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Brat Capital of the World

In 1970, Sheboygan battled Bucyrus, Ohio for the title of Bratwurst Capital of the World. After a grueling duel, the Sheboygan Press reported on August 14, 1970, that Judge John Bolgert had rendered an official decision bestowing the title upon Sheboygan and barring all other claimers from using it.

The landmark decision noted “…that based upon the findings of fact herein above stated that the citizens of Sheboygan through their sausage makers, bakers and backyard chefs have established their right to the herein litigated title not only by virtue of claim but also by virtue of performance.” Judge Bolgert concluded, “It is the judgment of this court that Sheboygan is and of right ought to be Bratwurst Capital of the World.” …and so it is.

In Sheboygan, we take our brats seriously.

First, we fry them on a grill. And no, we absolutely do not grill brats on a grill; we fry them–period. Many a visitor and transplant to Sheboygan has been confused by the well-known phrase, “fry brats.” But know for certain that we are not utilizing the word “fry” incorrectly, nor are we spelling it incorrectly when we write, “I fryed brats,” in reference to how one spent a weekend. That is just simply how it is done in Sheboygan. We fry brats, and having fryed them to perfection, we dress them on a round (not oblong) Sheboygan hard roll and sprinkle with onion and brown mustard. There you have it! The Sheboygan brat, fryed and dressed, that earned the title Bratwurst Capital of the World.

Where to get your hands on the world’s best ‘wurst:


Al & Al’s Steinhaus

1502 S. 12th Street
(920) 452-5530

Al & Al’s Steinhaus & The Tavern in Sheboygan, WI specializes in serving German entrees, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our place has been a Sheboygan dining destination for over 45 years!

Angler’s Avenue

510 South Pier Drive
(920) 395-2406

Enjoy the view on two awesome patios looking out at the Sheboygan River and Lake Michigan! Angler’s offers a full menu of great home made foods that are sure to please your appetite. Friday nights are the hottest night at this pub n’ grill with their famous fish fry.

Bill’s Corner Cafe

2927 S. 8th Street
(920) 452-6301

Looking for a home cooked meal, a friendly, home-type atmosphere, and affordable dining?  This is the place!  Stop in with your family for a scrumptious meal.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Check out our homemade tortes and pies as well as our daily specials.

Charcoal Inn (North)

1637 Geele Avenue
(920) 458-1147

Charcoal Inn (South)

1313 S. 8th Street
(920) 458-6988

Everyone at Charcoal Inn is so very grateful for all the adulation and praise of our restaurant and Sheboygan-style food; but then again, being Sheboygan natives, they have always known the food in the area of the country was some of the best in the world. Ya! Das es Gut.

Cruiser’s Frozen Custard & Jumbo Burgers

3740 S. Taylor Drive
(920) 451-0400

Where else can you cool off with great frozen custard and check out some of the coolest Harley’s on the market? Sharing a location with Route 43 Harley Davidson, right off the northbound I43 exit 123, there’s not a better stop on the highway for a bite to eat and a bike to view. Outdoor seating available.

Fleck’s Curbside Grill

(920) 207-6071

One of the many fine food truck eateries, find Fleck’s Curbside Grill parked along 8th Street and enjoy Miesfeld’s brats, burgers and more. Come and curb your appetite!

Gosse’s at the Northwestern House

1909 Union Avenue
(920) 457-8696

Located in the historical Northwestern House, Gosse’s is a neighborhood best pick for broasted, perch and homemade tortes. Of course, their burgers, brats and chops are always a treat, too. Gosse’s–in God they trust, all others pay cash! Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Majerle’s Black River Grill

5033 Evergreen Drive
(920) 803-5115

Majerle’s is nestled within the evergreen trees. They offer a fine menu of American Cuisine, complimented with local favorites. If you are not in the eating mood, sit at the bar and choose from a large selection of beer, wine, and liquor.

Mucky Duck Shanty

701 Riverfront Drive
(920) 457-5577

The Mucky Duck Shanty, a family-owned establishment, is located in an original fishing shanty on the Sheboygan River. Featuring casual dining and hometown charm, everything out of the kitchen is homemade and trans-fat free.

Randall’s Original Frozen Custard

3827 Superior Avenue
(920) 458-9699

Traditional frozen custard and basket meal menu. This is where you’ll find that old-fashioned burger!

Rupp’s Downtown

925 N. 8th Street
(920) 459-8155

Large menu includes Steaks,Seafood,Chicken and more!! Casual dining with a bit of an old world feel. Daily specials.

Sly’s Midtown Saloon & Grill

508 N. 8th Street
(920) 783-6644

Hearty steak sandwiches, hot roast beef, black and white forest stacks…fresh homemade soup. And the Sheboygan Special featuring a Miesfeld’s Double Brat on a City Bakery hard roll served with baked beans and homemade potato salade for only $5! You can’t beat it! Open 6 a.m. to close, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Schulz’s Restaurant

1644 Calumet Drive
(920) 452-1880

Can’t beat charcoal grilled food! Hamburgers, brats, steak sandwiches all served on a Sheboygan hardroll. Have a soup of the day and Chilli along with fries, onion rings, shakes, malts and more. Sit at the counter or a booth and watch your food being grilled.

Brat Pizza:

Nicky’s Pizza

1735 Calumet Drive
(920) 457-6425

The pizza recipe has passed through three generations, so this place knows what makes a good pizza. Most everything is made from scratch.