The Badger State’s influence is simultaneously under-the-radar and prolific, the result of cultural touchstones ranging from the 2016 Presidential election to television series like Laverne & Shirley and That 70’s Show. And then, of course, there’s the Packers, whose fans, cheesehead-clad and ride-or-die loyal as any Army buddies or biker gang, are almost as legendary as the players.
Wisconsin’s got food clout, too. Maybe not the James Beard Award–winning kind (the state was snubbed in this year’s nominations), but the historical and cultural kind. It’s most visible in Green Bay (population: 105,000), the city named for the shores of the Lake Michigan inlet on which it’s built.