If you’re looking for an all-encompassing dining experience in Wisconsin, look no further than Door County’s renowned fish boils. A tradition begun as a way to feed large groups of hungry fishermen and lumberjacks, the fish boil has remained a succulent way to gather in community.
These boils have been celebrated for decades as definitive of Door County and distinctively Wisconsin, each fire offering the crowd of hungry onlookers an unforgettable experience followed by an incomparable meal. The classic menu consists of fresh whitefish, baby red potatoes, little white onions and fresh Door County cherry pie.
The fresh yet timeless tastes nourished by the places below will welcome you in to this Wisconsin tradition.
Pelletier’s of Fish Creek epitomizes authenticity in taste and experience as they carry the torch of this Door County tradition in the stunning flames of their expertly ignited fish boil. Once the fish oils float to the surface of the boiling water, the “master boiler” will throw fuel into the fire, causing a climatic flaming boil-over of the fish oils. Then, dinner is served!
White Gull Inn – Fish Creek
Reserve your spot on this inn's gorgeous patio for Wisconsin pampering that entails both dinner and a show. Serving fresh Lake Michigan whitefish caught by local fishermen, White Gull offers a pristine fish boil experience that allows you to sit back and relax as dinner is prepared and catered to you.
Old Post Office Restaurant – Ephraim
Located in the heart of Ephraim, this eatery offers mouthwatering cuisine as well as a breathtaking overlook of Eagle Harbor. This home-style establishment specializes in carrying on the fish boil tradition that was brought to Wisconsin by the Scandinavians more than a hundred years ago.
Rowleys Bay Restaurant – Ellison Bay
As part of their buffet, Rowley’s offers Door County’s only all-you-can-eat fish boil every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night. The generous passion that provides patrons with endless fish is matched by their master storyteller’s vivid spinning of the history of the magnificent Rowleys Bay.
Viking Grill and Lounge – Ellison Bay
Home of the original whitefish boil, Viking Grill has been a hub of the fish boil community for the past fifty years. The grill’s classic preparation of their fresh fish is a lifeline to the heart of Door County tradition.
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