I thought it was time I put together a Door County Healthy(ish) Food + Restaurant Guide for the blog. Below are some of my go-to places to eat at or pick up food. Some are healthier than others of course, but hopefully the below will help guide you when planning a trip there.
Days/Hours open vary and change, so be sure to check the websites prior to going.
Door County Healthy(ish) Food + Restaurant Guide
On the way in or out of Door County, you might want to stop in Sturgeon Bay for lunch. Get Real Cafe has something for all eaters, they have the friendliest staff, and the food is coming from a super clean kitchen. Below I have the vegan quinoa salad that they kindly put on toasted gluten-free bread since I wanted a sandwich.
My favorite in Sturgeon Bay. I wish it was further up since I could frequent it more often, but either way I stop anytime I can. I usually grab a few grocery items, but more so I get a made-to-order veggie sandwich on toasted GF bread. If you want something hot that you can heat up later, check the soups, curries, and other ready made items in the coolers. If you are facing the sandwich counter, look into the right big case as well as the case behind you. The ready-made items are always changing, but I often find something healthier in those cases. If you want a custom Take N’ Bake pizza, they have that too. If the kitchen is closed (9am-6pm M-F and 9am-3pm S&S), then I usually opt for Barnana’s plantain chips and hummus if I need car food for a long ride home. If you feel like ice cream, check out the Fronen in the freezer section (strawberry ingredients: coconut cream, strawberry, honey, banana, freeze dried strawberry).
The orange slices in my sandwich below are actually sweet potato slices. So good! There are picnic tables right across from the grocery store to eat at.
P.S. If you want a coffee in Sturgeon Bay, go to Lawless if it’s open.
Probably my favorite place for lunch in Door County. They have high standards of food quality and a lot comes from the local farmers. Although a small menu, there is going to be something that pleases most here. They have a lot of vegan options on the menu if you are vegan. I like to sit on their relaxing back patio in the summer and often order the salad.
If you eat goat cheese, definitely stop here. You may or may not find something on their menu depending on your dietary needs, but it’s worth the stop when you are walking through the town. They have gifts, gelato, wine, baguettes, tubs of goat cheese and more. Seating is all outside.
Maybe once a year we’ll grab a thing of goat cheese, a baguette, wine and go sit by the lake. If it works out, we’ll grab sourdough bread from Cultured to pair with the goat cheese instead. Cultured bread was sold at the Farmer’s Markets and specialty grocery stores, but she now has her own location. 2570 County Q Sister Bay WI 54234
A happy little coffee shop that feels like a vacation spot. You can sit at a table with a great view of the water otherwise there are more tables outside in the back. Go there for coffee, tea, breakfast, or lunch. They usually have a vegan tomato chickpea soup and a veggie sandwich that you can edit to your needs.
If you want a treat, grab the Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Coconut cookie at Analog. It’s dense enough for two to share.
This place is hidden behind the Piggly Wiggly in Sister Bay. If you want a cold pressed juice, smoothie, or smoothie bowl, check out here. Also, check out The Kitschinn Juicery in Sister Bay.
If you find yourself further up on the Peninsula and want a coffee, tea, or packaged juice it’s a nice place to stop. They also sell their own gluten-free granola here. Their outdoor seating area is super peaceful.
There are not a whole lot of places open in Door County come winter time, but Sip is. While a smaller menu, I still found a healthy salad option. I also tore off some of Mark’s potato waffle which tasted amazing. Next time I might try the avocado toast (minus the egg).
The popular pizza place in Door County. I usually order the veggie pizza with gluten-free crust and no cheese. Depending on who makes it, I often get extra veggies and pesto so the goat cheese is not even needed. The GF crust has slightly burnt edges and is crunchier, but it’s still worth getting when you feel like pizza. Oh and I often get a family size salad for a meal here as well.
Mark & I often stop at this place to share a cold brew coffee and sit at their sunny yellow outdoor tables. It just feels good here. This last time though we wanted to eat here as well. They have changed their menu from previous years. Although I don’t consider it healthy, my goat cheese, pesto, arugula, tomato bagel (they don’t have GF) was pretty amazing and so fresh tasting. I’ll cave more on the healthy part here and there when the ingredients are coming from quality local farms. Bearded Heart is a huge local supporter.
If you are in Door County on a Sunday (9am-1pm), stop at the Bailey’s Harbor Farmer Market. We always find some food to grab for dinner at the cottage. Grilled veggies or a summer salad? Yes, please.
9-1pm on Tuesday’s until mid October.
There is also a Fish Creek Farmer’s Market at The Settlement shops on Wednesday’s.
A healthy food market in Door County. A good one to grab snacks and some groceries. I love their bags of local lettuce they sell. I’ll often buy tomatoes, crackers, olives, and a bag of lettuce to make a picnic type meal. Pack along a cutting board and a knife. 🙂
My favorite place for a nice dinner. While the menu is very small and always changing, I can usually find a really good salad here and they’ll happily adjust to dietary needs. The staff is thee nicest. It’s a great place for a romantic date or girls dinner. Groups of 2 are ideal here as it’s super small. They don’t take reservations and it can be a two hour wait in summer. Knowing this though, it’s the cutest place full of pink touches and soft candlelight. Mark and I prefer to sit right at the adorable bar. Besides wine, they have tea and coffee as well.
A cute casual wine bar with seating inside and outside. They have so many types of wines for all palettes. I really like a chilled red, so I went with the chilled 2019 Finca Wolffer Red this last time and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you need a snack with your wine like I do, they have great packaged olives with clean ingredients. It’s also a great place to go if you wind up with a wait at Trixie’s next door. Oh, and the staff is thee nicest too!
P.S. Ephraim is known for the best sunset view. If you find yourself here around sunset, be sure to step outside to catch it.
Other places I want to mention:
Approachable fine dining place that’s always great. The menu is small this year, but if you eat salad and fish you might find something for you. I always omit something with my salad and fish entrée to fit my needs and they are always super great about it.
My husband and I like coming here in the summers and sitting at the outside bar seats for lunch. I get their simple salad with lemon vinaigrette (minus the cheese). While it is simple, it’s usually a big bowl of the absolute freshest tasting greens. If you enjoy wine, pair it with a glass of their rose or dry white from France. If you or someone in your party eats burgers, my husband absolutely loves the burger here too.
Coffee, wine, beer, spirits, bakery items, and a retail space in one. A super beautiful and creative space to checkout.
Well, that is it for now! I hope you found some gems on here to suit your needs. I will come back and edit/add as time passes. Thanks for following along! Find me on the daily @herhealthystyle on Instagram