Sheboygan dining offers more than just brats
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Have you been to Sheboygan lately? If not, you might be surprised at how diverse its dining scene has become. From upscale, chef-owned gourmet restaurants on the lakeshore to cozy, family-owned diners, it really tackles the full spectrum with full flavor.
Fun fact: Sheboygan is known as the bratwurst capital of the world, and whether or not the title is accurate might be up for debate, but you sure will find an abundance of the cased meat at the area's eateries.
Here is an updated account of what the city to the north brings to the dining table. While this list doesn't cover every last restaurant, it includes the newcomers as well as several perennial favorites.
Al & Al's Stein Haus
1502 S. 12th St., (920) 452-5530
You'll find classic American cuisine here, but on Sundays the restaurant switches gears and offers a full German-themed buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
725 Indiana Ave. (920) 803-0300
This is a place for the whole family, for any meal. The people are real, the prices are low and the food is yummy.
Bourbon Street Pub & Grill
1536 Indiana Ave., Sheboygan, (920) 458-1779
As the name suggests, expect Southern-style Cajun cooking like gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, blackened catfish and po' boys.
Brisco County Wood Grill
539 Riverfront Dr., Sheboygan, (920) 803-6915
If you're looking for hearty food -- steaks, burgers, chicken, pasta -- this is your place. It's at a great location along the river.
City Streets Riverside
712 Riverfront Dr., Sheboygan, (920) 457-9050
It's just a short walk from Lake Michigan and it's a nice place for a pleasant night out with friends or a date.
The Duke of Devon English Pub & Eatery
739 Riverfront Dr., Sheboygan, (920) 458-7900
If you've been to England then you can tell that this restaurant was modeled after the many pubs there, complete with an excellent selection of ales and British fare like fish and chips, curry fries and beef.
Ella's Dela Delectable Delicatessen
1113 N. 8th St., Sheboygan, (920) 457-3034
Everything here is homemade, from the subs and sandwiches, to the soups, bakery and desserts.
Field to Fork Café and Grocery
511 S. 8th St., Sheboygan, (920) 694-0322
Located in the same downtown building as Il Ritrovo, this all-natural, regionally based specialty grocery store features the best that Wisconsin growers have to offer.
The Highland House
820 Indiana Ave., (920) 451-1500
This fun restaurant has waterfront dining, vibrant colors and a party attitude. Its menu blends the tastes of California, the Caribbean and Mexico and is a good place to bring kids.
504 N. 8th St., Sheboygan, (920) 452-4914
If it's authentic Wisconsin grub you crave, you came to the right place. Brats, butter burgers, malts and potato salad round out the menu at this old-school diner.
Legend Larry's Wings 'n Things
733 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan, (920) 453-9672
Sheboygan's hot spot for wings, Larry's fears no amount of heat, and you shouldn't either. They serve them up about 10 different ways, ranging from mild to scary hot, so you'll be sure to find your favorite flavor.
Manning's Irish Pub
3015 N. 15th St., Sheboygan, (920) 208-0343
Irish Pubs are a dime a dozen in this country, but this one gets it right. Replete with authenticity, its got your Irish stew, corned beef and, of course, plenty of Guinness on tap.
821 N. 8th St., Sheboygan, (920) 457-6565
Chef and owner Rob Hurrie has won two awards of excellence for his exceptional kitchen skills, which showcase flavors from around the world while utilizing Wisconsin's natural resources.
The Mucky Duck Shanty Restaurant
701 Riverfront Dr., Sheboygan, (920) 457-5577
This is the real deal; a seafood restaurant located inside a former fishing shanty on the Sheboygan River. You really can't beat the Friday night fish fry.
Nino's Steak & Seafood
2724 Kohler Memorial Dr., (920) 458-8283
Nino's had been around nearly 40 years and does classic surf and turf with style. But there are a few surprises -- it offers a bratwurst and a veggie burger.
Osteria Nonna Maria
1402 S. 8th St., (920) 458-3412
Osteria serves upscale Italian in a casual environment and can most likely appease any appetite with offerings such as osso bucco, olive crostini and bay scallops with tomato.
515 S. 8th St., Sheboygan, (920) 803-7516
A pizza-lovers favorite, this downtown Italian eatery is a pizzeria, wine bar, cafe and a grocery store (Field to Fork) all housed in one building. Il Ritrovo is one of just three Wisconsin members of the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association, a group that works to maintain the traditions of real Neapolitan pizza.
The SkyBox Sports Pub & Grille
1132 N. 8th St., Sheboygan, (920) 694-0088
Calling all sandwich lovers; your Mecca awaits. Whether it's a hearty Reuben, pork chop or steak, The SkyBox does it with distinct panache.
522 S. 8th St., Sheboygan, (920) 452-8455
Simply put, this is Italian at its best. Chef Stefano Viglietti also owns Il Ritrovo, Field to Fork and the Duke of Devon.
Weather Center Café
809 Riverfront Dr., Sheboygan, (920) 459-9283
You'll find an array of vegan and vegetarian sandwiches, wraps, and pastries at this darling little coffee shop on the lake at the Riverfront Plaza.
Weissgerber's Seabird Seafood and Steaks /
Blue Point Wine & Tapas Bar
229 South Pier Dr., Sheboygan, (920) 453-4000
Take stunning views of Lake Michigan's shoreline and complement it with sophisticated seafood dishes and Spain-inspired tapas and wine and you've got this Weissgerber destination.
The Duke of Devon English Pub & Eatery Good beer and that's about it, the rest of the food is just gross. don't try anything curry there it's nasty and probably out of a bottle. They claim to make basmati rice, yeah right it's cheap plain white rice, not the aromatic long grain beautiful basmati. NOT FRESH. the chicken dry and tasteless. uuug! why do restaurants cut so many corners to make a buck? why not fresh ingredients.Never going back.
I agree, Sheboygan (and nearby Kohler,) has the most surprising and awesome dining choices! Plus, its a total foodie area. Fresh fish, sausage, cheeses, farm-fresh produce, Asian, Mexican and European food stores - all in one small area! Awesome. What about O' and Biro'? Did they close? And what about the Southeast Asian restaurants? None of them are on the list, but they are quite good, and you certainly cant find anything even close without going to Milwaukee or Chicago.
Si, lefse y lutefisk original tacos de pescado! Dominos? No taco pizza! Por que?!? No lutefisk pizza! Por que?
Observer | April 16, 2009 at 8:37 p.m. (report)
Seora FunkyBrewster, gjre som lutefisk p Domino's pizza?
God. Respekterer folket i Sheboygan deg ? Jeg er Norsk men jeg taler spansk og engelsk ogs.
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