I can't think of a better way to begin a trip to Wisconsin than by going to an authentic Wisconsin style fish boil. While Door county is perhaps better known as the home of fish boils - Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction restaurant offers visitors not just their own tasty version of a fish boil, but rather an entire dining experience.
~ Kevin graciously provided us with a handout regarding the most interesting history of the octagon house and the property - to learn more about the history of one of the few octagon houses that remain, click here. Can you believe this gorgeous building was once part of a thriving complex that housed a wagon and carriage making company?
|This beautifully restored octagon house is home for Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction|
Kevin Fitzgerald explained that the biggest difference between the Door County fish boils and the Fitzgerald's method is the type of fish used. Historically the Door County boils utilize trout or whitefish, and often one finds skin and bones still with the fish. "Here we use North atlantic cod - no bones, no skin, and a remarkably lobster like sweet taste. That's what our customers prefer, and that's what keeps them coming back" said Fitzgerlad.
|Kevin Fitzgerald ~ manning the kettles daily during the summer season and Thursday through Sunday from November through March.|
|During the big "boil over" moment|
|Fish kettles boiling away|
|There's not a single corner of Fitzgerald's that isn't an interesting and welcoming spot!|
I was anxious to try this Wisconsin tradition. While I was wandering about Fitzgeral's snapping photos and visiting with other diners, each and every other guest there simply raved about the food, the atmosphere, and the service. For many diners it's a set date night, a regular weekly dining out experience, or for that many that travel from the Chicago area to enjoy Fitzgerald's a family tradition for special occasions.
|The standard plate from Fitzgerald's, sweet boiled cod, potatoes, onions all swimming in drawn butter accompanied by rye bread and slaw . Of course I had to also try the delicious grilled BBQ ribs and chicken as well!|
|The meal was a great hit and wonderful welcome for the group of outdoor writers. Nary a crumb was left behind by our group from AGLOW!|