By Coastal Living
June 11, 2008

Convito Cafe & Market, (formerly Convito Italiano), 1515Sheridan Road, Wilmette, Chicago's North Shore, IL; 847/251-3654 known for outrageously delicious pastas, this restaurantserves other specialties like chilled cherry-and-beet soup andsmoked-trout salad; mouthwatering cuisine, fine wine, and creativepicnic essentials. (July-August 2006)

Davis Street Fishmarket, 501 Davis Street, Evanston,Chicago's North Shore, IL; 847/869-3474 or 2006)

Milwaukee Ale House, 233 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI;414/226-2337 or Early occupantsof this 19th-century brick building once fitted Great Lakes cargoschooners with new sails at the adjacent docks. Coveted tables onthe outdoor deck overlook both RiverWalk and the waterway; Servessalads, burgers, and house-made beer in a brick-and-timberwaterfront warehouse. (June 2007)

South Gate Café, 655 Forest Ave., Lake Forest,Chicago's North Shore, IL; 847/234-8800 or . TheEnglish-village atmosphere of Lake Forest entices for lunch atsouth Gate Café. (July-August 2006)

Tapas Barcelona, 1615 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Chicago'sNorth Shore, IL; 847/866-9900 or Trythe heaping crab-and-avocado salad. (July-August 2006)

Va Pensiero, 1566 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Chicago's NorthShore, IL; 847/475-7779 or Try the tantalizing tigershrimp with pistachio pesto. (July-August 2006)

Village Cheese Shanty, 199 River St., Leland, MI;231/256-9141 or Morethan 75 imported and domestic cheeses, including everything fromaged Cheddar to locally made raclette, tempt tastebuds. Enjoy yourfavorite (or daring) find between slices of pretzel bread whiledipping your toes in Lake Michigan and sipping regional wine.(October 2007)

Pink Pony Bar & Grill, Mackinac Island, MI; 800/241-3341or Providesexcellent food, live entertainment, great views of Lake Huron, and,for the convenience of its sailing clientele, a private dock.(December 2006)

Pumpernickel's Eatery, 202 Butler St., Saugatuck, MI;269/857-1196 or breakfasts and sandwiches. (May-June 2004)

Restaurant Toulouse, 248 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI;269/857-1561 or French, tres fancy (for this casual town), pricey but verygood. (May-June 2004)

The White House Bistro, 149 Griffith St., Saugatuck, MI;269/857-3240 or, sandwiches, soups, salads, and wines. (May-June 2004)

Wally's Bar & Grill, 128 Hoffman St., Saugatuck, MI;269/857-5641. Energetic bar, live entertainment, good friedseafood. (May-June 2004)

Stillwaters Coffee Café, 140 Columbus Ave., Sandusky,OH; 419/625-6885. (September 2007)

Waterfront, 10961 Bayshore Dr., Sister Bay, Door County, WI;920/854-5491 or Chicrestaurant next door to JJ's La Puerta. (November 2007)

JJ's La Puerta, 10951 N. Bayshore Dr., Sister Bay, DoorCounty, WI; 920/854-4513 or can't beat it for tasty Mexican food. (November 2007)

The Whistling Swan Inn & Restaurant, 4192 Main Street,Fish Creek, Door County, WI; 920/868-3442 or 2007)

White Gull Inn, 4225 Main Street, Fish Creek, Door County,WI; 888/364-9542 or A fixturein Fish Creek for lodging and fine dining year-round. It's also theonly locale for a fish boil between October and May. (November2007)

Egg Toss Bakery Café, 41 Maypenny Ave., Bayfield, WI;715/779-5181 or 2002)

Kick Coffee, 148 N. 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI;920/746-1122. A bright, downtown Sturgeon Bay institution. (May2006)

Maggie's, 257 Maypenny Ave., Bayfield, WI; 715/779-5641 or this pink flamingo-themed restaurant's mainstream burgers,pizzas, and pastas, there's the local delicacy of whitefish livers,cornmeal-coated and sautéed to perfection. (September-October2002)

Pier Plaza Restaurant, 15 Front Street, Bayfield, WI;888/243-4191 or locals-packed café at the Bay Front Inn serves anespecially good breakfast. (September-October 2002)

Tom's Burned Down Café, Madeline, Apostle Islands, WI;715/747-6100. Located on the only island with a year-roundcommunity; a semi-trailer serves as a bar. (September-October2002)

Wild Rice Restaurant, 84860 Old San Road, Bayfield, WI;715/779-9881 or Enjoy a trulyresplendent dinner "by the water in the woods," as this chicrestaurant, which opened in summer '01. (September-October2002)