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Have a specific food or cuisine in mind? Use the images below to narrow your search for the perfect dish. You'll be taken to Door County's Hankr page where you can browse an array of local restaurants' food offerings or even search by dish, dietary restriction, flavor, and more.
In Door County, cherries aren’t just a highly snackable fruit or mere garnish for old-fashioneds—they’re a full-on lifestyle. You’ll find cherry-infused food and drinks on restaurant menus, cherry stories and references in our museums, jams and jellies on country stores’ shelves, and countless cherry references and imagery among the shops, businesses, art, and culture of the region.
We take food pretty seriously up here. If that cheese curd doesn’t squeak or that pie is filled with some other peninsula’s cherries, you can just forget ‘em. So, in honor of our region’s vast network of Swedish, Icelandic, Belgian, and other Western-European influences, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most iconic Door County dishes around.
Door County has become a true contender in the wine scene with its signature cherry and fruit wines as well as its many familiar grape varietals, much in thanks to the fact our humble peninsula and islands happen to be atop the 45th parallel—the same latitudinal circle famous for running through many notable wine-producing regions, including the Bordeaux in France.
Mushroom hunting, particularly for morels, is a springtime mainstay up here. A day or two after a rainfall, local chefs and ‘shroom-spotters head into the woods. Once the gatherers have a basketful of tasty, earthy mushrooms, they take them home to use in a wide variety of dishes, many of which you’ll find on restaurant menus later that day or week.
Door County has dozens of restaurants that can accommodate large groups of travelers. So whether you need to feed 5, 10, 50, or 400 people, there’s a spot to get grub for your whole group.
Take an in-depth tour of the local culinary scene in the Dished Up video series where chefs and owners give you an inside look at their signature dishes and cooking styles.
The Savor Door County video series serves up instructions on how to craft a few distinctively Door County meals.
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