Nominees for Perfect South Shore-area Restaurant Poll

The South Shore of Lake Superior is shockingly underrated. Its scenic beauty rivals that of the more popular North Shore. Visitors to the South Shore can expect a more laidback experience, sandy beaches and an array of unique eateries running the gamut from traditional Wisconsin tavern to farm-to-table bistro.

In the interest of giving kudos to the eateries of our underappreciated neighboring region, Perfect Duluth Day is running the Perfect South Shore-area Restaurant poll.

The first step is to establish a list of nominees. What qualifies as a South Shore-area restaurant? For the purposes of this poll, we’re focused not just on restaurants within Frisbee-tossing distance of the lake, but anything in the six-county area of Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer.

Our additional gerrymandering rule: The establishment must be at least 16 miles away from the Aerial Lift Bridge — a rule we impose to eliminate Superior and South Range eateries for this particular poll because they are eligible for PDD’s more general array of awards.

The focus here is on places that are at least a minor road trip from Duluth but still roughly within 100 miles. Examples of towns where eligible restaurants are located: Ashland, Hayward, Minong, Iron River, Solon Springs, Washburn, Cornucopia, Cable, Herbster, Port Wing, Bayfield and LaPointe (Madeline Island). Any food-serving establishment in that vicinity is eligible.

What’s the perfect South Shore-area restaurant? Leave a comment below to nominate your favorite. We’ll round up the nominees and launch a poll next week.


Robert Lillegard

about 2 years ago

Wild Rice is the obvious winner, right? Do we even need a poll?

Paul Lundgren

about 2 years ago

It would be bittersweet for Wild Rice Restaurant in Bayfield to win. In case you haven't heard ...
Star Tribune: Wild Rice, culinary jewel of Lake Superior's south shore, is closing
The Final Season   Dear Friends of Wild Rice Restaurant,   After sixteen years of being By the Water, In the Woods, On Lake Superior we announce that Saturday, October 14th will be the last day of service to the public who have supported us faithfully through all of these seasons. It has been phenomenally rewarding to have provided you the highest quality dining experience in Northern Wisconsin. As this final chapter of Wild Rice Restaurant ends Wild Rice Reborn begins. Wild Rice is exploring a partnership with Artspace, to be reborn as A Center for Arts and Well Being. Artspace is the nation’s leading nonprofit developer of arts facilities. We feel Artspace will be a wonderful compliment to this beautiful building and the arts community of Chequamegon Bay.   As we close out our 17th Season we invite you to join us in making this summer special. As always, for over 34 years -- including the years at The Clubhouse on Madeline Island, Jim and Randy plus our entire staff will be here to provide you with the dedication to excellence you’ve come to enjoy. By the Water, In the Woods, On Lake Superior.   Thank you all so very much.

Paul Lundgren

about 2 years ago

Oh, and for my part there's nothing finer than the Delta Diner.

Amity Nurmi

about 2 years ago

Come on! Do you not know the magic of the Fat Radish? Family owned, farm to table culinary cuisine? Check it out and thank me later.

Jackie Mckillip

about 2 years ago

Twin Gables Lounge & Cafe in Brule. Made-from-scratch food is just the beginning of the welcome you receive here. The generous portions never leave you hungry. The homemade bakery section is a must try! The family atmosphere in the restaurant as well as among the employees makes dining here a absolute must. The place will never leave you disappointed.


about 2 years ago

Wild Rice, of course.  And yes, I've heard.  One last meal there coming up.

Paul Lundgren

about 2 years ago

Three more nominations via Facebook: Paige Rautio throws her support behind the Round Up North in Brule. Dawn Marie digs Greunke's First Street Inn in Bayfield. Joshua Plummer recommends Bear Paw Cafe in Port Wing.

Bridgette Coughlin Baker

about 2 years ago

Cafe Coco in Washburn. Only because Wild Rice is closing.

Peter Nordgren

about 2 years ago

Yes, definitely Delta Diner.
Sharon's Lakeview Cafe in Lake Nebagamon
Little Nikki's in Cornucopia
and Maggie's in Bayfield


about 2 years ago

DaLou's Bistro- Washburn.
Delta Diner-Delta
Fat Radish-Bayfield 
Farmhouse- Madeline Island


about 2 years ago

Coco's in Washburn, hands down.  Amazing breakfasts, fabulous lunches and the best damn coffee around.  Oh yeah, they do baked goods too.


about 2 years ago

Delta Diner - Delta!

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