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“great food with family” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: For over 56 years and four generations later, Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty welcomes your family to our family! Your Wisconsin Dells vacation would not be complete without a Paul Bunyan's Lumberjack meal. We take extreme pride in serving the freshest family style breakfast, lunch and dinner. With our ever-so-famous homemade buttermilk donuts made fresh every day, keeps our visitors coming from miles away just to pick up a dozen!
Louisville, Kentucky
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106 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“great food with family”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

went here on the last day they were open in 2012 great food there was not many people here so it made for a good time with my family

the food was all you could eat and was great chicken and food

beacuse it was the last dinner and lunch of the year they were out of a few things and did not have any jelly , and it was a bit spendy for us but was worth it for good food and time with my family if it was not for them being there we would have spent our $34 at famous daves but it was still good to see the place it was clean and nice

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Northern Chicago suburbs, IL
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The donut withdrawal begins. . .”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

We had breakfast this weekend, which was also closing weekend for the year. They'll be open again next spring. We have been coming to Bunyan's for over 40 years, since we were both kids. The breakfasts are family style, and while they have sausage, ham, pancakes, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs and biscuits and gravy, the donuts are worth the price of admission! They are freshly made constantly during the morning hours. And, if you haven't had your fill of donuts prior to leaving the restaurant, be sure to stop in the gift shop for some to go.

The staff is always friendly and service is excellent. It's rare when you find a restaurant where older people and young families with little kids peacefully co-exist, but they do here. I'd love to say that we've been here for lunch and dinner as well, but sadly, it's been years since we've done that because breakfast is our destination meal and one that has never disappointed.

Here's looking forward to their re-opening for the 2013 season. We were there for opening weekend this year and plan to be there again for the 2013 opening.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“This place is awesome!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

My kids loved this place! It's set up like a lumberjack shack and everything is served "family style", where it's all on big plates with enough for everyone. It was packed every time we stopped by and we had great food/service!

Visited October 2012
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Rhode Island
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89 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Not what I expected, Pleasantly Surprised”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

In the area, most of the breakfast spots and buffet-style. I figured this was yet another buffet, but was surprised to find that it was, in fact, a family-style service.

Seating is similar to that at a picnic, with benches or chairs. I imagine it would feel a little small on a crowded day, but we were able to have our own table to ourselves and no one immediately next to us.

The service began with drink orders, and was soon followed by their amazing buttermilk donuts. You can ask for more of anything you like, and the server will refill quickly. The donuts were then followed by hash-browned potatoes, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, ham, sausage, etc., Very filling and quite tasty.

Service was excellent, food was excellent, and the value was good. On the way out, you can roam their gift shop if you like, as well.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Saturday morning breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Service was great and the novlety aspect was worth it alone. The food was average with the exception of the amazing donuts. You do get all you can eat though. And the gift shop had some pretty great finds.

Visited September 2012
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