Sshhhhh. I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. the best thing at The Cherry Hut in Door County isn’t their pies. Not to say that their pies aren’t good, because they are. But what they really do best is hot dogs!
Seriously, if you don’t mind a brat, this is the place to come. The Cherry Hut’s hot dogs feature sausages from local sausage makers at Door County Custom Meats so they’re already hitting a home run there.
Then you’ve got some options. Some really good options. There are four hot dogs to choose from; Chicago, New York, Southwest, and Door County style.
While we did want to try all of them, it was still the morning and this was our breakfast so we had to leave room for more food sampling in Door County.
Here’s all you need to know – the Door County Style was bomb! Who would’ve thought cherry chutney or goat cheese would go good on a hot dog?
The cherry chutney wasn’t all sweet, it was a little bit savory so it didn’t taste like a super weird combination. And the tang from the goat cheese really set this hot dog on fire.
I’m going to confess. I spent the rest of the day thinking about this hot dog.
We even tried to come back the next day to get ourselves another dose for breakfast but alas, the Cherry Hut was closed!
To help with the devastation, we stopped by Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market to pick up some brats and cherry chutney to attempt making it ourselves when we returned home.
Hot Dog Styles At The Cherry Hut
There are four hot dog styles to choose from at the Cherry Hut that are sure to be your cup of tea. Besides the Door County style hot dog, I also recommend the Southwest style which comes with beer cheese, pulled bacon, and pickled jalapenos. Take a look at all of the options below.
Chicago Style – Tomatoes, Nuclear Green Relish, White Onion, Yellow Mustard, Sport Peppers, Celery Salt, Pickle Spear.
New York Style – Caramelized Onions, Brown Mustard.
Southwest Style – Beer Cheese, Pulled Bacon, Pickled Jalapeños.
Door County Style – Door County Creamery Wild Ramp Chevre, Elsie Mae’s Cherry Chutney, Chives.
Next up was the cherry pie. We didn’t buy the traditional style cherry pie, although I wish we tried that too. But we knew we’d be eating cherry pie later that night at the Old Post Office fish boil.
Instead, we went with the cherry-chocolate chiffon pie, just because it looked so beautiful. It was essentially a mousse with chopped Montmorency cherries in a chocolate cookie crust, with chocolate whipped cream.
The pie was a little on the pricey side at $7, but whatever. It looked too good to miss.
Drum roll please for the result… we rated this cherry-chocolate pie above average. The mousse consistency was different, a little thicker and creamier than most. Almost like eating thick cake frosting possibly? I can’t really think of any other way to describe it.
But the cherry pieces inside were really good. As was the chocolate whipped cream and chocolate cookie crust.
Part of the reason we probably didn’t enjoy it thoroughly was that it was too early in the morning to be eating dessert. Clearly, we still wanted another hot dog.
Anyway, if you do want to try the cherry pies at the Cherry Hut be sure to get there early because it seemed like customers were buying the pies in bulk and the shelves were getting bare pretty quick.
The New Cherry Hut
Apparently the Cherry Hut used to be Ray’s Cherry Hut which opened in the 1950’s. It was a roadside staple in Door County featuring a mix of artisan foods, baked items, wine and beer, along with home furnishings.
The new owners are very new, as in the store opened this year in May 2021. But they have done a great job with the space. The exterior is super cute and the inside is well organized.
There is now a wine tasting area in one corner of the store and a tap room serving Bridge Up drafts, the occasional guest taps, wine, and spirits at the back of the building.
They also have a large outdoor patio area with bucolic Door County views. You can even catch a packers game out back during football season.
To see what’s going on at the Cherry Hut including specials check out their facebook page.
Cherry Hut is open seasonally between the months of May and October. Hours are 10am to 10pm Monday through Sunday, except Wednesdays.
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