Paul Bunyan’s Famous Cook Shanty offers food in what is called the traditional logging camp style. You pay as you enter at this all you can eat restaurant. You will be seated at picnic tables, one side with chairs and the other side with a bench. The table is set with upside down metal plates and metal mugs for your water and silverware. The waitress will get your drink order and then bring you baskets of food; all is served family style with unlimited refills of everything.
Breakfast is served from 7am till noon. The breakfast menu at Paul Bunyan’s Famous Cook Shanty includes flapjacks, sausage links, baked ham, scrambled eggs, french toast and fried potatoes. Early Birds get biscuits and gravy while late risers will be served buttermilk donuts. Coffee, tea, milk, and juice are available during all breakfast hours.
Dinner at Paul Bunyan’s Famous Cook Shanty starts at noon. Every day features a different main entr©e, camp style fried chicken is served daily. The bread that they bring to you as soon as you sit down is very good but deserves more spreadable butter; we tore the soft delicious bread apart by trying to put that hard butter from the little plastic containers on it. You can choose either creamy coleslaw or a garden salad to start your meal. The coleslaw was delicious, the salad was just some lettuce, and one slice of tomato with dressing of your choice, cheese would have helped tremendously. A different vegetable a Paul Bunyan’s Famous Cook Shanty vegetable and type of potato is served daily. We were served corn on the cob and mashed potatoes with a delicious white gravy.
Paul Bunyan’s Famous Cook Shanty allows call in and carry out and claims that they can handle vegetarian and dietary requirements but I assume that this requires advance notice as the only desserts they had when we arrived were chocolate, my son cannot have chocolate so we skipped dessert.
Overall, Paul Bunyan’s Famous Cook Shanty is very expensive for the type of food served, had slow service on things like soda refills and could not handle a simple dietary requirement. On the other hand, the food was pretty good, the atmosphere was neat with old time logging equipment and pictures hanging on the walls, and the gift shop had unique items. If we went again we would choose to go for breakfast instead of dinner as that sounds really delicious.
Paul Bunyan’s Famous Cook Shanty has two locations; 411 Hwy 13 in the Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and 8653 Hwy 51 in Minocqua, Wisconsin. You can find Paul Bunyan’s Famous Cook Shanty online at PaulBunyans.com.