This week we continue our culinary tour of Wisconsin counties with visits to Door County and Douglas County.
Door County is home to about 28,000 Wisconsin residents and covers 483 square miles. The County seat is in Sturgeon Bay. Other villages include:
- Egg Harbor
- Sister Bay
- Bailey’s Harbor
- Ellison Bay
The county has 298 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan and Green Bay and is often called the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” The county is a very popular summer vacation destination with the population swelling to about 250,000 in summer with tourist visitors from Illinois, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison and Minneapolis. There are five state parks in the county: Peninsula, Newport Beach, Potawatomi, Whitefish Dunes and Rock Island. County parks are also numerous with Cave Point being the most popular. There are ten light houses, eight wineries, three microbreweries and one distillery. As a major tourist destination, Door County has much to offer visitors with various recreational activities, camping, fishing, boating, biking and hiking. Numerous Door County Lodging options are available and the local shop owners and merchants welcome all.
WisconsinMade Artisan Partners located in Door County:
- Door County Confectionery maintains a number of shops in Door County featuring their chocolates.
- Door County Coffee has many flavors all roasted in small batches in Door County
- Trillium Herbal is an industry leader producing organic lotions, soaps and oils
- Seaquist Orchards offers a variety of premier cherry products as well as other fruit and baked items
In addition to our artisan partners, Edible Antics recommends the following in Door County (please check ahead before your visit – some of these locations are closed in winter):
Restaurants we like and we think you will too:
- Alexander’s of Door County offers fine dining in a relaxed setting.
- The White Gull Inn is famous for its cherry stuffed French toast for breakfast.
- Carrington at the Landmark Resort offers summer outdoor dining on a large outdoor deck overlooking Green Bay.
- Donny’s Glidden Lodge on the shores of Lake Michigan wins visitors hearts in all seasons.
- Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik features Swedish pancakes, serves breakfast all day but is most famous for a grass thatched roof that hosts goats in the summer.
- Harbor Fish Market and Grille offers waterfront fine dining in Bailey’s Harbor.
- Casey’s BBQ and Smokehouse is in Egg Harbor. Try their Southern smoked Baby Back ribs or the smoked beef brisket.
- Fred and Fuzzy’s waterfront grill is an indoor/outdoor casual spot on Little Sister Road in Sister Bay.
Door County bakeries worth a visit:
- Door County Bakery for fresh take-out baked treats, or eat in their cozy dining room.
- Grandma’s Swedish Bakery opens in mid-May for pecan caramel sticky buns and other treats.
Cheese shops for you to visit:
- Renard’s Cheese has a shop right at the factory for fresh cheese curds
Unique specialty shops with good food:
- Sweetie Pies is a small shop that makes great pies.
- Door County Ice Cream Factory is a great spot for homemade ice cream on a hot summer day.
- Top Shelf Cafe and Gourmet shop is a specialty food store with a broad selection of gourmet domestic and imported foods. It is also a deli, cafe and fine wine shop.
- Wilson’s is the stop for ice cream sundaes, cones, shakes and malts.
- Bearcats Fish Market in Algoma has fresh and smoked fish for your enjoyment.
- Charlies Smoke House in Gills Rock offers fresh smoked fish.
Door County wineries include:
- Door Peninsula Winery sells their own wines but also offers olive oils, vinegars, jams, sauces and more from Door County. They are also the only distillery in Door County.
- Door 44 Winery has award winning wines for you to try.
- Harbor Ridge Winery is one of the newer producers in Door County.
- Lautenbach’s is a country market and winery.
- Red Oak Vineyard has recently moved to a new location just south of Sturgeon Bay.
- Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery has tastings, an outdoor deck overlooking the property and a gift shop to complement their wines.
- Stone’s Throw Winery offers, in addition to their wines olive oils, an outdoor dining setting to enjoy the wine.
- Von Stiel Winery in Algoma makes award-winning wines and is the oldest licensed winery in Wisconsin.
Douglas County is part of the “North Shore” of Wisconsin in the far northwest corner of the state on the south shore of Lake Superior. It occupies 1,309 square miles and is home to about 44,000 people. The county seat is Superior. Other villages in Douglas County include:
- Lake Nabagamon
- Solon Springs
Douglas County is home to the Pattison State Park with Big Manitou Falls that drops 165 feet and is the fourth tallest falls east of the Rockies. Amnicon Falls State Park and the Brule River State Forest are also here. The Brule River flows north into Lake Superior and is a challenging canoe river with substantial rapids and small waterfall ledges along the way. Much of the county is wilderness and park lands with recreation opportunities.
Edible Antics recommendations in Douglas County:
- A Dozen Excuses Donuts in Superior for fresh donuts daily.
- Dreamland Supper Club in South Range.
- Sky Club Supper Club in Plover is home of the original salad bar.
- Try the BBQ ribs at Eddie’s in Superior.
- The Thirsty Pagan Brewery brew pub has unique brews.
- Superior Public Museums feature three locations: the restored Fairlawn Mansion, the SS Meteor Whaleback great lakes ship and the Old Firehouse and Police Museum. Each worth a stop for their insights into history and beautiful exhibits.
Did we miss your favorites? Let us know.
Join us next week for the edibles in Dunn and Eau Claire Counties, where we hunt for more goodies made with pride and passion in Wisconsin.