Why You Have to Eat at the Driftless Cafe

While visiting the Driftless Area, treat your palate to a delicious meal at the Driftless Cafe and Bakery. This “fresher than fresh” restaurant specializes in foods that are farm-to-table, with the ingredients coming primarily from local farmers and ranchers in the local area. The menu changes frequently, based on seasonal and local availability, so you’re sure to find something delicious and new every time you visit!

For more information on the Driftless Cafe and other local eateries, please download our complimentary Vacation Guide. You can also check out some of our blog posts featuring other great nearby restaurants, like the Tangled Hickory Wine Bar, Piggy’s Restaurant, and the Waterfront Restaurant. The Vacation Guide will fill you in on great spots to dine in La Crosse, Sparta, Viroqua, and other local areas.


The Award-Winning Driftless Cafe and Bakery

The downtown Viroqua restaurant has been owned by Driftless locals, Luke and Ruthie Zahm, since 2013. In 2017, as the Driftless Cafe’s chef, Luke Zahm, was a semifinalist for a James Beard award. Zahm’s nomination was in the “Best Chef Mid-West” category.

Typically, the restaurants and chefs nominated are in large cities, so for a restaurant in a more rural area to receive this award is a big deal! And it proves that the caliber food you get at the Driftless Cafe is not just high quality and locally sourced, but tastes delicious as well!


Driftless Cafe Food and Drink

At Driftless Cafe, the menu is determined by what local farmers and ranchers have available. So expect a variety of beautifully presented and seasonally appropriate foods! Filling soups are accompanied by fresh bread and butter. Fresh, crisp salads are topped with local meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Lunch brings gourmet sandwiches, pizzas, and mac ‘n’ cheese to check the box for comfort food. And dinner serves up scallops, tenderloins, and other exquisite plates.

At the bar, Wisconsin beers flow freely from the taps, and local wines are emphasized. At Driftless Cafe, you can sample all the best of the Driftless Regions.

If you’re in a hurry, order your dinner to go, but if you have some time, enjoy the warm, clean atmosphere and the friendly faces at the Driftless Cafe.


Be Our Guest at Westby House

To take advantage of all the great dining in the local area, stay with us at the Westby House Inn. We pride ourselves on hospitality, and want you to feel comfortable and pampered in our luxurious suites. We prepare a gourmet breakfast each morning to get your day off to the right start.

You can also enjoy an incredible lunch and afternoon tea in the tearoom of the Westby House Inn. This inn’s quaint restaurant is open to the public seasonally and serves the finest meals and baked goods. Like the Driftless Cafe, we serve dishes made with local ingredients and focus on simplicity, elegance, and freshness.

We offer lots of great packages to enhance your stay. And our free Vacation Guide is a great jumping off point to your Driftless vacation. We know you will love and cherish the time you spend in our beautiful area. And we look forward to seeing you soon!