A new year means a new chance to try all the amazing food in the Stevens Point Area. Use our guide and explore 22 food and drinks that you should try in 2022! From Wisconsin staples like bloody marys and cheese curds to delicious vegan dishes, turn our list into your must-try guide for the year.Header photo from @wateman25
Mocha Turtle Cheesecake Crepe
Grab a tasty treat from Ruby Cafe this year with their mocha turtle cheesecake crepe. Filled with house-made cheesecake filling, topped with toasted pecans, caramel, and Ruby Roasters espresso mocha sauce, this is a bite you won't want to miss out on! Find more breakfast spots in the Stevens Point Area with our roundup of some of the best spots.
The New York
Think Main Grain Bakery is only for baked goods? Think again as in early 2022 they are expanding and offering sandwiches! Baked on fresh sourdough bread, The New York nourishes the inner east coaster in everyone. The sandwich is packed with smoked pastrami and Wisconsin white cheddar while being balanced by a roasted pepper tapenade and local crunchy greens.
White Chocolate Raspberry Fudge
Make sure to check out the newest ice cream parlor in the area this year, Heavens to Betsy. With more delicious flavors than one can count, don't miss out on their white chocolate raspberry fudge ice cream. Want more? Check out other tasty ice cream spots in the Stevens Point Area, with our roundup of all the best ones.
Soup du Jour
Warm up with a specialty bowl of soup from Wicked Willow, like their white lasagna soup pictured above. All their dishes are vegan, organic, and made with fresh ingredients. With different specialty soups rotating on their menu, ask your waiter what delicious soup they're offering that day - you won't be disappointed!
LEMON, RHUBARB, & ELDERFLOWER
Get a taste of local flavor from Siren Shrubs. With this drink, you'll taste flavors of fresh lemon juice, rhubarb Siren Shrub, and elderflower cordial. You can also choose whether to add ginger beer or keep it simple with sparkling water. You can find Siren Shrubs throughout the region at stores Central Rivers Farmshed, AGORA, Stevens Point Area Co-op, The Garden, or by ordering it at local restaurants like Father Fats and Guu's on Main. Don't feel like going out? Get the recipe to try it at home today.
Beer Battered Cod
Head to Guu's on Main for this Wisconsin staple. Enjoy their hand-dipped and beer-battered cod, hand-battered shrimp that are fried golden brown and served with a specialty sweet chili sauce or white wine, garlic, and butter sautéed shrimp. Get a taste of other great fish fry spots at Hilltop Pub & Grill, Jordan Bar, or Point After Pub & Grill.
Grab this roll from Tokyo Steak House. While they offer an extensive menu full of authentic Japanese cuisine, make sure to try their specialty sushi rolls - like the Neptune Roll. This delicious roll has shrimp tempura, crab meat, eel, avocado, tobiko, and tempura crunch wrapped with soybean. Don't miss out on other great sushi spots like Matsu Ya or Samoeun's Happy Wok.
With a variety of on-tap drinks available - from non-alcoholic beers to IPAs - District 1 Brewing is always serving up great sips. Check out their latest addition to the Congruence series with Congruence III - a west coast style IPA. Bursting with tropical fruit and citrus flavors, this is definitely a can't miss sip. Looking for more? Read up on our top three picks.
Looking for a new drink to try this year? Grab inspiration from Diversi-Tea and try one of their specialty matcha refreshments. Not only is the drink appealing to the eyes, but it will be sure to excite your tastebuds. Find other great drinks in the area with our guide to coffee as well as brunch drinks.
Chicken & Waffles
Brunch, please! With a delicious ever-changing menu, Father Fats delivers great tastes with their brunch special, chicken, and waffles. Topped with bacon, caramelized onions, and maple syrup it is a can't miss brunch specialty! Take brunch a step further with the top 3 brunch drinks and our roundup of the best brunch spots.
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout
Visit the barrel aging giant, Central Waters, and grab a Satin Solitude Imperial Stout in their taproom or on the patio (when the weather allows). Best enjoyed by a crackling fire during the cold winter season, the creamy stout has a mix of specialty malts from caramel and chocolate to roasted barley. Want more? Take a look at our top three picks.
Get a taste of international flavors from Mama Mai's Noodles and their delicious Pho. The dish is filled with rice noodles, brisket, beef meatballs, rare slices of beef, and a special pho broth. With a vast menu of Southeast Asian cuisine, there is plenty of great food to try all year long. Find more international flavors with our full roundup of spots.
Make a stop at O'so Brewery this year at their newly renovated, expansive taproom in Plover. With a variety of beers on tap, you can't go wrong with anything you pick! Be on the lookout for their new release, Perfect Bite, which is made with local coffee from Mission Coffeehouse. Then, go in prepared by taking a look at our three to try for O'so.
Grab lunch from Fleming's Cafe - a traditional diner with a modern twist - this year with their cafe BLT. Topped with 12 strips of bacon (or griddled Spam) and all the other makings of a classic BLT, it is a bite you won't want to miss.
Wine Tasting Flight
With a variety of wines available at Sunset Point Winery, grab a wine tasting flight to get a taste of more than just one of the great flavors they offer. Try wines like their polka stomp made with grapes from Rock Ridge Vineyard or their fruity peach flare wine. Want more inspiration? Take a look at our guide for three to try.
Carne Asada Street Tacos
Make a stop at the Mexican grill, El Molcajete, and order up an order of carne asada street tacos topped with fresh onions, cilantro, lime, and more! They additionally have an expansive menu offering a range of Mexican cuisine. Itching for more? Take a look at our top spots for tasty tacos in the Stevens Point Area.
Can't get enough baked goods? Don't miss out on the Village Hive's delectable cinnamon rolls. Baked fresh and ready to go, the smell alone will leave you wanting more. Find other great treats there as well like tarts, pies, fresh bread, and more. Craving more? Take a peek at our guide to 9 places for your sweets fix.
As a Wisconsin classic, of course a bloody mary made our list. With a handful of great spots to find a bloody mary in the area, make sure you take a trip over to Rusty's Backwater Saloon for their take on the classic drink. With added heat, the drink also consists of extra toppings including cheese whips, pickles, and a beef stick. Find other spots with our Three to Try: Bloody Mary Edition.
With a variety of great appetizer options, the dressed truffle fries at Mikey's are a can't miss. With French onion aioli, shaved parmesan cheese, and scallions topping the fries, just the thought leaves the mouthwatering. Can't get enough apps? Get started with our roundup of the best appetizer spots in the Stevens Point Area.
Violet Basil Pizza
Serving up real Italian cuisine, the Violet Basil has Neapolitan pizza that you don't want to miss out on this year. With specialty pizzas rotating on their menu, try unexpected flavors like their wagyu striploin portabella pizza or their four-cheese garlic Italiano fries.
Creamy Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup
Pair Zest Bakery and Coffeehouse's warm ambiance with a warm bowl of soup this year. Try their creamy mushroom and wild rice soup - which is also vegetarian - or try other great options like butter chicken or chicken coconut curry (all pictured above). With new soups being added to their menu, you can't go wrong.
Looking for even more to put on your must-try foodie bucket list? Check out our A to Z guide for 26 things to try in the area or find more great foodie spots from top appetizers to tasty tacos. Then, while you're out enjoying, be sure to tag us @StevensPointArea on Instagram and #StevensPointArea!