Linen tablecloths and Tiffany lamps suggest refinement. And for decades, Pandl’s Whitefish Bay Inn has maintained an elegant yet homey atmosphere. Photos of the restaurant’s history hang on the walls and waitresses greet customers like old friends.
Café Bavaria isn’t doing the Teutonic food of old German grandmas. Bavaria is also the home of “Deceit Free Food.” A page of the menu is devoted to naming the sources of their meats and seafood, cheese and produce. The café is open for brunch, too. Also, it carries an extensive selection of tap beer.
Wash down a plate of hearty pork shanks or wiener schnitzel with one of the bar’s at least eight German tap beers. This institution is also known for fish fry (walleye, bluegill, lake perch).
Changes are afoot, including a menu of sandwiches, sausages and German specialties. Order a sausage platter or open-face bologna/meatloaf sandwich with your German beer.
I came of age when Farwell and North was a nightlife bellwether and “classy” meant going to Von Trier, the dark Germanic bar that was our refuge on finger-numbing winter nights. My UW-Milwaukee friends liked to sit at a certain table near the bar. To me, it seemed like we could never park close enough (that brutal wind!), but there was a popcorn machine and fancy hot drinks with rum or Frangelico in them. Read more…