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“If your high school cafeteria served a fish boil, this would be it!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Pelletier's Restaurant & Fish Boil

Pelletier's Restaurant & Fish Boil
Founder's Square, Door County, Fish Creek, WI
920-868-3313
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Ranked #12 of 28 Restaurants in Fish Creek
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 restaurant reviews
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“If your high school cafeteria served a fish boil, this would be it!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2008

If you're looking for a good fish boil, go anywhere but here! My husband and I were looking for a great Door County Fish Boil experience, but we were really disappointed by the experience at Pelletier. We entered and were forced to wait in line for quite awhile to pay, get our drinks from the bar (no table service) and be seated--which is a first come, first serve free for all. The alcohol they served was terrible. We were lucky enough to get a table outside, though so we did get to enjoy the quaint location and beautiful evening. The fish boil itself was pretty cool, but that was the only highlight of our evening. We were served our food about 3 minutes after the food was taken off the fire, leading me to suspect that our meal might not have actually been served from the kettle, but might have been prepared in the kitchen. Our server was less than professional and we had to ask repeatedly for her or the bus boy to remove the sodas from the patrons who had sat at our table previously. Then, they brought out our meal on divided plates--yes, the type you were served meals on in school! The food was very bland, but edible. The fish was warm, not hot, which further fed my suspicion that our food hadn't come from the boil we'd just witnessed. The bread was limp and fell apart when we buttered it. I held out hope that dessert might redeem the place, but worst of all, the "Door County cherry pie" was surely made with canned pie filling (it tasted like Wilderness Brand) and was way too sweet. We were extremely disppointed and will absolutely not return the next time we're in Door County.

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Bay City, Michigan
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“Fish Boil entertaining, food OK....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2008

This WI tradition is interesting and entertaining. Essentially, they have a large, black iron pot of water boiling, with a wood fire underneath. Potatoes, whitefish and onions are added at various times, and cooked for different lengths of time, then kerosene is added to the fire at the end of the cooking, a huge flame of fire shoots up and over the pot, which then "boils" over, bringing the fish oils up and out of the pot. I hope I got that right! Anyway, fun to watch and capture on film, with a little history/cultural/cooking lesson thrown in for good measure. The meal was OK-potatoes and onions very good, whitefish OK. You should be prepared for the task of removing the skin of the fish and deboning it, but they give you instructions on a printed paper, and can advise you if you still need help. The meal also includes a piece of cherry pie and all drinks-pop, water, milk, tea or lemonade. $15.50/person (adult). Service was friendly. Restaurant decor OK. Pleasant evening. I do recommend attending a fish boil, though any restaurant that provides them would be about the same, I am guessing.

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Evansville, Indiana
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“Great Fish Boil”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2008

Was fun and entertaining ....... great food, good service

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Illinois
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“one of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2007

We had 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners and our service was outstanding, prompt and friendly. The food was outstanding. A pleasent meal and a clean place.

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Chicago
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“Terrible Service and Food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2006

This was a last minute breakfast choice on the way home from a wonderful vacation and it was not a good ending. First of all the hostess (might have been owner) was rude from the moment we walked in. She then proceeded to try to deter us from eating there and said the food was going to take a long time. Once we actually got service, the waitress seemed all around irritated. After all that we were grateful to get our food until we took the first bite, I didn't even eat it. How do you mess up breakfast food? There was a group of 6 of us and we will never go back.

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