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All of the hiking, boating, skiing and snowshoeing that you’ll be partaking in during your trip to Northwoods Wisconsin can stir up quite an appetite. Here’s our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ list of the best places to eat in Northwoods Wisconsin:
1. Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield. The gourmet restaurant is as renowned as the esteemed inn that houses it here in Bayfield, overlooking pristine Lake Superior with easy access to the stunning Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Madeline Island. Five-course dinners feature exquisite local, regional and organic cuisine in a casual, welcoming atmosphere.
2. Canoe Bay Inn, Chetek. This 2011 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence fine dining spot features fresh and seasonal, locally sourced cuisine in a $75/person nightly chef-designed menu served lakeside in the dining room.
3. Rookery Pub Fine Dining, Cable. Tucked amid the pines of Cable Nature Lodge in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Rookery Pub features weekly fresh fish specials known as fish UN-fry and specialty meats like bison steak, as well as homemade pasta, a vegan and vegetarian menu, wine, liquor and an extensive list of regional microbrews.
4. Riverstone Restaurant & Tavern, Eagle River. Angus beef tenderloin, parmesan risotto and baked Wisconsin brie on lingonberries are just a few of the temptations at this riverside restaurant, also known for its extensive wine list and helpful staff.