Garmisch Restaurant, Cable, 8/28/18

exterior
exterior

Garmisch Inn Restaurant is in the main lodge of the Garmisch USA 65 acre resort.  It is a large complex, where the main lodge and many of the guest homes date back to the 1920’s when they were built for a wealthy Chicago family’s vacation retreat.  The large dining room overlooks the south shore of Lake Namakagon.  It was completely paneled in wood with large wood columns and beams in the ceiling.  Some art hung on the walls but the main decorative touch was the curved window that looked out on the lake the the surrounding woods of the Chequamegon forest. The well spaced white clothed tables were set with black napkins and heavy weight flatware.  The larger tables were in the center of the room and the walls were lined with tables for 2-4.  The lights were lowered.  An equal sized bar was off to the end with the bathrooms in between.  On the way you pass a spiral staircase that led down to guest rooms.  They had a large menu with some German specialties. Service was super friendly and accommodating. Our server Bree had just been there 2 weeks but she couldn’t have made our meal more fun.

gates
gates
other end
other end
Frankie was glad these birds were wooden
Frankie was glad these birds were wooden
entrance
entrance
Frankie played on the bear
Frankie played on the wooden bear
lodge
lodge
to dining room
to dining room
lodge
lodge
lodge
lodge
Frankie posed with an old photo of the building
Frankie posed with an old photo of the building
old photo
old photo
Frankie posed with a bear
Frankie posed with a bear

 

It seemed the right place to start with a Wisconsin staple, brandy old fashioned. We got it “press”style which is a less sweet version and the bartender knew how to do it right.

Frankie and a couple of Old Fashioned
Frankie and a couple of Old Fashioned
menu cover
menu cover
menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
menu 3
menu 3
menu 4
menu 4
menu 5
menu 5
menu 6
menu 6
Frankie looked out the window
Frankie looked out the window

 

Bread service was “Parker House rolls” that were soft and doughy.  Butter came in small foil wrapped rectangles.

bread presentation
bread presentation
rolls
rolls
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
table set up
table set up
Frankie enjoyed the candle warmth
Frankie enjoyed the candle warmth

 

Meals all come with soup or salad and starch. We chose salad with blue cheese dressing and lots of crumbles. It came with the dressing on the side but it was covered with tasty crumbles.   The salad was a mix of lettuces, cucumber, red onion and a tomato wedge.  It was fresh and crisp but a little hard to toss on the small filled plate.   Once you got it done though it was good.

side salad
salad with blue cheese dressing and crumbles
closer
closer
wine
wine
Frankie chilled with the water bottle
Frankie chilled with the water carafe

 

For an entree I had the Garmisch Combination Plate of German food. It included Jaegerschnitzel veal cutlet with a sherry mushroom sauce, a knackwurst, a stuffed cabbage roll, apple sauce, sweet and sour red cabbage and sauerkraut.  For an additional $3 I chose the potato pancake for my starch.  It was a lot of food with variable quality.  The veal came without any sauce and looked rather pitiful as such on the plate.  Our server brought me some sauce but it couldn’t save this dry piece of meat with the soggy coating.  The cabbage roll came with some tomato sauce and was pretty nice but the star of the plate was the knackwurst sausage.   Juicy and finely ground it exploded with flavor and was equally good with a dab of the nice mustard on the plate. The sweet and sour cabbage was tasty whereas the sauerkraut fell a bit flat for me.  The potato pancake was the biggest disappointment,though, cause I’d read how delicious they were.  This was not crisp, not tasty, greasy and cool with very little potato flavor.  I don’t know if it was an off night or the b-team in the kitchen, but this didn’t work.  

German combo
Garmisch Combination Plate: Veal cutlet, knackwurst, stuffed cabbage roll, sweet and sour red cabbage and sauerkraut (mustard)
closer
closer
another angle
another angle
inside
inside cabbage roll
inside
inside knackwurst
closer
cabbage and sauerkraut
applesauce
applesauce
sauce for veal
sauce for veal
Frankei wasnt sure about the gravy
Frankie wasn’t sure about the sauce
potato pancakes
German Potato Pancakes
another angle
another angle
fan had trees and animals
fan had trees and animals
Frankie found a wooden racoon
Frankie found a wooden raccoon

 

The Steak and Lobster combo included a char-broiled 8 ounce tenderloin steak and a 6 ounce broiled lobster tail.  For a starch we got a baked potato with a $4 surcharge to make it ‘loaded.’ The steak was nicely cooked but for rare it was well warm all the way through. It was topped with garlic and herb butter and sautéed mushrooms.  They were a good flavor addition to the meat. The lobster tail came with a nice sized dish of melted butter to dip in and was good.  The baked potato came with the sour cream and scallions on the side. The top was totally covered with cheese and studded with bacon but it wasn’t fluffy as it should have been and almost tasted like it had been microwaved. 

surf and turf
Steak and Lobster: Char-broiled 8 oz. tenderloin steak and 6 oz. broiled lobster tail (with Baked potato “loaded”)
closer
closer
other side
other side
Looking down towards guestrooms
Looking down towards guestrooms
Frankie found a woodsy soap dispenser
Frankie found a woodsy soap dispenser

 

For dessert we tried their Own “Phenomenal Homemade” Bread Pudding which was bread pudding loaded with cinnamon and raisins, baked to a golden brown and served warm with a pecan caramel sauce.  I told our sever I loved caramel sauce and she helped me out with putting a lot of it on this huge dessert. You could pay extra and have it with ice cream but thankfully I did not cause it was plenty on its own.  The sauce was thick, sweet and loaded with crunchy tasty pecans. The warm moist bread was topped with whipped cream.  It tasted strongly of cinnamon and had lots of raisins.  It was really good. 

bread pudding
Our Own “Phenomenal” Homemade Bread Pudding – our bread pudding is loaded with cinnamon and raisins, baked to a golden brown, and served warm with a pecan caramel sauce
Frankie wanted you to appreciate the size of the portion
Frankie wanted you to appreciate the size of the portion
closer
closer
sweet server and Frankie
Sweet server Bree and Frankie
nightly specaial sign
nightly special sign
bar
bar
bar
bar
Frankie wanted to ride in the boat
Frankie wanted to ride in the boat
Frankie pointed out that the thank you candy was in another bear
Frankie pointed out that the thank you candy was in another bear
sign
sign
Frankie almost got lost in the basket
Frankie almost got lost in the basket

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