We found Invictus simply by walking past it one day and thinking "have we ever been in there?". Turns out, the restaurant had only been open a little over a month. Once we learned a bit more, that the owners focus on a blend of various cuisine types with locally-sourced ingredients and an emphasis on Ho-Chunk culture, we knew we had to try it.
Getting here is very easy, though the building can be a tad hard to miss due to small signage if you're not familiar with downtown Baraboo. Parking is plentiful and free nearby, with a lot right next to the building or street spots throughout the downtown area. Before coming, make sure you check the hours first on their Facebook page, as they are relatively narrow!
Speaking of their Facebook page, they post their menus there each day. Depending on what they obtained from the local farmer's market and other local sources, they change their offerings a bit from day to day. When we were there, we both had the same meal: chicken pot-pie soup, frybread, chicken pasty with au gratin dumplings and a fresh fruit bowl. The soup was terrific, and a fun take on the pot pie concept by having a big biscuit dunked in the soup. Frybread, although not anything spectacular, was very nicely done bread. The pasty was fantastic! Very well prepared chicken with smooth flatbread, feta cheese, and salted pecans on top. The au gratin dumplings were amazing as well, with a cheese crust blend on top of a creamy, mushy, pile of deliciousness. The fruit bowl was a great little dessert that offered blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
For drinks, I tried their citrus coffee. It wasn't my favorite coffee, however, it was a nifty option to try something a little different than typical iced coffee. Their fruit spritzers were wonderful, and I'd probably go for that next time.
Our server was great on checking up with us and had a good sense of humor. Even the chef came out to ask how things were a couple times, and we were happy to share how happy the food was! It has an elegant atmosphere with a lot of varied and unique decorations, coupled with a strong hospitality feel. You can tell it's locally owned and that they care about each person that comes in the door. Our food took a little bit long to come out, but with all other things considered (and a wonderful soup to keep us tided over), that was easily forgivable.
For the two of us, we had a wonderful meal, nearly an hour and a half of relaxing time, and great hosts, for under $50 even after tip. I would highly recommend Invictus and we both look forward to visiting again soon!
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