Well, I found out about the restaurant with the goats eating the sod on the roof. :-) We had lunch there and it was fabulous. Jerry had their famous pancakes and sausage and I had the Swedish meatballs. This was our first time tasting lingonberries too, they were delicious! I am pasting information from their website below, I hope you enjoy reading as much as I did. It is a cool story and a cool restaurant.
Al Johnson’s is an authentic Swedish family owned restaurant where you can find goats grazing the sod roof. It's quite a sight, and it's made this place one of the most famous restaurants in Door County. Inside the casual, carpeted dining room, young ladies in Scandinavian garb dish out limpa bread and Swedish meatballs.
The menu consists of a variety of Swedish fare, from pancakes with lingonberries to Swedish meatballs, whitefish, sandwiches, salads, and a variety of hot and cold plates.
The story about how goats came to be on the sod roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant has floated around Door County for decades. Here’s how local writer Norbert Blei recounted the tale a few years back:
“Wink Larson was a man who understood tradition. Every year, in celebration of Al Johnson’s birthday, he would bring Al a gift. Not an ordinary gift, of course. But something memorable. One year it was a burro; another year a sheep; once a baby pig; and the single gift which would change Al’s life, the village of Sister Bay, and the entire history of Door County tourism—the birthday Wink walked into the restaurant with a goat named Oscar, ribbons tied to its horns and a note: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AL.
From the arrival of Oscar the goat, it was a short trip to putting both Oscar himself, and the dozens of later goats onto the roof of the already-famed restaurant, turning it into “that place with the goats on the roof,” as thousands and thousands of Door County visitors have called it while requesting directions.
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We are in love with this area, we are already trying to get a reservation for another week here. Check back later for more from Door Peninsula.