A Fiery, Flavorful Favorite
It all starts with a blazing bonfire under a kettle of salted water. People circle around to warm themselves and take in the crisp smell. When the temperature is just right and the crackle of the fire is just loud enough, the boil master adds a basket of potatoes and onions to the kettle. A few crackles later, the mild whitefish steaks, fresh from Lake Michigan, are delicately lowered in. At just the right moment, kerosene is tossed into the fire, exciting the blaze and causing the water to boil over, dramatically carrying off the fish oil that has collected on top. The fish are pulled out and greeted with a generous drizzling of butter. Ladies and gentlemen, dinner is served.
What began as an economical way to feed large, hungry hoards of lumberjacks and fishermen has become an integral part of the Door County experience. Even people who don't like fish, have been known to like this fish. That's why a fish boil is a must-do experience when you visit here. However, you must remember one thing: leave room for the Door County Cherry Pie.
For a full listing of fish boils, download the Restaurant Dining Guide and Fish Boils of Door County Brochure
While reservations are not always required, they are typically encouraged.
The Log Den
6626 State Hwy. 42 - Egg Harbor
Jun - Oct: Fridays at 6:30 pm
Mill Supper Club
Hwy 42/57 - North Sturgeon Bay
Mid-June-Mid Oct: Tues & Thu 6 pm
4199 Main St - Fish Creek
May-Oct: Nightly starting at 5 pm.
*Boil over every 30 minutes until close.
Rowleys Bay Restaurant
Rowleys Bay Resort - Rowley’s Bay
Memorial Weekend-Mid-Oct: Mon, Wed & Sat at 5pm with historical re-enactment story by "Peter Rowley" preceding each boilover starting at 4:30 pm. Reservations suggested.
*Group boils available with prior arrangement
19 Green Bay Rd - Sturgeon Bay
Memorial Day - Oct: Fri & Sat 6:30 pm
The Viking Grill
12029 Hwy 42 - Ellison Bay
April: Fri 4:30 pm
May, Sept, Oct: Tues, Fri & Sat 4:30-7 pm
Mid June - Mid Oct: Nightly 4:30-8 pm
Nov and Dec: Fri 5 pm
3662 N. Duluth Ave - Sturgeon Bay
June-Mid Oct: Thu, Sat & Sun 5:30 & 7:30 pm
White Gull Inn
4225 Main St - Fish Creek
May-Labor Day: Wed & Fri-Sun 5:45, 7 & 8:15 pm
Oct: Wed & Sun 5:15, 6:30, 7:30; Fri & Sat 5:45, 7 & 8:15 pm
Nov-April Friday at 7 pm
*Fish boils held year round