Touring the Tavern's
& Drinking Joint's of America
-Jack Pandl's Inn (Whitefish Bay, WI)
Its year #2 for chibbqking and with it comes a few new series of posts along with all the old favorites. The newest addition to the family is the Taverns & Watering Hole's of America. The places that should never be passed without stopping in for a cold one or cocktail. The first installment is only fitting because if your headed to Green Bay this wkd for the biggest NFL regular season week one game in a long time-then Jack Pandl's is on the way there and or back should you take the circle tour route into Milwaukee and then 43 North up into Green Bay.
a Wisconsin original-Since 1915
Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn was purchased by Jack himself in 1915. At the time of purchase Whitefish Bay was straight farmland. The only other business establishment in the area was the Pabst Whitefish Bay resort which was right across the street. The resort consisted of a fairground with beer gardens, picnic tables, a bandstand, dancing pavilion and a Ferris wheel among other attractions. People would come in via steamships and "the dummy line" a railroad with special cars for passengers. Prohibition would eventually force the closing of the resort but the restaurant lived on and the area became Milwaukee's nicest suburb and home to some of the nicest homes in the state along the lake. Proving once again that Milly is a mini Chi its basically their version of the Northshore and is loaded with wealthy residents including good old Buddy Selig who made more than 18 million last year alone. When Jack died in 1932 his wife took over the restaurant and its been all in the family since. It is one of the Milwaukee areas oldest drinking and eating establishments.
The Original menu had $.20 cent Schlitz and High Life's (click pic to enlarge)
On my first trip to Pandl's me and the crew were on a serious eating binge around Milwaukee. We needed a break and somewhere to sit back, relax and catch a contact. Pandl's looked like the perfect spot with their beautiful outdoor seating area located right on Lake ave. The restaurant is located on East Henry Clay street right at the corner of Lake, which is also the Lake Michigan circle tour route. So technically you could take Sheridan Road all the way to Jack Pandl's. Should you decide to eat you will be greeted by a menu with traditional German favorites and their Friday night fish fry is supposed to be good and it features lake perch so I'd say it sure has a shot to be. The German pancakes and Sunday brunch with champagne and whitefish also sounded great. A full wine list and imported beers (check out the Stein collection) are also available but as soon as we were told they had their own beer-Pandlbrau-brewed exclusively for them, that's all we needed to know. The wonderful waitress informed us that Point Brewery in Stevens Point brews this mighty fine German and Wisconsin influenced beer. I thought it was excellent and one of the better micro beers I've had in the state of Wisconsin or anywhere else. Not to heavy nor too light with great aftertaste and served ice cold in a mug. Nothing wrong with that.
Pandlbrau available exclusively at Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn
Ok so its technically more of a restaurant than a bar. I would still highly recommend stopping by Pandl's for a Pandlbrau and enjoying it in the outdoor seating area this upcoming fall period or before or after your trip up to Green Bay. I'm sure it'll be beautiful with all the colors in the trees and a week one Bear's victory. If your not making it to the game then stay tuned for a tubed meat showdown featuring Chicago vs. Wisconsin this weekend complete with recipes and where to get the grilling meats for your gameday goods. Check out this cool one minute video of Pandl's I found on the web.
Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn
1319 E Henry Clay St
Milwaukee, WI 53217-5719