The Japanese Wisconsin town better known as Sheboygan

On our last trip to the U.P., Meg traced a finger down the map along I-43, which follows the western shore of Lake Michigan.

Shee-boy-GAN, she read.

I could see that our family’s obsession with anime (Japanese animation) had crept into her pronunciation of towns in Wisconsin.

ShahBOYgan, Sweetie, I corrected.

(It is okay that I laughed hysterically at her as she and her sister can always remind me about my Japanese rendition of “namesake,” or as I pronounced it once, nama-SAH-kay.)

But back to Sheboygan, or as the Native Americans called the area, Schwab-we-way-kum, which means “great noise underground” and possibly refers to the rushing sounds of the falls upstream.

I had heard some good things about the town, so on our way home after another trip to the U.P. to see our dear friends, we decided a detour was in order. Detours are the adventures between point A and B. And our definition of adventure is great food finds. With four exits off the interstate to choose from, I looked for the sign that said “historic.” This always proves to be the quaintest or quirkiest area of most towns.

After a couple of miles, we neared the lake, frozen at the shoreline…an icy world with steam rising from the warmer water into the 0 degree air.

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We drove up and down the main street and spied Field to Fork, a rustic cafe and grocery serving food made with natural ingredients from local farmers.

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There is nothing the gals and I like better than grass-fed meat on the end of a few sharp tines…or in this case between homemade buns and pita bread. “Meat” Meg’s delicious lamb burger.

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The menu is unique and varied, but we each ordered some type of ground meat in patty form. I had beef, and Mac tried the bison. Both rich and juicy. The service was excellent, although our waiter took a bit too much pleasure in explaining how much he loved the butt sandwich.

And I love sipping a hefty cup of fresh ground, fresh brewed coffee surrounded by paintings of voluptuous vegetables.

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Because it’s important to indulge while traveling, our two-stop progressive lunch ended at the nearby Victorian Chocolate Shoppe. If you are ever there, I hope they have the fresh raspberries dipped in dark chocolate. Chocolate is a perfect ending to lunch and the weekend away.

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Thanks for hitting the road with us.

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2 comments

  1. This is so cute – you are darling! I love the She – boy – gan visit!!!

    1. Oh, we laugh about this all the time. We come up with some doozies. It’s a blast traveling with these girls.

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