Exploring Historic Wausau Dining Establishment
by Kaylin Speth
Tucked conveniently around the corner from the Wausau Center is a staple of local history revered by the locals. The Mint Café earns its status partly from its impressive age (it was founded in 1888), making it a familiar downtown nook for generations of customers. It also has really good pie.
Located on Third Street, the Mint Café boasts old-fashioned charm with counters and stools reminiscent of a classic American diner, written daily specials, and a cozy, buzzing atmosphere. Relics of a long history line the walls, and while sliding into a green booth with an old framed menu, one can ponder a day when coffee was only twenty cents and a hamburger plate could be had for a mere dollar.
The modern menu is pleasantly varied. Hearty meat dinners, gourmet sandwiches, and designer burgers make up the fare. There is also an extensive breakfast selection.
Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Accompany the meal with a cup of good coffee, or even wine and beer.
But save room for the pie.
The Mint Café offers catering. All menus can be found at their website, www.mintcafewausau.com.
Hours are 6:30-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7-3 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sundays. Call ahead for carry-outs at 715-845-5879.