Drink, Dine, and Dance with SCOOP          
Drink, Dine, & Dance with Scoop! If you camp or visit in Southern Wisconsin, here's your handy guide to fun stuff, including restaurants, bars, music, golf, antiques, even some culture (but only if it's fun!). There are also links to bands & DJs (just in case you need to throw a deck party) and some General Info... 

    Note: Want to be listed? Email me : scoop@scoopjackson.net. For now, all colorful ads are free, but I still want that Hi-Def flat screen, so if this takes off, I'll send you a bill! Here are the categories...enjoy! And don't forget my favorite recipes that friends have sent...check them out and you might just want to drink & dine over your campfire. For more fun stuff, go to my Info & Links. And by all means, let me know of your own favorite recipe or fun places to go!

     Handy Reference Guide     Rating System     Scoop's Favorite Recipes       

Bars Bands & DJs Campgrounds (click Info & Links here)
Culture Golf Antiques, Crafts, Consignments Etc.
Restaurants RV Stuff + decks, rooms etc Wine, Plants, & more (huh?)
Family Fun Gambling Pizza, Dogs, Beef etc.
    Relaxation & Recovery: Day Spa, Hair, Nails, Massage etc.
Miscellaneous Boats (Buy, Rent, & more) Liquor Stores

        Note: "Miscellaneous" includes Auto Repair, Small Engine Repair, Painting/Staining, Real Estate, RV Insurance, Canvas & Covers, Hardware Stores, Pain (Dentists and Chiropractors etc., also see "Relaxation & Recovery"), and Pets.

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 Live Music/DJ                 Burgers Etc.                Pizza Etc.                Fine Dining                     Alcohol                

          

      Special Food           Boats, Rentals/Stuff      Free Ride if loaded (ask your bartender!)                                                    

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Scoop & Mrs. Scoop Recommend: # of little Scoopheads = Fun & Value Level!  Note: lack of Scoopheads may just mean I haven't been in there lately...why not check it out for yourself? And please email me a Review...I will gladly post it as a temporary rating.

scoop@scoopjackson.net

Our present esteemed Board of Reviewers:

John Van Horn (JVH)   Uncle Hank (H)  Steve Gorniack (Gorno)

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Bars

    Anchor Inn  (Hwy 59 N. of Milton, north bank of Rock River), Newville  608.884.7565

                      Right on the Rock River, BOAT RENTALS; Mrs. Scoop's 2nd favorite place for burgers; music (outside--weather permitting; kids' play area. Mrs. Scoop says: BEST chicken strips!  www.anchorfun.com

        

    Countryside Inn  1801 E. State Rd (Hwy 59), Milton 608.868.7833

                        Live music/DJ every weekend & more; Sunday buffet, dinner specials. Pool table, darts, Sunday raffles, outdoor fun. Pool table, darts. Banquet room.  Need a review!                   

    The Cove  319 Parkview Dr., Milton  608.868.7843   

                            Pool table, darts. Need review!

        Fins (Hwy 59 N. of Milton, south bank of Rock River)  608.884.0346

                          Right on the Rock River; BOAT RENTALS; music outside weather permitting; some really great fun food--home-made pizzas, crabcakes, specialty salads, paninis. Entertainment is great too: Dueling Pianos, R&R, Blues. One of our favorite bands--The Blue Olives--usually plays here every summer Sunday. Hey--it's right by I-90, so stop by on the way home!   www.finsbarandgrill.com

 

      Gophers at The Caddy Shack Hwy 26 north end of Milton, before Oak Ridge Golf Course 608.868.3210

          I'll add more Scoopheads the more I drink & dine here, I do believe! It's at the driving range, hence the 'golf' logo. There's a nice new outdoor patio, and the place has a nice comfy feel, perfect for a beer and food after a game or before/after a bucket of balls. We had the Friday Night Fish at 2 pm and it was darn good, altho I would have liked one more piece, but maybe that's because Mrs. Scoop and I split it. We also had the Italian nachos--the chips are are like crunchy lasagna--and I could have used two more slices of pepperoni, but I used the 1/2 price coupon so I got a great deal and should quit whining. Next, I'm trying the wings! Pizzas, burgers, appetizers, 'SandWedges', wraps, lots more. Get their deal-coupon at www.caddyshackmilton.com , or just ask (if you can't print it off). And make sure you do--there are lots of good deals there. "The only place it's OK to drink and drive!"

 

      Hammy's Roadside Bar 2131 Center Ave. Janesville 608.754.9906 need a review!

    Junction Pub  130 Merchant Row, Milton  608.868.3596     

                          Comfortable, classy; lunch & dinner specials; occasional live music; You can even bring Mom or your boss here! This is where we usually hang out. Check local ads or call for music. Pool table, darts, banquet room, lots of TVs! Always a good time...Mrs. Scoop's #1 place for burgers!

          Klub Bub    46 Merchant Row, Milton    608.868.4111    

                            Pool table, darts. Need review!

        Lakeview Campground  1901 E. Hwy 59, Milton  608.868.7899   Bar open to public--I haven't been there yet; we need a Review!

 

        O'Reilly & Conroy's Irish Pub (downtown Janesville--see "Restaurants").  Go there!

    The Owl's Club (Hwy 26 & Cty N 3 miles North out of Milton) 608.868.3413  

                         Good stop after golf--easily accessible to/from Blackhawk, Lakeland, Lakeview, Hidden Valley etc. Like a lot of bars, free munchies Sunday AM. Good friendly people, good bands. Food & Drink Specials, private room available.

 

      Red Zone Pub  403 W. High St., Milton   need a review!

     Russ's Park Place  1637 E. Racine St., Janesville    608.754.5600   

                                Sunday munchies, pool table. Cool place!

      Scoreboard Bar & Grill  100 Merchant Row, Milton  608.868.7870          

                               Pool table, darts. Need review!

        Snuffy's Still  3538 Cty. Rd. N (Hwys 59 & N) Milton  608.868.7884      I don't get out here much, but it's right close by for you! Pool table, darts, Karaoke often, outdoor patio. Hi Matt & Connie! www.snuffysstill.com

 

        Stoke's Pub  1633 E. Racine Janesville 608.754.1998  need a review!

 

       Tremors  1802 Center Ave., Janesville 608.758.9911  need a review!

        Wiggy's Saloon 9 N. Parker Dr., Janesville      Reviewed by JVH: Clean bar, friendly staff. Awesome food--Katie's Roast Beef is the best! Sunday morning raffles (proceeds to charity, school functions, etc. Euchre Tournaments  every Thursday afternoon, Darts, no pool table. Hi Katie & Wiggy!

    More Reviews coming soon!

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    Restaurants

    Note: Lack of Scoopheads may just mean we haven't been there lately--check it out yourself! Also, all bars & restaurants in WI are now non-smoking, but most have a caged-in area.

    Buckhorn Supper Club  11802 N. Charley Bluff Rd., (Milton)  608.868.2653

                        Right on Lake Koshkonong--dine outside when it's warm! Most-excellent steaks & seafood--Mrs. Scoop occasionally gets the deep-fried whole catfish so we can bring the evil-looking skeleton home and scare kids with it! Great atmosphere! $$$$ Open Thurs-Sun for now--please call ahead. www.thebuckhorn.net

     The Butterfly Club  5246 E. County Rd X  Beloit WI   608.362.8577

                 We've been here before and had a great time. (It's not as far as you think--Google or Quest for a map--and the quickest way is on I-90, then I-43, then some sneaky back roads. As of 01/10, beware of construction at a tricky turn. But I'm sure it'll be just dandy by the time you decide to go there). It is a cool place, with a subdued yet funky atmosphere, and a combo or trio in the bar Fridays and Saturdays. We never sat on the outside deck, but certainly liked looking out, so try that this summer. The food and service were excellent. Mrs. Scoop and I did have a bad dining experience a year ago, but now I'm thinking this was just one of those infrequent times when every one and every place gets when overwhelmed by late guests. All was forgiven and redeemed by the excellent time and food and service we had, so if you read my past review, ignore it. I had escargot and butterfly shrimp and prime rib and all was perfect. So...go there and enjoy! 

     Cozy Inn Chinese & American 214 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville 608.754.9826    $$ It's a steep flight of stairs, but it's worth it: The food is always perfect and it's an intimate setting. It's right next to Conroy & O'Reilly's Irish Pub (same building), so you got two good choices here! (See the Pub for directions).

    The Duck Inn  Hwy 89 and A  (Delavan)  608.883.6988 

                        Review by H: $$$$ Uncle Hank says: Best duck (any preparation) by far compared to any big-city restaurants. The steaks are outstanding. Ribs very good. Seafood is fresh and excellent. Service is good and the bar is a great place for an aperitif before dinner. The bar area has nice seating in booths--2 to 5 people--compared to the main dining room which is chalet style and less intimate. Reservations a must, lunch or dinner. We never had a bad experience or meal.  www.duckinndelavan.com

       El Jardin  2533 Center Ave. Janesville 608.741.8917 $$  This is our place for authentic Mexican atmosphere and cuisine. From Milton or Newville etc., just get on I-90 E towards Beloit and get off on exit 177 (Blackhawk Tech). Turn R (N) and turn right at the 2nd stoplight (Hwy 51). Go about 4 blocks; it's on your right (S). I'm sure there is a better way to get there if you're in Janesville, but this works for us. We love this place! If you can, get 'Ray', and tell him that's not his real name--you'll understand later. I get the chorizo tacos; Mrs. Scoop gets the chicken enchiladas mole poblano (gee-did I mess that spelling up?) Colorful, fun, Mariachi singers some nights (call ahead), and great service. We usually take some Super Burritos home for later on.

      Emigail's Roadhouse  650 E. State Rd. (Hwy 59), Newville (Edgerton) 608.868.7922

                           See that new logo--that's for Cajun & Tex-Mex! This is a relatively small place, as befits a comfy Roadhouse. We go here for gumbo, fish tacos, red beans & rice, and especially the deep-fried lobster!  $$  Emigail's Roadhouse (web direct courtesy of Janesville Gazette Extra, an excellent source for news, weather, dining & fun, and more!  www.gazetteextra.com ).

        Georgio's see 'Pizzas etc'

        Fins see 'Bars'

        Gophers at The Caddy Shack  see 'Bars'

        Liberty Station  231 Front St., Milton  608.868.2873    We haven't been here for a while, so we'll check in soon and let you know--we've heard the food and atmosphere is dandy! Outdoor dining in-season, and the kids will like it because of the railroad motif and the RR car dining area. Milton's only non-smoking bar & restaurant. $$$?--let me know!

         Luke's Supper Club aka Sweney's    118 Merchant Row, Milton    608.868.2022 

                      This is where we go to eat 75% of the time! It's a fun place with great food for any appetite, and you can get things just the way you want them. Chef Kevin does my blackened-cajuned Prime Rib just right, and Mrs. Scoop always insists on the large walleye platter. Owner Jeff Sweney and the other excellent bartenders make mean martinis and Margaritas. It's a casual and comfortable place--dress up or down. Banquet room downstairs available and a pretty good place for a fun party! $$$

       Metropolitan Restaurant  12 S. Main St., Janesville  608.314.8544                 

        Reviewed by H:  $$$ Great martini bar and euro style store front restaurant with great atmosphere. All entrees we had were excellent (pasta, seafood, etc.). The wait staff could have been better. Knew little about their wine selection or pronunciation of some of the specials. Entertainment provided during dinner. Overall, we would return. www.janesvillemetropolitan.com

      Milton Family Restaurant    541 Vernal Ave., Milton    608.868.4611

                      $       This is where we eat breakfast 75% of the time! Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Specials. Friendly atmosphere and good food! And for some fun, ask owner Abib if he's watched SpongeBob SquarePants today! Great Friday Night Fish Fry...dine in or take out. Non-smoking.

        O'Riley's & Conway's Irish Pub   214 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville 608.554.4549   $$              Mrs. Scoop and I love this place, and not only for the 30 beers on tap and the 60 Scotches & whiskeys! Yes, certainly for that, but also the Irish egg rolls and Irish nachos and the burgers, and Uncle Hank took the family there for breakfast and they loved that too. The decor is way-cool--a flashback--and it's next door to The Cozy Inn in case someone in your party is a whiner and wants Chinese. Just take 26 all the way down and start looking on your right (as you go west).

        Peking Chinese Restaurant 2632 Milton Ave., Janesville 608.752.9177 $$ One of our favorite Chinese Restaurants! They are proud to be the first to serve Szechuan & Mandarin cuisine; we are happy to eat there and also take-out. I usually get the Sampler Platter; Mrs. Scoop gets the Triple Happiness. It's on the east side of Hwy 26, next to Siker's Furniture; if you hit Burger King, just come on back. Lunch til 2pm, then closed until dinner at 4pm

 

        (Deb's) Squeeze Inn  Milton 100 Front Street 608.868.4949 (1 street West of Kwik Trip)

               $ The Squeeze Inn has been bounced around due to construction etc., but it's back in Milton, and I am happy. It opens early, so let the wife sleep and come here with the kids or your own self. Prices are good and portions excellent. Have the blue gills and eggs for breakfast! Me, I get a slice of ham and biscuits and gravy and get the day started right. They close early in the afternoon during the week, so don't sleep late.

        Stagecoach Inn (take Hwy 26 North towards Fort Atkinson) 608.868.3850     

                                      $$$ Small intimate steak & seafood joint. The jukebox is gone but the nostalgic background music at the funky bar is nice, and the pink appetizer remains on the tabletop relish tray (you'll see what I mean). I usually get the prime rib Special and for Mrs. Scoop it's the fried walleye, and both are fantastic. Sean, you're a great host, a scholar, and a gentleman...here's thanking you in advance for picking my name in the dinner drawing. This is one of the top places for excellent food in a casual atmosphere.

       

 Velvet Lips Lounge Bar & Grill (Hwy 26 N) 10 South Water St. W., Fort Atkinson        920.563.5477   Reviewed by Gorno $$$$      Gorno says: "The Velvet Lips (what a name!) is downtown, right on the Rock River. Very old brick building, lots of exposed brick and beams inside, very well-decorated. The first thing you notice walking in is the gorgeous pool room--two tables, lots of room, perfect lighting, and a plasma screen on the wall. My kinda' joint. Next is the bar area with all the usual suspects. Beyond that is the almost-formal dining room, and passing through led us outside to the river's edge and a secured barge on the river for cocktails and lighter foods. Great views of the river because you are ON IT! I ordered my usual Stoli on the rocks, but our waiter apologized for only having Peach Stoli, so on his suggestion I had Grey Goose for Stoli pricing, a VERY fair deal for me, eh? After cocktails we returned to the dining room, told our server we wanted a nice slow meal, and ordered up. The bread was warm, the salads were great, and the entrees were all fantastic. I had the Cowboy Steak with loaded mashed potatoes. It tasted like a filet. Kathy had the Potato-Crusted Walleye, and she loved it. All-in-all, a great dining experience, and Gorno-Recommended!" Scoop says: Mrs. Scoop went there and loved it. I want to go! Check it out at   www.velvetlipslounge.com

 

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    Liquor Stores

    The Beverage Mart  136 Merchant Row, Milton 608.868.9491 Great prices, great selection. What I think is especially-great is that Sue & Ron will go out of their way to get you what you want, like certain wine coolers for Mrs. Scoop and a case of Pacifico for Scoop Jr. Lots of wines, mixes, Bloody Mary stuff, you name it!

 

    RV Stuff and more 

            RV

                RV Doctor   Milton WI Over 30 years experience, workmanship guaranteed, fully insured, RVDA-RVIA Certified Technicians, State certified & licensed. As far as I'm concerned, Fred and Tom Miller (father and son) are the best you can get, and I have worked with both of them and seen the excellent results. Their work includes RVs , rooms, decks, house repairs and remodeling and anything else you can think of. Highly recommended!  Tom's cell: 608.774.0747   email: rvdoctor@centurytel.net   

                Lakeland RV  2801 E. Hwy 59, Milton  608.868.4701               

             Sunray RV  608.884.3406  Rick can also do anything; Mobile Service anywhere within reason. Highly recommended.

            Boats 

             Harbor Recreation Newville (just go N on 59; if you reach the N side of Rock River, you've gone too far. You'll see it).  608.884.6007 www.harborrec.com

            Rock River Marina 520 E. Richardson Spr. Rd., Edgerton 608.884.9415      www.rockrivermarina.com

        NOTE: Check Fins and Anchor Inn for rentals!

               

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    Golf          

Hey! Go to www.golflink.com to get info on most Wisconsin golf courses!

           I must make you aware here that I play by my 3 strict rules of golf: I drink, I drive, I gamble. That means a cart, tasty beverages to go, and Bingo-Bango-Bongo. That also means I am a terrible golfer, but that I occasionally win some money. Note to IRS: my losses far exceed my meager winnings, so there! With this proper perspective, I sincerely hope you also check out the courses I have not done well on. That would be most of them...

Note: new logo=balls lost on course on average. Logo =too many to count.

Rules for Bingo-Bango-Bongo...as we play them hereabouts

 

    Oak Ridge/Bonny Meade Links  1238 Bowers Lake Rd., Milton  608.868.4353 (Hwy 26 N. out of Milton).      Oak Ridge =    OK, remember I'm a terrible golfer! So for you, no balls will be lost. You will actually find many balls, mostly mine. This is a good course with some devious holes. The people on the 19th Hole are always fun to be with! This and Bonny Meade are great deals for $!  PS: Friday Special going on now--5 Fridays for 9 holes til Noon (cart not included).

                               Bonny Meade = You might do well here. I do not. Tall grass and scrubby stuff scares me. Try this and let me know--good golfers are proud of how they do here!  Great deal: $5 for 9 holes every day (not including cart).

        Caddy Shack Golf Center/Driving Range (Hwy 26 N out of Milton, just S of Oak Ridge Golf Course) 608.868.3210 Under new ownership but the old Mercury Grand Marquis is still out there on the range, the perfect target! I will be hitting a bucket of balls soon because Scoop Jr. got me a lesson here for my B-day (yes, '39' again) and I need it! The Caddy Shack driving range also now has 'Gophers' bar and grill--in fact, their slogan is: "The only place it's OK to drink and drive!"  (See 'Bars'). So I'm going to get my lesson, have some brews, and then hit another bucket of balls and see how my beer-relaxation theory works out. I will also have some food, and save money doing it, because if you sign up at wwwcaddyshackmilton.com you get some great deals on appetizers, buckets of balls, beers, and more (and if you can't print out the coupon sheet, just mention the deals and they'll give them to you). But remember: if you overstay the bar, just make sure your designated driver doesn't give you the shaft! Nice work, Danny & Tina!

        Other Golf Courses: Since I've vowed to golf Oak Ridge until I beat the course, which I never will, I humbly suggest you go to www.golfcourses.com/wi/milton . Great courses abound, so check them out. Then send me a review. I'll be right here at Oak Ridge, looking for that last water ball. 

    Rules for Bingo-Bango-Bongo: We call them 'cookies'--a little dot next to each person's score for that hole. Here's the scoring & rules, hereabouts: 1 cookie for 1st one on; 1 cookie for closest to the pin when all on; 1 cookie for 1st in. However, no more than two successive shots, and no cookie for a putt if you are within a club length of the pin. I suggest you pick a 'team' club for this if you are golfing with a really short person. If no putt within the club rule, it carries to the next hole--a 'double-putter'!. So you will see, a terrible golfer such as myself can make some dough, because while it may take me 3 to your 2 to get within chipping distance, I'm a little closer, and I don't care about my score. Some play for longest drive--that's up to you. As is what you declare ahead what each cookie is worth. At the bar, add 'em up and pay the highest cookie scorer the difference. Good luck, Cookie Monsters.

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    Culture       

        The Armory  10 S. High St., Janesville 866.995.7400 

                        The Play's the thing! We've been here to see 'Cabaret' and are going back for 'All Shook Up!'. $$$$ Dinner & Show; meal choices are fine, but I usually upgrade to the Plank Steak. You can also dine only or have an elegant cocktail. Plenty of free parking. Beautifully-restored historic building. NOTE: Dress up and hit the town! Fun Note: after the play, the actors gather in the bar to sing a few more.  www.janesvillearmory.com

            The Milton House  18 S. Janesville St., Milton 608.868.7772 History! Milton's claim to fame! Even I, Mr. Anti-Culture, was impressed. And one of the few Underground Railroad stops that was actually underground. www.miltonhouse.org

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    Pizza, Dogs, Beefs etc.

        FYI: Flatlander Warning! As a Flatlander transplant 25+ years ago, I was pleased to see an 'Uno's" Pizza opening up in Janesville. Mrs. Scoop and I eagerly arrived soon after it opened, and ordered the 'Chicago-Style' pizza. We were very disappointed. I called the Manager over to ask about the pizza, as our 'thin crust' was two inches deep in goozy cheese. He whispered an explanation: "We just pay for the name. You and I know people up here like a lot of cheese on their pizza." The joint folded after a month or so. Good riddance! In another instance, at another place, a Deli, I ordered a Chicago-style hot dog. The Vienna poster was right there. I got a split-open Oscar Mayer grilled on the inside with onions and--gasp!--ketchup. The 'hot peppers' were sliced jalapenos. Again, it quickly folded, and again, good riddance. So beware, aficionados!  What I list below are personally taste-tested. If it says 'Chicago', it is close enough. As for the pizzas, if it's listed, it's good.

      Doug's Deli Dog House  1026 N. Washington, Janesville  608.758.1613 

                          $, Call ahead for drive-thru. As close as you're going to get to Chicago stuff. Vienna hot dogs done right, good Italian Beef (except they keep trying to put cheese on it--tell them no!), Tom-Tom tamale boats, tons of munchies--check out the website for full menu. Simple Directions: going south on Hwy 26, follow the hospital signs; Washington is at the light by the Mercy Mall, turn right. www.delidoghouse.com

        Fins see 'Bars' above...

          Georgio's  301 Parkview Dr., Milton  608.868.4872  $$ Call for delivery areas; Restaurant. Great Italian food; I listed it here vs. Restaurants because we usually get delivery. We get the large deluxe thin crust every time ($$$).

        Varsity Lanes  450 S. John Paul Rd., Milton (next to Dave's Ace Hardware)608.868.6800

                    $ Delivery, call for areas. Bowling and Food! It's close by for us, and we like the pizza and gyros. Mrs. Scoop especially likes the Patty Melt. But only one Scoophead because they screwed up our order 3x in the past two months. We'll keep trying...

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       Bands & DJs  Need some fun music? Here's some of my favorites:

                    The Manberries www.themanberries.com Brian is a Cowboys fan, so you're gonna' get harassed if you come in with Packers or Bears stuff. But these guys are worth it--see them when you can! Often play at Anchor Inn and Junction Pub.

                    Rainbow Bridge  www.rainbowbridgeband.com  I've always liked this band; not cheap, but well worth the money, esp. for weddings & stuff. See them when you can!

                    Two Left Feet call Rich Addie 608.868.4317 for availability. This is a fun band!

                    WBMS DJs   Duh! I lost Steve's phone #, but just email me until I get it--asap!

Steve Weber & Co. do a fantastic job, and the price is right! A very good friend of ours used them for their wedding, and it was perfectly synchronized for the entrance and all that followed. But you don't have to get married to hear them--they play to the crowd whatever the occasion!

 

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        Miscellaneous  You never know when you'll need some help close by, and it's especially nice if it means you don't have to cut your fun short. And it just might be less expensive right here!

                    Auto Repair

                  The DeDenter Shop 933 W. High St., Milton  608.868.5454  Quick & excellent car & truck collision repairs and finishing, alignment & suspension--and Ted also paints golf carts! He saved Scoop Jr's butt last year when he got him back on the road right before New Year's Eve. Ted says: "My dad trained me with an Army saying: If it moves, shoot it; if it doesn't, paint it!"  email: dedenter933@hotmail.com  

                  H&J Auto Sales & Service  406 W. High St., Milton  608.868.6696 Everything you need to keep going: full service including engine, exhaust, tires, batteries, brakes, tune-ups, trans, oil change, you name it. This is where I go to keep The Scoopmobile running!

                       Jim's Tire & Auto (24 Hr. Towing) 520 W. Madison Ave., Milton  608.868.7837  Full-service repairs, tires, batteries, & everything else, plus that 24-hr. Towing!

                    Painting/Staining

                   John Van Horn Painting   Milton  608.868.3105 John & crew cleans, paints, stains, & seals decks ("We do a lot of deck refinishing," says John). Besides your deck, your room addition might need his expertise! John is who Mrs. Scoop & I call every time. One problem: I was not happy when he painted the buildings at a certain campground in Packers colors!

                    Real Estate

                   Cindy Wright 608.295.1004  So you like WI so much you're ready to live here? See Cindy--I have bought two homes and sold one through her, and she is the best! No stress, and she knows her stuff. And check out her Lakefront Condos and Rock River Leisure Estates properties. www.CindyWrightHomes.com

                    RV Insurance Disclaimer: I'm not an authority on this, so definitely check with your local agent. But be aware that many out-of-state agents aren't quite sure how to handle seasonal (permanent) RVs. So if a you're a bit confused, call one of these agencies.

                   American Family Insurance (Stephen E. Wright Agency) 12 Merchant Row, Milton  608.868.2844  www. amfam.com   This is where we go for all our local insurance needs. I don't own an RV, so call on your own, or search further down the list. But I have to say Mrs. Scoop and I get great service here...sometimes I even walk my dog here just to pay the bill! Steve and The Ladies will talk straight with you--no BS. PS: thank you, Ladies Of Insurance Knowledge!  

                      Rudy Gaddini Insurance 508 Campus St., Milton  608.868.4747  Rudy is a great guy--give him a call and find out. He talks straight.               

                        Schwartz & Shea Insurance 1607 Holiday Dr., Milton  608.754.3336       www.schwartzshea.com

                   Canvas, Covers, and Etc.

                   The Undercover Shop  305 E. Madison Ave, Milton  608.868.4089  Wayne can do anything for boat covers, car awnings, and anything else. Stop by his shop and see...

                    Hardware

                   Dave's Milton Ace Hardware  430 S. John Paul Rd., Milton 608.868.2843 (& Evansville--see website) When it's chore day, I'm in here five times minimum! They are the ultimate Helpful Hardware People.  www.davesace.com                

                Pain In case of emergency and you don't want to go home yet!

                        Hammer Chiropractic 840 Arthur Dr., Milton (just North of Piggly Wiggly) 608.868.4343 Appropriately named, Dr. Chris Hammer will get you fixed up! www.hammerchiropractic.com

                        Milton Dental Center, Jeanne M. Rowland DDS, 42 Merchant Row, Milton 608.868.4500 (next to Klub Bub, in case you need courage). Dr. Jeanne is excellent; ask her about her cat in the laundry.

                    Pets               

                   KenLyn Kennels, Edgerton (just N. of I-90 on Hwy 59--McDonald's). Exit 163, go N. a little bit to Hemenway Dr. 608.884.8355. You'll see it. Obey U is 1st, then the kennels.

                   Obey U 608.884.6025 (next to KenLyn Kennels). This is where we take Jack the wascally Weimaraner for 'day care', and he loves it! John (the human) is the best trainer!

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     Antiques, Crafts, Consignments etc.         

                     Goodrich Hall Antiques & Gifts 501 College St., Milton (1 street N of High St--Milton Public Library). 608.868.3651  Lots of individual shops and lots of stuff!    

                    Old Junction Mill 613 W. Madison Ave., Milton (next to Kwik Trip) This remodeled feed mill contains Red Rooster (country crafts & gifts) 608.868.5555, Books & Brew (books, author signings, specialty coffees, and frequent live entertainment), and Peddler's Loft (consignments). Get an ice cream or coffee and browse the building!        

                       Consignment Shack 4712 N. Cty Rd. Y (John Paul) Milton 608.373.0993 Good place to browse around for furniture and other stuff for the RV. Or--maybe take some stuff there!

                        The Corner Closet 251 Parkview Dr. Milton 608.868.3035 Lots of stuff here!

 

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              Ho Chunk Casino and Hotel just past WI Dells 800.746.2486                www.ho-chunk.com  It's bigger and better, and Mrs. Scoop & I like it! Yes, you can indeed win at this Casino! It's not Vegas, but it's as close as you'll get around here. They even have a kids' play-zone section, but if you must bring the rascals for the ride...geez almighty!...bring a friend who doesn't gamble and drop him/her & the kids off at that water park...it's right there. Anyway, lots of tables (some at $5 early on) and plenty of slots. The atmosphere is good and friendly. Free coffee and soda, a couple of bars with reasonable drink prices (actually, I forgot the prices because Mrs. Scoop and I had a relatively inexpensive good time sipping suds there while playing bar-top poker). The Copper Oak Restaurant was a surprising delight. Take no offense, Ho-Chunk, but people usually figure a casino restaurant not in Vegas is going to be a rip-off. So we were quite happy with both our prime rib dinners that each were the size of a kid's football (makes a great breakfast if you remember to put it in the fridge!) The Buffet was very good, with lots of choices, and the Wo-Zha-Wa Sports Bar & Grill the same. What made it especially pleasing was the 2-for-1 deals we got from the 'Bucky Book', a fund-raiser coupon book the kids sell for $35 (2008 prices) for their sports teams. (Sorry, didn't make it into the Sunrise Cafe...too busy gambling. I'm sure it's good also). We almost always stay over at the hotel, and we vigorously recommend the Honeymoon Suite (or whatever it's called). This comes with a fireplace, lounge area, full kitchen, and a Jacuzzi tub the size of a king-size bed, mirrors included. What a night! And even though the casino and hotel are operated separately (no comps at the tables for rooms, etc.), with a slot card you'll get promos in the mail that include room discounts. Entertainment sometimes ($$), usually oldies making the rounds...check the web site. Two last things: there is now a nearby pool and wellness center for guests (a short ride), and it includes a medical facility, presumably for guests who have used the Honeymoon Suite. Finally, please don't bring your kids here. I rant about this often, but really...if you can't afford a sitter, you shouldn't be here! Thank you.

                        Potawatomi Bingo Casino 1721 W. Canal St. Milwaukee WI 1.800.PAYSBIG

www.paysbig.com This casino is a lot closer than the Dells (45" from Milton on a good day) and we go here to see the shows (Alan Parsons Project, Buckwheat Zydeco, Don Rickles)--the theater is excellent, with not a bad seat. Prices are usually great also: $25 to $65 etc. Problem is, no hotel. But there are a lot of 'sister' hotels that offer discounts, with shuttles from the casino to and from. But we always take a cab, so that's about $8 2x a day. However, if you're camping for a week and get some rainy weather, drive on up to gamble and hopefully catch a show. The buffet and restaurants are very good.

 

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    Wine, Plants, and more     OK, I admit I could have had more than one category, but this is a good spot for all the cool places that--so far--only have one or two 'Scoop' listings. I will expand!

           Northleaf Winery 232 S. Janesville St. (Hwy 26 just south of The Milton House) Milton 608.580.0575  www.northleafwinery.com  This is a cool renovated building and I am impressed--the hard-working owners had to go through some historical hoops to finally open up. I am not a wine drinker, but some good friends came up to visit and they are, and connoisseurs to boot, and they had a great time sampling--with cheese and crackers to cleanse the palate--and purchased several bottles to take home. The atmosphere is perfect and the service is friendly. If I drank wine, I'd be here all the time! And there are specials until Labor Day and music on the patio--check their website. Good for you, Northleaf!

                            and now this makes some sense...

                Patty's Plants 220 S. Janesville St. (right next to Northleaf Winery) Milton 608.580.0066 www.pattysplants.com I haven't been in here, but my wine-slugging friends did--well, just the wife--and she said there is a lot of things she wanted to buy, but Danny and I got her out of there in the nick of time, as he and I wanted to spend our money on steaks, not plants. So please go and check Patty's Plants out and let me know, OK? PS: It is an intriguing and glorious setting in a neat building, and you might get hooked (hanging-basket joke...ha-ha).

                Wisconsin Cheese and Wine Chalet 11190 N. Goede Rd. Edgerton  608.884.3270 www.wisconsincheeseandwinechalet.com  (by the Newville I-90 ramp, across from McDonald's) You'll see the Chalet, and you should stop in. I took my Mom here for gifts for her to bring back to MI, and she found all sorts of Wisconsin stuff as gifts. Plus she had a wine sampling while I browsed the cheese samples arrayed along the coolers. If you need to find something to bring back home, this great place is right by the ramp, so why not?

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        Here they are, and please feel free to email with more delicious ideas!

                                                           

                            Scoop's Favorite Recipes

                       Drink Recipes 

Amber's Shrimp Mescal    Bub's Bayou BBQ 

John Van Horn's Deep-Fried Cajun Turkey

 Gator's Armadillo Recipe    Gator's Rattlesnake Recipe  

Rae Augello's Flavorful Appetizer Tips  

Bub's Shishkebob

Dessert!  

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My good friend John Vanhorn shows you how to deep-fry a Cajun-spiced turkey. Check it out HERE.

 

Camping seems to bring out the Cooking Outlaw in all of us. Burgers and dogs are great for a snack, but you've got to have that one day that's built around your evening feast. Sometimes alcohol is involved. That's fine; most secret recipes and sauces require spilling some good stuff into the pot.

Send your own recipes--I'll be happy to include the tasty stuff (especially if it sounds non-poisonous). For now, try these DRINKS and FOODS and DESSERTS. Good luck! (and don't be discouraged by any exotic recipes--you'll find something tasty that's right for you...just keep going!). And remember--I am not responsible for injuries or illnesses!

 

Drink Recipes

The Steve O'Brien/Terry O'Connell FOO-FOO:

(This is highly recommended by Steve & Terry for hangovers!)

"The O'Brien/O'Connell is pretty simple to make. Buy a frozen can of Baccardi or Daquiri or Pina Colada mix. Put it in the blender with "lots" of ice. Instructions on the can will tell you how much rum or vodka to add. We usually triple that, blend it up, and enjoy!" 

Anne "Bubs" O'Connor's WILD DRINKS! (Read more about Anne and her DNA Bar in the FOOD section. Anne fibbed a bit on this selection...she says: "I got this stuff out of 'Bartender Magazine'." That's OK, Anne, we'll give credit where credit is due; thank you for the much-needed recipes. And thank you, Bartender Magazine! Everyone--buy a subscription!

Ciao! Martini: 1&1/2 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. Amaretto, 1/2 oz. Frangelico.

Disco Lemonade: Equal parts Absolut Citron and fresh strawberry puree (or Island Oasis Strawberry Mix). 

Gladiator Martini: 1&1/4 Finlandia Cranberry Vodka, 1/2 oz. Godiva Chocolate, 1/4 oz. Creme de Menthe.

Sex On An Island: 1 oz. Cap't Morgan, 1 oz. Malibu, 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao.

Lavatini: 1/2 oz. Lava, 2 oz. Vodka. Garnish with black licorice. 

OK, I'll ask it first: what is 'Lava'? Is it 'hot'? I was also going to include my friend Butch's recipe for home-made dandelion wine, but it is very dangerous, and probably illegal, so I'll pass. Remember, Folks, plan ahead, and you too can enjoy these delicious beverages! Now you'd better eat something...

Food Recipes
Nepotism at its best! Here's a Thanksgiving Turkey recipe submitted by my niece Lauren Bradley for her 3rd Grade class...(published as written; italics mine--Scoop):

                         Follow These Steps

     "If you Follow These Steps You'll Have A Perfect Turkey On Thanksgiving Day! First go out to the store and buy your turky. Then get a pan or plate and set the turkey on it. After that pluck the feathers and check two times in case any eyes, dirt, bones or hairs are on the turkey. Set the stove for ten minutes so it warms up. The turkey can feed ten people. Put dressing on the turkey and stuff it with lettuce and put cheese beside the turkey. The turkey weighs about 4 or 5 pounds. Now put some spice on the turkey to make it more taster. After all that is done you can put your turkey in the oven and set it for at least 24 minutes. While that is baking you can set the table nicely and take a rest by the stove. Then the turkey should be done. Let the turkey cool for awhile and serve. Then all of your guests will be talking so get their attention and then finally you can eat!"

                                               --Lauren Bradley                  

...and as a matter of fact, that's exactly how it was done at Sister Scoop's house this past Thanksgiving Day...with a few minor changes. It was delicious, and we did not find any eyeballs in the turkey. Believe me, we looked closely...    

 

John Vanhorn's Deep-Fried Cajun Turkey:

He didn't invent the process, but he does them so tasty he deserves a heap of credit. You can buy the kettle and the burner and the stand as a package deal at almost any hardware store or one that handles camping supplies. Make sure you also have a commercial meat thermometer. This recipe is so fast after the initial preparation you won't believe it! (PS: John is out hunting right now--it's deer season--but he left the recipe with Mrs. Scoop. Any mistakes in copying are mine.)

Cajun Turkey Mix:

6 tbsp. 'Tony Cracker Creole Seasoning' (NOT 'Creole Gumbo'--spice should be red, not green!).

3 tbsp. 'Chef Paul's Poultry Seasoning'.

1 tbsp. red pepper.

1 chicken bouillon cube.

1 teaspoon garlic powder.

2 teaspoons Accent seasoning.

4&1/2 cups water.

1/2 stick butter (for later, not in main mix!)

 

Bring all ingredients to boil. Let ingredients cool about 1 hr. to absorb seasoning. Boil and stir the water once more. Strain water with tea strainer so injector needle doesn't plug. While water is cooling add 1/2 stick of butter.

 

Preparing the Bird: First, get a bird. If frozen, thaw it in your refrigerator! Make sure it will fit in your cooking kettle!* Inject the bird all over at different depths with mix.** Coat inside and outside of bird with Chef Paul's and Tony Cracker. Refrigerate overnight. Coat the bird one more time before frying. Fry at 325 to 350 degrees for a 12-13 lb. bird (3" per pound!).

Make sure oil is up to heat before frying!

Never fry indoors!***

Wear arm-glove when starting to fry, and when checking bird!**** (Lots of steaming-hot oil!).

Never let oil get over 375 degrees!

 

Scoop says: People beg to carve the meat, because they snack on the crispy skin all the while...

    Meanwhile, learn from the mistakes of others:

* The turkey was too big for the kettle, and John got splashed. It also burned when he got upset and hacked the beast in two.

** The injector needle looks like a horse-hypodermic thing. It makes sizable holes. John and I were on opposite sides of a table, taking turns injecting, when he got squirted with a needle-full of hot spices that came out a hole on his side. This gave him blurry vision, in no way caused by the gin we were drinking.

***I think John almost burned his garage down one time.

****Similar to #1*, but caused when John put a cold wet turkey in the oil before the oil was hot enough, creating lots of hot-oil bubbles that singed some arm hair. Beware, people!

 

  

 

 

Gator's BBQ Armadillo

Gator's BBQ Armadillo:

"Gator" prefers to remain anonymous, as he is not quite sure if this sort of thing is legal or not. As Gator puts it: "I should be OK telling you this recipe, since you can't find this sort of animal up in Wisconsin--you have to go down South. But just in case you all got some sort of reciprocal agreement with Florida, I'll just keep my real identity out of the paper. However, if any of you fine gals from up there want a good time that includes great cooking, just ask Scoop. Bring your hip-waders, Honey!"

Way to go, Gator. Here's your recipe:

"First, catch the armadillo. You might see one up by you in Wisconsin if they crawled into a citrus truck by accident. If so, you've got to sneak up quick and silent ('I am both,' claims Gator). They're usually by the side of the road, and the best way is to grab them by the tail and throw them in a pillow case. Once you're home and you've killed it, here's what you do:

    1) Slice it open along the soft belly.

    2) Crack the hard shell off as you would a lobster.

    3) Gut it.

    4) Par-boil it, like a rack of ribs.

    5) BBQ and season to taste.

"How does it taste?" I asked Gator. Like chicken? "It tastes like armadillo," he said, as if I should know better...

Gator's Rattlesnake Recipe

Gator's back with a tasty recipe for rattlesnake. I'm sure y'all can't wait to try it!

"First," says Gator, "you got to catch the snake. You can lasso it with your own home-made snake-catcher. You've seen this on them animal shows, but why spend good money? Get a 5' length of PVC pipe and thread both ends of a rope through it, leaving the loop out at the far end. Just tug the two loose pieces when the rattlesnake sticks his head through the noose. If you're chicken, use a longer piece of PVC."

I asked Gator if that's what he does. He laughed. "Naw, we just use a rake or something like that. That's what a real man would do."

The Recipe: 1) Catch the snake

                     2) Cut the head off, skin the snake down the belly side, gut it and wash the meat.

                     3) Cut into 3-inch pieces

                     4) Coat in beer, egg, flour, and Cajun seasoning batter

                     5) Add hot sauce to individual taste

                     6) Cook 2 minutes on each side in a cast-iron skillet or a Fry-Daddy with the oil or grease at 375 degrees. DO NOT OVERCOOK! Says Gator: "It'll keep cooking itself after you take it out of the oil, just like fish or liver or alligator. You ever eat a piece of liver that's really tough, like rubber? That's 'cause they overcooked it. They think it's still rare, and it winds up like boot-leather."

Thanks again, Gator! Can't wait to try it...after somebody else catches the rattlesnake. That brings up a good point: can you substitute a different kind of snake, like a little harmless greenie? And would it most likely take less frying time, since the meat would be the size of pencil stubs? I will investigate!

   

And now back to other great recipes!

The Best Greek Pork Marinade for Shishkebobs!

Anne "Bubs" O'Connor says this recipe is direct from her accountant:

Pork tenderloin chunks, equal parts pomace olive oil and cheap white Zinfandel, good dollop (tbsp) of minced garlic, 1 tsp leaf oregano (dried, grind between fingers to release flavor, salt, pepper. Marinade pork at least two hours, preferably overnight. Skewer and cook on BBQ. Also do skewers of tomato, green pepper, onion, and mushroom. Squeeze fresh lemons over meat to finish.

Thank you, Anne...and your accountant. Superb! And now, 3 great tips from Rae Augello, whose delicious meals I have been fortunate to taste often:

Rae Augello's Flavorful Tips:

Potatoes, peppers, and onions: peel and slice potatoes and onions and cut peppers in strips after they have been cored. Place in foil with butter, garlic, pepper, salt, and oregano, and cook over flame until potatoes get soft. 

Baked beans: for extra flavor, dice up some green pepper and onion and use a bit of mustard and crushed red pepper and brown sugar.

Ribs: instead of boiling them for tenderness, make a wash of white wine vinegar and beer and slow-cook the ribs while spraying them often--takes a few hours on the grill.

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Bayou BBQ from Anne O'Connor (with Compliments and Thanks to 'Bartender Magazine'):

4lbs. Mexican heads-on shrimp

1 lemon thinly sliced

1 cup butter

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup catsup

1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce

3/4 cup Courvoisier

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. smoked salt (optional)

2 tsp. paprika or chili powder

1 tsp. coarse-ground black pepper

French bread

 

Wash shrimp and spread on a thick layer of newspapers to drain (about 1 hr.). Pat dry. Put shrimp in large baking pan or skillet. Cover shrimp with lemons. Heat remaining ingredients, except bread, until butter melts. Pour over shrimp. Bake until shrimp are done (about 45"), stir every 15". Serve shrimp in baking dish to peel and eat.*

*Cover serving area with newspaper. When finished, just wrap up mess and burn!

 

 

Dessert!

 

Rae Augello's Dessert Tips:

"For dessert, we marinate the following fruits with our favorite libations:

Red grapes soaked in Bacardi Limon.

Pineapple chunks soaked in Tequila Gold.

Watermelon slices soaked in vodka.

Peach chunks soaked in peach schnapps.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmm gooooooooood!"

 

A hot new camping recipe!

Courtesy of Amber Fornstedt!

Shrimp Mescal

Sautee cooked yellow rice with diced red onion, diced tomato, diced fresh jalapeno, fresh cilantro, sliced avocado, & tequila until liquid thickens.

Add cooked shrimp (you can wait until this point to add cilantro, as it will have a fresher taste).

Simmer for 5 minutes.

Garnish with slices of avocado and sprig of cilantro.

Scoop says: I hope I got this rightóall mistakes are mine!

Amber has been dating the notorious Chef Jeremy at Lukeís Restaurant in Milton, WI. for some time now. Sheís a great-looking gal and Jeremy should wise up, especially since we now know she can cook some great camping-food!

 

 

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Note from Scoop: As a college student, Andy knows how to eke out those nickels and dimes (he's lived many a week on beer and Ramen noodles). UW-Whitewater is a good college, and many parents from the nearby campgrounds have checked it out with their son or daughter--it's conveniently close to a lot of major cities. But kids (over age 21, of course!), while you and your parents are making a decision, after you've looked at the pretty pictures and courses and visited the campus, remember this: Every college will drain nearly every penny your parents give you (or you earn), and you are guaranteed to be down to your last few dollars a week before your paycheck or the money from home arrives. This is where Awesome Andy comes to the rescue! His advice can help you if you attend UW-Whitewater. So read and survive, or ignore and die of thirst!

"Give a student a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a student to fish, and he can drink beer while doing it (most times without getting arrested), and have something to put on the Ramen noodles!"--Awesome Andy

Awesome Andy's Guide To The Bars Of Whitewater

Iím Awesome Andy. Iím from Watertown, Wisconsin (home of astronaut Dan Brandenstein and the first ever kindergarten Ė look it up). Now I go to school in Whitewater. I like fishing, playing bean bags, shooting darts, playing sheepshead, playing poker, drinking beer, bowling, grilling, watching the Packers, and other Wisconsin type stuff. I hope to one day do all that, but only live up north and own a bowling alley while I do it.

As a college student past the four year plan, I probably know more than my fair share about the bars in Whitewater. This is my guide for the twenty one year old college student that I wished I had when I started out. Itís not comprehensive, but it has the deals and points of interest that I remember.  Note: Iím probably a little biased towards Beer Here. Itís my own personal ďCheerís.Ē I feel like Iím Norm walking in there. You should still read the review, though. It contains the single most important piece of information for a college student in this guide.

Note: '5 'beers' = best, etc.

Beer Here Ė This is one of Whitewaterís best kept secrets. Itís the place that looks like a shack across from the Eastsider. Almost every time Iím in there, someone wanders in for their first time and asks, ďDo you guys sell beer after nine?Ē The answer is yes. You can get beer until midnight (or 11:45 depending on whoís working that night). The only other place is Hilltop way outside of town past Taco Bell. That place is more expensive though anyway. Impress your friends when theyíre desperate for beer late at night. Plus itís a bar too, but they only serve beer. Even though it is a townie bar, they have sweet regulars with awesome stories. You can talk and not have to yell over the music like you do in downtown bars. People play sheepshead there around noon everyday too, so thatís cool. This is my favorite bar, so stop by if your keg gets cashed too early, or you get the urge to play beer pong at 10:30. While youíre at it, you may as well get a beer here. Say Andy sent you, and maybe theyíll give me drink chips for the extra business.   5 Beers

 Fat Jackís Ė All you can drink domestic taps and rail mixers on Wednesday nights. Five dollar pitchers of long islands on Fridays. Random deals like two dollar rail mixers or 2-for-1 shots on other nights. The deals are pretty sweet, and they have a dartboard where you have to waive your hand over a magic circle to switch to the next player. Foosball table. I hear they have good food, but they donít serve it very late.  4 1/2 beers

 Hawkís Nest Ė All you can drink domestic taps and rail mixers on Wednesday nights. Three dartboards and a pool table. All you can drink for free on your birthday. They have swinging doors like a saloon too.  4 beers

 The Pub Ė Pretty big place. Four or five dartboards. Two pool tables. One of the only places with a deal on Thursdays Ė they have five dollars all you can drink beer (usually High Life Light) while supplies last. Sometimes they get really packed though, and it takes forever to get a drink. My advice when that happens - buy two drinks at a time.  3 1/2 beers

 Mad Boar Ė Nice place. Pretty popular, but I donít know why.  Two pool tables and two dart boards. Nothing great with deals, but they make good (read strong) drinks most the time.  3 beers

 Mitchellís and Pumperís (The Pumping Station) Ė Two bars connected in the back. Pumperís is famous for dimers Ė ten cent beers on Tuesdays. Pumperís is alright, but Iím not the biggest fan of dimers. Itís Natural Ice Light or Milwaukeeís Best Light in tiny plastic cups. Itís always packed, and so you have to wait forever to get your refills. Just get a pitcher (two dollars I think) to save some time if you have to go. Three dart boards and a pool table. Pumperís has a dance floor, a stripper pole (which makes the dance floor way more awesome, unless weird/creepy/drunk dudes are on it), and a DJ most nights. Pumperís has two basketball hoops you can shoot on for free. Itís fun to shoot for shots and watch the balls fly all over the place when someone misses. My game plan at Pumperís and Mitchells is pretty good I think. Go in through Mitchellís and get a drink there, because itís less crowded. Then, go to the back and play darts and pool. You can have a good time, and in between turns you can look over to Pumperís dance floor and see drunk guys embarrassing themselves. Itís sweet.  3 1/2 beers

 The Brass Rail Ė Kind of a dive/creepy bar I used to think. I wanted to spray paint over the ďBĒ and the ďrĒ as soon as I saw their sign on the side of the building. But the place isnít really that bad. Itís just not really a loud/downtown type bar. They have a dartboard and pool table in the back. You get a punch card, so for every drink you get, you get a punch. By the time you get to twelve, you get a free one Ė not that youíll need it by then. On Sundays, the bar pays for the jukebox too. Itís awesome. I searched for every song, even though it cost (the bar) more, and had a great old time. By the way, I played their Pirates of the Caribbean pinball machine. On my first try ever in my life on this game, I got 2nd high score. I went back a couple weeks later and itís still there. My initials apparently spell a dirty word. Go on a Sunday, check out my high score, then play The Who for free (guess which song?), and dedicate it to me. Oh and then play Squeeze Box by them and listen to the sweet banjo solo.  2 1/2 beers

 The Downstairs Ė Where everyone goes for their last chance to hook up that night. Itís got a big dance floor. The place just gets packed a half hour before bar time. The sweetest bar fight I saw in Whitewater was here. This is the only bar that has shuffleboard too.  1 beer

 Rickís Ė Itís more a local bar, but itís probably the nicest bar in town. Not a lot of college kids go there, because itís over by Beer Here behind Acorn Liquor. Their food is really good, even when itís late, and the grillís off. They have a bunch of nice TVís, so itís a solid place to watch games and get food. They do dollar shots for every Packerís touchdown, and itís a dollar fifty for pints on tap and sixteen ounce cans of Miller Lite during games. 3 1/2 beers

 Denny Kís, Coyote Grill, Hammerís Ė I havenít been here a lot. They seem like a mix between college bars and townie bars. I had okay times at all of them. Nothing special with deals as far as I know. If youíre feeling like exploring, try them out, but theyíre not core bars for college kids. Not yet rated

Scoop Note: All 'Reviews' in this 'Awesome Andy' column are the sole opinion of Awesome Andy, so if you liked your review, buy him a few rounds. If you didn't, fix it. Or buy him a few rounds...

Awesome Andy will continue to relentlessly review more bars--stay tuned! 

Care to add comments or advice for Andy? Email scoop@scoopjackson.net

 

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Merry Christmas from Scoop, Mrs. Scoop, and Scoop Jr.!

 

 

 

Yes, they are real! This is Prancer, taking a break at Tannenbaum Acres outside of Janesville, WI.. They have great Christmas trees, and great photo ops for all us kids!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great 2007!