Worth the Drive: Mayville

Situated along the Rock River in Dodge County, Mayville is considered the gateway to the Horicon Marsh where fishing, birding, exploring and hiking are all at your fingertips. Outdoorspeople and naturalists of all kinds will find recreation and adventure in the area’s abundant environmental beauty, pristine parks and natural resources. In addition, Mayville’s historic downtown is home to a variety of boutique shopping, unique dining and entertainment options that bring vibrant culture to the community of more than 5,000 residents. 

Dining To-Do List

These restaurants will keep you fueled morning to night


Open Door Coffeehouse

Start your morning at The Open Door Coffeehouse with a hot cup of Luna Coffee Roasters coffee or cold brew made in house, and snag some fresh bakery or a bagel sandwich while you’re there. The summer drink menu highlights favorites like the iced creme brew lait and lavender chai. And you can feel good about your meal – as a non-profit coffeehouse, proceeds support community mentoring programs. On the city’s west side is Sherwood Family Restaurant which has a multi-page breakfast menu that includes skillets, omelettes, pancakes and specialties like breakfast burritos. It might be fitting to try the Mayville Hash Browns, made with green peppers, onions, sausage and cheddar cheese. 


Owned by nutritionist and chef duo Patty and Earl Gesling, The Natural Way is a restaurant and retailer that focuses on fresh, organic ingredients and natural food products. This summer the eatery will be offering it’s farm-to-table menu for take out, in lieu of in-restaurant dining. The curated menu features one lunch and one dinner item daily, and changes with ingredient availability throughout the season. From organic chicken salad to wood-fired Neapolitan pizza with meats butchered in house, the menu may be small but the quality is high. Another local lunch favorite is Bridge Street Eatery which is known for its deli-style sandwiches, piled high with Boar’s Head brand meats, and premium ¼ pound beef hot dogs. Finish things off with a hand dipped Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream cone in 16 different flavors. We recommend ordering it in the homemade waffle cone. 


Don Ramon Mexican Restaurant

For a classic supper club experience, visit The Pub on Dayton Street. Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday, with daily specials every night. The family-friendly dining room has a relaxed atmosphere, and locals especially enjoy the homemade pizzas, Broasted chicken and Friday fish fry. Of course, make sure to order an old fashioned for the most authentic experience. Feeling spicy? Take a trip to Don Ramon Mexican Restaurant. Try the cucumber jalapeno margarita for a little kick right off the bat. Take your time reviewing the menu – it’s huge and includes everything from street tacos to molcajetes to standards like burritos and fajitas.  

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