Bring your appetite when you head to the Minocqua Area—dozens of delicious restaurants will tickle your taste buds, whether you’re in search of a Northwoods fish fry, family-friendly options, homemade pizza, or pretty much anything else. Here’s a look at some can’t-miss eateries.
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Supper Club: Minocqua Prime
What’s a trip to the Northwoods without a stop at a classic supper club? Fortunately, the Minocqua Area has plenty of options. One supper club to put on your list is Minocqua Prime, where you’ll find prime-cut steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta dishes, specialty pizzas, and other favorites, including broasted chicken.
Pizza: Oakfire Pizzeria & Bar
This popular pizza spot is located on the waterfront in Minocqua and offers delicious wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas, as well as pasta, sandwiches, salads, and starters like deep-fried ravioli and burrata. Choose from “pizza rossa” (with red sauce) or “pizza bianca” (no tomato sauce) and sample tasty options like Vodka Meatball (house meatballs, vodka sauce, caramelized onions, garlic, mozzarella, chili flakes, basil, romano, shaved parmesan) and the Sopressata (spicy salami, mozzarella, pecorino romano, arugula, honey).
Lakefront Dining: The Thirsty Whale
This family-friendly Minocqua institution has welcomed guests to the shores of Lake Minocqua for more than 100 years. In the summer, it’s a great destination for outdoor dining (you can even pull your boat up to their patio), and in winter, it’s a popular stop for snowmobilers to grab a bite before they get back on the trails. The menu caters to all tastes, offering everything from fried cheese curds to wild rice clam chowder to its famous mushroom swiss burger. Don’t miss the Friday fish fry, where you can get cod served deep-fried, broiled, or blackened.
Coffee & breakfast: Great Northern Coffee Traders
This coffee shop in downtown Minocqua is a great place to start your day. You can pick up organic coffee and espresso (and buy bulk coffee if you need some for your vacation home), fruit smoothies, tea and hot chocolate. If you’re hungry, grab a muffin, scone or bagel to go, or sit down for a breakfast sandwich or some organic oatmeal. Great Northern Coffee Traders serves food until 2 pm, so you can also get specialty sandwiches like the Woody Guthrie (hickory-smoked turkey, smoked provolone, tomato, red onion, mixed greens and cranberry mayo on cranberry walnut bread).