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“The Door County MUST! Great food & great times.”

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik
Ranked #5 of 37 Restaurants in Sister Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Swedish
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Description: Door County, Wisconsin's most well-known restaurant, established in 1949. From May through October, look for the live goats on the roof, on top of an authentic Swedish log building. Inside, there's a traditional Swedish atmosphere and Scandinavian food specialties, all served by waitresses in dirndls. After dining, visit Al Johnson's Butik, featuring a beautiful selection of Scandinavian products, including clogs, Swedish linens, books, clothing, jewelry, decorative items, books and housewares. Open May - October, 6 AM - 8 PM, And November - April, 7 AM - 3 PM.
Reviewed October 7, 2010

There is no other resaurant that comes close to Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik (not pancake house). I first enjoyed Al's when it was just a small counter and about 4 tables and Al was busily bussing the tables with his blue towel and there were no goats in sight. The food is divine - from Swedish pancakes with lingonberries to meatballs and a great burger to boot. How many places can maintain quality for more than 50 years? You CANNOT say you've been to Door County if you haven't been to Al's.

Thank AnneKissEll
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

Surprisingly, the best perch we had in Door County, flaky and flavorful, not overly breaded or oily. Also a very good picked herring appetizer, comes with sour cream, hard boiled egg, fruit, enough to make a lunch. Skip the morning crowds and go for lunch or dinner, you can always get a side of their Swedish pancakes (put some ligonberries on top and call it dessert-eat with sour cream too for a real treat).

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Reviewed September 20, 2010

We could not stop laughing at the sight of the goats on the roof. We had been told about this, but seeing them in person was just so much funnier than we expected. That alone is worth the stop!
The restaurant must still have all its orginal furnishings and decor (plastic molded seats!) which in a way, is part of the charm and attraction. You feel like you are a kid again in the back of the big old chevy on vacation.
I had the Swedish pancakces with lingonberries, and got addicted! Just terrific. My husband had pickled herring, which he said was outstanding, a great roasted red pepper soup, and a very average sandwich. But good fun with fun wait staff who get into it all.
The gift shop is surprising....I expected kitschy sort of road-side junk, but instead found a very lovely and well stocked shop. We did not have a lot of time, but if you are a shopper, be sure to stop in, it is not at all what I expected.

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Reviewed August 25, 2010

If you haven't already heard, this place has a grass roof and they put goats up there...it is quit enterataining to see the goats up there on the roof eating the grass. Needless to say, my girlfriend and I had to give this restaurant a try. We went there for breakfast around 8:30 on a Monday morning and found the restaurant busy, but we were seated promptly. The waitresses are dressed up in traditional Swedish grab which adds a nice atmosphere to the place. I had the Swedish Pancakes with lingonberries, meatballs, and eggs over easy. My girlfriend had a Monto Cristo (which turned out to be stuffed thick with ham) and potato wedges. The food was excellent and was served pretty quick. I would dine here again even if they did not have goats on the roof!

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Thank rynoshark13
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Reviewed August 23, 2010

A busy, hectic place, full of tourists, but not really a tourist trap. Good stick-to-your-gut Swedish food. Gets busy, so get there early to avoid the crowd. We were seated quickly, since we said the counter would be okay.

Thank Frogee
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