomed at Salon Fido.

Salon Fido in Cross Plains

 Enjoy some bowling at Main Street Lanes.

Main Street Lanes

 Behind Main St. flows the Black Earth Creek with a bridge going across and a recreational path.

Black Earth Creek and bridge in Cross Plains

And here is one of the town’s favorite places to eat, Coach’s Club.  We will eat there the next time we visit.

Coach's Club in Cross Plains

Now we reach the end of Main St. before leaving town.  Before we do, there are some other places to see first.

Main Street end in Cross Plains

 We saw a couple other historic buildings. We don’t know the history of this one yet.

Cross Plains historic house

 

The Old Stone Dental Building is quite beautiful. It was constructed in 1849 by Peter Hill. It has been many things over time, but became a dental office by 2002.

Old Stone Dental Building in Cross Plains

 Visit the Cross Plains Brewery also.  A proud history going back to  1852. Read this recent article about the brewer. Get Esser’s Best beer here.

Cross Plains Brewery

When the Historical Society Museum isn’t open, you can learn more about Cross Plains at the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library.  It also holds the distinction of being the first “green” library in Wisconsin. They always have something going on there, check their website for the latest events!

Rosemary Garfoot Library collage in Cross Plains

Cross Plains also has a supper club called The Hilltop at 4173 County Rd. P. They have been there over 40 years! A great place to celebrate a special event or Wednesday AND Friday Fish Fry! They came under new ownership in January of 2016, Steve and Vanessa took over from Jerry and Mary Thompson to keep this Cross Plains institution open. They opened and owned the restaurant in 1976, 40 years. The new owners changed the name from The Hilltop Inn to just The Hilltop because the original name made people think they also offered lodging which they do not. They look forward to serving you beginning March 16, 2016. They are a supper club, open 4-9 PM.

The Hilltop Inn in Cross Plains

 We had a great visit to Cross Plains and hope to make it to one of their many festivals this year.