Wednesday, April 4, 2012

GERMAN

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Jack Pandl's

Whitefish Bay Inn

1319 E. Henry Clay

Pandl's has served German and American fare since 1915. In addition to Wiener schnitzel, roast duck and beer roulade, the house specialty is a massive German pancake. The dining rooms are filled with memorabilia from Whitefish Bay's long-gone resort days. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC. SB, FF, FB. SB. 964-3800

Karl Ratzsch's

320 E. Mason St.

Milwaukee's favorite German restaurant serves the expected sauerbraten and schnitzels but also has a lighter menu for the calorie conscious. The interior abounds with Old World charm and is an instant trip to Germany. Try the goose breast, rarely found on local menus. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC. RS, FB, FF.  276-2720

Kegel's Inn

5901 W. National Ave.

Used to be a lot of Milwaukee restaurants looked like Kegel's Inn. And at least in decor, not much has changed since the place opened in 1933, with its dark wood-and-stained glass gasthaus appearance. The menu offers German and American favorites. The prices are reasonable. (D.L.) $-$$. CC. FB. FF. 257-9999

Mader's

1041 N. Old World Third St.

Dine under a splendid wrought iron chandelier near a suit of medieval armor. Drink German beer from a ceramic mug. This is the Mader's experience. At the menu's heart are the German specialties that made Mader's famous, including sauerbraten, schnitzel and sausages made by neighboring Usinger's. Dinner prices tend to be high. Lunch is a far better value and the quality is the same. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC. FB. FF, SB, RS, FB. Handicap access. 271-3377

Wegner's St. Martin's Inn

11318 W. St. Martin's Road, Franklin

Located in a rural, village setting just minutes from Milwaukee, Wegner's decor focuses on auto racing. Friday is seafood night—a popular fish fry. Other nights, try the German menu: great schnitzels and pleasingly low prices. Reuben roll appetizers are the chef's own creation. Also try the very tender Sicilian steak. (J.B.) $-$$. CC. RS, OD, FF, FB. 425-9971