It's always inadvisable to bite the hand that feeds you, especially since it's usually your own hand and the food is on the fork part anyway. Sink your teeth into this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Country-Style Fare
The dinner menu includes items such as a beer-battered cheese pie ($9.99), southern fried chicken ($12.99+), a mushroom strudel with béchamel sauce ($13.99+), and a bacon-wrapped filet mignon ($27.99 for 7 oz.).
The Old Feed Mill
Inside The Old Feed Mill, wheels and pulleys spin to grind locally grown wheat into fluffy mountains of organic flour. They’ve been spinning here for more than a century, ever since the Milwaukee and Mississippi Railroad Company platted the village of Mazomanie while linking the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. In the kitchen, bakers knead the flour into fresh loaves of bread, which morph into french toast during Sunday brunches. Chefs also shape the flour into elbow noodles, which star in baked mac ‘n’ cheese six nights a week. Nearby, visitors can admire other relics from days gone by, from a corn separator to a crank cash register. Each ancient machine honors the history of the mill and the love owners Dan and Nancy Viste have poured into its reinvention as a restaurant, bakery, and gift shop.
Since spotting the mill in 1992, the Vistes imagined it as a bustling destination for tourists and locals alike. After being placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the abandoned structure seemed ready for a new lease on life. The couple preserved the original wooden beams and sandstone walls during its three-year makeover, which earned a certificate of commendation from the Wisconsin Historical Society. Soon afterward, the kitchen’s country-style fare began winning praise from the Isthmus and Food Network. After digging into classic Midwestern eats such as pot pies and meatloaf, guests can meander to the gift shop to browse old-fashioned wares such as milled soaps, handmade quilts, and mimeographs powered by industrious trilobites.
The Old Feed Mill
Within the rustic red-brick walls of a 19th-century former millhouse, chefs at The Old Feed Mill dish up classic comfort fare inspired by Midwestern home cooking. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the building's water-powered mill and solar-powered horse carriages fueled a successful commercial flouring business. However, with an uptick in highways and cars, the mill's beneficial connection to the once-prosperous railroad system diminished and the building was eventually abandoned. Current owners Dan and Nancy Viste began refurbishing the building in 1992, and today The Old Feed Mill is a member of the Vistes' quartet of related businesses. The Millstone Mercantile, The Old Feed Mill's onsite gift shop, flaunts an eclectic cache of items, including locally made artwork, handmade quilts, and the first beard that Abraham Lincoln ever stroked.