First thing in the morning, most people want only two things: a steaming cup of coffee, and a delicious hot breakfast. A good breakfast restaurant knows how important your morning meal is, and they take the duty of serving it seriously, which is why Wisconsin’s Door County is known for some great breakfast places.
No matter what your breakfast meal of choice is — sweet and syrupy waffles, an egg scramble, or the whole spread — you’re sure to find it at one of these homey and cozy breakfast restaurants. It’s a guarantee that you’ll arrive hungry and leave satisfied at any of these breakfast restaurants in Door County, so read on to find out our top picks.
1. Julie’s Park Cafe
Julie’s Park Café is attached to a small motel in Fish Creek, near the entrance to Peninsula State Park. This is a great spot to stop and sit in for breakfast or lunch or grab something quick along the way. We usually fill up on a big breakfast before a busy day exploring all the things to do in Door County.
Julie’s has a kids’ menu and a few vegetarian options, so it’s well-rounded for the whole family. Their lunch menu has many options to fill you up, like flame-grilled burgers and fresh sandwiches, but it’s their breakfast that takes the cake. Try the cherry pancakes and their gourmet, house-made hot chocolate to start your day.
- Address: 4020 Main St, Fish Creek, WI
2. White Gull Inn
There’s something about a Bed & Breakfast restaurant that just exudes a cozy, warm aura. The White Gull Inn is a bed and breakfast in Door County that is located near the entrance to the state park, and just off the banks of Sunset Beach Park.
Not only do they do a killer breakfast and lunch, but they offer a candlelight dinner menu with some seriously delicious dishes. Salmon, ribeye steak, and succulent pasta are just a few of the amazing options. Or, if you want an authentic Wisconsin experience and you’re here during the summer, stop by for their classic fish boils.
- Address: 4225 Main St, Fish Creek, WI
3. Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant
Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant in Sister Bay. It is also one of the most famous restaurants in Door County, so expect a wait. As the name suggests, they specialize in Scandinavian fare, with herring and Swedish meatballs being some of their most-ordered dishes. The interior is decorated like a Nordic cabin (major cozy vibes) and waitresses wear traditional Scandinavian costumes.
If you’re just stopping by for a drink, grab a Malmo Mule from their outdoor bar, the Stabbur, and be sure to keep your eyes out for one of the highlights of Al Johnson’s: the live goats which walk on the grass-covered rooftop.
- Address: 10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay
4. Chef’s Hat Cafe
If you’re looking for an anytime meal that’s homey, delicious, and made with fresh quality ingredients sourced locally, the Chef’s Hat Café is the spot for you. Open 8am-9pm every day, this quaint and inviting little eatery borders Peninsula State Park and boasts gorgeous views of Eagle Harbor.
Pitch up in the dining room on chillier days, or bask in the sunshine on their outdoor patio in the summer months. Breakfast must-haves include their homemade scones and their chef’s egg scrambles, but if you’re coming for lunch or dinner the meatloaf comes highly recommended.
- Address: 3063 Church St, Ephraim, WI
5. Door County Coffee and Tea Co.
Looking for the best cup of coffee on this side of the Atlantic? Door County Coffee & Tea Co is where you’ll find it. Look for the homey white house with the jewel-green lawn and lounger chairs, and the little red sign on the roof, and you’re in the right place.
If you’re looking for the full restaurant experience this won’t quite fit that bill, but you can still find a few delicious things on their breakfast and lunch menu: breakfast burritos, egg scrambles, or baked oatmeal to name a few. But the best thing is of course their specialty roasted coffee, with gourmet flavors and different roasts. While you’re here, pick up some homemade chocolate too!
- Address: 5773 WI-42, Sturgeon Bay
6. Old Post Office Restaurant
The Old Post Office Restaurant isn’t just one of the best breakfasts in Door County, it’s breakfast with a view. They boast some seriously delicious home-cooked breakfasts, from a menu with tons of options whether you prefer savory omelets or rich, syrupy Belgian waffles (and everything in between). Their cherry pancakes are also a fan favorite.
Imagine sipping your first cup of freshly-brewed morning coffee while digging into a hot breakfast with a side of hashbrowns (another popular choice) and gazing out at the harbor. That’s what you can expect with a visit to the Old Post Office Restaurant!
- Address: 10040 N Water St, Ephraim
7. Blue Horse Cafe
Calling all breakfast lovers! The Blue Horse Café does all-day breakfast, so you don’t need to worry if you’ve overslept — that breakfast sandwich and hot cup of coffee will be waiting for you. Dogs are welcome, so bring your furry friends with you to their outdoor seating area.
If you’re unsure what to get, the most popular menu item is the Muffaletta sandwich, a stuffed sandwich with three types of salami, provolone, pickled onions, greens, olive tapenade, and a homemade Italian dressing – all served on a piece of crispy fresh focaccia bread.
- Address: 4113 Main St, Fish Creek
8. Scaturo’s Baking Co & Cafe
Scaturo’s bright and cheery interior will be a great start to your day, second only to their delicious offerings. Their breakfast menus are positively drool-worthy, enough that you may have a hard time choosing what to get. From French toast to eggs Benedict dripping with Hollandaise, to healthy omelets, and skillet breakfasts with crispy potatoes, one thing is certain: you will not leave hungry.
And be sure to save room for something sweet, because they are a bakery first, restaurant second. Fresh-baked cookies, donuts, and sweet rolls are perfect for a grab-and-go after breakfast. Who doesn’t love a road snack, anyway?
- Address: 9 Green Bay Rd, Sturgeon Bay
4 Quick & Easy Door County Breakfast Restaurants
Bearded Heart Coffee
Bearded Heart Coffee’s menu is small but mighty and consists mainly of toast, sandwiches, and bagels. Whether you’re planning to eat or not, you can’t skip a cup of coffee from their extensive java menu. They’ve got the usuals like lattes and cappuccinos, but unique options like the Mexican Mocha (made with cayenne chocolate) and matcha lattes if you want something caffeine-free.
- Address: 8093 WI-57, Baileys Harbor
Door County Bakery
Door County Bakery is a great place to stop to grab something for the road. They have a deli counter, a bakery, and a small restaurant (their homemade quiche is extremely tasty). Whether you’re eating in or just popping by, don’t leave without a loaf of their famous Corsica loaf — crispy french bread infused with olive oil.
- Address: 10048 WI-57, Sister Bay
Macready Artisan Bread Company
Macready Artisan Bread Company does more than just fresh-baked bread. Try their homemade soups, artisan sandwiches (made with their own bread, of course), and even sweet dessert and pastries combined with locally-made ice cream. Take a few loaves with you for home, to keep enjoying the fresh bread long after you’ve left the bakery.
- Address: 7836 WI-42, Egg Harbor
With a passion for quality roasted coffee and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, Kick Coffee is a must-try for breakfast and lunch in Sturgeon Bay. Aside from their heavenly roasted coffee drinks, they also serve smoothies, frappes, and looseleaf tea, so you can start your day with your preferred drink of choice.
For breakfast, try one of their hot breakfast sandwiches, potato-crusted quiche, or baked oatmeal.
- Address: 48 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay
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