With my family having been in the restaurant business, we make it mandatory to search high & low for the best eats...check out some of my favorites, organized by town. (A work in progress...)

A Word About Fish Fries: My Mother And Father Raised Me Right. Friday Is Fish Fry Night. And It's Not 'A Fish Fry'... It's 'My Fish Fry', As In, Where Am I Going To Go Tonight For My Fish Fry? If You're In Wisconsin, And It's Friday Night, You Need A Fish Fry.

Presque Isle

Skyview Lodge
715-686-2928 1 Mile West Of PI On Hwy W.
A traditional supper club atmosphere with a full bar and lounge area. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit www.skyviewlodge.com for more information.

The Last Wilderness Cafe
715-686-2193. Main St. In PI.
A great family spot overlooking the famous Walleye Rearing Ponds.Open for breakfast and lunch, they offer home style food and a cozy atmosphere. Check out their website for more details and information. www.lastwildernesscafe.com

PI Pub & Grill
Hwy B, At The Top Of The Hill. 686-2522
A popular local hangout, the PI Pub & Grill recently expanded their dining room and game area. Besides local banter, the pub serves up fantastic homemade pizza's (Peggy's favorite) charbroiled burgers & sandwiches, soups, daily lunch specials, and the best chili in town. And if you're wondering where the entire town goes on Tuesday night, we're at the P.I. Pub enjoying our Wing-Dings (all-you-can-eat chicken wing baskets) and they are AWESOME. A Presque Isle tradition, my brothers and I have been dining on wing-dings since I was knee-high begging my dad for video-game quarters. Happy hour is 4pm - 5pm Mon-Fri, and the kitchen opens at 11am daily. The Pub is also a popular late night hangout, often featuring live music, tailgate parties, and hotly contested pool & ping pong.

The Presque Isle Yacht Club
Main Street, 686-2423
Another popular local hangout, the Presque Isle Yacht Club is a bar & grill now under new management. Featuring an expanded dining area, this is a great lunch stop featuring delicious & juicy burgers, pizza, appetizers, and many other menu items. A knotty-pine interior and fieldstone fireplace lend an authentic Northwoods feel to this friendly establishment, and check with them often to find out about special events such as live music, tailgate parties and special dinners including a New Years Eve prime rib dinner. Pool tables, video games & a great jukebox make this a great snowmobiling or late night stop.

Zastrow's Lynx Lake Lodge
715-686-2249. Hwy B In PI. Seasonal Hours. Call For More Information.
Just off of Hwy B on beautiful Lynx Lake, Zastrow's is open for breakfast and dinner, with specialties ranging from steaks to seafood. Authentic wilderness decor, rustic ambiance and a great bar area to sit and relax. You'll enjoy the fresh salad bar and nightly specials, and don't miss their buffet. Mark your calendars for the Annual Ducks Unlimited Dinner in September, this is a terrific event hosted yearly by Zastrow's. Also a full time resort, the lodge houses a small gift shop where you can pick up a sweatshirt and your Wisconsin or Michigan fishing license. Right off of the trail, this is a popular spot for snowmobilers. Owner Dave Zastrow is the current trail boss for the Sno-bunnies, and our excellent trails are due largely in part to all of his hard work.

The Retreat Bar
715-686-2575 Located On County Hwy W. Open 7 Days A Week At Noon. A clean and comfortable atmosphere with a full bar and table seating available, The Retreat offers great burger, pizza and sandwich options.

Manitowish Waters

715-543-2220. Located At The Corner Of Highways W & K.
Enjoy fine dining in a comfortable, casually elegant setting. Visit www.smokeysdining.com for details and hours of operation.

Aurora Borealis
715-543-8464. Hwy W In Downtown Manitowish Waters.
Locally owned and operated, Kevin and Joel pride themselves in offering unique and contemporary cuisine all made by hand with only the freshest ingredients. Seasonal hours. Visit their website for more information. www.mwaurora.com.

Parkside Tavern
715-543-2582. Located On Hwy W In Downtown Manitowish Waters.
Parkside offers exquisite food with a full bar and multiple dining room options. Seasonal hours. Visit www.mwparksidetavern.com for more information.

Little Bohemia Restaurant
Hwy 51, 543-8433
The site of a historical John Dillinger shootout (bullet holes are still there!) and beautiful views of the Manitowish Chain, a night at Little Bo is a great experience. You'll feel like you're stepping back into time! Excellent service and great food are trademarks here, and nightly specials include prime rib, bleu cheese stuffed pork chops and a peasant platter, in addition to the good old Friday night fish fry. Come by boat or car in the summer, and take in the view by requesting porch seating. Visit www.littlebohemia.netfor more details and hours of operation.

Aberdeen Lodge
715-543-8700. Located On Hwy 51.
Enjoy casual dining in a comfortable lodge atmosphere overlooking the beautiful Manitowish Waters chain of lakes. Closed Tue and Wed. Visit their website for more details. www.aberdeendining.com.

Boulder Junction

Aqualand Ale House
715-385-0380 Located On Main Street Off Of Hwy K
Aqualand prides itself in having the best craft beer selection in the Northwoods, as well as a wide variety of wines. They also have a wonderful menu that includes paninis, flatbread pizza, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Definitely one of my favorites! Open Wed-Sat 11am-9pm. Visit www.aqualandalehouse.com for more detailed information.