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“Right out of a Rockwell Print” 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 #5 of 10 Restaurants in Ephraim
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout
Galena Illinois
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“Right out of a Rockwell Print”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2009

How can you go wrong. Sit outside under the canopy.
Have a burger and soda or shake,,, The burgers are on the skmall side... but it's the atmosphere. I regretted not stopping on my first visit. This feeling was validated when we ate there the second time thru.
Will definitely make a point of making a ritual of eating here any and every time I we visit the area in the future. Eat and enjoy the food and the spectacular view

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Its about the experience. Just look at this place! The food is good enough. The root beer is GREAT, but the experience...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2009

Its about the experience. Just look at this place! The food is good enough. The root beer is GREAT, but the experience of sitting on an old front porch looking out at a beautiful bay is what its all about.

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Chicago, Illinois
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“Old fashioned goodness by the scoop.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2009

Wison's is as much about the experience as it is about the food.

Just one look at the place and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. You can order ice cream at the counter inside to go or you can sit down for full table service. The ice cream really is good -- and I don't think it matters if they're churning it out in the back room or having it made somewhere else in Wisconsin. I personally love the "Dark Secert" -- a sundae made with chocolate ice cream and topped with hot fudge and marshmallow. Yum!

The food is exactly what you would expect -- diner-ish fare that includes grilled cheese, hamburgers, etc. And the food is good too. It's not gourmet or fancy but it's good.

If you're in Door County it's worth your time -- and the calories -- to sit on the patio and order a sundae or get an ice cream cone and go sit on a bench across the street and watch the sun set.

It doesn't get much better than that!

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Chicago, Illinois
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“an icon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2009

Wilson's is a must-stop if you're near by. You will see dozens of people, walking around licking ice cream cones with smiles on their faces. I took a photo of the place, and it felt like the SUV that ended up in the photo should have been a 57 Chevy. Fun.

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Marinette, Wisconsin
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“An Old Fashioned Hamburger Joint in a Quaint New England Village in Wisconsin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2009

Wisconsin has its share of old villages, but none is as pretty as Ephraim, with it's white cottages, churches and commercial buildings. Wilson's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor is located in one of the latter: An old commercial building on a gentle curve in the road. Wilson's has been catering to hungry travelers and locals for a century. We've made dozens of trips to Door County, but never tried it before. It always seems so crowded! Well, we spent a weekend in the Door before the crowds arrived and finally had our chance to eat at Wilson's. I had a classic burger and fries while my husband had a Chicago-style hot dog. Perfect! It was like going back in time. And the bill was reasonable, too. In addition to classic American food, there is a classic American juke box (feed it from our table, like in the old days!) that offers a great collection of vacation songs and summer tunes and classic rock 'n' roll. There's a smattering of memorabilia and an ATM.

My father, who was in the restaurant business, always said, "Do one thing and do it well." Wilson's has done it well.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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