Thursday, May 12, 2016


The May issue of Phoenix Magazine

 …includes my column showcasing four pizza restaurants. It’s on the stands now, or you can read it here.

One of the pizzerias in question is CheezHeadz, a Peoria joint with a Wisconsin theme which offers a massive cheesesteak sandwich called the Hodag. Cheeseheads will of course recognize that as a reference to…

Monster-of-the-Week: …this week’s honoree, The Hodag, terrifying yet beloved beast of Wisconsin tall tales, described in an 1893 newspaper story as having “the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end.” Sounds a bit stegosaurian, no?

Anyway, here…

 …is one of the more spectacular specimens of Hodag, guarding the Rhinelander, WI Chamber of Commerce.

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