My husband and I went to Door County for a weekend getaway on 11/16-11/18. We decided to try CHOP b/c I had seen a few good reviews for it. There were a couple of not so great reviews as well, but mostly they focused on that they felt “rushed” to eat and get out of there. Boy was I glad I didn’t listen to those! CHOP was AMAZING! I would highly recommend reservations. We had some for 7:30 and we sat down immediately. The place is a bit smaller, so I could see if they were packed, how it might feel rushed, but we didn’t feel that way at all. Our waiter was actually one of the owners, and he was very nice and friendly! He stopped to talk to us for a bit after our meal and ask how everything was and where we had heard about CHOP. I told him about the reviews, and he said that if you call for a reservation, and you know that you like to hang around longer and take your time eating, then just let them know that when you make the reservation and they will plan accordingly. He talked about how the people that eat at 5pm like to eat right away and get out, those that eat around 6:30, like to hang around, and sometimes when they have other reservations waiting it can feel a bit rushed. So if you want to hang around and enjoy your meal, they are very accommodating, just let them know! Down to the food:
I had the mushroom ravioli with a cream sauce and fresh Alaskan crab meat on top. This was the best mushroom ravioli I’ve ever had. At first I wasn’t sure how the crab meat would taste with it, but it was wonderful; very rich and smooth. It came with a side salad. My husband had the 12oz NY strip with mashed sour cream potatoes and a side salad. His steak was done perfectly (medium rare) and the potatoes were very creamy and flavorful. He got to choose a steak topping; he chose the house, butter with Worcestershire. The steak was so flavorful and juicy. I had a glass of wine and he had 2 beers and our total before tip was only $66! Definitely well worth it. I’ve had dinners that weren’t half as good as that for much more in downtown Milwaukee. The service was excellent and you can really tell they care about the restaurant, as it’s a family business. The grandma even makes the popovers they give you at the table! We didn’t have any dessert b/c we were too full from eating our entire meals! The atmosphere is modern but quaint. It is a bit small, really no area to wait inside. They do have seating outside, so in the summer that would be nice. There really isn’t a “bar” so to speak, it’s right in the front when you walk in with 4 stools, but I wouldn’t really come to a place like this to sit at a bar anyways. Overall, I can’t wait to go back to this place next year! This is a nice place for a romantic evening or celebrating something.
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