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Next to the railroad tracks in the city of Marshfield sits Viaduct Bar.

"We're just a little bit off the beaten path," said the bar's owner, Mary Lou Duerr.

This establishment has a lot of character. Look no further than its owners.

Mary Lou and her husband, Butch, have owned Viaduct for 25 years.

"I also worked at this bar 11 years before I've owned it, so I'm kind of like the picture on the wall," said Mary Lou.

Our Newsline 9 Facebook friends recommended stopping by Viaduct for a burger—a specialty for Butch and Mary Lou.

"We have different kinds. You can have a cheeseburger, bacon cheeseburger," said Mary Lou. "Then we have a Reuben burger which is like the Reuben sandwich, only thing it's made with a hamburger. You know, it has the sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and your Thousand Island dressing."

That last one sounded great. Butch headed to the back to grill one up. And in a few minutes, I had a hot half-pound burger in my hands ready to try.

It was a flavorful burger and definitely received high marks from me.

"Stop out and see for yourself if you think we are the best burger in the area," said Mary Lou.

Viaduct Bar in Marshfield—a place where the locals eat.

Next, Wish Steakhouse in Weston. Our Facebook friends said I had to try it.

It's a little higher end. I'd never been to it.

This restaurant is definitely a family affair. Joel Kasten is the executive chef, and his parents are the owners.

Wish has been open five years.

"There aren't any like us," said owner Pat Kasten. "We're unique. And I tell you that only because everything here, it doesn't come out of a package, doesn't come out of the freezer."

She's not kidding! Wish even has a garden outside.

"When we go out and we pick our tomatoes in the summer, there is nothing better than to have a tomato salad here," said Pat Kasten.

Now, it's not cheap. Prices go as high as sixty bucks. But owners say they have specials each night that are a bargain.

"You can have a very nice dinner—a special—for $15," said Pat Kasten.

Wish's menu is full of options. Chef Kasten made sure I got a chance to try a lot of it, like a juicy, six-ounce filet mignon.

I also sampled tangy ribs with seasoned french fries, salmon on a bed of flavorful Israeli cous cous, and loaded hash browns with the thickest, tastiest bacon I've ever had in my life.

"You outdid yourself today," I told Chef Kasten.

"Well, thank you," he said. "We appreciate it. We try and do that every night."

It must work. Wish gets a lot of repeat customers.

"The food is always good, the service is always phenomenal, and we just enjoy the atmosphere," said Cary Bell of Rothschild. "It's really a great place to eat."

Wish Steakhouse in Weston—a place where the locals eat.

Finally, we head to the Northwoods—a happening place in the summertime. And Dan's Minocqua Fudge is no exception.

Michael Johnson's grandparents started the fudge shop in 1967. His uncle, Dan, most recently managed it. Now it's his turn.

"We make all of our own chocolate candy, all of our own caramel, the turtles, the toffee, all of the nut clusters," said Johnson. "Then in the back of the store we do have our old turn-of-the-century ice cream booths and the backdrop for the ice cream. And we also carry 73 different flavors of saltwater taffy."

Dan's Minocqua Fudge has long attracted locals and tourists.

"This is our favorite—in the world—candy," said Linda Faye Jansma. She's come up from Illinois every year for the last 40 years.

"We all have a favorite," she said. "We all take some home, we do this every year, religiously."

Dan's offers a lot of different flavors. But Mike told me chocolate fudge is the most popular. He let me try some. It was creamy and delicious.

I certainly left on a sugar high, and I probably wasn't the only one.

Dan's Minocqua Fudge—another place where the locals eat.

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