Chippewa Inn, Hayward, 1/5/18

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building

Chippewa Inn is a large supper club in Hayward that has been in business since the 1930s.  They specialize in dry aged meats and German entrees.  You enter into a large full liquor bar with many stools and a few tables.  The friendly owner Tom Landgraf is the bartender and his wife Debbie manages floor operations.  The vibe is relaxed and comfortable and there is fun conversation between those sitting at the bar.  The place is filled with souvenirs of many years in business.  There are 2 main dining rooms and the second one has some fabulous doll houses (I’ve included a few pictures of them that I took a couple years ago at the end of this post) that were made for Debbie.  Even if the room is not in use when you go make sure to go in and see them.  Service is efficient and super friendly.  Kelli, our server, couldn’t have been nicer.  

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sign
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daylight view of building
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daylight view of entrance
interior
interior
Owner and bartender
Owner and bartender
Martinis come with a shaker for more
Martinis come with a shaker for more
Frankie tried to make friends
Frankie tried to make friends

 

There is a large menu and while deciding there is a tasty relish tray to snack on.  It includes cheese spread, pickled herring, olives, liver spread and cut vegetables alongside an assortment of crackers and butter.  The olives are marinated in house and the peppers have been soaked in port wine.

menu cover
menu cover
About Chippewa Inn
About Chippewa Inn
Menu 1
Menu 1
menu 2
Menu 2
menu 3
Menu 3
menu 4
Menu 4
menu 5
Menu 5
wine list
wine list
Frankie took a magic carpet ride (on the coaster)
Frankie took a magic carpet ride (on the coaster)
relish tray, crackers and butter
relish tray, crackers and butter
dining room
dining room
dining room
dining room
Frankie made lots of new friends
Frankie made lots of new friends

 

All dinners include a choice of potato, soup or salad, rolls and butter.  Salads come with dressing on the side and include fresh greens, oranges sections and cucumber slices.  The blue cheese dressing (an extra charge) did have a good strong flavor of blue cheese and was thick and creamy.   Rolls were  soft and doughy and came out warm.

salad
salad
another portion
another portion
Frankie didn't want to get in the middle of this confrontation
Frankie didn’t want to get in the middle of this confrontation
rolls
rolls
wine
wine
Frankie and another cat
Frankie and another cat

 

The menu  includes a page of Bavarian fare and one in our party chose the Jaeger Schnitzel which is their Viennese style Wiener Schnitzel served with a rich mushroom gravy.  It was crisp with a tender interior covered with a thick, rich gravy.  A tender and juicy piece of veal breaded with a perfect amount of crust.   For starch they chose spaetzel which was nicely plump and had some flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon.

schnitzel
Viennese style Wiener Schnitzel
spatzel
spaetzel
Frankie found the most important mugs in there
Frankie found the most important mugs in the place

 

The New York Strip steak was a 18 ounce cut, listed as the finest New York Strip steak which is closely trimmed and char-grilled to perfection.  Indeed it was.  It was cooked a perfect blue rare with a good sear on the outside – a tender and succulent piece of beef   Served with it were the potato pancakes (extra charge) that had a crisp exterior and a creamy middle.  Another steak came with German fries that were nicely cooked but less satisfying than the potato other starch choices.

Ribeye and potato pancakes
New York Strip steak and apple dressing with potato pancakes
potato pancakes
potato pancakes
inside
inside
second ribeye
second New York Strip
potaoes
German fries
Did Frankie get too much beer?
Did Frankie get too much beer?

 

The Smothered Sirloin was topped with gorgonzola cheese and sautéed mushrooms.  The mushrooms were fresh, not canned, and there was a wonderfully generous covering of them and the cheese had a nice amount of flavor.  Another juicy piece of meat that was cooked perfectly.  It you find yourself in the area check this place out!

steak with mushrooms
steak with mushrooms
Where'd Frankie go?
Where’d Frankie go?
waitress
Our great server Kelli and Frankie
Tom and Debbie Landgraf
Owners Tom and Debbie Landgraf with Frankie
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dollhouse room
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dollhouse room
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dollhouse room
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dollhouse room
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dollhouse room
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dollhouse room
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dollhouse room
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dollhouse room
Frankie gets around
Frankie gets around

4 thoughts on “Chippewa Inn, Hayward, 1/5/18

  1. You are right on about the Chippewa Inn. In fact, I received your card from Debbie that has this website and am checking it right now for recommendations for a trip to Paris leaving 4/15/18. Thank you so much for your write-ups.

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    1. Thanks for your input and I hope you enjoy diningwithfrankie.com! Lots on Paris on there and more to come in about a month, as I’m just finishing a visit to Venice and then comes San Francisco and Dallas. Anyway, if you have questions I will try and help as best I can!

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