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Nov 4, 2010 08:31 AM

Looking for the best lakeside dining on Lake Winnebago, near Fon Du Lac

A friend of mine is looking for a nice restaurant she can go to and enjoy a wonderful memorable meal on Lake Winnebago. She would be coming from the Fon Du Lac area and neither of us are familiar with the area. She will be dining alone. Any suggestions? Thanks

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  1. Coming from Fond du Lac--but going to where? Lake Winnebago's a pretty big lake.

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    1. re: TheBookPolice

      She will be staying in West Allis, and going up towards the lake. If there's somewhere on a lake near West Allis, that would be fine too. Thanks!

      1. re: michele cindy

        Ah, gotcha.

        I don't know West Allis, but as for the south/southwest Lake Winnebago area, I'd tell her to make a trip a bit north on the western shore to Wendt's on the Lake. I don't think Fond du Lac's lakeshore has much in the way of dining.

        Outside of my personal experience, looks like Blanck's Supper Club would be a good bet for the northeastern Wisconsin experience. Schmitty's Oar House is a bit more taverny, but also gets good reviews online.

        1. re: TheBookPolice

          She may also be in Sussex. I'll forward this onto her. Thank you so much!

    2. If she's just looking for lakefront dining somewhere between West Allis and Fond du Lac, that's pretty wide open, option-wise, considering it's about a 1 1/2 hour drive between the two. I'm not super familiar with the Fox Valley/Lake Winnebago area, but a search of of the boards here would probably bring up some ideas.

      West Allis (and Sussex for that matter) are both suburbs of Milwaukee. If waterfront dining is a qualifier for where to eat, there's tons of options in Milwaukee both on Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River. Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro is an old standby on a bluff above Lake Michigan that serves delicious French food made by a James Beard award winning chef. The Bartolotta group also operates the new Harbor House restaurant right on the waterfront in downtown Milwaukee.

      I've never eaten there, but Coast is another one that's located right in downtown Milwaukee with views of the both the lake and the gorgeous Milwaukee Art Museum.

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      1. re: mse924

        In my opinion, the best view of the water and the downtown area is The Harbor House. It is right across from the Calatrava (Art Museum). It is relatively new and occupies that space that formerly housed Pieces of Eight. It has been renovated and has gotten outstanding reviews on the atmosphere and food.
        I'm not sure if her intent is to stay in the Milwaukee area , go to various lakes in the Milwaukee area or to travel 1 hour north to the Lake Winnebago area.

        Pieces of Eight
        550 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

        1. re: Living4fun

          Thanks everyone! She's going to be travelling alone on a business trip and thought it would be a great opportunity to explore a place on one of your picturesque lakes, relax and eat a good meal.