Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty
Address: 8653 Hwy 51, Minocqua, Wisconsin (also located in Wisconsin Dells)
Paul Bunyan didn’t get to be a giant by eating tiny portions. And if you too want to grow up to be a giant you won’t be disappointed at the cook shanty. This place offers all-you-can-eat breakfast and all-you-can-eat double main entree dinners.
I dunno where they got ‘cook shanty’ from because it’s a HUGE log cabin through and through. There is much more effort put into the decor than any other aspect of the restaurant. There are plaid table cloths, fake pine trees strewn between the tables, and metal plates and cups to add to the feel. There is also old time memorabilia from the north slathered all over every available wall space: lumber jack equipment, old-fashioned cooking utensils, antlers, wagon wheels, lanterns and everything in-between.
The lunches are a varied selection of salads and sandwiches. The double main entrees are a double serving of fried chicken and one other entree (either prime rib, seafood, or pasta) The dinner also comes with bread, salad, coleslaw, potatoes, and veggies. And of course, since it’s the North — Friday is the fish fry. The cod is served with potato pancakes, coleslaw, chicken, pasta, applesauce, and fries. Heck yes – potato pancakes!
Ohhhh – my stomach is getting stretched just thinking about it.
I’d have to recommend the breakfast because for a mere $9.75 you can have as many deeeelicious sugary, crumbly, buttermilk doughnuts you want! Mmmmmmm…. you can also have as much as you want of the following: pancakes, pieces cinnamony french toast, scrambled eggs, sausages, ham, hash browns, and gross gross wet balls of flour they refer to as “biscuits and gravy”.
Everything is good – though fairly bland. If you’ll be wanting a flavor added to your food that’s not salt, pepper, or ketchup – you’d best be bringin’ your own hot sauce and rosemary to jazz up the eggs and potatoes.
All the meals are served by overly sweet waitresses — the warm, friendly quick type you thought only existed in diners and truck stops on american made for tv movies.
Paul Bunyan’s blandness can be made up for by the warm glow you’ll be leaving with. Partially from a comfy fullness and partially from being reminded of your wholesome all-american roots.
This place is amazing — in a sort of disgusting way.
Also on site: a bakery and excessively large gift shop.
Open: Breakfast is served from 7am to noon – lunches and dinners begin at noon and end around 9pm.
Parking: Sure – the lot’s virtually a football field.
Reservations: No way – first of all; it’s family dining and secondly this is one of the biggest restaurants I’ve ever seen.
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