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  • The Bistro at Liberty Square: The Story of an Old Storefront and a New Restaurant

    When you arrive in the sleepy little village of Egg Harbor by way of Highway 42, the clean, glistening white storefront in the heart of town, across the street from Main Street Market, might surprise you a bit. Not by the fact that it’s there – the complex itself has been there for about 10 […]

  • Clean Air Act: AC Tap goes smoke free

    It’s part of the price you pay for a night on the town. Drink too much, you get a hangover and, if you’re responsible, a quest for a ride back to your car the next morning.

  • Pull Up a Stool & Just Try to Clean a Plate: Door County Diners

    The byways of Door County were once dotted with drive-in restaurants, supper clubs, and greasy spoons that served cheap, home-cooked grub to the farmers, fruit-pickers, and families who flocked to the peninsula’s cooling shores. Over time their numbers have dwindled or styles changed to cater to the desires of a new clientele and compensate for […]

  • Finding the Flavor of Life: Restaurant Saveur

    Combining classic French culinary training with a Chilean family history, and a Wisconsin upbringing with flavors inspired by travel around the world, William and Loreto Marks of Restaurant Saveur have created a unique and exciting new dining experience in downtown Baileys Harbor. As the  opportunity they had been searching for unexpectedly presented itself two winters […]

  • A Different Frame of Mind: The Whistling Swan Inn & Restaurant

    What is it about a place that makes visitors feel at home the moment they arrive? Those entering the doors of The Whistling Swan Inn and Restaurant in Fish Creek may well be able to answer that question. The elegant and understated décor evokes a sense of the building’s heritage, while subtle, neutral colors play […]

  • Alexander’s Restaurant: A change of scene for an established favorite

    The Hotel Du Nord, a beautiful establishment overlooking the Little Sister Islands, was once home to a restaurant well known for its delicious dinners. While the hotel is no longer there, lucky for us the restaurant lives on. Alexander’s, under the guidance of Bruce Alexander for the last 20 years, now has a new home […]

  • Good Eggs: Lucky Season Seven

    If you’ve never eaten at Good Eggs you are, in my opinion, missing out on one of Door County’s best and most unique breakfast experiences. (Maybe I’m biased:  Joel Bremer, owner/manager/head cook at Good Eggs, is a friend and former roommate. I was actually one of Joel’s guinea pigs for the restaurant when finalizing the […]

  • Celebrating 30: The Cookery

    It took their honeymoon for Carol and Dick Skare to realize they could fall in love all over again. But this time, it was with an idea – to open a restaurant in Door County. The beginnings of The Cookery restaurant in Fish Creek began as most romantic endeavors do, with a chance meeting. Wanting […]

  • Familiar Faces: The Sister Bay Bowl

    The old adage “good help is hard to find” might be true when it comes to staffing a restaurant. Of course, there are always exceptions, and the Sister Bay Bowl is one of them. “The Bowl,” as it is called by locals and longtime visiting patrons alike, has long had a reputation for giving ample […]

  • Good Taste is All in the Family: The Shoreline Restaurant

    Mike and Mary Mead have a saying about how your meal is served at their Shoreline Restaurant in Gills Rock: “First you eat with your eyes.” If that’s true, between “drinking in” the panoramic water view and enjoying the presentation, you could be full before you take your first bite. But the Meads invite you […]

  • Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant

    The highest praise you can give a restaurant in the county is to say that locals frequent it. That is definitely the case at Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant. You aren’t just going to find locals, though; visitors and summer residents are also very much in the know when it comes to where to find a […]

  • Digger Degroot

    Actor, Prankster, Restrauteur & “Mayor”: Fish Creek’s Digger DeGroot

    In Door County, the definition of what makes someone a “local” seems to fluctuate depending upon who you ask. For some, it’s a title given to all babies born north of the county line; for others, it’s a designation reserved for those whose family trees have roots on the peninsula through multiple generations; and then […]

  • Coyote Roadhouse: Good Energy

    Approaching the Coyote Roadhouse in the high summer season, you are likely to see cars filling the lot, parked amongst the trees and lined up along the roadside. Walk in the door and the place is hopping. Bar stools are occupied, booths are filled with families, friends are mingling at tables on the porch overlooking […]

  • Island Resources Equal Sustainable Saveur: Washington Island Hotel and Restaurant

    A ship’s captain could take comfort while guiding his vessel through Death’s Door, knowing a nourishing meal and a peaceful night’s sleep awaited him on Washington Island. The Washington Hotel and its kitchen, established by seafarer Captain Ben Johnson in 1904, existed to provide those at helm with reprieve from the ship’s hold. A century […]

  • Healthy Casual: Bluefront Café in Sturgeon Bay

    With the revitalization of Sturgeon Bay’s downtown area, Third Avenue is bustling with foot traffic through its shops and Jefferson Street has a full three blocks of antique, craft and specialty stores. And let’s face it, all of that shopping can make a person hungry! Off on the quiet end of Third Avenue there is […]

  • A Restaurant for All Seasons: Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar

    A sage is defined as “one venerated for experience, judgment and wisdom.” Mitch Wise, chef and owner of Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar in downtown Sturgeon Bay, despite the obvious pun on his own last name, is a restaurateur who certainly isn’t lacking in any one of those characteristics. Sage, which opened in 1998, is […]

  • A Convivial Trio

    I went to dinner at Trio Restaurant in Egg Harbor with two friends in preparation for this article; my intentions were to enhance and refresh my memory of the dining experience, capturing the nuances of the setting, the cuisine, and the service. However, as I savored the last spoonfuls of the orange chocolate mousse, I […]

  • A Tiki Bar…Northwoods Style: Fred & Fuzzy’s

    The delicious smells of an open grill wafting through the air, the sounds of waves washing upon the shore, sunshine on your face and an ice cold margarita sweating on the table in front of you – no, this is not some Caribbean island fantasy. You are sitting at one of the outdoor tables at […]

  • Dan Eggert, The Waterfront, Sister Bay

    A Restaurant with a View: Dining at The Waterfront

    There are many fine dining options in Door County, a handful of which have been good enough to draw attention to their chefs and menus from south of the Bayview and Michigan Street bridges and beyond. A couple of those restaurants have even combined their exquisite menus with limited views of the waters surrounding the […]

  • Fireside Dining at Alexander’s

    Alexander’s, located at the Hotel Du Nord on the north side of Sister Bay, is open year-round. Beginning at the end of October, Alexander’s serves dinner on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 5:00 p.m. to close, and brunch on Sundays. Chef and owner Bruce Alexander changes his menu toward the end of October to reflect […]