Bite into something delicious the nex time you are in Door County, Wisconsin. From breakfast to dessert, these four places are worth checking out.
1. Sonny’s Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Sonny’s Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay has been a favorite pizza spot for locals since 1996. In 2015, Sonny’s opened its new waterfront location along the bank of Sturgeon Bay.
Once you step inside the building, you will notice how cozy the inside is. Take your time to savor both your food and the environment. If the weather is nice, step outside and enjoy the view of the bay.
There are a variety of dishes for everyone. The Burrata appetizer shown above is creamy and is great with the drizzle of balsamic on top.
The Bruschetta is another great appetizer that you are sure to enjoy before you get your main course.
Sonny’s Pesto and Tomato pizza is made with olive oil, fresh garlic, basil, and covered with mozzarella and topped with Roma or sundried tomatoes.
The sauce on the pizza – well that is a secret sauce that owner Jason Estes uses. (He got it before moving to Door County from Chicago’s south side.)
For dessert, the Door Co. Cherry Pie is a hit. For chocolate lovers, I recommend Zepolle – fried Neapolitan dough with a side of Nutella.
Other items on the menu include Baby Back Ribs, Jumbo Shrimp, Perch & Cod (on Fridays), Sandwiches, Salads, Chicago-Style pizzas, and more. The kids menu includes Chicken Tenders, Butter Noodles, Spaghetti, Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken Alfredo, and Mac & Cheese.
2. Al Johnson’s – A Taste of Sweden in Door County
When it comes to Swedish pancakes, people may not think of Wisconsin, but they should. In Door County, Al Johnson’s serves authentic Swedish pancakes in a cozy environment that transports diners to Scandinavia.
Al Johnson’s is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving residents and visitors of Sister Bay for over 50 years. In the beginning, Al Johnson did it all from washing to cooking. In 1960, Al met his would-be wife, Ingert. She brought authenticity to the restaurant with her Scandinavian roots. Visitors can thank Ingert for the two Butiks (boutiques) where they can purchase souvenirs and gifts from Europe as well as lingonberries and Swedish pancake mix from Al Johnson’s to take home and make.
Breakfast begins at 6 am and is served all day at the restaurant. Diners can pair their pancakes with sweet toppings such as Door County cherries or strawberries and cream. On the savory side, Swedish meatballs are available. Lunch and dinner items are available from 11 am until 8 pm daily.
During tourism season (late May until mid-October), goats graze the grass roof that tops the restaurant. The goats have become so popular that they even have their own Goat Cam.
3. Scaturo’s Restaurant and Bakery
The Seat Mac N’ Cheese
Diners to Door County, Wisconsin will quickly notice the obvious – a lack of chain restaurants. That void, though, is filled by local establishments such as Scaturo’s – a family-owned full-service restaurant and bakery.
Italian Chef Antipasto Salad
Scaturo’s opened its doors 21 years ago and has been specializing in home-cooked food in a laid-back atmosphere. Open 7 days a week, patrons can dine in or pick up a casserole to-go. Scaturo’s offers weekly specials, such as Pizza Night on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2-for-1 Bread on Wednesday, and brunch on Sundays.
Door County Grilled Chicken Salad
The Ultimate Door County Burger
The bakery offers homemade treats such as cookies, pies, and pecan rolls. The restaurant has a variety of menu items from biscuits and gravy for breakfast to The Seat Mac ‘n Cheese for lunch to Chicken Parmigiana for dinner to just about everything in between.
Scaturo’s is located at 19 Green Bay Road in Sturgeon Bay and opens daily at 5 am, Monday through Saturday (7 am on Sundays). You can view their menu online by clicking here.
4. Door County Coffee and Tea Company
Door County, Wisconsin is known for cherries and wine. Another thing that is known for is coffee. While the locale is not ideal for growing coffee beans, the people at Door County Coffee & Tea have learned how to roast it to perfection.
Once you step inside the quaint storefront, you are greeted by the wonderful aroma of coffee. Door County Coffee & Tea, a family-owned artisan coffee roaster, has been in business since 1993. They roast more than 100 flavors of coffee on the premise.
In addition to freshly roasted coffee, Door County Coffee & Tea also serves breakfast and lunch, as well as a variety of sweet treats.
Door County Coffee & Tea was founded in 1993 and is located on Highway 42 in Sturgeon Bay.
Where’s your favorite place to dine in Door County?