of an Amateur Foodie

To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating.
— Julia Child

Known as one of Wisconsin’s top farm to table lunch locations, this breakfast and lunch spot is a warm invitation to come in and sit down for a bowl of soup, wood-oven-fired bread and entrees bright with fresh herbs and attention to detail. If you are in a bit of a hurry, take a seat at the bar and order one of the house soups (the chicken dumpling is better than my Grandmother’s and that is a feat) or daily quiche and salad. After drop by the bakery counter for one of their pastries to go for an afternoon snack; I would recommend the vegan chocolate chip cookie (trust me–you won’t even notice that it’s vegan as you will be too busy wiping the chocolate off your chin). For a lighter treat swing by the grocery area for a Fiat Italian chocolate. These little cubes are surprisingly delightful and are not too sweet. Sign up for their newsletter as they often host an occasional themed Friday night dinner.

Sheboygan |. GF / DF / Vegan Friendly

Exhausted with burgers and brats? This tiny greek cafe is an unexpected surprise and the best north of Milwaukee. Try the greekamole side with your classic gyro. If one isn’t careful, you will get cravings for this. Their home made pita chips have the perfect balance of soft and crunch served alongside an avocado blended with lemon and garlic. Be forewarned you may not want to share. If avocado isn’t your thing, their greek fries are a close runner up. Served with tzatziki, they are moderately seasoned with a blend of herbs and seasoning salt. 


Remember the soup lady on Seinfeld? So maybe this place isn’t quite like that but it does make me giggle when I visit for a quick lunch. The staff is kind but you better have your order ready when its your turn to order because this place is a popular quick lunch spot. Their chalkboard menu has an array of sandwiches–hot or cold–for any appetite. This isn’t Subway; this is the sandwich your mother would make you along with a variety of homemade cookies. I recommend the peanut butter chocolate chip for your 3pm snack back at the office. Set back from the street this tiny little deli shop is a hidden gem.


If you are up for an adventure, this hole in the wall a Vietnamese restaurant is a great spot once you step over the cardboard in the entryway. This place is my go-to for a bowl of rice noodles with fresh chopped veggies and cilantro topped with charred shrimp and pork. Each table has the typical Asian condiments to perfect your meal.

Sheboygan | GF / DF Friendly

Tucked away in Kohler, this tiny cafe is reminiscent of a Parisian cafe with it’s elegant mirrors, marble tables and chandeliers. The ambiance is only the beginning as the coffee, chocolate truffles and bakery quickly capture your focus. This is a memorable spot for an elegant lunch, light breakfast or coffee and dessert. I would recommend trying their mocha or a warm terrapin cookie. Both are rich but comforting on a cold day. On a lighter note, their lunch fair has a variety of lighter salad options and an excellent vegan chocolate ice cream for those looking to splurge in a healthy way (if that’s possible).

Kohler | GF / DF / Vegan Friendly

Lunch with a view. This spot has it all. The warm, inviting ambiance of a rustic lodge with large windows overlooking the golf course. You don’t need to golf to appreciate the beautiful view of the river and woods. Their menu matches the views in flavor. With many great options to choose from, you won’t leave hungry. Their signature soup, Corn Sausage Chowder, would win over and warm the heart of any skeptic. It’s a must have for those new in town as it is legendary around the resort campus. In the winter, I enjoy sitting near the wood fire place to warm up on a cold day. And in any season, I would recommend the walleye sandwich. Not normally a fish sandwich person, this is unlike any fish sandwich I have had elsewhere. Made with a dill bread, pan-fried walleye and a caper mayo, this light sandwich is anything but ordinary and has quite the following.

Kohler | DF Friendly