Like...all of Door County.
So when everything we do and everything we have is considered to be The Best the nation has to offer, it may seem a little indulgent to pick the best of the best. Like skimming the cream off.
To take the analogy a little further, we simply have a lot of cream. It’s often daunting to pick the standouts. But every year, we ask our readers to do just that. It’s a tough task, a hard job...but someone’s gotta do it, right?
Again, this year, you responded, voting for your favorites around the county.
There are some trusted old friends on the list—business and places so firmly established in the echelons of greatness, it’s hard to unseat them.
There are a few newcomers, too. It’s nice to see folks are branching out and trying new things—and being happily surprised by the quality out there.
As always, we encourage you to check out all these places, whether you are a resident, a long-time annual visitor or a first-timer.
Wait—first timer? What took you so long? Well, never mind that, we are glad you are here. We think you are going to really love this place.
Make a few stops, check out these places, and explore new ones.
When you do, tell them Door County Magazine sent you!
? Best Antique Shop
Honorable mention: Door County Traders, Blue Willow & Chelsea Antiques, Bayside Bargains, Bargains Unlimited, Julie’s Upscale Resale
? Best bakery
Honorable mention: Pink Bakery, MacReady Artisan Bread Co, Scaturo’s Baking Co, Klaud’s Kitchen
? Best Burger
Honorable mention: Carrington Pub & Grill, Bayside Tavern, Husby’s Food & Spirits, Mink River Basin, Red Room
? Best cherry pie
Honorable mention: Sweetie Pies, Seaquist’s Farm Market, Wood Orchard Market, White Gull Inn, Bea’s Ho-Made Products
? Best chili
Honorable mention: Peninsula Pub, Husby’s Food & Spirits, Brick Lot Pub & Grill, Carrington Pub & Grill, Czarnuszka Soup Bar
? Best convenience mart
Honorable mention: Baileys 57, JP Express, Pioneer Store, Bhirdo’s Shell, Jandu Marathon
? Best cross country ski trail
Honorable mention: Newport State Park, Crossroads at Big Creek, Whitefish Dunes State Park, Potowatomi State Park
? Best deli
Honorable mention: Fish Creek Market, Econo Foods, McEvoy’s Culinaria, DC Deli, Door County Creamery
? Best festival
Honorable mention: Sister Bay Fall Fest, Ephraim Fyr Bal, Egg Harbor Alefest, Steel Bridge Songfest, Baileys Harbor 4th of July
? Best fireworks display
Honorable mention: Baileys Harbor, Sturgeon Bay, Gills Rock, Fish Creek, Sister Bay
? Best fish boil
Honorable mention: Pelletier’s Restaurant & Fish Boil, Viking Grill & Lounge, Old Post Office Restaurant, Scaturo’s Baking Co, Rowley’s Bay Restaurant & Fish Boil
? Best fish fry
Honorable mention: Carrington Pub & Grill, Nightingale Supper Club, Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub, Peninsula Pub, Viking Grill & Lounge
? Best Gallery
Honorable mention: Plum Bottom Gallery, Fine Line Designs, Frykman Studio Gallery, Woodwalk Gallery, Ellison Bay Pottery
? Best Golf Course
Honorable mention: Orchards at Egg Harbor, Horseshoe Bay Golf Course, Alpine Golf Course, Idlewild Golf Course, Maxwelton Braes Golf Course
? Best Grocery Store
Honorable mention: Econo Foods, Piggly Wiggly, Pick N Save, Pioneer Store, Marchant’s Foods
? Best Handicapped Accessible Business
Honorable mention: Julie’s Park Café & Motel, Landmark Resort, Main Street Market, Wal-Mart
? Best Local Musician or Singer
Honorable mention: Small Forest, Pat mAcdonald, Hope Reyes, Julian Hagen, Modern Day Drifters
? Best Lodging for families
Honorable mention: Bridgeport Resort, Newport Resort, Scandinavian Lodge, Stone Harbor Resort, Door County Cabins @ PlumBottom
? Best Margarita
Honorable mention: Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar & Grill, Mojo Rosas, Carrington Pub & Grill, Shoreline Restaurant
? Best Outdoor Concert
Honorable mention: Harmony by the Bay, Sister Bay Concerts in the Park, Egg Harbor Concerts in the Park, Steel Bridge Songfest, Blues on the Bay
? Best Pet Friendly Business
Honorable mention: Gills Rock Coffee, Dogma Diggs & Grooming Studio, Beachfront Inn, Buttercups Coffee, Gibraltar Grill
? Best Pizza
Honorable mention: Sonny’s Pizzeria, Joe Jo’s Pizza & Gelato, Bayside Tavern, Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub, Carrington Pub & Grill
? Best place to stargaze
Honorable mention: Peninsula State Park, Cave Point, Egg Harbor, Landmark Resort, Crossroads at Big Creek
? Best place to watch a packer game
Honorable mention: Bayside Tavern, Mink River Basin, Stone Harbor Resort, Mojo Rosas, Carrington Pub & Grill
? Best Restaurant
Honorable mention: Donny’s Glidden Lodge, Wickman House, Alexander’s of Door County, Shoreline Restaurant, Chop
? Best Sandwich
Honorable mention: MacReady Artisan Bread Co, Fatzo’s Sub & Pizza, Door County Creamery, Blue Horse Café, Coyote Roadhouse
? Best site for romantic dinner
Honorable mention: Donny’s Glidden Lodge, English Inn, Wickman House, Carrington Pub & Grill, Chop
? Best sport shop
Honorable mention: Ecology Sports, Nor Door Sport & Cyclery, Dunham’s Sports, Nan & Jerry’s
? Best place to view autumn colors
Honorable mention: Landmark Resort, Potowatomi State Park, Ellison Bay , Hwy 42 Gills Rock to Northport, Door Bluff Park
? Best Steak
Honorable mention: Donny’s Glidden Lodge, Nightingale Supper Club, English Inn, Alexander’s of Door County, Sister Bay Bowl
? Best Supper Club
Honorable mention: Donny’s Glidden Lodge, Greenwood Supper Club, Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille, Sister Bay Bowl, English Inn
? Best tour or charter
Honorable mention: Shoreline Charters, Ride the Fireboat, Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours, Sail Door County
? Best Vegetarian Menu
Honorable mention: Julie’s Park Café & Motel, Grasse’s Grill, Wild Tomato, Bluefront Café, Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar
? Best Wedding Venue
Honorable mention: Gordon Lodge, Horseshoe Bay Golf Club, Stone Harbor Resort, Woodwalk Gallery, About Thyme Farm