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We call Sturgeon Bay town because it's actually a city and it's where we need to go to get supplies, fix our cars and we have friends that live there as well. So when someone says for instance "I am going to town", that what it means. We go to Sturgeon Bay eat and shop because they have tons of great restaurants, boutiques, clothing stores and so much more. And they have an actual movie theater and a steel bridge.
I am personally a fan of Supper Clubs... in Wisconsin they are historic. Here's what Wikipedia has to say (yes, they list Supper Club in their encyclopedia). A Supper Club, traditionally, refers to a dining establishment that also functions as a social club. The term may describe different establishments depending on the region, but in general, supper clubs tend to present themselves as having a high-class image, even if the price is affordable to all. In Sarah terms, it is a full service restaurant...(a.k.a, has a bar), opens at (supper time), and offers a full menu. For the most part they are family operated, and may have relish trays, maybe a salad bar, good Old Fashioneds, a nice wine list, no lunch and have great, friendly service. Last Monday night we decided to go to the Nightingale for dinner... er, um supper. The Nightingale updates their Facebook page regularly and the food always looks so good. Oh yeah, and on Mondays they offer Surf and Turf as a special! Here is owner Dave Ripp with his amazing bartender Julie... Apparently the photo bomber is a regular. I thought it was pretty funny. Anyway, Julie put a reservation in for us because Monday nights can be really busy. Dave Ripp bought the Nightingale from popular restauranteur Gene Kessen in 1984 and whose picture still hangs on the wall there. Dave and his wife Deb are my daughter-in-law's uncle and aunt. Everyone either knows or is related to each other in Door County. It's like only 3 degrees of separation here. We listened to music by Les Berns whose son John is a friend and a Door County Trolley driver... See, I told you everyone knows everyone. He does this gig from time to time for no pay just donations for the needy. Pretty cool and a pretty cool guy. His music was fun to listen to as well. We sat in the dining room and visited with our server Tracy... Mark ordered the Beef Stroganoff soup and I had the Cream of Asparagus soup... I repeat... I need to take food photo classes. These soups tasted much better than my photo would have you believe. I repeat again... we love soup. And it was hot... I hate cold soup. The Nightingale is most famous for their Prime Rib but we both had this in mind... Enough said. After dinner we had to have an after dinner drink at the bar. Our friend Julie was in helping out with the new menus... Mark asked about Marcia Brauer the chef and she was in the kitchen so we asked if we could go back and get a pic with her. They said she is camera shy but we could go back and say hi... Guess it depends on who's taking the picture! Thanks Dave, Marcia and all for a great night! Check out the Nightingale, it is a Door County Tradition!
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