Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar & Grill is pretty much the place to go in Door County. The reasons are simple:
- Its location on the waterfront, with an evening view of the bay at sunset
- Its food, much of it locally sourced
- Its drinks, like the Door County Cherry Juice Margarita
Let’s Take Them One-By-One
The outdoor restaurant is on the site of a resort, complete with cabins—some built in the 1940s. Fred & Fuzzy’s has been a part of the area for 18 years, and Fuzzy’s been around longer than that (there was really a Fred, too, who passed away in recent years).
If you score a table right at the waterfront, you are really at the waterfront—take a few steps and you’d be in the water. There isn’t really a bad seat in the house . . . not that there is a house. It’s simply table after table of umbrella-shaded seating, a perfect backdrop to the main show happening on the horizon. In fact, the whole restaurant gets into the game, noise fading the closer the sun appears to get to the water, until spontaneous applause marks its final descent.
Then, while you may go to watch the sunset, you’ll be paying attention to the food as well. It’s a well-tested menu, with standards such as the Little Sister Smoked Whitefish Pate, described as “A Little Sister Resort secret recipe” source from Lake Michigan.
The grill features burgers, wraps, and sandwiches, with standouts such as Fred’s Favorite Steak Tenderloin, a 6 oz. steak served on a bun (be sure to add the optional bleu cheese), and Fuzzy’s Cherry Chicken Wrap, made with cherry marinated grilled chicken breast, dried cherries, blue cheese crumbles and cherry vinaigrette.
However, the “testing” has come not only from years of these being menu favorites. Fuzzy’s says they make sure to maintain quality and staff training with their family dinners. “About 35 of us have dinner together every Sunday night,” he says. “We all put our orders in, and we make sure they’ve tried everything on the menu that way.”
These days they sell more whitefish sandwiches than burgers, but either one is a local choice. “Even our burgers are made in Door County,” says Fuzzy, “at a butcher shop called Marshall’s. We make them on an open grill, so they make them leaner specifically for us.”
As for drinks, they serve everything from the regional Baumeister Root Beer and Cherry soda, to the Cherry Juice Margarita that is something of a “must have” for first timers. There is an outdoor bar situated at the top of the hill, with restaurant seating spread out below it, and a party atmosphere at the top the later into the evening it gets.
Finally, there is Fuzzy himself—just Fuzzy, no last name needed. He can be seen anywhere—sometimes behind the grill, sometimes delivering an order, always stopping to talk and pose for pictures.
Fred & Fuzzy’s feels a bit like a secret restaurant, tucked away in the curves of the old resort, but people obviously find it during the spring and summer season. So check it out, order the pate, and watch a sunset.
It’s part of the Door County experience you really shouldn’t miss.
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Travel accommodations and tour arrangements in Door County were provided by the Door County Visitors Bureau in conjunction with Geiger & Associates Public Relations.
Photos by Paul K. Logsdon