Louie’s on the Lake was the byproduct of Doris and Louis Muench Sr. moving to Cumberland from Chicago, where he had been a meat cutter. In 1970 they opened Louie’s Finer Meats and from that came the opportunity for family dining featuring Louie’s meats. It’s a small place with booths on the sides of the room and tables in the middle. A few more tables are in the entry room where there is also a counter selling meats. There is a large outdoor patio which the dining room looks out to, as well as the parking lot. The bare wood tables are set with flatware wrapped in a napkin and other condiments for seasoning the food. You can see the lake on an angle from the back windows. Open every day except Tuesday, they serve breakfast and lunch and close earlier on Sunday. Service was friendly but not the most efficient, but then finding workers in small towns is difficult. The food was very acceptable and I’d go again but it’s not worth driving out of your way for.
The Club was a panini sandwich with Louie’s smoked pit ham, smoked turkey, thick-cut bacon, American cheese and peppered bacon aioli with a mayo-mustard blend on a hoagie bun. This was the smaller sandwich of the two but boy were these meats well-smoked. Excellent flavor on all. It was nicely sauced and overall a tasty sandwich. It came with fries which were crisp and good.
The Reuben was also a panini sandwich with Louie’s award-winning brisket corned beef with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, red onion and pepperoncini with Nat’s sauce on a marble rye toast. This one was packed with ingredients, if fact I had to use a fork to keep putting them back in as they overflowed. The sauerkraut was tasty and moist and worked perfectly with the corned beef. The sandwich was well-sauced and very tasty. It also came with fries that were hot and crisp and slightly seasoned.