Lots of those types rest on their laurels, or the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation think they “know better.” But I’ve been on a roll to NOT have that happen lately, and certainly Kegel’s Inn, Milwaukee’s oldest and premier restaurant celebrating Bavarian cuisine exceeded my expectations on every level.
We hit the door at dinner time on a Saturday nite, and the restaurant was busy, but we didn’t have to wait long. One gets the feeling that there are an awful lot of regulars (“…a place where everybody knows your name….”), but you’re only a stranger once.
The eatery is decorated like a fairly traditional German beer hall, with rough dark brown accent timbers and colorful murals.
The menu offers a strong list of appetizers, including traditional sausages, pork shank rolls, and onion rings. There are daily soup choices, that always include chicken dumpling, French onion and one other. During my visit, the soup of the day was house-made mushroom, and it was superb, large chunks of hand cut ‘shrooms in a creamy preparation. (Dinners include soup, salad, and bread).
The entrees run the gamut of German specialties including rouladen, goulash, sauerbraten, hasenpfeffer and of course, wienerschnitzel. American dishes, regional favorites, like walleyed pike, steak, fried shrimp, steaks, liver and chicken.
I opted for the schnitzel, which was superb, equal to any I’ve had in Europe, and my co-diner went with the hasenpfeffer (rabbit stew) and raved that it was “just like mom’s.”
A full range of both domestic and imported beers is available, as is a full bar.
I over ordered on the food. Took some home to enjoy the next day.
Excellent service, even at the busiest times.
Oktoberfest comes early at Kegels, so check their calendar in early August for the exact dates.
Kegels Inn Review
Kegels Inn Review