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Restaurant Review: High Rock Cafe

Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money, and am not being compensated in any way for this post.  As always, the opinions are completely my own.  

The husband and I usually make it up to the Wisconsin Dells about once a year, and have been going for several years.  We have our restaurants that we like, and often stick with those.  We also often go during the Winter (hooray for indoor water parks!) so there are not as many options.  This time, since we went during the Summer, and were feeling a bit adventurous, we decided to try somewhere new.  I had heard of the the High Rock Cafe, but had kind of forgotten about it until it showed up on a couple of different “best of” lists on travel sites for the Wisconsin Dells.

On the front page of their website, High Rock Cafe describes itself as “a relaxed place to enjoy creative modern American cuisine” and when you look at the menu, that makes complete sense.  The menu has a wide variety of dishes, all of which are a little bit different than what you would find at a typical American style restaurant.

When we asked the concierge at our hotel about this restaurant (we were pretty sure we wanted to go, but curious about wait times since they don’t take reservations.) she said that we absolutely had to try the calamari appetizer.  So that we did.  (Betcha didn’t think I would eat calamari, did you! I mean it was deep fried…) The calamari is fried golden brown, topped with an orange sweet chili sauce, and served with fried rice noodles.  This is not something that we would normally have ordered, but I am so glad that we did because it was really tasty!  Some bites were more spicy than others, but in general it really wasn’t all that spicy.  It also was really filling, definitely a large sized appetizer for two people.

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The husband had a High Rockin’ Rootbeer which is vanilla vodka, Bailey’s, and Point Rootbeer.  He enjoyed it.  (They also have a drink on the menu called the Ron Burgundy which was hard to resist, but neither of us really enjoy scotch)

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For his dinner, the husband had the All American which is beef and bacon meatloaf studded with cheddar cheese and served with fresh sautéed vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes with demi glaze; smothered in our big kid mac and cheese.  He enjoyed that as well, but it was a ton of food! (especially after getting an appetizer.)

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For my entree, I had the Wisconsin Pride Pasta which is house red sauce, smothered with parmesan and mozzarella cheese, finished with fresh herbs.  I liked it, but it wasn’t my favorite dish ever.  There wasn’t enough cheese on it for me (I wouldn’t have used the word smothered) but the house made sauce was really flavorful.  It was also a lot of food, so large portions seems to be a common theme throughout their dishes.

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Oh, and I also couldn’t help but try some of the macaroni that was on the husband’s plate and it was tasty, too.  Not super rich but pretty cheesy

Overall the meal was really good, and the restaurant atmosphere was relaxed and fun, as expected.  Our concierge also gave us the tip to get there early so that we got a seat right away.  We got there around 5:30 and must have just beaten the rush because we did get a seat, but it was packed and there were people waiting by the time we left.

Taste: A, the meal was really tasty, fresh, and different.
Cost: A, it was a little bit on the expensive end, but not bad considering the quality and quantity of the food.

Would I go there again? I’m not sure.  There are other places in the area that we would still like to try, but it was a solid and unique meal, so we may go back there in the future.  Next time maybe we would skip the appetizer so we had more room for our meals, or just take that into consideration when ordering our entrees.

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