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Dinner options in Door County during the winter are varied and plentiful, and the best part is you rarely need reservations. Here’s a short hit list of some of the restaurants that are open throughout the winter and offer up good eats, tasty drinks and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Keep it casual and find your favorite pub and grill food at one of the many bar and restaurants on the peninsula.
This favorite Irish pub in Sturgeon Bay is known for having a great menu which ranges from burgers and tacos to BBQ and mac and cheese. Try the Nutty Burger featuring a ½ pound angus beef patty, pepper jack, peanut butter, smoky bacon, and crunchy fried jalapenos all on a Texas toast bun.
If you plan your evening right, you can catch a beautiful sunset over the icy lake at Sunset Grill located on Riley’s Point in southern Sturgeon Bay. Share a pizza or enjoy a tenderloin or ribeye off the grill. Fish Fry Friday is a favorite time of the week with walleye, perch or cod options along with salmon, scallops and shrimp for additional seafood meals.
Make your way north to Egg Harbor to grab a local pint and plate at Shipwrecked Brew Pub. The menu features soup, salad, sandwiches and burgers along with specialty dishes such as the Five Cheese Mac and Beer Cheese with mild andouille sausage, bacon & Vidalia onion in a beer cheese sauce using the Bayside Blonde and a blend of cheddar, smoked gouda, asiago, parmesan & romano cheeses.
Just to the east over in Baileys Harbor you will find Coyote Roadhouse, home of the heaping onion loaf and Kanga-reuben sandwich. Enjoy a full bar and ten taps and maybe a cup of the “Hold on to your Shorts” Chili or deep-fried green beans appetizer.
If you’re looking for a supper club experience, you don’t have to look far.
Up in Fish Creek you’ll find the English Inn a cozy winter escape complete with gourmet touches. The dining room features warmly lit lanterns, comfortable seating and a lounge area complete with a fireplace. Make sure to order the spinach salad with the famous cherry hot bacon dressing.
Just south of Jacksonport on Highway 57, you can’t miss Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille. With a newly remodeled ballroom, the restaurant is a popular place for family gatherings and celebrations. The food is old-fashioned and high-quality, with reasonable pricing, with ribs being a highlight - especially the Door County Cherry Ribs.
South of Egg Harbor on Highway 42 in the woods you’ll find the large log cabin-esque structure that is the home of the Log Den. Great food and good spirits are served in an atmosphere that’s ideal on a cold winter day. Choose an entree from the seafood, field or farm categories, or join in the Fish Boil on Friday nights, reservations required.
The newest addition to the supper club scene is the recently reopened Union Supper Pub in Sturgeon Bay. The food is described as casual, inviting and tasty, featuring the classics but also including new takes on old favorites, including items like the Korean Corn Dip appetizer or the Drunken Duck pasta.
When it comes to fine dining, you won’t be disappointed with your winter options. Make a date night or spend a special occasion at one of these esteemed establishments.
Overlapping with the supper club theme is Donny’s Glidden Lodge on the bay in Whitefish Dunes. The pristine location offers gorgeous views of Lake Michigan during the day, so come early and have pre-dinner drink while the sun is still setting. If you are feeling indulgent don’t miss the chance to “Gliddenize” your entree by adding a Merlot sauce and candied onions atop toast points and Gorgonzola cheese.
This family owned and operated full-service steakhouse features a display kitchen and bar area for pre-dinner drinks. The menu offers dinner specialties including various beef cuts, seafood, pork and vegetarian options. Check out the drink menu for seasonal craft cocktails and an impressive wine and spirits list.
The Inn at Cedar Crossing evokes a old-school metropolitan feel in the heart of downtown Sturgeon Bay. The restaurant attached to the quaint inn offers an elegant dining room and bar with fresh dinner staples and inventive options such as the pesto stuffed chicken breast or asian kale salad.
Known as Door County’s oldest operating inn, the menu at this old-time restaurant is anything but stale. With rotating specials based on ingredient seasonality, the array of items will dazzle your tastebuds. Pan seared scallops with chorizo and chili oil or braised rabbit carbonara are a sampling of the creative cuisines.
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