On The Sausage Trail: Middleton, WI

Summer Sausagefest Travel – Middleton, Wisconsin – August, 2010

Some folks go to Mecca, others visit Rome or Jerusalem, and pagans go to Vegas. If you are even a somewhat serious sausage fan you need to visit this nice town a few miles west of Madison, Wisconsin. Why?

The National Mustard Museum is in downtown Middleton. While not every sausage requires mustard its one of the great natural combos – mustard on brats, mustard on hot dogs, mustard on polish sausage, etc.

The Museum has over 5000 mustards (probably more every day) and enough distractions to keep you entertained for thirty minutes or a couple hours.

The good news about going to Middleton is there a few more reasons to go here besides the museum.

For dinner you want to change paces from the mustard realm. Wander a few steps over to Louisianne’s Etc. It’s a very solid restaurant doing great New Orleans style food. I didn’t see any sausage items on the menu but the Maple Cured Duck was very good and their wine list was well above average, with more reds to select from than whites.

For a different dining spot, you should also check out the Hubbard Avenue Diner. The diner is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food is classic American solid.

If you’re in the area during good weather months and you are a golfer, you should not miss the Pleasant View Golf Course. It really does have beautiful views.

Once you’re done with golf head directly to Capital Brewery. This is a serious brewery and any beer fan should make time in their schedule if they are anywhere near Madison. Capital Brewery products are readily available in the Madison area, if you can’t get to Middleton – which would be your loss.