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Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

  • Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty
  • Paul Bunyan's Famous Buttermilk Donuts
  • Paul Bunyan's BBQ Pork Rib Dinner
  • Family Style Dining
Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty Map
Address:
411 State Hwy 13 SWisconsin Dells 53965
Phone:
(608) 254-8717
Open:
March - October
Handicap Accessible
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http://www.dellspaulbunyans.com
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Overview

Take a walk with Big Paul...thru logging camp memories and cook shanty lore! A vacation dining must...for the entire family. Special children's prices. In the style and atmosphere of the "Ole Time" lumber camp cook shanty. Enjoy breakfast (7 am - Noon), luncheons (Mon thru Sat), lumberjack dinners (Noon - 9 pm). Tour groups welcome. Open daily all summer.

 
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Facinating 1890's logging camp atmosphere, serving our Camp Breakfast features FAMOUS buttermilk donuts, dinner features two entree choices, homemade bread, salad or slaw, potato, veggie & dessert. A vacation favorite for all ages!
Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty Convention Amenities
  • Catering On-Site
  • Food Service Adjacent
  • Food Service On-Site
 
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07/09/2013Every time I visit the Wis Dells I always eat here for Breakfast and Dinner! They have the best tasting food and the servers are always friendly.
-JessicaMilwaukee,WI
04/11/2012Paul Bunyan's has been part of my life for 48 years. Every summer my family would have their reunion and the 1st day & the last were always breakfast at Paul's. Now i get to share that with my sons & daughter. Keep makin the doughnuts!! we love um. Thank Paul for all the fun memories & the new one we have yet to make.
-SusanMilwaukee,Wisconsin
02/17/2012I love Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty Restaurant. Every time I've gone to the Dells or past it by, weather they were open or not. I thought of those years in the 1980's when I went with my High School Buddies to the Dells for a week. The local channel had a great commercial for Paul's. "Come on down to Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty Restaurant located at routes 12 and 13, in beautiful Wisconsin Dells." It was part of vocabulary fir years. We loved it and so will you!
-MarkVilla Park,IL
07/28/2010Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty has been a "MUST" every time we go to the Dells. It was amazing to me as a little girl and it still is amazing to me today.It is wonderful to see a Restaurant that can make so many fond memories for everyone. When I tell my three girls that we are going to Wisconsin Dells, the first thing out of their mouths is "Are we going to Paul Bunyan's?" My answer is "Of Course".
-DawnSheboygan,Wisconsin
04/12/2010I remember going to the "dells" when i was a kid and all the fun we had as a family. Now for the first time, I can bring my kids up there in the summer of "2010" and share with them the same experience's i had as a child. I would like to thank the wisconsin dells people and the staff at paul bunyon's for so many fond memories
-ryannchicago,il

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What's Up With That Restaurant?04/01/2010Quirky places to plunk down for a great meal.Read More
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monks-wisconsin-dells-restaurants-23Monk's Bar & Grill

Let's start with the original Monk's Bar & Grill located in Downtown Wisconsin Dells, named after Monk Heineke. What makes Monk's one of the memorable restaurants in Wisconsin Dells aside from the best burgers in the Dells, is the University of Wisconsin Badgers' memorabilia. It's a shrine to the red-and-white because Monk's sons played football for UW-Madison back in the late 1950s.

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Showboat Saloon

Just down the street is the Showboat Saloon, with its Tug's Kitchen restaurant. Located in a 100-year old building with a distinctive wedge shape, Showboat's always housed a bar, except during Prohibition, although some say drinks were still available through a speakeasy in the basement of this Wisconsin Dells restaurant and bar.

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Mr. Pancake

The landlocked Mr. Pancake restaurant in Wisconsin Dells looks like a paddlewheel boat. Why? Because the owners wanted to give patrons the feel of "dining on the water."

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Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

If you're into "muffler men" -- those big fiberglass statues that dot the American landscape -- then pull up to Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty, where good ol' Paul towers over this establishment.

So, now you know!

 

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mr.pancake-wisconsin-dells-restaurantsMr. Pancake

You just have to love a place called Mr. Pancake. The owners have been serving big plates of pancakes, French toast, blintzes and waffles since 1962. While there is every fruit variety under the sun and then some, the hands-down winner for many patrons is the potato pancake, a blend of cooked potatoes in a rich egg batter with applesauce and crisp bacon on the side.

 

 

 

paul-bunyans-dells-restaurants-23Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty lets you dine lumberjack-style, with family portions passed around at big, comfortable tables. You can’t go wrong with their famous “Logging Camp” breakfast of flapjacks with maple syrup, special recipe sausage and baked ham, scrambled eggs, camp fried potatoes and memorable buttermilk donuts.

 

 

 

Howie's Restaurant

Last, but certainly not least, is Howie’s Restaurant, the self-proclaimed Home of Howie’s Huge Breakfast. This plate of pancakes, egg, hash browns, toast and jelly is mighty filling. Upgrade to Howie’s Super Breakfast and you’ll get sausage too. This diner has been a favorite for Dells residents and visitors since 1958.

You know we have to say this…breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

 

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Happy Time-Out For Toddlers02/09/2010Tour waterparks, attractions and more that are just the right size for the little ones.Read More
Happy Time-Out For Toddlers
02/09/2010

noahs-ark-toddler-friendly-water-parksWhile Wisconsin Dells has been known as a family destination for more than a few generations now, we saw a need to do something special for the smallest visitors. And our business owners really came through for us. If you have children under the age of five, you'll want to post this list on your refrigerator, right next to that great crayon artwork.

  • We're known for extreme water park rides, slides and water roller coasters. But there are plenty of water activities that cater to the kiddies. Noah's Ark Waterpark has toddler-appropriate swings, slides, tickle-your-toes geysers, squirt guns and shallow pools. Be sure to try the new Tadpole Bay at Noah's Ark.
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  • Indoors and outdoors, Polynesian Resort Hotel & Suites and Great Wolf Lodge know just what the little ones like, delivering both toddler-friendly water park activities and dryland attractions.
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  • Speaking of dryland, there are a number of spectacular attractions that have toddler written all over them. First up, the new Kalahari Indoor Theme Park at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center, featuring a six-story Ferris wheel and African-themed carousel. Also new this year are two indoor, 3-D, black light mini-golf courses at the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, both themed to sea adventures with aquariums filled with salt water fish and a stingray touch tank. There's also Knuckleheads Bowling & Indoor Amusement Park which offers bumper bowling and cute kiddie rides and Pirate's Cove Family Fun Center with sized-right peddle go-carts, a jumping pillow and sand castle area.
Moosejaw - Kid Friendly Wisconsin Dells Restaurants

 


  • When it comes time to feed your hungry toddler, you'll be pleased with the kid-friendly menus and atmosphere at both Buffalo Phil's Pizza & Grille, Pizza Pub and Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co., to name just a few. For breakfast, try Mr. Pancake or Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty.
Timbavati Wildlife Park/Storybook Gardens - WI Dells Animal Attractions

 


  • To let kids experience the great outdoors, plan for a DUCK ride on the Wisconsin River and a visit to the Wisconsin Deer Park where children can pet tame deer.
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  • Don’t forget Circus World in nearby Baraboo, where there are animals, acrobats, circus wagons and costumes to delight children of all ages.
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  • And if they're really good, perhaps you'd like to treat your sweet children to some age-appropriate sweets at the two Goody Goody Gum Drop shops in town.

 

 

If you accomplish all of the above, everyone in the family will need a nap!

 

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Prefer The Wisconsin Dells Classics

Enduring. Endearing. Those were the two words that guided the research for this story on the classic Wisconsin Dells vacation. Many of the Wisconsin Dells hotels, attractions and restaurants included below have been building up a fan base for decades and across generations. Others are slightly more contemporary classics that still say “Wisconsin Dells” in a big way. Combined, they make for lots of choices for travelers who like to go classic.

 

classic-dells-motels-100Classic Wisconsin Dells Hotels & Motels

A good starting point is downtown, where classic Wisconsin Dells hotel and motels right on the main street are well maintained and still very popular. There’s Fitzgerald’s Motel, where the front sign reminds you to “Smile, you’re on vacation.” Last year, Fitzgerald’s celebrated its 60th anniversary, and owner Margaret Gewont is 100% sincere when she tells you guests are more like extended family than vacationers. A peek in the guest book proves it, with the first entry reading: “Margaret is the ultimate hostess.” The list of downtown Wisconsin Dells hotels and motels is long and varied, so take your pick.

 

downtown-wi-dells-shops-100Downtown Wisconsin Dells

As long as you’re already on the main thoroughfare, keep your car parked and put on your walking shoes for a stroll up and down Broadway. You’ll pass fudge shops like Swiss Maid Fudge and Wisconsin Dairyland Fudge and likely succumb to the sweets being made behind the picture windows. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, with its quirky and fun-to-read-about displays from adventures of days gone by, is one of the many amusing Wisconsin Dells attractions on Broadway. As long as you’re downtown, go ahead and have one of those old-timey pictures taken. For souvenirs, Bailey’s Landing and Winnebago Gift Shop are both known for their wide selection of Minnetonka moccasins, a fashion statement in Wisconsin and on the runways of New York.

 

wisconsin-river-tours-100Classic Wisconsin River Tours

On your walk through the Dells, you’re sure to see a Duck or two. Not the feathered kind, but the WWII amphibious vehicle kind that takes visitors on tours of Lake Delton and the Wisconsin River. Hop on and enjoy the splashdowns and scenery. Another classic river tour choice is a tour boat, either double decker or paddlewheeler. Some even offer shore landings, which is really the best way to experience the grandeur of the sandstone bluffs in the area.

 

dells-animal-attractions-100Animal-Related Dells Attractions

Now on to real animals, as in the deer at Wisconsin Deer Park, one of the classic Wisconsin Dells attractions that’s been in business for more than 50 years. Here you can feed the deer and also interact with American elk and bison. Wisconsin Deer Park also acts as a zoological supply service, with deer from their park being placed in zoos all over the country.

 

tommy-bartlett-show-100Tommy Bartlett Classic Attractions

Two Wisconsin Dells attractions that begin with the founder’s name, Tommy Bartlett, are staples on the classic vacation itinerary. There’s the famous Tommy Bartlett Show staged on Lake Delton, the longest running water ski show of its kind in the country. It's replete with complicated ski tricks, fast boats, comedy and acrobatic acts thrown in for good measure. Plus, the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory - Interactive Science Center is also known for its hundreds of hands-on science experiments, a real Russian MIR space station and an exact replica of NASA’s Mercury space capsule.

 

noahs-ark-water-park-100Noah's Ark Waterpark - A Classic Wisconsin Dells Water Park

If you want to experience a classic Dells water park, then Noah’s Ark Waterpark is it. It opened in 1979 and is the largest outdoor water park in the country, adding something new nearly every year.

 

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More Wisconsin Dells Classics

There are a number of other classic finds worthy of their own mention. In lodging, Dell Creek Motel, with its pretty courtyard gardens, has some of the best curb appeal in the community. On Lake Delton, there’s Baker’s Sunset Bay Resort, a fun place for family reunions. For shopping, Aunt Jenny’s Got-It-All Store is a third-generation Dells’ family business which prides itself on its fun selection of apparel, souvenirs, moccasins, jewelry and toys. For breakfast, try Mr. Pancake with 30 varieties of pancakes and waffles; Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty with scrumptious donuts; or Howie’s Restaurant, home of Howie’s self-proclaimed “Huge Breakfast” and, if you’re really hungry, his “Super Breakfast.”

 

wisconsin-supper-clubs-100Classic Wisconsin Supper Clubs

The classic Wisconsin supper clubs in the area deserve a paragraph of their own. If you’re wondering what the requirements are for supper club designation, here goes: clubby bar in which to enjoy that Wisconsin cocktail favorite, the brandy old fashioned, before you sit down to your meal; well trained staff who see to your every need and never rush you; crisp table linens; interesting architecture; relish trays and fresh baked rolls, standout wine cellar; and steaks, seafood and chops that are remarkable. If that sounds mouthwatering to you, then consider one special dinner out at the Del-Bar, Field’s at the Wilderness, House of Embers, Ishnala Supper Club, or the newest entry in the genre of classic supper clubs, Kaminski Bros. Chop House at Chula Vista Resort.

 

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Drive-In Movies In The Dells

For one last flash from the past in the Dells, the drive-in movie.  Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater shows double features of first-run movies on two screens every night during the summer. Its concession stand is kitschy and comfortably cramped, serving everything you’d want from a classic snack bar. Side note, if you stay at Holiday Shores Camp-Resort or the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, ask about their seasonal outdoor movies too, shown right on the grounds.

That’s it, the classic Wisconsin Dells getaway, filled with sweet memories to last until the next time you visit.

 

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Rock A Classic Vacation08/01/2011At least once in your lifetime you should try this itinerary. These classic attractions, restaurants and resorts never go out of style. Just ask your parents or grandparents.Read More
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At least once in your lifetime you should try this itinerary. These classic attractions, restaurants and resorts never go out of style. Just ask your parents or grandparents.

Starting with attractions, these are all must-do’s, so be sure to schedule your time accordingly. For those traveling with little ones, Wisconsin Deer Park is worth a stop. At the deer park, which opened more than 50 years ago, kids can feed the freely roaming deer, some still with their doe spots, others with huge antlers. Staying with animal-themed attractions, Lost Canyon Tours offers its own version of the “magnificent mile” - a ride through the narrow gorges of the canyon in a quaint horse-drawn wagon.

A tour of the Wisconsin River in the afternoon is next in order. You can head out on a Duck, an amphibious WWII vehicle that gives you a little land travel with your water tour. Choose from the Original Wisconsin Ducks® or Dells Army Duck Tours. Or you can relax aboard a double-decker tour boat. Some offer you shore landings to explore the gorges and see a trained dog make the famous Stand Rock jump from one bluff outcropping to another. Other aqua tour options include jet boats, a paddle wheeler, tours without shore landings and dinner cruises.

Take a detour downtown and stop in the H.H. Bennett Studio, the original studio of the post Civil War photographer H.H. Bennett, the man who introduced the world to Wisconsin Dells with his critically acclaimed photos of the river, the bluffs, the early logging industry and Native American culture. Here you can try the Stand Rock jump, blocked off on the floor. The original leaper was actually Bennett’s son Ashley.

You can’t get much more classic than the circus and that’s why nearby Circus World in Baraboo makes this list. The grounds here were the original winter home of the Ringling Bros. Today, visitors can still take in 10 different shows performed daily during the warm weather months and gaze upon the world’s largest collection of restored parade wagons.

One evening has to be set aside to see the Tommy Bartlett Show. Even this popular ski show, going strong after 60 years, is harkening back to its classic high-energy roots with the costumes and choreography for its 2011 “Livin’ the Dream” show. After the show, take a stroll downtown for some homemade fudge or a candy-loaded caramel apple or giant sucker at one of the many confection shops. Maybe even slip into a new pair of moccasins at Winnebago Gift Shop, Bailey’s Landing or Aunt Jenny’s Got-It-All Store.

On another evening, pile in the car for a double feature of first-run movies at Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater. This is one of the last of its kind in Wisconsin.

Settle down for the night at a classic hotel or motel.  There are so many to choose from in the area it would be unfair to mention just one or two. But what must be said is that these places represent the best of the mom-and-pop motel tradition, with a good number run by second and third generation families. Pull your car right up to the door of your room and make yourself feel right at home.

The next morning, make breakfast your classic meal of the trip, with a stop at Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty (fair warning, the doughnuts are fresh and soft and irresistible); or Mr. Pancake, where matriarch Diane Thompson’s recipes for waffles and pancakes and blintzes are to die for.

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