Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and then some dessert

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin proposes a delightsome weekend escape for hard working mid-westerners, like myself, from throughout the surrounding states. I have been lucky enough to travel to Lake Geneva every year or so for pleasant getaways in this inviting waterside town. Make sure to pack the cotton panties! :)

A cool sparkling lake brandishes fun-filled opportunities like fishing, boating, swimming and more, while shop-lined streets offer souvenirs, home décor, clothing and gourmet foods. But when it comes to finding a great meal in a homespun atmosphere, Lake Geneva proudly boasts a variety of casual and refined restaurants for breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course, dessert.

Great breakfasts can be enjoyed in the center of town at Speedo's, where they serve fluffy and flavorful skillets bursting with cheese, onions, bacon, mushrooms and more. Or start your day with flapjacks at Millie's Restaurant and Shopping Village located just outside of the town's limits on a winding road in the heart of the country. Millie's delivers springy homemade pancakes in a variety of luscious flavors like: banana, blueberry, chocolate chip, apricot, strawberry and oatmeal raisin. They also advertise Belgian waffles, Russian blintzes and savory egg omelets. Since the portions at Millie's are mammoth, they offer children's sizes for most entrees. Millie's also presents an adjacent shopping village filled with lovely collectibles, scented candles and clever crafts.

For a casual lakeside lunch, try Popeye's Restaurant which flaunts a rustic, nautical theme in a family-friendly atmosphere. Popeye's signature Broccoli Cheddar Soup is made with real Wisconsin cheese and is a fantastic way to start any meal. An outdoor barbeque pit is always cooking up toasty rotisserie chicken, ribs and roast pork. Or try sumptuous seafood dishes like salmon, surf and turf or Alaskan crab legs. Entrees at Popeye's are priced at around $10 and up.
For an exquisite lunch option, you must visit the Geneva Inn hotel which is situated atop a grassy hill overlooking the glistening lake and surrounding greenery. The Grandview Restaurant serves up panoramic views as well as American contemporary cuisine. Their surprisingly affordable lunch menu offers large salads like the Grilled Caesar or the Roasted Chicken and Orga served with a warm croissant for $10 a piece. Try a tasty sandwich like the Corn Beef and Swiss or the Shaved Pastrami Foccacia. Sandwiches come with chips or fries and are also $10 each. Add a cup of soup for just $2 extra. For an economical lunch in a luxurious locale, the Grandview Restaurant in the Geneva Inn is an exceptional choice.

For a casual dinner served at a vintage Wisconsin venue, check out Mars located on Lake Como. The large crescent shaped bar is always teeming with friendly locals and visitors. While the menu presents one of the best Friday Fish Fry's in town. Be sure to also try their famous ribs smothered in a sweet, yet zesty sauce. The average entrée at Mars costs around $15 and is worth every penny.

For elegant dining and a gourmet menu, visit Kirsch's which is connected to the adorable French Country Inn. Located on Lake Como, this white pillared European hotel flaunts French windows, lacy curtains, balconies and fountains. The restaurant mimics this theme while boasting a romantic fireplace and candlelit dining. The menu offers excellent entrees like the Roasted Kona Crusted Chateau Briand for $28.95 or the French Stuffed Pork Rib Chop served with proscuitto, wild mushrooms and smoked gouda for $26.95. All entrees at Kirsch's are served with their phenomenal whipped potatoes. A choice from their exclusive wine menu completes your meal.

And now for dessert.....The family owned Lake Geneva Pie Company offers dozens of delicious homemade pies in fresh fruity flavors such as: cherry crumb, blackberry peach, blueberry apple, old mission cherry, Riviera raspberry, strawberry rhubarb, banana cream, key lime and many, many more. Ship a pie to a pal for around $20 or just enjoy a mouthwatering slice for around $3.50. This pleasant pie shop is the perfect end to an appetizing experience in and around the enchanting town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Bon appetite!

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