One of my last trips before my hip surgery, I needed to go see a prospective dealer up in Wausau, WI. Since I had a morning meeting scheduled, I stayed the night in Wausau - the first time I've ever stayed in Wausau. And since I didn't get into Wausau until about 8:30 I wasn't going to seek out a fine dining establishment or a burger joint. I was tired, hungry and needed to eat. Near my hotel, I found the 2510 Restaurant, a pseudo-family restaurant/lounge that featured a full menu. I thought I'd give it a try.
2510 Restaurant gets its name - not all that clever, at that - from its address: 2510 Stewart Ave. (see map). It has been open for 31 years and is owned by Pat Baumer and Roy Heilmeier. Not only does it feature a full service restaurant and lounge, it also has a very popular deli and bakery.
It was nearly 9 p.m. when I was seated in a booth and handed a menu. As I said, 2510 Restaurant features a full menu from beef, chicken, seafood and pasta to burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. I'm a little leery of restaurants that have such large menus, mainly because they're usually OK at doing everything, but not great if they focused on a minimum number of menu items.
My waitress greeted me and gave me some time to look over the expansive menu. She and another lady were the only ones working the vast dining area in the restaurant. But since it was late on a Tuesday night, there wasn't a lot of people in the place.
My diet was in full swing at this point and I was looking for some comfort food. A hot beef sandwich was out of the question, since I'm not eating potatoes and gravy for awhile. But something caught my eye on their salad menu - something called the Black and Bleu Steak Salad. It was a large salad topped with thinly sliced pieces of Black Angus top sirloin steak, then a creamy blue cheese dressing was poured on top.
It wasn't long before my waitress came back and I ordered the salad. To help satisfy my "comfort food" requirement, I got a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.
About five minutes after I ordered, the waitress brought out my soup. It was very good. Actually, I could have probably gotten by with just the soup as there was an abundance of egg noodles and chicken in the broth. It was very good, to say the least.
And not long after I finished up my soup, my Black and Bleu Steak Salad come out. There was a generous portion of sliced sirloin - medium-rare - on top of the greens and a very good homemade chunky and creamy blue cheese dressing topped the whole thing. Sometimes blue cheese can overpower the taste of other foods it's mixed with, but this blue cheese was mild and helped bring out the taste sensations in the rather good sliced sirloin on the salad.
But it was too much food, so I was able to finish all the steak and about half the lettuce in the salad. My waitress asked me if I wanted to get a "to-go" box. I said, "You know, this was very good and I could probably have this for lunch tomorrow. But I'm traveling and I don't have a refrigerator in my room."
With a beer with dinner, my food and a generous tip for my waitress, the bill came to $21 dollars - very reasonable, in my opinion. The service was great, the food was very good and I was happy and full.
While I don't know if I'm going to be able to sign this dealer in Wausau, at least I found a new restaurant that I can rely upon in a pinch during my travels to north central Wisconsin. 2510 Restaurant has a little bit of everything for everybody.