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Best Wisconsin Cheese Curds 2023

Let me clarify what this list is first and foremost.

  • This is a list of the top cheese curds I ATE in 2023 throughout the state of Wisconsin.

  • This is NOT a list of my top cheese curds overall. This list is specific to curds eaten in the year 2023.

When I posted my 2022 list I got a ton of backlash so I felt the need to add in a disclaimer. Here are my choices for the best Wisconsin cheese curds in 2023!

Say Cheese Curd Company - Milwaukee Area

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These bad boys come from a food truck that I chased around for MONTHS before finally succeeding. The cheese curds from Say Cheese Curd Company are crispy, melty, not too greasy, and delicious. My only gripe is that they did not come with any sauce. Plan to BYOR (bring your own ranch).

Paddys Pub - Fort Atkinson

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The cheese curds at Paddy's Irish Pub in Fort Atkinson surprised me in the best way. They are made with local Kraemer cheese and served with an absolutely remarkable dill aoili and homemade ranch. The batter to cheese ratio is perfection and the cheese pull is 10/10.

Tons of the items on their menu are sourced locally and we love that. Even more of a reason to pay them a visit!

Tumbled Rock Brewery - Baraboo

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Tumbled Rock Brewery in Baraboo is one of my favorite places to visit! They have a gigantic outdoor patio area with live entertainment and some of the best craft beer.

BUT this is about the cheese curds and thankfully they are also so tasty. They are served with a side of homemade ranch and pair nicely with a side of sunshine.

Artisan 179 - Pewaukee

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Let me start with a disclaimer that the cheese curds at Artisan 179 were the most expensive cheese curds I have ever purchased in my life, coming in at a whopping $18. Are they worth that? Honestly, probably not. I have had several better cheese curds for much cheaper, but these are still very good. They are served with a homemade ranch that will keep you wanting more.

Bixenberg Tavern - Germantown

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I have always said that townie bars have the best food and Bixenberg is a testament to that. Their cheese curds are SO tasty and they are served with a chipotle ranch which is always a perfect addition in my humble opinion.

While you're there, give one of their smashburgers a try. I'm not a huge burger gal but I would eat it on the reg if I could.

Heirloom MKE - Bay View - Milwaukee

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I am grateful that Heirloom's recipes only IMPROVED when they moved into their new space this year. Their cheese curds have been a favorite of mine for a long time and they easily earned their spot on this list. Served with a homemade tomato jam & jalapeno ranch.

Dairyland - Milwaukee

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This is another spot that I eat at regularly, so their cheese curds have been on my list multiple years in a row. And my goodness, do they deserve it. I did a segment with Barstool Sports in 2022 about cheese curds in Milwaukee and I brought them to Dairyland. THAT is love.

Watch the Barstool Sports segment here while you're at it.

1919 Kitchen and Tap - Green Bay

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The cheese curds at 1919 Kitchen and Tap in Green Bay are unique and fantastic. They are topped with parmesean cheese! Served with a Romesco sauce - I had never had Romesco sauce before but I really enjoyed it with the cheese curds!


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