No matter your age, it’s always fun to step back to the 1950s, the era of diners with soda fountains and juke boxes that played your favorite rock-and-roll songs. Bristol 45 Diner in Bristol, Wisconsin, lets you do exactly that. We stopped in for breakfast during our July trip to the Kenosha area and were impressed with both the fun ‘50s atmosphere and the delicious food we were served.
Major League Baseball has Wrigley Field, attracting fans as much for the old-time ballpark atmosphere as for the game itself, with its ivy covered brick walls and manual scoreboard. Likewise, summer collegiate Northwoods League baseball has Simmons Field, another historic ballpark, albeit on a much smaller scale. Simmons Field is home to the Kenosha Kingfish.
Everyone knows the way to find a good place to eat at a reasonable price is to ask a local. One of the breakfast hot spots that Kenosha locals will direct you to is The Coffee Pot.
What shouts Wisconsin louder than brats, beer and cheese? Perhaps the Brat Stop, the 46,000 square foot restaurant and bar that serves—yep—brats, beer and cheese to over 450,000 guests per year.
I tasted grass clippings, dirt and soap. For fun, I added earwax, canned dog food and skunk spray. I avoided the really gross flavors like vomit and barf. What’s the difference between the two? One is more acidic, I was told, but I wasn’t about to find out for myself. These are all flavors from the Jelly Belly BeanBoozled® collection or the Harry PotterTM Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor BeansTM collection, but you can also taste regular Jelly Belly flavors like Very Cherry, the most popular, coconut, buttered popcorn, or any of the 50 original flavors, plus more, like chocolate dipped cherry or orange. I’m getting ahead of myself, though. When you visit the Jelly Belly visitor center in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, you should first take the warehouse tour.
The diner is tiny and cramped, the staff is sassy, and they serve Garbage. But during peak times, the line of people waiting to eat at Frank’s Diner extends out the door of this downtown Kenosha eatery. What makes it so attractive? The ambiance of the historic diner car, the sassiness of the staff and the popular delicious and plentiful breakfast specialty they call Franks Garbage Plate.