The Little Village Café in downtown Baraboo, Wisconsin, is a quaint little ice cream parlor/bistro and is owned by James and Christine Dickey. Since 1989, James and Christine have operated and improved the Little Village Café, and have seen it voted as Wisconsin’s Best Hometown Diner (by Wisconsin Trails Magazine), and as the Restaurant Pick of the Month in March 2001 (by Discover Wisconsin).
Walking into the tomato soup-colored brick building, one is greeted by a maitre d’ standing to the left side of the place. There are booths lining the left side of the restaurant, tables along the middle, and a bar towards the back. One can order food to go or take a seat inside the 1950’s styled restaurant (which comes complete with formica tables).
The Little Village Café has a great menu selection, featuring appetizers such as Chinese Pot Stickers, a Green Chile, Tomato, Onion, and Pepperjack Cheese Quesadilla, and Goat Cheese Baked with Roasted Garlic and Peppers in Olive Oil (served on Sourdough Bread). There are salads like the Fresh Vegetable Salad, Caesar Salad, and the Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Caesar with Roasted Pepper Relish.
There are also entrée selections such as Tortellini with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Vegetables in Roasted Garlic Sauce, Penne Rigate al Pesto with Mushrooms, Carrots, and Fresh Tomato, and Grilled Salmon Served with Lemon Dill Aioli, Potato and Vegetables. The Little Village Café offers many styles of burritos too, like the Southwestern Chicken Burrito, the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burrito with Fresh Fruit Salsa, and the Shredded Sirloin Steak Burrito. And there are many burgers and sandwiches to choose from too.
During my last stop to Baraboo, I decided to try out the place’s well-known shakes. After sitting down at the bar, I ordered up a tri-berry shake, which is a shake made with strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, plus ice cream and milk. The bartender took a good time making this shake for me, being sure to include a generous dollop of ice cream, milk, and a thick syrup made from the aforementioned berries. She then topped this with homemade whipped cream. There was so much of this shake made that at least half of it got dumped out into the sink; a terrible waste.
I took a taste of my tri-berry and was quite happy with it. The shake had a nice creamy texture and incredible fruit flavors. It was also quite filling, which meant that I would not be ordering dinner at the Little Village tonight! But I do mean to come back to the Café and order a burrito or salad sometime soon.
Here is some additional information about the Little Village Café:
Little Village Café
Downtown Baraboo on the Square
Baraboo, WI 53913