January 11, 2016

Cool excuses to take a drive

These drive-in restaurants are reasons to hit the road

The sun is out and there’s something in the air that tells you to get in your car and go. All you need is an excuse. Well, here are two very tasty excuses.

Stevens Point is home to Belts’ Soft Serve. This small ice cream stand sits on a triangular lot in the middle of town. It’s easily identified by the line of customers stretching from the counter to the street.

The top seller at Belts’ is the soft serve cone. But beware—the large cone is enormous. You’ll also find more than 30 different flurries as well as shakes, malts and smoothies. Their root beer floats are, of course, made with Point Draft Root Beer from the Point Brewery.

If ice cream and frozen treats aren’t your style, try some of Belts’ homemade cookie dough, peanut butter cups, brownies and “puppy chow.”  If you’re in Stevens Point and forget to stop at Belts’, you should turn right around and head on back and get in line.

Now, head straight north to the Northwoods of Wisconsin’s Minocqua area. There, in the small town of Woodruff, you’ll find Hoggie Doggie’s Snack Shack. Pull your car right up—you’re in for a treat.

True to its name, Hoggie Doggie’s prides itself on serving one mean hot dog. The Chicago style dogs come complete with all the fixings, from peppers to the pickle spear. In addition, Hoggie Doggie’s serves amazing burgers and Italian-style meatball sandwiches.

Hoggie Doggie’s ice cream selection is tantalizing. Have a chocolate brownie sundae or a peanut butter cup sundae. Or, just savor a plain ice cream cone topped with the flavor of the day. Flavors range from the traditional butter pecan to pina colada. You can’t beat this Northwoods original.

So when you get the itch to hit the open road and just don’t know where to go, try these tasty destinations.

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