Restaurant Challenge: Al Johnson’s

Restaurant Challenge: Al Johnson’s
Goat on a Roof at Al Johnson's

One of Door County’s most renowned restaurants, Al Johnson’s, certainly heeds the old Gypsy advice, “You gotta have a gimmick.”  The restaurant serves up heavy Swedish food – Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, and Swedish meatballs (think Ikea) – delivered by waiters and waitresses decked out in kitschy costumes.  While the food and décor leave much to be desired, the scenery keeps the tourists coming in droves: goats munching happily on the sodded roof of the restaurant.  And why, might you ask, does something on the roof outside convince people to spend their hard earned cash inside?  I can’t answer that.  But it worked on me.

Meatball Sandwich

The most brilliant part of the whole thing is Al Johnson’s online “Goat Cam,” where even back here in Chicago you can check up on these Door County celebrities.  Or, you may just want to go to Door County to see for yourself.  It’s certainly worth the four-hour trip – Door County is stunning.  But maybe skip going inside.

Visit the goats at Al Johnson’s in Sister Bay, Door County, or check out the Goat Cam:

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