Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern

Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern

Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern
4.5
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8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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Mark H
Fond du Lac, WI2,592 contributions
Basically unchanged since the 1930s, this bar/restaurant and cheese store needs to be on the list of places to visit if you're in this quaint area 30 minute south of Madison, Wis.

They call themselves the oldest cheese store in Wisconsin, but this landmark business is on the the courthouse square has a huge local beer selection on tap.

They are known for their inexpensive and simple cheese sandwiches on dark pumpernickel bread served at room temperature with some sweet onions slices. You can also add some locally produced summer sausage/salami to them. On the table are two flavor of mustard, a spicy stone ground and one with honey. The Limburger cheese sandwich is what they're famous for.

The sandwiches can be grilled for a small additional charge.

The sturdy old chairs are designed so you can turn them around and lean forward with a spot in the middle for your beer glass.

Service was ultra-friendly and fast, without feeling rushed.

The walls feature murals depicting scenes from Switzerland, harkening to the Swiss heritage in Green County.

The front of the store is a small retail cheese store. I asked asked a sample of smoked blue cheese and it was no fuss. It was excellent and I bought this hard-to-find variety.

I highly recommend.
Written February 6, 2022
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odoyle584
Belvidere, IL88 contributions
My grandfather first took me to Baumtartner's in the late1955s and I have been back dozens of times over the years. I still marvel at the wall map of the Swiss cantons, the dollar bills stuck to the ceiling, the beer and cheese and friendly service. I got a combination sandwich with sausage and limburger cheese on dark rye -- tangy but delicious. Monroe is the only place in the world where this stinky cheese is made. Couldn't leave without a six-pack of Spotted Cow beer. Baumtartner's is a "must stop" in Monroe.
Written July 11, 2020
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Jessica34231
Sarasota, FL55 contributions
Family
When you go to a town known for a specific place, you must enjoy the experience.
Very fun atmosphere with local food very glad I stopped before returning home to Florida, wish I would have went earlier. I even placed a pin on the giant map for those who visit!
Written September 12, 2022
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SSchlieckau
Reedsburg, WI197 contributions
Business
Saw this place on a TV show called Discover Wisconsin, so we decided to take a road trip to Monroe.
Very busy place in downtown historic Monroe. Got a couple of seats at the bar and ordered their famous room temperature Limburger cheese sandwich on rye with onions. The whole sandwich was pathetic. The rye bread was some fluff bread out of a grocery store, not something hearty like you would imagine. The cheese was sliced 1/8th inch thick if your lucky. The onions, good God, I had three strands of onion on the entire sandwich, not a slice and they were about the size of a piece of yarn, 2” long. The sandwich came with nothing on the bread, no butter, Mayo or mustard nor were any condiments offered or suggested. The whole sandwich was a quality control disaster. Never never never again will we step inside that establishment again.
Written May 28, 2022
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hoogo
USA8,337 contributions
If all small towns were like Monroe, Wisconsin, no one would live in big cities. It's like something out of the 60's. Baumgartner's is great, right on the courthouse square in a town that still has a thriving downtown.. A number of tables were occupied, so I sat at the bar to have a locally brewed Berhoff root beer and a salami, Limburger cheese, and onion sandwich on soft rye.. I'll bet none of you has had that combination before! Service was fast and friendly, the bill was under $7.
Written October 18, 2010
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Richard R
Batavia, IL123 contributions
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Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern

In a recent review, I mentioned that my wife and I had recently journeyed into Wisconsin for a “Cheese Run”. I really like cheese – all varieties – and we travel to the Badger State several times a year just to get some of the excellent and fresh cheeses we have found there.

On July 8th, we left Dubuque, Iowa and headed east on Route 11 to Monroe, Wisconsin. There we would have lunch at an especially favorite tavern, Baumgartner’s, an establishment that we have visited several times on previous occasions. Monroe is just less than two hours from our home in Illinois and an easy sixty-mile drive from Dubuque, where we had spent the night. We had already stopped in Shullsburg in the morning. And Monroe – only about forty minutes away from there – was our last stop on the weekend jaunt.

Monroe is a really great town with really friendly people. Opened in 1931, Baumgartner’s – on the southeast side of the town square – is Wisconsin’s oldest cheese store and features some of the finest cheese in the state. And in addition to the retail store in the front, there is a tavern in the rear of the store that serves some great food and locally brewed beer (from the 4th oldest brewery in the country).

I especially like the aged cheddar (some is aged up to 13 years!) and Butterkase there. The Domestic Danish Blue is also awesome, as is the Gruyere, Muenster and Swiss. And, well, like I said, I really like all varieties of cheese.

That particular day in July was really, really nice in terms of the weather, and we decided to take full advantage of it by having lunch at one of Baumgartner's street-side tables. My wife ordered the good old American hot dog and I got a pastrami sandwich – with cheese (Swiss) on it of course! We also were able to enjoy the music wafting from the Farmer’s Market that was taking place that morning. A glass of wine and a draught beer put the exclamation point on a great lunch!

There are a lot of reasons to like Baumgertner’s: The food is great, the people who work there are as friendly as just about any place I have been and the prices are very reasonable. If you live anywhere in northern Illinois or even eastern Iowa, Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern is only a short drive away. Do yourself a favor and make the short trip there. You’ll be glad you did and I know that it will be only the first of many trips that you make to Monroe!
Written November 9, 2017
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RanaMuck
Warrens, WI26 contributions
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I ate here with a group of coworkers and it was highly recomended by the locals. The menu is pretty small really and screams "bar food" to me. I was limited to a "cheese sandwich". Sure you can choose from a few different cheeses for your cheese sandwhich but thats not "real" variety to me. It was some cheese and some bread on a wax piece of tissue paper... no plates. There was mustard on the table to put on the sandwhich if you like mustard. This was way way way overpriced for cheese and bread... NOTHING else on it. No seasoning, no spice, no cooking, no imagination. The cheese was decent but I could have made this at home and brought it in my lunchbox and been much happier.
I also had a piece of pie and it was edible but bland as well, needed a little more sugar in it perhaps. The staff was very friendly and service was pretty quick. But if you think about it it should be quick... its a slice of cheese and 2 slices of bread. That shouldn't take long to prepare! The atmosphere was nice though, it might be fine if you want to go here to drink and enjoy the bar scene but I don't recomend it for lunch or dinner.
Written February 21, 2012
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wislakeman
Monroe, Wisconsin1 contribution
I was disappointed with my visit here. The food was expensive for what you got, and also bland and stale. The booth we sat in near the window was filthy, dead flies, stained wall, disgusting!

I had the limburger sandwich, what a mistake. There was a tiny slice of cheese on some old bread, served on wax paper. Give me a break!!!

The only bright spot/annoyance was the service. We were "bothered" constantly by several employees. I like good service, but the constant interruptions got to be annoying.

Skip this place, buy your cheese at Roth Kase, and eat somewhere else!
Written October 8, 2009
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sethScottsdaleAZ
Scottsdale, AZ1 contribution
We love this place, just a great value. The aged brick and raw onion sandwich is fantantastic! Nothing you would order on a first date, but once you are married, your spouse most likely will not leave you.However, this remains a possiblity. The salami and Swiss is wonderful too. I must confess, I skipped the sides and had two sandwiches.
Written September 11, 2008
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lynnverhelst
wisconsin3 contributions
Baumgartner's is a great, quirky old Wisconsin-y place! The employees there are so friendly and helpful, and genuinely seem to enjoy working there.

I've never seen anything like it. There's a cheese store in the front, with a good selection and low prices, and the employees, even the teenagers, seem to be very knowledgable about the different varieties of cheese. I had a teenaged boy say to me, "Well, the Danish blue is ok, but even though it's more expensive, my money's with the Stilton."

In the back is a tavern with long tables that you share with other patrons, which encourages everyone to talk with their neighbors. Baumgartner's is known for their cheese sandwiches. If you're daring enough (and don't care about your breath!), you might go for a limburger and braunschweiger sandwich. Where else in the world can you get one of those? They have several good local Huber & Berghoff beers on tap. Go for the pint glass. We opted for Chili and Huber Bock and a Berghoff Oktoberfest. They were all really tasty!

On our first visit, a beautiful late summer Sunday afternoon, some Goldwingers from Illinois joined us, and we were quite chummy after a bit. Of course, after a couple of pints of good beer and some good food, everybody gets more friendly.

Baumgartner's is the kind of place that is really hard to describe. You just have to go there. Now that we've been there, we can't wait to go back!
Written September 12, 2006
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