Brunch is one of those magical periods of time where all seems right with the world, especially when you’re brunching in Door County. Here are the core components that make up a great brunch:
- It’s not too early in the morning, so you can still get some quality sleep even if you’re up late enjoying the nightlife
- But it’s not too late in the day where you’ll be cutting into the rest of the day’s plans
- It’s a chance to leisure over breakfast and enjoy some early lunch food favorites too—basically, you don’t have to choose between breakfast or lunch items; you can have it all!
- The accompanying adult beverage—mimosa, greyhound, or Bloody Mary—adds to the indulgent atmosphere and often aids in soothing any ailments accrued from a rowdy Friday or Saturday evening.
If you’re a fan of brunch, here are some places to head when Saturday or Sunday morning rolls around. Or, check out this list of all your traditional breakfast options, including bakery and coffee shops.
Stone Harbor in Sturgeon Bay
At one of the largest resorts in Sturgeon Bay, enjoy casual and contemporary waterfront dining offering breakfast entrees like eggs benedict, omelets, breakfast burrito and steak and eggs.
The ever popular Door County Cherry Stuffed French Toast will never let you down.
Inn at Cedar Crossing in Sturgeon Bay
Built in 1884 at the corner of bustling Cedar and Cottage Streets (now Third and Louisiana), this brick vernacular style building has been a historic icon and was recently remodeled to mix in modern elements for a contemporary dining experience. The Sunday brunch is a hot ticket too, with items like the bread pudding, corned beef hash, plate sized pancakes and grilled hazelnut french toast.
The Mimosa Flights let you choose 4 styles of mimosa from your standard to Door County Cherry, Lemon Lavender, Bellini, Blackberry Mint and Kir Royale.
Chives in Baileys Harbor
Chives Restaurant is known for beautifully presented fresh, seasonal cuisine utilizing local ingredients. They are also known for a great brunch! Reservations are recommended to get your table to try the small plates - like the avocado toast, crepes, fried calamari - or the larger entrees - including a DoCo Burger, croque madame and ultimate BLT.
The St. Germain Fizz plus the Johnny Cakes: cornmeal pancakes with Washington Island strawberries and whip cream.
Heirloom Cafe & Provisions in Baileys Harbor
This recently opened cafe serves fresh, eclectic and (generally) health conscious breakfast and lunch items for dine-in and to-go. There’s a variety of beverage options, with wine and beer on rotating taps. The menu changes weekly, so you’ll always be eating seasonal and fresh, but there is a Sunday Brunch Menu that offers some standards like shakshuka, an egg sammy, breakfast tacos and a loaded everything bagel.
The brunch special is bound to be good, or try the Nicholas Family Kroupsa - their version of a Dutch Baby (a baked pancake) with Sap Happy roasted-maple syrup.
Mike’s Port Pub and Grill in Jacksonport
A local’s mainstay, this pub and grill is located in Jacksonport, close to Whitefish Dunes State Park and Cave Point County Park. They have a loaded breakfast menu featuring unique offerings like country fried steak & gravy, a chorizo burrito and breakfast classics.
The Jacksonport Sandbox: a brat patty over hash browns topped with sausage gravy with eggs and toast. Or, on the first Sunday of every month, go for the potato pancakes!
The Cookery in Fish Creek
This contemporary, family run restaurant offers American casual fare with an emphasis on local ingredients. Breakfast features include pancakes, eggs, omelettes and cereal, with a breakfast cocktail menu as well.
A Greyhound cocktail and the Biscuits and Chowder - two house baked biscuits topped with two fried eggs and topped with their famous whitefish chowder.
The Viking Grill in Ellison Bay
Casual, affordable dining in a friendly atmosphere with made from scratch menu. The breakfast is known to be rather hearty, serving up your favorite breakfast standards: platters, omelettes, biscuits and gravy and much more.
“The Dumpster” a mix of two scrambled eggs, hash browns, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, bacon, sausage and ham topped with cheese and served with toast.
Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay
Al Johnson’s is an authentic Swedish family owned restaurant, and is most famous for having goats grazing the sod roof in the summertime. The breakfast menu consists of a variety of Swedish fare, from pancakes with lingonberries to Swedish meatballs, and your traditional breakfast plates, such as eggs, sandwiches and french toast.
The Swedish Pancakes with Cherries and Rolf’s Bloody Mary