There are some big names in German food restaurants in Milwaukee: Mader's, the recently closed John Ernst, Karl Ratzsch's. Last night we dined at the 1904 newbie restaurant of Karl Ratzschs.
Ratzschs has beamed ceilings leaded glass windows and of course lots of huge beer steins placed around the restaurant. They offer numerous beers on tap, I chose Bitburger throughout the evening.
Cooking like this is not done much anymore. Diners today want lighter fare; however for a delicious change of pace, go with the heavy fare now and then, Ratzschs fits the bill.
For a starter it was recommended that the table try the appetizer sampler which contained: Konigsberger klopes or meatballs made of beef, pork and lamb in a lemon caper sauce, sauerbraten, sliced sausage, and a strudel of chopped ham and cheese. I thought the sampler plate was very good and would have been very happy dining on a sampler platter.
Also ordered was the smoked salmon pate which was ok.
I dont know how I did not see it on the menu, but Ratzchs offers a Caesar Salad prepared tableside. Anytime I see a table side prepped Caesar I normally order it, oh well next time.
For dinner I was talked out of the BRAISED BEEF ROULADEN (Rolled and stuffed round steak with potato dumpling and red cabbage) and into the Roast duck and goose combination.
There is a daily soup special as well as a consommé with liver dumpling. I had the liver dumpling consommé which is a slightly too strong a term for a beef stock water w/a good dumpling in it.
The dinners came. Duck was prepared perfectly yet the goose was very dry. I cook great duck and goose at home so I really should have dined on my original choice which I do not know how to cook.
Ratzchs dinner menu can be viewed: http://ratzschent.netfirms.com/karlra...
There is an early dining menu for those who arrive before 6pm and for $14.95 it is quite a steal: http://ratzschent.netfirms.com/krearl...
Karl Ratzchs German Restaurant
320 E. Mason St
Map to Karl Ratzchs: http://ratzschent.netfirms.com/krmaps...