Sometimes, being in what feels like the middle of nowhere can really surprise you. That’s what it was like when I discovered The Old Feed Mill, a local restaurant that serves American cuisine made with organic ingredients.
After visiting Cave of the Mounds and Blue Mound State Park during a day trip out of Madison, I was on the search for a place to grab some grub before heading up to Devil’s Lake State Park.
Using Yelp, I was able to find this restaurant in a village called Mazomanie that’s home to less than 2,000 people. Has anybody heard of Mazomanie before? I hadn’t.
It didn’t take long for me to think about what a random location for a restaurant this was, which also happened to be near some train tracks and close to a residential area. I even cruised right past it at first because it was tucked several dozen feet away from the main road. Plus, the sign wasn’t put in the most visible location for drivers, either.
But after making a u-turn and finding a parking spot, I made my way into the restaurant and immediately realized a flour mill theme behind The Old Feed Mill: there were a bunch of flour milling related items plopped in front of the patio seating area as well as inside the building.
It also didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the rustic atmosphere, with the wooden floors, tables, and chairs, the cloth place mats, and flowers at the center of the tables. I had a feeling it was going to be a good lunch 🙂
While browsing through the menu, I overheard waitresses chatting with other customers who seemed to come there regularly. Eventually, I opted to order a burger with some coleslaw, which came out to about $10.
In the end, I was right: lunch was great. It was relaxing to eat in the environment the restaurant provided, the ingredients used were fresh, and the service was friendly! Best of all, it was a pleasant find in a random Wisconsin city, one I wouldn’t think twice about going to again if the opportunity ever presents itself 🙂