Known for large, made-from-scratch pizzas, Port Sandy Bay also impresses with fish battered in Honey Weiss beer and evening seafood specials on Wednesdays and Fridays; 920-793-2345
A daily fish fry (fans of the joint rave about the beer batter), soup, and homemade desserts are featured here, with views of the marina and Lake Michigan; newportshoresrestaurant.com, 262-284-6838
Sister Bay, Wisconsin
Three words: Cherry juice margarita. That super-local flavor of the Great Lakes region (and this part of Lake Michigan in particular) is the perfect complement to a menu filled with fresh-water catch at this lakefront classic in Wisconsin's splendid Door County. Pair the house drink with fried perch. Fantastic sunsets complete the magic; 10620 Little Sister Road, 920-854-6699 or fredandfuzzys.com.