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From journal Summer Fun at the Wisconsin Dells
April 15, 2005
You will find that the line is most likely going to be pretty long here. It is a Wisconsin Dell’s tradition for a lot of people, so come prepared to wait. Part of the line to wait in, though, is through the gift shops, so you will be able to look at a ton of stuff (or buy it) if you want.
The first thing you will notice when you sit down is the decor. It looks like you are in a log cabin, and you sit on benches, not chairs. In addition, they attempted to make everything authentic by giving you tin plates and cups to eat from, but be careful, they do get hot. All the serves are dressed to the part and make the effort to make you feel like you are eating with Paul Bunyan, or at least during his time.
Paul Bunyan’s is a family-style restaurant that serves you what they want. I have only been here for breakfast, so I can’t speak of their dinner food. You start breakfast off with their famous donuts. They are the best part of the meal. If they could figure a way to package them when they were still warm, they would put Krispy Kreme out of business. In addition, you get pancakes; scrambled eggs; sausage; ham; potatoes; and milk, orange juice, coffee, and tea. It is all-you-can-eat, so if you and your family eat it all on the first round, you can get more.
For dinner, they serve their fried chicken, and on Friday’s, they have a Wisconsin tradition - fish fry! All of this is served with a number of sides and family style.
The food here is heavy and kind of greasy, and there is a lot of it. I wouldn’t come here the morning before you go to a water park, but other than that, it’s pretty good. Don’t forget to tip your servers. Even though it doesn’t look like they do a lot, they do!
From journal Water fun in Wisconsin
October 3, 2004
From journal Wisconsin Dells in Autumn
May 23, 2003
This place serves all-you-can-eat lumberjack camp-style meals. Yes, all you can eat for less than $10! We had a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, fried potatoes, biscuits, and flapjacks. We wanted to go for dinner, but had a hard time fitting it in between our busy schedule and the restaurant''s off-season hours.
The food was just so-so, but the payoff was in the lightest, yummiest flavor-bursting homemade doughnuts I''ve ever tasted.
The service was exceptional. Our waiter kept an eye on us and checked in with us often. Would we like more eggs? Biscuits? Anything at all? Whatever we wanted was delivered fresh, hot, and pronto.
TIP: resist the temptation to fill up on those rich tasting doughnuts, because you can buy them "to go" at the checkout and in the attached gift shop. If you think you''ll only need one package, buy two, or your group will soon be fighting over them.
The walls were covered with antique logging tools and photos of grizzled lumberjacks. The atmosphere was so authentic that I half expected to see the Blue Ox himself grazing out back. And what kind of lumber camp would it be without a tall tale? We heard a whopper, told with a perfectly straight face by our hostess. Breakfast with Paul Bunyan really set the tone for a fun day.
From journal Wisc Dells: The best spring break you've never had