Just to show you that New Orleans hasn’t cornered the market on the offbeat and quirky, here’s a look at something you don’t see everyday, and likely won’t find anywhere in Louisiana.
That would be your standard-issue, sod-roofed log building, topped with grazing goats.
Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, has been around for 60 years, but was goat-less until 1973, when the building was remodeled and the sod roof added.
Scandinavian and German immigrants settled northern Door County in the mid-1800s, fishing the cold waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan and originating the tradition of fish boils, for which the county is also well known.
Today, Door County’s year-round population is about 28,000, but that number grows exponentially in the summer months as tourists flock to this scenic peninsula sometimes known as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”
Al Johnson’s is a popular local landmark, and features Swedish recipes and servers dressed in traditional Scandinavian garb.
The restaurant’s website features a “goat cam” (actually 2 cameras), offering an up-to-the-minute look at the goats’ rooftop activities: http://www.aljohnsons.com/goat-cam/
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik
10698 N. Bay Shore Dr.
Sister Bay, WI 54234
Door County tourism information:
Glen Abbott is a New Orleans-based freelance travel writer/photographer. Visit his blog at www.TravelinGringo.com.