Fuel Up with Tasty Dishes

Between all of our ice- and snow-inspired winter activities and a full docket of outdoor spring adventures on our trails and lakes, now is as good as any time to refuel for a fresh new season of Eagle River fun. And our neck of the woods has quite the buffet to choose that perfect dish.

Hankerin’ a steak or catch of the day from a certified Wisconsin supper club? We’ve got you covered. Need to get a delicious meal to keep your day going? Consider our diners a friendly pitstop. A big juicy burger or wrap for lunch at a bar and grill? We have a place or 10. A Friday night fish fry? Yeah, only every Friday, though. We might even have some specialty dining and take out options you didn’t know about.

Here’s just a small sampling of our favorite dishes in the Eagle River area.


Whether you’ve just woken up after an exhausting day on the lake or need to get your energy up before a fun night outdoors, Eagle River area diners are packing the right combo of carbs, veggies, and protein to keep you going strong. Leif’s Café makes some great comfort food, including their famous chicken and dumplings. It takes 20 minutes to prepare the juicy pulled chicken and Leif’s homemade gravy that’s ladled over a jumbo dumpling.

Fish Fry

This is always a great option on a Friday night. And when you’re in Eagle River, there’s sure to be a restaurant nearby that can cater to your fish fry cravings. Buckshots serves a traditional Wisconsin Friday fish fry with lightly breaded perch basket and walleye finger basket options, as well as all the expected sides – sweet coleslaw, beans, and a slice of rye bread. Pass the tartar sauce, please! For additional fish fry options, check out our previous article on the topic: https://eagleriver.org/join-our-friday-fish-fry/

Bar & Grill

Sometimes a burger will satiate the appetite. Other times, it takes a special kind of burger. The Craftsman American Tavern boasts quite a few takes on the hamburger, including its own namesake – the Craftsman. This half pound burger sits between a warm brioche bun along with maple candied bacon, fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper, and caramelized onions.

Supper Club

You better believe the Eagle River area comes with its share of supper clubs. In addition to the history and ambiance you’ll get in the log cabin building that houses Eddie B’s White Spruce Restaurant & Tavern, there’s a rack of signature smoked ribs waiting for hungry patrons. In a full or half rack, these lightly sauced hickory ribs come with a side of coleslaw and baked beans. And don’t forget about a cold beer – or in true up north fashion, an old fashioned! – to wash it down if you’re of age!

Hungry? We’ll Feed You!

Whether you’re coming off a busy winter or preparing for a spring full of adventure, the Eagle River area has some classic and new style dishes to keep your thirst for outdoor activities alive and well! Visit our restaurant guide on the website to plan your next meal Up North.

Mix it up: bloody mary

When made right, a Bloody Mary is practically its own meal in a glass. Just ask Pitlik’s, home of the Ultimate Bloody Mary. A proper Blood should include at least one type of pickle, some form of protein like a beef stick, and cheese curds! For tips on how we do it up here – complete with beer chaser – check out our short Trail Notes video.

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