March 19, 2015

Lorelei Inn, Green Bay - March 13, 2015

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 4 points out of 5, a classic Wisconsin fish fry.

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Arrived at 8:30pm, 3 in our party, no wait
Food: Excellent

Price: Regular Perch Plate was $13.25 (3 whole perch), Large Perch Plate was $18.95 (5 whole perch)

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, offered brandy old fashioned but it wasn't muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, and other options
Potato: 1 point, served with choice of a variety of potatoes
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, served with meal but did not include white raw onion

Lorelei Inn
1412 S Webster Ave
Green Bay, WI 54301

I've heard of the Lorelei Inn and always heard great things about it. I've driven by it plenty of times on Webster, but it looks like a hometown bar, not like a great German restaurant. Now that I know where it is and have been there, we'll be back for more!

Lorelei Inn is known for its authentic German food with specials like Sauerbraten, Wienerschnitzel, and since the Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry has its roots in early German Catholic immigrants, they should also be known for their fish fry.

The outside is very unassuming with its permastone exterior, but its Lorelei Inn sign with the coat of arms starts to tell the story.

Once inside, the bar area has plenty of room for people to sit at the bar or at pub tables throughout. We put our name in for a table, but with it being so late in the evening, we could have our order taken at any time. For those who like beer, especially German beer, this place has a large selection that would satisfy any beer connoisseur.

We were given some menus to look over, the perch and bluegill specials were listed on a sign by the hostess station. We ordered our brandy old fashioneds and an appetizier of cheese curds as we looked over the menu. The brandy old fashioned was not muddled. The cheese curds were an excellent choice.

When we decided our order, we called our waitress over. We ordered the clam chowder soup before our meal, and when that was ready the waitress called us to our table.

All three of us got the fish fry, and Chad and I chose the double order because we love leftover fish the next day. Lorelei Inn serves both perch and bluegill, so I got the perch and Chad got the bluegill so we could try both. With our meal, we had choices of red cabbage, cole slaw, and saurerkraut. And for our potato, we had the choice of french fries, wedge fries, potato pancakes (with applesauce), and another option or two I cannot recall at the moment.

Our food arrived, and the presentation looked delicious and plenty of food to satisfy us. Both the perch and bluegill was fantastic. The breading was definitely hand breaded, and I don't find many places that have this type of breading, it was cooked perfectly, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. My potato pancakes were awesome, and Chad's warm german potato salad was delicious as well-definitely authentic German cooking. The cole slaw was good, not bad at all, but nothing overly fantastic.

But I was a little disappointed that a German restaurant out of all places served the meal with rye bread, but no raw onion. Now I don't know if rye bread with raw onion has anything to do with German food, but I was hoping it would be served with it. Our waitress did serve up some white raw onion on request though.

I was so pleased with our experience at Lorelei Inn, they put on a fantastic perch and bluegill fish fry and did a great job on all the sides. I will be back to enjoy some of their German food I've heard such great things about. Put this place on your short list for a visit real soon! I think they deserve a spot on our Top 5 fish fry list, don't you?

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