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“MUST stop for Ice Cream” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wilson's Restaurant

Wilson's Restaurant
9990 Water Street, Highway 42, Door County, Ephraim, WI 54211
920 854 2041
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Ranked #4 of 10 Restaurants in Ephraim
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Des Moines, Iowa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“MUST stop for Ice Cream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Another 'must-do' while on the peninsula. Always stopped for ice cream as a girl, now I take my son. The old saying is still true: the further north you travel, the bigger the scoops for a smaller price. Never eaten in the restaurant - this is always just dessert. Pick a number, wait with many other families, then have your order taken by high school kids. Zanzibar chocolate is a dark treat, while black cherry (what else!) is popping with berry taste. Whether an afternoon treat or the last stop of the day, travel back to a simpler time.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hartford, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A Door County Classic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Wilson's existed before most of us were born. I have been going there since the 1960's and you know that they say that if you can remember the 1960's, you were not there! I go to Wilson's for their ice cream treats. They even have at least one 'no sugar added' ice cream if you are diabetic. The service is always very good. Just a tip, if there is a long line of people waiting for carry out ice cream and there is a table available, take the table and a waitress will take your order promptly and you can relax while waiting for your treat.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Shawnee, KS
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8 restaurant reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Spot On !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

When day after day or night after night you have to take a number and stand around until they call your number just to order ice cream, you know it has to be worthwhile. Quaint place, quality service by friendly high school or college kids who are working summer jobs. Same if you want to eat a meal there. Throwback time with good food and friendly young servers. This place is right across the street from the bay where by the bay they have sturdy-framed wooden benches to sit on while you try to lick through your massive ice cream cone as there no such thing as a small one. No better way in Ephraim than to watch the sun set while licking an ice cream cone. It's the little pleasures in life that count!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“a wonderful step back in time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

it is the location and atmosphere that make Wilson's special. Met friends their for a quick lunch and the restaurant lived up to expectations. The kid's working there for the summer are well trained and deserved big tips. Burgers are delicious and the root beer comes in a frosty mug. All in all a very good experience. Again.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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“Cute Kitsch Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Wilson's was the most adorable, kitsch-y old-time diner themed restaurant, with deliciously bad for you food. The service was extremely quick, and it was surprisingly not busy at normal dinner time (although it was a Tuesday).

Visited July 2014
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