One of the most popular tourist attractions is the traditional Door County Fish Boil offered by local restaurants. Fish Boils were introduced by Scandinavian immigrants in the late 1800s to feed large crowds of fishermen and lumberjacks.
Today, whitefish caught by local fisherman in Lake Michigan is cooked in a large cast-iron kettle with potatoes, onions and salt. After the fish is cooked, the oil rises to the top of the kettle. Kerosene is then placed on the flames causing the boil over. The meal is completed with butter and lemon, a serving of coleslaw and a dessert of Door County cherry pie.
Most restaurants encourage guests to arrive a half-hour early to witness the boil over which is quite a site to see with large flames created when kerosene is thrown onto the fire. Because of their popularity, reservations are always recommended. Bring your appetite and enjoy this unique Door County experience!
Best Fish Boils on the Peninsula:
- Pelletier’s Restaurant – Located in Founder’s Square in downtown Fish Creek, offering fish boils nightly May through October. Closed during the off season.
- White Gull Inn Restaurant – Located in Fish Creek, offering fish boils on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights May through October. Friday nights only during the off season.
- Old Post Office Restaurant – Located in Ephraim overlooking Eagle Harbor, offering fish boils nightly May through October. Closed during the off season.
- Viking Grill & Lounge – Home of the original fish boil located in Ellison Bay, offering fish boils nightly April through October.
Stay in the heart of Door County at our downtown Fish Creek location. The Thorp House Inn & Cottages is centrally located to all of the restaurants offering fish boils. We look forward to seeing you!