Door County Wisconsin's Premier Vacation Guide

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You could say this is a three pronged review.

We ate breakfast, both mornings, at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek.  We’ve eaten, and stayed there, before and for breakfast, it’s a must stop.  My wife had what she always has, a half order of their Stuffed French Toast with “extra crispy” bacon.  She had that BOTH mornings we were there and just loves it!  I had the Corned Beef Hash one morning and Eggs Benedict with hash browns the next.  Excellent.  Service, atmosphere, and the food were everything we knew it would be.  Just great!

CASEY’S BBQ & SMOKEHOUSE Dinner was at Casey’s BBQ in Egg Harbor and just down the road from the Newport.  Casey’s is also a place we’d been to before, loved it, and had no qualms about going again.  We had the brisket and it was extremely tender and flavorful.  Their house sauce is fantastic!!  I forget what sides my wife had but I got the beans & rice and the macaroni & cheese.  Both were terrific along with the brisket.  A couple bottles of cold beer and the night was complete. 

The day after Christmas (2012) my wife and I went up to Door County for a quick two day getaway.  We have been up many times in warm weather but never in the winter, and we especially wanted to see how the decorations were. (they were great!!)  We stayed at the Newport Resort in Egg Harbor.  We’d been there once before, liked it, and thought we’d stay again and luckily were able to book a room for one night when most places required two or more days, if they even had an opening at all.  For a very reasonable rate we got a nice two bedroom, two bath suite with a full kitchen living room, and fireplace.  As far as I’m concerned it’s one of the best bargains on the peninsula when you consider what you pay and what you get.  I’ve paid much more for much less elsewhere.  It was perfect for a romantic getaway.  Cleanliness, service, all top notch, no complaints at all. 

We love going to Door County, it’s always a treat for us.  We try to make it up at least a few times each year and always have a good time. 

-Wayne Novotny

Trio Restaurant - Egg Harbor
Our family had a wonderful time. The staff was very helpful and sweet to our children, age 3 and 6. We tried several different things from the menu, all very good. The portions were quite large. Be sure to try the tuna and for dessert, the chocolate cake. My daughters tried licking the plate! - Jennifer E.

Trio - Egg Harbor
REVIEW: This restaurant has long been one of my favorites. If you're looking for a traditional "supper club" atmosphere, this isn't for you. But if you want something more sophisticated and elegant without being overpriced, you'll love Trio. The menu is small, but all the dishes are wonderful. The entrees are mostly French or Italian in origin. The entrees offer a unique twist on traditional favorites, in addition to some creative new combinations. Service is almost always wonderful; you won't sit for a half hour waiting for your water glass to be refilled. The garden-bistro decor adds to the dining experience. Desserts are wonderful, particularly the tiramisu. Be forewarned that there can be a very long wait if you go on the weekend or at a popular time of day. I like to go very early (5-6 p.m.) I don't have to wait an hour for a seat. This restaurant only serves dinner. -Sue S.

The Shoreline - Gills Rock This place has it all. The views at sunset are breathtaking. The service is friendly and casual. The place tends to get crowded on sunny weekend evening, but there is a nice bar with a good selections of wine and beers to help the wait.

The food is creative and excellently prepared with an emphasis on local cuisine. I've been going there for years and always look forward to an exceptional dining experience. Claudia M

Wilson's - Ephraim
The ice cream is the best in Door County, but their meals are terrible. The burgers were received were GRAY and tasteless. Pass on dinner and get a double scoop cone - the ice cream is well worth the wait. - Jim W.

Wilson's Restaurant - Ephraim
If you didn't already know, when in Door County you MUST stop at Wilson's for a burger and ice cream - absolutely fabulous!!! -Terree J.

Wilson's - Ephraim
Wilson's is a great 50's style burger and ice cream joint restaurant. They have basic, but good food (hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, etc...) Save room for dessert as their Sundays are HUGE!! Each booth has a little jukebox that has old time music. Sam P.

Fred and Fuzzy's - Sister Bay
We wouldn't miss lunch at this most picturesque bayside eatery. Parking is a little far, and the up hill hike back to your car is a bit of exercize, but the experience is worth it. I often wonder why there aren't more scenic restaurants. We came at 11 AM, and they offered us lounges on the pier where we relaxed until opening at 11:30 AM. Got the best table with shade. We had the delicately pan-fried perch, and it was delishand the cole slaw is special. Service by Susan was solid. The begging ducks are a little nuisance, but a special treat and may one day rival the goats at Al Johnson's. - Jim A.

P.C. Junction - Baileys Harbor
I love the train!!!!! the burger i had was amazing, but i couldn't finish it all. I had it for breakfast before I left the next day. the stuff was very helpful in guiding me what to try (I didn't want to pick something and not like it)I recommend p.c. junction to every friend that heads up north

The English Inn - Fish Creek Great supper club with the usual supper club favorites. My husband is a huge fan of clam chowder so he tries a bowl everywhere he goes and claims this is the best one from coast to coast! - Heidi K.

JJ's/La Puerta - Sister Bay
JJ's is the best restaurant on the peninsula. JJ himself is so laid back and cool, and the waitstaff is fun and all have grewat customer service. Dave makes the best margs - and they have Red Stripe beer! The nachos, quesadillas, and enchiladas are the best here and could easily rival any authentic Mexican restaurant. Just walking into this restaurant makes you feel like you're living the Jimmy Buffet lifestyle of good drinks and great food. Totally fun. :) - Melissa

JJ" and La Puerta This is an awesome place to eat. We have been there over 5 times for supper. The food is exelent for the price and the laid back atmosphere is nice. They give you free chips and salsa which is a nice treat. After you are done eating you can go watch the sunset at a nice pebble beach just behind the place. Very kid friendly.

JJ's La Puerta - Sister Bay Love to have guacamole (4 star) and margarita s on the patio. - Jim A.

Shipwrecked - Egg Harbor
We really enjoyed our lunch at Shipwrecked and had great service while there. My husband, two daughters, and myself all had different items from the menu and we were very happy with our delicious choices. I wish I had known this establishment is supposedly "haunted" before our trip; it would have made our visit even more interesting. I would and have recommended Shipwrecked to others. -Vicki D.

Greenwood Supper Club - Fish Creek
Excellent food and service. We will be back! -Debbie T. 


Inn at Cedar Crossing - Sturgeon Bay
This has been a favorite place to eat for my husband and I. We started going to Door County in the off season before we were married and we also got married in Door County. We had our rehearsal dinner at the Inn at Cedar Crossing and my family and my husband's family loved the food and atmosphere. We are planning to stay at the Inn at Cedar Crossing for the first since they were offering a speacial which included a gift certificate for their restaurant. we plan on making continued visits to the restaurant for their excellent food for all times of the day. - Rebecca K.

The Chef's Hat- Ephraim
By far the best salad I have ever had! I ordered the Cranberry Walnut salad and it was the perfect blend of fruits and veggies. My husband also ordered a salad and it actually filled him up! The prices were very reasonable and the staff was very nice. Also has a great view of the lake from many seats in the restaurant. - Jacki M.

Inn at Cedar Crossing Restaurant - Sturgeon Bay
We ate there on the recommendation of this site. The waitress was friendly and I went with the special, flank steak with mushrooms in a chipotle sauce. It was excellent. They made the steak exactly as I asked. My husband's filet was perfect. We liked it so much we came back on Friday night again. I had the ribeye and he had the filet again. Both were excellent. Would definitely recommend this place! - Evie B.

Door County Confectionery
I've had more than my fair share of Wisconsin Dells fudge, which I love. The Bear Paw fudge here is the best that I have ever tasted! We had to go back to get more as we left town as we had eaten everything we bought! Nice people both in Sister Bay and in Sturgeon Bay. Great taffy apples. - Evie B.

Shipwrecked - Egg Harbor
We stopped for lunch wanted to taste the beer brewed here. We each had a sampler. It was pretty good. I had a pork chop sandwich and he had the hamburger. Both were very good. The soup of the day was beer cheese soup. Strong tasting as it was made with their porter ale, but we liked it. It is definitely a bar atmosphere but was fine for lunch. - Evie B.

Sonny's Pizzeria - Sturgeon Bay
We wanted to stay in as it was cold and rainy and asked the front desk who delivered. She recommended Sonny's. The pizza arrived hot and fresh in about 25 minutes. We ordered thin crust and I have never had such a thin crust before. It was great. Would definitely order from here again when you just don't feel like going out. - Evie B.

Whistling Swan - Fish Creek
By far our favorite restaurant in Fish Creek, though White Gull Inn is a close second. Superb food, quiet intimate setting and excellent service. What more could you ask? Well worth the price! - Sara C.

Gibraltar Grill - Fish Creek
My husband and I spent a wonderful winter weekend in Door County recently and had the perfect dinner at the Gibraltar Grill. Neither one of us had dined there before and were anxious to try this fairly new restaurant. I had the Walleye Dinner and my husband had crablegs (a special for the night). I have to say that the walleye was the best I have had since a vacation to Minnesota a few years back. Just fantastic! We were seated by the big fireplace in the dining room which added to the wonderful experience. Very attentive and friendly staff. Highly recommended. - Monica H.
Mission Grille - Sister Bay
We love to have lunch al fresco under the towering trees at this marvelous restaurant. The salads and sandwiches are to die for, and an evening dinner inside can be very romantic. Extensive wine and beer selections. Dinner is not cheap. - Jim A.
Espresso Lane - Baileys Harbor
Wow we have been happily surprised by another local business in Door County. The Espresso Lane in Baileys Harbor has a great atmosphere and the best coffee and bakery goods in the county. They have just moved to a new location next to the Common House restaurant in Baileys Harbor and the new place is great. They now have a great deck out front where you can enjoy your lunch and take in the great view of the water. You can truly taste the freshness in their bakery goods like the jumbo cinnamon roles which are a meal in themselves. They also have homemade Door County Cherry Bread Pudding which is to die for. The owner Kathy is a very friendly little lady who loves to chat when they aren't so busy which isn't too often in the summer. Sometimes you might have to wait a little while for your food but believe me it is worth it. My wife and I have now made the Espresso Lane a regular stop for us when we are in the area. -Scott & Jessica D. 

Donny's Glidden Lodge - Sturgeon Bay
This was recommended to us and it was absolutely perfect for a romantic dinner for two. The food was incredible and staff very friendly. The lodge has a very magnificent view of the water. The prices are very reasonable for the amount and quality of food you get. I highly recommend it if your looking for a great romantic dinner. We will be back! - Dagmara

The Hitching Post - Sturgeon Bay
One thing you overlooked was the fact that the "cheeseburger" at the hitching post is the best cheeseburger in wisconsin followed closely by the cheese plazza in madison
-David L.

The Bayside Tavern- Fish Creek
This is a very nice place to eat. They have a good fish fry in fridays. They have a pool table you can play on after you order. Very good price for very good food. - Alex