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The Mill Supper Club (4128 WI 42/57 N, 920/743-5044, dinner Tues.–Sun., $10–25) is a basic supper club with fish boils Tuesdays and Thursdays. Nothing flashy about it, but the food is great and the service has always been chipper as only found in a small town.
I’m most impressed with the newest restaurant in the Door: Family Thyme (136 N. 3rd Ave., 920/818-0520, 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $8–15). A simple straight-up menu ranges from crafted (I think it’s apt) burgers to southwestern-style kabobs and even a Thursday night world cuisine with, best of all, prices that won’t break the bank. Better, it had taken over a bistro and the interiors will surprise you with some elegance considering the budget-worthy food!
West of the ship canal and a casually chic, energetic place, Bluefront Café (86 W. Maple St., 920/743-9218, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun., $8–18) defines eclectic. Where else in town to find pan-fried locally caught walleye next to a Thai vegetarian wrap? Yup, here. Try the fish tacos—it brings ’em in.
Phenomenal Northern Italian cuisine in a cozy but contemporary setting is right downtown at Trattoria dal Santo (147 N. 3rd Ave., 920/743-6100, 5–9 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 4–9 p.m. Fri.–Sun., $12–25). This wonderful place has been honing its cuisine for nearly two decades and they’ve never overlooked anything in atmosphere. For this edition they added a new wine bar.
An epicurean delight is the Inn at Cedar Crossing (corner of 3rd Ave. and Louisiana St., 920/743-4200, 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 7:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $8–32). Though quite modern and posh, the inn features original decor down to pressed-tin ceilings and ornate glasswork, and a fireplace roars in each dining room. The menu, heavy on fresh fish and seafood, emphasizes regional ingredients—as many foods as possible come from Wisconsin. Patrons swoon over the desserts with a somewhat alarming passion.
© Thomas Huhti from Moon Wisconsin, 5th Edition