On the shore of Lake Michigan, tucked among the towering pines, a quaint building that would be at home in a fairy tale exudes cozy Midwestern hospitality with walls made of fieldstone, log beams that arch under a peaked roof, and a fireplace that crackles in the winter. In Donny's Glidden Lodge’s welcoming setting, guests tuck into Black Angus filet mignon, Australian cold-water lobster, and Iowan pork chops. Nightly specials of prime rib and just-caught lake perch join housemade soup, fresh bread, and salads made with mixed greens that diners grab from the salad bar.
During summery days, guests lounge on a patio with views of Lake Michigan that let them watch boats playing real-life games of Battleship. When the air carries a chill, tipplers can warm themselves with libations at the bar.
Belkis and her brother Manuel have baking in their blood. The creative duo behind CheeseCake, Etc. can trace their family history through three generations of bakers to great-grandparents who ran a small bakery in France. While Manuel attends to the café’s bread-making needs, Belkis rules over its namesake confection. She whips up more than 300 different cheesecakes, including gluten- and sugar-free varieties as well as those inspired by seasonal ingredients or stock-market trends. Some of her most popular flavors include lemon, turtle, and New York–style cheesecake set into a graham-cracker-pecan crust. The menu also offers Chocolate Shoppe ice cream and more than 15 types of Steep & Brew coffee, as well as house-made cheese breads, cheese curds, soups, salads, and sandwiches, which rotate each day. Salsa Dance Saturdays steep the small café in toe-tapping Latin rhythms as dance instructor J-Ro opens the floor for introductory salsa lessons and open dancing.
Since 1961, three generations of Renard family members have handcrafted, aged, and cured small batches of gourmet cheeses and curated a lineup of locally made products, such as jams and meats. The cheese makers captivate local taste buds with samplings such as brick, colby, and two-year aged white cheddar, as well as with house-specialty cheese curds—hunks of cheddar so fresh they squeak. In a shop structured to resemble a wooden cheese box, friendly staffers point the way to Door County–area products that complement the rich dairy, from wine stomped from apples, cherries, and blackberries to syrup milked from a maple cow.
Outside Cool Harbor Restaurant's windows, Lake Michigan surges around the base of a bright red lighthouse, slapping against an oft-snow covered shore. Inside, the chill never touches patrons as they enjoy the view, warmed by the heat of a tireless grill and the tasty entrees it produces. Sirloin steak sandwiches drip with jus as black tiger shrimp sizzle in a white wine sauce. While waiting for a meal or enjoying a few drinks, patrons take to the billiards table to shoot a round of pool or explain the construction of a glucose molecule.
Caffé Tlazo's flavor aesthetes combine organic products into rich coffee and tea selections and serve up a menu of Mediterranean-inspired fare. Perk up mornings with a signature Caffé Venice Sunset ($4.50), which descends upon tastes buds with the caffeine kick of espresso and the sweet-tooth-dominating uppercut of gourmet white chocolate and orange syrup. Breakfast edibles range from flour-tortilla wraps ($6.25) to freshly baked pastries such as scones and cinnamon rolls. The lunch- or dinnertime Sicilian panini ($7.59) packs together roast beef, provolone, and roma tomatoes to give diners a taste of Italy without having to hijack a gondola.
The culinary artisans at Good Times handcraft pizzas from scratch with a special mixture of Wisconsin cheeses before sending them off for fire-kisses in a stone oven. Gustatory glands go toe-to-toe with chewy garlic bread ($2.99+) or cheese curds ($4.99) to provoke growing appetites. Bedeck a traditional thin crust or classic hand-tossed pizza with a custom medley of toppings ($7.69+), or nosh on a specialty pie such as the monster, which arrives loaded with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and black and green olives (12.39+). An array of salads, sandwiches, and 100% Black Angus burgers ($4.29–$7.79) occupy curious cutlery and fingers before they venture into light sockets. During temperate weather, an outdoor deck offers diners a place to feast amid a delicate breeze and flocks of serenading birds.
At LaJava, We buy and offer high quality Fair Trade coffees for our loyal customers while being able to help provide social and economic support to the farmers and their communities. By supporting fair trade coffees the farmers are paid additional premiums for their crops.