Wisconsin German Restaurants: Sehr Gut

When German settlers found their way to Wisconsin, they brought with them a myriad of business and tradition. Today, for this blog, we’re focusing on the food! 

From arguably the best German style sausage (cue Usinger’s and Klements) to a brewing culture rivaled by few (eh hem, Miller Brewing Co.), you can count on finding some of the most delicious and hearty foods across the state along with a sense of Gemütlichkeit.

Essen Haus – Madison

Order from 16 German beers on tap – one of the largest selections in the U.S. – or from over 200 import bottles all served in clay steins. If the authentic decor doesn’t get you, the live oompah music will. In the old world tradition, the staff dresses in dirndls and lederhosen. We recommend their kartoffelpuffer (homemade potato pancakes) and jaeger schnitzel (pork tenderloin with red cabbage and spaetzle). Order two entrees and you’ll get a complementary bottle of house wine.

Karl Ratzsch’s - Milwaukee

Located in the heart of downtown, step into Karl Ratzsch’s and you’re instantly transported to another time with its enveloping dining room lined with porcelain, glassware and steins lovingly collected by the late Mama Ratzsch. We suggest starting with the homemade crouton basket in the bar. Don’t let the heartiness of the cuisine steer you away from the appetizers, you’ll want to try the Octoberfest Strudel (smoked pork, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut baked in a flaky pastry). Of course, you can’t go wrong with time-tested German classics like sauerbraten, crackling pork shank and from-scratch apple strudel.

Dorf Haus – Sauk City

Nestled in the quaint German village of Roxbury, the Dorf Haus offers the whole experience: paintings of kings and castles, stained glass, oompah music, a monthly Bavarian smorgasbord and dinner theater.

Signature items on the extensive menu: Kasseler Rippchen (smoked pork chop with applesauce, sauerkraut and potato) and Rouladen (sliced beef sirloin topped with bacon, onion and pickle baked tender in mushroom gravy). 

Winzer Stube – Hudson

Located on the beautiful St. Croix River in the lower level of the historic Hudson opera house, Winzer Stube was voted one of the top 20 German Restaurants in America. Authentic family recipes from the Mosel, Rhein and Alsace regions of Germany are carefully crafted and made from scratch daily. From the delicious soups to the delicate apple strudel, and of course plenty of traditional German beers and wines. 

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