Favorite Door County Culinary Finds

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I am lucky to have been living in Door County, Wisconsin for over 20 years.     Our county is filled with a vast array of culinary finds.    Frequently I am asked where to find the best tomatoes, how can I purchase some smoked whitefish to take home, or where is that bakery with the French oven?

To help all of the many visitors who will be coming to the county this summer, I have put together a list of my Favorite Culinary Finds.    Take a day or two and drive around the county, stopping in and discovering the many culinary treasures our beautiful county has to offer.

Happy hunting!



Here are some culinary locations you may want to stop at if you visit Door County!  


Door County Bakery    www.doorcountybakery.com    920-854-1137
Home of their trademarked “Corsica” bread made in authentic French bread ovens.

Specialty Food Shops

The Door County Creamery
The newest entry to the Door County cheese scene!   Chef Jesse Johnson of the Waterfront Restaurant.  Opens his newest venture, the Door County Creamery in downtown Sister Bay.    Chef Jesse makes his products using milk from his own goats from his Sister Bay farm.              

The Oilerie  www.oilerie.com    1-800-310-2878
Located in downtown Fish Creek in the Berringer Crossing  mall.  A variety of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

The Madison Avenue Wine Shop  www.dcoliveoil.com    920-746-0872
Featuring Door County Olive Oil Company, Spices of Door County, a great variety of wines, craft beers by the bottle (you can mix and match!)  and gifts.  Located on the Westside of Sturgeon Bay.

The Top Shelf Gourmet        www.topshelfgourmet.com    920-854-5040
Cheeses, breads, wines and a terrific selection of specialty food products from around the world.  Located in the Country Walk Shops in Sister Bay (turn by the Amoco station off of Hwy 42….by the Piggly Wiggly.

Bea’s Ho-Made Products    www.beashomadeproducts.com    (920)854-2268
763 Hwy 42, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin   54310
Located at the top of the Pennisula.   Bea has been making homemade jams, jellies and condiments for years.  A unique place to visit and a great place  to purchase food gifts.

Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop   www.schoolhouseartisancheese.com      (920)868-2400
7813 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor, WI
Downtown Egg Harbor offering a variety of cheeses from Wisconsin and around the world.

Charlie’s Smoke House    www.charliessmokehouse.com    920-854-2972
12731 Hwy 42, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin
At the top of the Door on Hwy 42 in Gills Rock.    Experience an old fashion fish smoke house featuring  Smoked Door County whitefish & salmon.

Bearcat’s Fish House   www.bearcatsfish.com   4th St  Algoma, WI 54201   (920)48702372
Heading back to Milwaukee or Chicago?   Go the scenic route through Algoma to Manitowoc and visit Bearcat’s Fish House.    A great place to stop for Door County fish on your way back home.

Waseda Farms   www.wasedafarms.com    920-339-9823
7281 Logerquist Road, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin   54202
oor County’s own grass fed beef.    Worth a stop to pick up some of their famous beef products.

Door County Coffee and Tea  www.doorcountycoffee.com     920-743-8930
Located on Hwy 42 between Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay.    Owner Vicki Wilson has been producing locally roasted Door County Coffee products for over 20 years.    Also houses a nice bakery, café and gift shop.   Try their Door County cherry coffee!

Kitchen Stores

Cornucopia Kitchen Shoppe www.cornucopiadoorcounty.com    920-743-0231
Great gadgets along with top of the line kitchen pots, pans and accessories.    Located in Downtown Sturgeon Bay on historic 3rd  Street.   Visit Cornucopia and the Madison Avenue Wine Shop on you way out off Door County!              

The Cookbook    www.cookbooidoorcounty.com      920-854-2269
Located in the Country Walk Shops by the Piggly Wiggly in Sister Bay.  A variety of cooking gadgets.

The Main Course   www.toysforcooks.com     920-868-2424
Located in the Top of the Hill shops in Fish Creek.  A variety of high end culinary cookware.   


Stone’s Throw Winery   www.stonesthrrowwinery.com   920-839-9660
3382 County E    Baileys Harbor   (in the middle of t
he county on corner of County Road E and A)

Door County Winery and Distillery      www.dcwine.com     920-743-7431
5806 Hwy 42       Carlsville, Wisconsin   (on Hwy 42 between Sturgeon Bay & Egg Harbor)
Door County wines plus locally made vodka and brandy.

Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery    www.simoncreekvineyard.com    920-756-9307
5896 Bochek Road   Jacksonport, Wisconsin

Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market    www.orchardcountry.com    920-868-3479
9197 Hwy 42, Fish Creek, Wisconsin  (On Hwy 42 between Egg Harbor & Fish Creek)  

Red Oak Winery   www.redoakvineyard.com        920-74307729
Find this winery on the right side of Hwy 42 as you enter Door County (before the bridge into the county).   You can see their wine machinery from the road through their  floor to ceiling windows.


Farmer’s Markets

Seaquist Orchards    www.seaquistorchards.com    920-854-4199  (closed Sunday)
11482 Hwy 42, Sister Bay (go through downtown Sister Bay.  Seaquist is about one mile on the right)
Largest grower of cherries in the state!   A terrific store to buy gifts plus a scratch bakery and homemade jams.     Fun place for kids as well.

HyLine Orchards   Open year round
ocated between Egg Harbor and Fish Creek.   Don’t let looks deceive you.  There is nothing “fancy” about this family owned farm market.  But they have some of the best prices around for seasonal produce.

Wood Orchard Market    www.woodorchard.com    920-868-2334
8112 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor, WI    Fun stop.  In the autumn, enjoy their new SweeTango apple as well as locally grown Honeycrisp apples.    Area for kids to play as well.   They offer free apple cider ice pops for kids!

Wildwood Market    920-854-2481
2208 Wildwood Road (The corner of Hwy 42 and Wildwood Road)    The on-site family farm market is located in a restored migrant picker’s shack.   Mark Carlson has flowers to pick as well.  A small family owned market, this is where I purchased my asparagus, rhubarb and tomatoes for the Inn at Kristofer’s.   Great selection of pumpkins and winter squash in the fall.

Sister Bay Farm Market      Saturday mornings from 8 – 11 a.m. off of Hwy 57 in the Sister Bay Historic village

Sturgeon Bay Farm Market -  Saturday mornings in the summer in downtown Sister Bay

Jacksonport Farm Market -   Tuesday mornings in the summer downtown Jacksonport Hwy 57

Fish Creek Farm Market – Wednesday mornings in the summer at the Settlement Shops Hwy 42, Fish Creek, WI


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6 Responses to Favorite Door County Culinary Finds

  1. Bobbi says:

    My favorite Door County Winery is the Red Oak in Sturgeon Bay
    Looks like you missed it on your list!

    • Chef Terri says:

      Thanks Bobbi
      I will add it. There are so many places in Door County, it’s easy to forget some people’s favorites!

  2. Roberta Kutlik says:

    Thank you Terri for listing our Saturday Sister Bay Farmer’s Market. It is also known as the Corner of the Past and is a project of the Sister Bay Historical Society. We will begin our 11th year on June 22nd, selling locally-grown fresh produce and food products processed in certified kitchens by Door County residents. The hours are 8 am to 12 noon.

    • Chef Terri says:

      Hi Roberta

      Looking forward to the opening of the Sister Bay Farmer’s Market! I’ll be there!

  3. Sharon Goldberger says:

    You covered all my favorite places as well, except for Bearcats in Algoma which, hands down, has the best smoked fish, including variety. And the prices are much less than Charlie’s.
    For bakery, wagon trail also has great variety and delicious.

    • Chef Terri says:

      Thanks Sharon

      There are so many places in Door County, its hard to include them all! I will add Bearcats for sure.


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