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Getting “Real” with Food in Sturgeon Bay

Organic? Vegetarian? Vegan? Carnivore? Sturgeon Bay restaurants skillfully and artistically combine seasonal, local and organic ingredients on their menus. Read on for recipes and info about some Sturgeon Bay favorites where you can tickle your tastebuds with a delicious sampling of organic dining!

Food is as real and close to a grandmother’s cooking as can be at Get “Real” Café, on the West side of Sturgeon Bay. Sturgeon Bay native Veronica Ripp makes it her mission to cook and serve food her depression-era grandmother would approve of.

“Someone needed to feed people some healthy stuff,” Ripp said. “I eat this way myself, so it is natural for me to serve great food in my café.”

Customers have a wide variety of wholesome and healthy options, from gluten-free baked goods like banana bread muffins and sandwich bread from local bakeries, to salads with produce from local sources. 

Ripp makes soup daily from scratch, and offers bone broth that’s a nutritious alternative to sip, supplying a body with calcium, phosphorous, glucosamine, magnesium and loads of collagen. She makes her broth from the organic chickens she uses in her food.

“The bone broth I serve is like nature’s botox, it’s full of collagen and great for skin and hair health. Bone broth also makes for really healthy and tasty rice or quinoa.”

The Inn at Cedar Crossing,  336 Louisiana Street, offers an organic beef Burger of the Month with beef from Waseda Farms in Baileys Harbor.

The Black Walnut Guest House,  454 N. 7th Avenue, serves a variety of organic options for breakfast, snacks, beverages, coffee and tea. Proprietor Geri Ballard makes and sells organic granola at the inn, after giving guests a taste of the crunchy goodness in her tasty and healthy Black Walnut Breakfast Parfait.

Get ‘Real’ Café,  116 S. Madison Avenue, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, egg burritos, salads, smoothies, and fresh-pressed juices will fill your hungry belly and keep you healthy. And bottomless tea and coffee, infused water and free WIFI make your dining experience as real as it gets in Sturgeon Bay.

Tell Veronica, Geri, and the Inn at Cedar Crossing the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center tickled your tastebuds into eating at their establishment!

Get “Real” Café

Mondays-Saturdays from 8am - 2:30 pm.

Black Walnut Guest House

Open year round. To make a reservation: 877-255-9568 or stay@blackwalnut-gh.com.

Inn at Cedar Crossing

Breakfast and lunch Mondays-Saturdays, 7:30 am - 4 pm, Sunday brunch, 7:30 am - 2 pm, Dinner Tuesdays-Sundays, 4-8 pm.


Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipes, a la Get “Real” Café

Makes 12 muffins. Also makes a great coffee cake!

2 cups gluten free flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
4 ripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients together. Blend dry and wet ingredients until combined.

Scoop into muffin tins.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until baked through center and golden brown on top.


Black Walnut Breakfast Parfait

Layer the following ingredients in a parfait glass, or tall glass:

10-12 small pieces of pineapple at the bottom
1 Tbl organic yogurt (Geri prefers Wallaby, which is sold at EconoFoods)
½ cup homemade organic granola
2 Tbl organic yogurt

Dice strawberries, cover the top.

Sprinkle granola on strawberries.

Add a dallop of yogurt to the top, add a sliver of strawberry, edge glass with bananas.