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Pier 4 Cafe & Smokehouse

600 North Main Street, Alma, WI 54610
608-685-4964
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Ranked #2 of 5 restaurants in Alma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Most recent review
- Sep 1, 2013
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English first
Onalaska, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

It IS called Pier 4 Cafe & Smokehouse...but when I heard "Pier 4" I sorta forgot about the ampersand that added "Smokehouse" to the name...I hear a restaurant with 'pier' in its name, I'm thinking seafood--but if you want some meaty, tender dry rub ribs with 3 homemade sauces (sweet, mild & tangy) you will want to give it a... More

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Arizona
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Our group (10) stopped here on our way to LaCrosse and liked the setting, liked the staff working at the restaurant, and it felt like a real trendy, hip place to eat. Unfortunately, the hype about the "smokehouse" food was a big let down. It's hard to buck the "trendy" good reviews of this place but I've got to be... More

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Praised by my brother, the best BBQ in 400 miles, but a 5 hour motorcycle ride to find out ? I will do this trip again soon . Imagine real BBQ in WI. No sauce needed here. Everything we had was fresh. The ribs were meaty, and done just right, but what about the brisket ? The brisket is their... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Nice view of the river. Very friendly staff and a larger than expected menu selection. Potatoe cakes are worth a return trip.

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jgjacksonmn
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Homey, culture soaked ambience and dining right on the river. Burgers and fries for the traditionalists seemed OK, but we went straight to the smokehouse specialties - Brisket and pulled pork with a basket of custom sauce choices. Simply Fabulous! And the mixed berry bread pudding - to die for - especially with a drizzle of maple syrup. I especially... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Disapointed in the burger and was sick with 10 minutes of eating it. They do not give the attention to the full menu. The pork is it...if you love really strong smoke taste this is the place. Me not so much. I ordered a burger it's my way of testing a restaurant. If they make it homemade, fresh, and with... More

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Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic service , location and food!!!! So extremely friendly for our big group breakfast! We only waited 15 minutes for an outdoor seat and were greeted with smiles from all!!! What a nice change!

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

It doesn't get much better than traveling the Great River Road and stopping at Pier 4 for a smoked pulled pork sandwich with sauce. Potato pancake was made with a hint of onion and served with apple sauce. Sitting on the porch watching the river, seeing the greatest transportation network of rails and waterway. Friendliest service and good eats.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I couldn't tell you how many times I have been to Pier 4, but I do know I will continue to go there everytime I am near Alma. Nothing but delicious food and great people!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I visit Alma every month or so and I always make sure to stop in here for either breakfast or lunch. With this place it's the small things that make a difference. The hashbrowns and the french fries are alway cooked to a delicious and crunchy golden brown. The hamburgers are juicy and flavorful (why is it so hard to... More

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