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After a day of strolling through local art galleries or engaging in adventure-packed activities on Portage County trails, grab a bite to eat. These restaurants pack a flavorful punch while incorporating unique, local flavors!

#1 – Arbuckles Eatery & Pub

This family-owned and operated pub and grill is known for its famous Italian fries and the Marathon of Beers. Featuring nearly 30 Wisconsin brews, the Marathon of Beers is a crafty way to sample the best brews that Wisconsin has to offer. Located in a historic building in downtown Stevens Point, Arbuckles Eatery & Pub is an appropriate food stop to quench your thirst while fulfilling your pub-food cravings. While in the area, don’t forget to check out the historic murals peppered throughout the downtown district.

#2 – Grazies Italian Grill

Looking for authentic Italian flavor without breaking the bank? Grazies Italian Grill is an affordable way to eat fresh, made-from-scratch Italian-inspired dishes. While there, don’t forget to try their signature dipping oil alongside a savory pasta dish. Or indulge in a fresh-from-scratch pizza with dough made with honey and beer.

#3 – Hilltop Pub & Grill

Enjoy a casual atmosphere mixed with good food, spirits, and Wisconsin beer. Walk through a historic beer vat from the Stevens Point Brewery to enjoy local favorites. Try a char-grilled burger with a bottle of Point Root Beer. Or order Hilltop’s famous Wisconsin fish fry and pair it with a regional brew on tap. Looking for a place to stay overnight after a day of appreciating the arts in Portage County? Hilltop Pub & Grill is within walking distance of multiple lodging options.

#4 – PJ’s Restaurant

PJ’s Restaurant in SentryWorld offers an inviting, comfortable place to gather while enjoying delicious dishes. PJ’s menu features the best of Wisconsin comfort foods (think mac-n-cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, warm apple pie, and more) but adds a unique twist to popular classics. Pair your dish with an Old Fashioned or local brew on tap for the ultimate foodie experience.

#5 – Rusty’s Backwater Saloon

Nestled on the banks of the scenic Wisconsin River, Rusty’s Backwater Saloon is known for perfecting the art of a tasty bloody mary. They feature classic Wisconsin bar food in a relaxed atmosphere, which makes customers feel right at home. During the warmer months, Rusty’s also offers canoe and pontoon boat rentals.

--Megan Larsen