Cheeseburger and pizza at George’s Pub Boulder Junction Wisconsin

Cozy Northwoods dining in and around Boulder Junction

By Ben H

No matter the season, Boulder Junction area’s welcoming restaurants offer friendly service and delicious food. But if you’re looking for a little comfort food this fall, we’ve got some suggestions on where to go and what to order.

Aqualand Ale House

Beer is obviously on the menu at this Northwoods gastropub, but Aqualand also offers plenty of hearty food that will warm you up on those chilly fall nights. Aqualand is open for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday, dinner only Tuesday through Thursday, and don’t forget to try one of the 20 beers on tap.

What to try: In addition to sandwiches and lighter fare, Aqualand makes delicious hand-fired pizzas. Crusts made at Boulder Bakery provide the perfect base for flavors like Porketta, Mediterranean and Alfredo.

Boulder Beer Bar

Conveniently located in downtown Boulder Junction, Boulder Beer Bar offers visitors a friendly getaway in the heart of the Northwoods. Enjoy the full menu and bar and try tasty offerings like homemade pizza and chili.

What to try: Bring your appetite and sample some of Boulder Beer Bar’s delicious pulled smoked chicken, pulled smoked pork, smoked ribs and smoked chicken wings.

Dixie’s Coffee House

Start your day off right at this cozy coffee shop in nearby Manitowish Waters. Get your caffeine fix with Wisconsin-made New Roots coffee or Rishi tea and enjoy breakfast and lunch daily.

What to try: If you’re in town for lunch, try a made-to-order panini or the daily soup special.

Forest Lake Country Store

This combination restaurant and grocery store serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner five days a week, so it’s a great place to stock up on supplies for your Boulder Junction getaway after enjoying a tasty meal.

What to try: Warm up with a grilled panini sandwich (try the Mayflower, which has turkey, cranberries, bacon, sautéed onions and cheese spread) or a handmade pizza (also offered in a take-and-bake option).

George’s Pub

A true Northwoods classic, the building that houses George’s Pub has been home to local favorites Tippy’s, George’s Steakhouse, JJ’s and Junction Tap. The restaurant returned to the original George’s name in 2017, and serves lunch and dinner every day on Main Street in the heart of Boulder Junction.

What to try: It’s not a trip to Boulder Junction without a Friday night fish fry—don’t miss George’s tasty fried perch, bluegill and walleye.

Granary Family Restaurant

The Granary Family Restaurant is open year-round for breakfast and lunch, offering Boulder Junction visitors a filling start to their fall explorations. Bring the whole gang, whether you’re looking for a blended smoothie to start your day or a hearty breakfast of steak and eggs.

What to try: Treat yourself to a morning pick-me-up with Granary’s mocha frappe.

The Guide’s Inn

If fine dining is your thing, head to The Guide’s Inn on Hwy M in Boulder Junction and sample some of the great made-to-order entrees prepared by Chef Jimmy Dean. The Guide’s Inn is open for dinner Monday through Saturday and serves delectable hand-cut steaks, seafood and more.

What to try: The most popular menu item at The Guide’s Inn is pan-fried walleye—don’t miss it.

Headwaters Restaurant & Tavern

Housed in a rustic tavern from the 1930s that overlooks the Manitowish River, Headwaters offers diners a great lunch and dinner experience, serving up pub favorites like burgers and chicken sandwiches, as well as entrees like parmesan-crusted walleye.

What to try: Another popular spot for a fish fry, Headwaters serves up tasty deep-fried cod and baked haddock as its Friday night special. Don’t miss the special two for one menu on Wednesdays!

McGann’s Pub & Wine Bar

Get a taste of an authentic Irish pub experience at this cozy stop that features a fireplace and a wide selection of domestic and imported wines and beer. On game day, stop by to watch the game on McGann’s high-definition TVs. 

What to try: Try McGann’s seasonal menu featuring appetizers like their hearty stuffed pretzel and specialty pizzas like the Garden Vegetable.

Smokey’s

This steakhouse and dinner spot in nearby Manitowish Waters is open year-round and offers diners a “casually elegant” dining experience—the perfect place for intimate dinners or large gatherings.

What to try: Steak, obviously. The Tenderloin Oscar and Bourbon Steak are among Smokey’s house specials, and diners will also find daily specials like pork shanks, salmon and veal marsala.

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