Whether you're looking for small bites, a jump-start to your meal, or something to share with your friends, appetizers are the way to go! Read ahead for the Stevens Point Area's top appetizers, in no particular order, then head out to find your new favorite! Start with something entirely new, or try a twist on a classic with these picks.
For a traditional supper club feel, don't miss out on Two Lakes! This seasonal favorite in Almond (open April - October) has a variety of delicious dishes worth trying. While they are known for their drunken chicken, don't skip the starters. Snack on their Antipasto, complete with shrimp, salami, ham, olives, vegetables, beets, cherry peppers, fruit, cheese, and dip. Another must-try shareable is their Smoked Salmon Plate!
Located inside the Cobblestone Hotel in Downtown Stevens Point, Wissota Chophouse offers a variety of steaks, shareables, spirits, and more. For a lighter bite to eat, check out their shareables menu, where you can get adventurous with Sauteed Calamari paired with butter, garlic, cracked pepper, lemon, parmesan, and red pepper flakes.
As the longest-established restaurant in Stevens Point, the long-loved diner Cozy Kitchen offers all-day breakfast, homemade soups and pies, and exciting daily specials. Stop in for a quick bite with their Cottage Cheese Pierogis, then try their soup of the day or crock of chili "with all the fixin's"!
Located in SentryWorld, PJ's seasonal menus, local ingredients, craft drinks, and gorgeous decor keeps locals and visitors coming back for more. Pair your favorite drink with the Bavarian Pretzel Fondue, with swiss, fontina cheese, and blue cheese completed with chipotle and whole-grain mustard dipping sauces. For more savory flavors, be sure to try one - or all - flavors of their Dynamite Tots!
Head to Downtown Stevens Point for this hometown favorite, Guu's! Enjoy one of their specialty cocktails (we love their mules!) or 40 beers on tap, then satisfy your food cravings with the Rueben Egg Rolls. This delicious dish is complete with corned beef, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut in a hand-rolled egg roll served with 1000 Island dressing.
The hidden gem, Mama Mai's Noodles in Stevens Point, offers authentic Southeast Asian foods, including Pho, Pad Thai, bubble tea, and more! Begin your meal with their homemade Hmong Eggrolls stuffed with cabbage, carrots, green onions, and noodles, which are then deep-fried and finished with your choice of sweet and sour sauce or homemade peanut sauce. For more options, try their Springrolls or Crab Rangoons!
Ambrosia Pub and Grill
Tucked in downtown Amherst, you'll find this casual spot. Ambrosia's American-style comfort food comes straight from a family cookbook and is sure to keep you and your family satisfied. Our top pick? Start your meal off with their Mac and Cheese Wedges, paired with the best Bloody Mary in Amherst!
For a fine-dining experience like no other, check out Muse! Located in the Sentry Building, Muse offers seasonal menus packed with flavor made with local ingredients. On their fall/winter menu, start off with their Cranberry Burrata, complete with cranberry coulis, fresh basil, Tapped maple syrup, and pistachio. If you're looking for more savory flavors, check out the Shrimp Fritters. Be sure to pair your appetizer with one of their delicious craft cocktails!
Tucked in Rosholt, Flume Creek offers homestyle meals that are sure to satisfy a hungry stomach. If you're looking for a quick bite, try their Beer-Battered Mushrooms paired with Ranch.
Matsu Ya in Stevens Point is the perfect place for delicious handmade sushi rolls, hibachi, tempura, udon, and much more! Start off your meal with Goyza - pork dumplings that are deep-fried, pan-fried, or steamed. For a unique appetizer, try the Squid Tempura App - battered squid deep-fried until crispy.
For extensive beers on tap and bar food with a gourmet twist, head out to Mikey's in Plover! Many dishes are cooked with local beers and spirits, such as the Great Northern Maple Pork Chop. Begin your meal with the Smoked Whitefish Dip, with capers, toasted chives, and cracked pepper, & O'so Big 2.0 Ale and served with a crostini. If you're still hungry, try the Dressed Truffle Fries or Charcuterie Board.
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Pictured as the header photo is the Bavarian Soft Pretzel from Wissota Chophouse.