Any rec's for Fall trip to Door County [WI]?
Hello Midwest chowhounds! I'm from SF Bay Area & will be in Door County next week, driving up from Chicago. I see that Greenwood Supper Club's website says it's closed for the winter. Are there a lot of other seasonal closures to beware of, or more to the point, what places are more certain to remain open after Labor Day? Also, what are the farmers markets like? I'm going to be in Ellison Bay.
The Waterfront Restaurant in Sister Bay--the very best for a nice dinner. (Whistling Swam would be my second choice). Not only was the service perfect (tell the host it's your anniversary when you make the reservation) but the seared Diver Scallops (with creamy Lemon Orzo & Edamame and Italian Salsa Verde Panzenella & Crustacean Oil) were the best I've ever tasted. If you're looking to stop there for a more casual night, come on Wednesday for tapas and mojitos or Thursday for hand-rolled pasta. I was there in October too.
Our favorite casual restaurant for lunch ironically is the same owners as Waterfront and is called JJs. They have a new location in Jacksonport too which is closer to your place in Sturgeon Bay. Have fun!
My family has a place in Sturgeon Bay, and I just spent a couple of weeks up there. For a real Wisconsin supper club, I love The Greenwood in Fish Creek. http://www.greenwoodsupperclub.net/
For the best whitefish chowder you'll ever have, go to Shoreline in Gills Rock. Sit on the porch off the bar. http://www.theshorelineresort.com/
If you want to do a fish boil, I like the Old Post Office Restaurant in Ephraim. Be sure to have them de-bone the fish for you. http://www.oldpostoffice-doorcounty.com/fishboils.htm
If you need a place to stop to eat on your way to Sturgeon Bay, I like Rock Falls Supper Club which is in Luxemburg just off 57. http://diningfolio.com/Green_Bay/579/
I was just in Door County, and strongly second the Old Post Office fish boil. The fish is well done (yes, have them de-bone for you), the location is beautiful, and $19 for a nice meal and tourist show is a steal.
I enjoyed the whitefish chowder at Harbor Fish Market & Grille, which has some lovely outdoor seating. One downside, my tap beer was $7. That's ridiculous.
If you are wine tasting, do your research. There are some touristy spots featuring "midwestern wine" (i.e., wine that tastes like juice). It's not terrible, especially for the price, but be prepared.
The Red Oak Winery in Sturgeon Bay is nice. Tastings are $5, but the pours are generous and the conversation is good.
Good, cheap lunch options include Julies in Egg Harbor and the Inn at Cedar Crossing in Sturgeon Bay.
Mission Grille in Sister Bay is delicious and if you need to shop, (and trust me, you'll want to) the Main Street Market in Egg Harbor has one of the best wine selections in all of Door County. We went there to stock up on some breakfast stuff and walked out of there about $400 lighter...those were some expensive Pop-Tarts ! (Ok maybe we got some L'Ermitage and Sea Smoke too!)
Last year, my husband & I celebrated our first anniversary with a long weekend trip to Door County - you'll have a fun time! The places that stood out to me were:
The Waterfront in Sister Bay - Excellent dinner, great wine & port and nice views. This was our anniversary dinner spot & oddly enough the couple next to us was also celebrating their first. Seems to be a theme....
Shipwrecked Brewery in Egg Harbor - Standard greasy pub food, but good. The treat was their own beer sampler and unless you have a very strong constitution, I'd recommend sharing - it's a lot of beer! You can purchase the ones you like to take home, too.
Simon Creek Winery in Jacksonport - Dynamite cab franc - love, love, love this! And of course, they have other great wines too. Seriously though, the cab franc.....
And I agree with previous posters about Mission Grille - also good.
Have a great trip!
Shipwrecked Restaurant & Brewery
7791 Egg Harbor Rd, Egg Harbor, WI
I love Door County and try to go as often as possible. Here are some of my favorites.
Village Cafe (B, L and D)-my very fave breakfast
White Gull Inn-(B, L and D)
I was there in June and the Cookery had had a fire. I think it won't reopen until next year.
C and C Supper Club
Wilson's-ice cream place, but also serves okay food
Al Johnson's for the goats on the roof
That's all I can think of now. I wish I were going with you.
For a anniversary dinner I would suggest The Whistling Swan.
I like The Cookery in Fish Creek for breakfast and lunch. Summer Kitchen in Eprhaim is a favorite for breakfast/lunch. http://thesummerkitchen.com/site/
The Sister Bay Bowl has an excellent broasted chicken dinner. I also like the Greenwood Supper Club for the Wisconsin Supper Club experience.
I'm not a fan of the fish boil but that is a Door County experience not to miss. The White Gull Inn has a good one.
The Inn at Kristopher's is right across from the bay in Sister Bay, a wonderful view while having dinner.http://www.innatkristofers.com/