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White Gull Inn

4225 Main St., Fish Creek, WI - (920) 868-3517
For those of us who arrive skeptical about the flavor potential of boiled fish, not to mention vastly oversalted boiled fish, this true-Wisconsin meal is stunning. The thick hunks of whitefish remind us of lobster: milk-moist, dense and fine-textured. Incredibly, their elusive freshwater sweetness is just barely haloed by the presence of salt.
100% Approval Rating (5 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Along the slim peninsula of Door County, Wisconsin, that juts into Lake Michigan east of Menominee and north of Sturgeon Bay, night skies erupt with flames all summer long. On broad lawns of function halls, in church yards and at a handful of happy-go-lucky ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

4225 Main St., Fish Creek, WI
(920) 868-3517

http://www.whitegullinn.com/fishboil.html

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
A unique Badger State plate, the Door County fish boil. Although it is cooked in the saltiest water imaginable, the fish has a fine, delicate flavor, and the potatoes are creamy soft. (buffetbuster photo)
"A unique Badger State plate, the Door County fish boil. Although it is cooked in the saltiest water imaginable, the fish has a fine, delicate flavor, and the potatoes are creamy soft. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern





Pie (preferably ala mode) is essential at the end of a fish boil dinner. Some of the nation's best pie cherries are grown nearby. (buffetbuster photo)
"Pie (preferably ala mode) is essential at the end of a fish boil dinner. Some of the nation's best pie cherries are grown nearby. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


The most dramatic moment at a fish boil is the boilover, when flames shoot into the sky, signaling the fish and potatoes are ready. (buffetbuster photo)
"The most dramatic moment at a fish boil is the boilover, when flames shoot into the sky, signaling the fish and potatoes are ready. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


Here the boilmaster adds fish to the cauldron. Its cooking is timed to the second, and synched with the potatoes, which are boiled alongside in the same pot. (buffetbuster photo)
"Here the boilmaster adds fish to the cauldron. Its cooking is timed to the second, and synched with the potatoes, which are boiled alongside in the same pot. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


Accordion music has always been part of the White Gull Inn dining experience. (buffetbuster photo)
"Accordion music has always been part of the White Gull Inn dining experience. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


The White Gull Inn is part of Door County history. Built in 1896 as a sanitarium and spa by Dr. Herman Welker, a German immigrant virologist,
"The White Gull Inn is part of Door County history. Built in 1896 as a sanitarium and spa by Dr. Herman Welker, a German immigrant virologist, "The Henriette" (originally named for Welker's wife) signaled the evolution of Door County from a fisherman's retreat to a summer resort. Whether or not Dr. Welker was aware of the locals' pyrotechnic style of cooking fish is unknown, for he had different plans for guests. Dr. Welker's health regime included swimming and meditation and groaning-board meals of roast pork, wiener schnitzel, and cabbage followed by sweet cakes piled with whipped cream."
Michael Stern



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