Summertime and the eating’s easy. With the temperatures on the rise and the sun shining bright, there has never been a better time to dine in Walworth County! Here is our official guide to summer eats and sweet treats perfect for die hard foodies and the pickiest of eaters.
Forget summer reading lists and instead build a summer eating list! Here are just a few of our favorite locales for fresh takes on old favorites, summer flavors, and lighter fares.
East Troy Brewery: Located on the historic East Troy Village Square, East Troy Brewery has made their mark on the Walworth County landscape of flavors. Nosh on hearth roasted elote or bbq nachos followed by a pear and bacon panini or Asian inspired little wing pizza. Be sure to pair your meal with one of their 12 in-house brews! Stop in on a Saturday and you might even get a chance to try their smash-hit smoothie beers.
Dinner – Drinks – Outdoor Seating – Brewery
The Black Sheep: Chef Tyler Salisbury loves doing things a little differently at The Black Sheep in Whitewater. Serving up local and unique flavors from around Wisconsin and across the word, you can find menu items including steak, lamb, vegan, salmon, and so much more sourced from local farms. With menu items changing monthly, your taste buds will never experience the same thing twice. Branch out an sip on craft cocktails, mock-tails, and kombucha or enjoy a classic Wisconsin Old Fashioned or glass of wine. You are not going to want to miss the summer at The Black Sheep.
Dinner – Drinks – Farm to Table
Crafted Pizza and Tap: Dig in and drink up at Lake Geneva’s newest restaurant. At Crafted Pizza and Tap, handcrafted isn’t just the flavor of the month, but its a way of life. With premium ingredients, curious combinations, and locally sourced fixings, this is pizza you’ve never experienced before. Indulge on “Nana’s Pie” featuring meatballs and caramelized onions, sample rosemary chicken confit “What the Cluck”, or savor a classic “Oven Dried Margherita”. Save a little room for a refreshing Limoncello Sorbet with fresh basil for an after dinner treat.
Lunch – Dinner – Drinks
Gordy’s Surf Shack: Don’t you hate it when you spend a day at the beach and totally forget to pack a lunch? Walk up, bike up, or swim up to Gordy’s Surf Shack, where they’ve got it totally covered. Servin’ up beach eats like onion rings, burgers, and tacos, Gordy’s Surf Shack in Fontana is perfect for snacking and pier side picnics. No shirt or shoes required!
Lunch – Dinner – Drinks – Lakeside Dining
Pier 290: Whether you’re planning a special dinner with your sweetheart, celebrating a birthday, or just looking for the “lake life” experience, Pier 290 in Williams Bay is the place to dine this summer. As Lake Geneva’s only on-water restaurant, you can dine on the freshest seafood the area has to offer or delight on their award-winning specialty cuts from the grill. Pier 290 is the perfect place to enjoy a Lake Geneva sunset and savor the summer.
Lunch – Dinner – Drinks – Lakeside Dining
The Trout House at Rushing Waters: Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Kettle Moraine Forest, The Trout House at Rushing Waters is more than another great restaurant; its a mouthwatering farm-to-fork culinary experience. With seasonal menus celebrating local ingredients and on-site fishery we can guarantee you’ll never find a similar experience. You can even hook your own fish and the kitchen will prepare, plate, and present it to you right at your table. Go fish — er– eat!
Lunch – Dinner – Drinks – Farm to Table
Popeyes On Lake Geneva: It would not be a summer in Lake Geneva without a pilgrimage to Popeyes On Lake Geneva. Since 1972 Popeye’s has been serving up their famous fish fry, rotisserie style favorites that are not to be missed. There is a reason its always packed and bustling and its simply because it is that good! Enjoy your meal al-fresco on the patio with views of beautiful Geneva Lake and the historic Riviera for a truly authentic summer experience in Walworth County.
Lunch – Dinner – Drinks – Outdoor Seating – Lakeside Dining
Ye Olde Hotel Bar: Standing in the center of the Town of Lyons, Ye Olde Hotel is at the heart of the village. Built in 1860, the building has witnessed over a century of history. In 1969, the Ye Olde Hotel Bar began serving up nostalgic favorites and new classics. If you’re looking for small town feel, this is the place to be. Stop by on Wednesdays for “Wing-It Wednesday” deals and enjoy signature boneless and bone in chicken wings and an icy cold glass of beer.
Dinner – Historic Dining
We hope you saved some room after your dinner for our favorite summer sweet treats perfect for keeping you cool and satisfying that sweet tooth of yours.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard: “Donut” forget to stop by Royal Oak Farm Orchard this summer and pick up their famous Apple Cider Donuts. The most popular item in the bakery is made fresh daily and is the perfect pairing with vanilla ice cream. Take some home and you can even use them to make apple cider smores! Looking for something a little less sweet? Shop their selection of homemade apple butters, jams, and jellies to enjoy all year round.
Stillwater Coffee Company: Who says coffee cannot be a sweet treat too?! Stop by Stillwater Coffee Company in Elkhorn this summer for your ultimate caffeine fix sure to satisfy both your sweet tooth and refined pallet. For coffee lovers, we suggest the Carmel Delight Frappes. Non-coffee drinkers will love their refreshing flavored lemonades (we can’t get enough of their peach frozen lemonade slushie). Cool off and caffeinate today!
What will make your foodie bucketlist this summer? Share with us in the comments below.