Foodie Destination

Foodie Destination: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant

Exterior Schmidt's Sausage Haus

I had no idea when we traveled to Columbus, Ohio, last fall to visit my sister-in-law that she lived in a food mecca. Food Network shows like “The Best of…” and Travel Channel shows like “Man v. Food” have all come to the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes to enjoy the food.

One of the many foodie destinations we tried on our long weekend trip was Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant. Located in the heart of Columbus’s German Village neighborhood, Schmidt’s has been serving up German cuisine like sausages and spaetzel since 1886. The restaurant is located on the end of a cobblestone street. Diners wait outside for their names to be called. Small shops like a delicious fudge store and eclectic jewelry stores are within a stone’s throw.

Schmidt’s is known for their handmade sausages, huge sandwiches and delightful desserts like the jumbo cream puff. I’m a hard sell when it comes to sausages so I was very excited to try theirs. The restaurant has a large menu but most people seem to opt for the “German Autobahn Buffet.”

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Taking to the skies

The food at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee has greatly improved in the past few years according to a report in The Business Journal of Milwaukee.

The airport has greatly expanded its food offerings in the past year and plans to expand more in the coming year, a reflection of growing traffic at Mitchell, longer wait times at airports since Sept. 11, 2001, and rising demand for quality food at airports nationwide.

In the last year and a half, the airport has added Nonna Bartolotta’s restaurant, Alterra Coffee Roasters, Chili’s Too, Quiznos sub shop, Famous Famiglia pizzeria and Johnny Rockets. French Meadow Bakery, a Minneapolis chain offering vegan and organic fare, opened this month, and a Usinger’s Deli is under construction.

Read more: Expanded menu: With traffic increasing, more restaurants planned for airport – The Business Journal of Milwaukee

Don’t get me wrong, Bartolotta’s is VERY Milwaukee. However, why isn’t there a Kopps custard stand at Mitchell? When I lived away from the midwest that was the first thing I wanted when I got off the plane. It’s like the first thing I wanted when I go to Boston is a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts. There are so many things that are so much more true Milwaukee, even true Wisconsin than Bartolottas. How about – O&H Danish. Their kringles are amazing. What a great idea – Alterra coffee and some kringle! How about fried cheese curds to showcase our dairy roots or taking some influence from our German heritage – something from Mader’s or Karl Ratzsch’s. Maybe a beer garden from Miller? There are so many other possibilities. This is a great food town…er, great food state. Let’s embrace our eclectic food heritage.