If you could walk through an apple orchard right now your senses would be surrounded with the heady mixture of ripening apples, drying hay, crisp air and hot sunlight and fall wildflowers visited one by one by the honey bees. The chefs and restaurants in Door County know how to capture that essence of autumn and translate it into one-of-a-kind artisanal dining experiences…
Flavors that speak the language of autumn include cinnamon, apple, pumpkin and maple and no one makes coffee with these flavor combinations better than Carlsville’s Door County Tea and Coffee. Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Creamy Pumpkin Soup are some of the most popular features this fall. Cooler days make having a warming cup of coffee even more appealing and with all the choices available at Door County Tea and Coffee you are certain to find your new favorite. You can just smell the Apple Cobbler Coffee, the Caramel Apple Coffee or the Door County Maple Flavored Coffee.
Don’t leave Carlsville just yet, just go north and prepare to enjoy a few hours viewing art, sipping wines and catching a tour or two.
The chefs at Bistro 42 have years of experience pairing the wines with the seasonal bounty of Door County’s orchards, woodlands and gardens. On September 15th you can attend a Winemakers Dinner, where you will learn and enjoy throughout the meal.
Perhaps before dinner at Bistro 42 you can visit the Door Peninsula Winery, take a tour and sample the wines, such as the newly released ‘Witches Brew’ or stop in at the Door County Distillery to tour the county’s only distillery.
Shipwrecked Microbrewery, Egg Harbor, Door County’s first microbrewery will be showcasing it’s creations at the Egg Harbor Ale Fest September 21. On tap now is Door County Pumpkin Ale, a hearty, full bodied ale and a Fall favorite. Made with pure pumpkin and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, it warms the spirits at any time!
The Summertime Restaurant and Coopers Corner in the heart of Fish Creek offer fine casual and upscale dining. Try Coopers Corner’s delicious comfort foods like French Onion Braised Meatloaf and Twice Cooked Pot Roast; guaranteed to comfort your taste buds! The Cookery, with a small garden in the back of the kitchen, features a fall favorite: the Door County Cherry and Apple salad (apples, dried montmorency cherries, honey glazed walnuts, green onion, gorgonzola cheese and mixed greens tossed with house made red wine tarragon vinaigrette) and the the Caramel Apple pie, which is available only during the apple harvest.
Boxing Fan? Join Arroyo Bay Grill Fish Creek, September 14th for the Mayweather vs Canello Super Welterweight Champshionship bout. Football fan? Come to Arroyo Bay Grill to cheer your NFL team on with a Bucket of Domestic Beer ($10.00 including 4 Bottles) and belly up to the Buffet in the bar (Buffet Menu changes: Taco Bar, Sloppy Joes, or Brats!) so you can keep up!
For the best in fine dining in Baileys Harbor try Harbor Fish Market and Grille, serving a Late Lunch/Early Bird Dinner menu from 3pm to 5pm daily. All early bird dinners are served with house baked potato and fresh sauteed garden vegetables. But save room for dessert: in addition to Door County Cherry Bread Pudding and Door County Cherry Pie (with Hyline Orchard cherries), Chef Kara has prepared a “to die for” Caramel Apple Cheesecake! Right next door find Custards Last Stan for your morning coffee and bakery – try their famous Maple Bacon Donuts! The DC Deli (located up on the hill in what was previously Espresso Lane) has great sandwiches, especially the pulled pork sandwich, but don’t leave Door County without trying Boyd’s famous BBQ Ribs.
Between Fish Creek and Ephraim is fine dining in an elegant atmosphere at The English Inn. On the northern end of Ephraim you can stop for a hearty hot bowl of soup to warm up with from The Summer Kitchen’s famous Soup Bar.
In Sister Bay, Drink Coffee’s espresso drinks are made with organic beans and include: hot & cold lattes and mochas, the Drink House Blend coffee, organic cherry green iced tea, speciality sodas & more! Fall Fest in Sister Bay (October 18-20, 2013) means Pumpkin Pie In A Cup! Tucked away down the stairs at the Country Walk Shops, Chop is an intimate dining experience just waiting for you. Great menu and service too.
Mink River Basin Sports Bar offers casual dining, tap been specials during Wisconsin sports events and great music. Locally sourced ingredients are used every day. Just next door is Brew, a simple and comfortable coffee house that is a perfect spot to get hot cup of coffee and settle into a good book for a while.
Wherever in Door County your Autumn excursions take you, DoorCountyChefs is here to feed you the latest news in Door County Dining! Still looking for a place to stay for your Fall Getaway? Check out DoorCountyLodging.com today!