21 Lake St.
Elkhart Lake Wisconsin 53020United States
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You'll find this to be a great choice for a casual but gourmet lunch or a fancy dinner.
You can't go wrong eating here. Tucked into an old building in downtown Elkhart Lake, Lake Street Cafe has two personas: There's its funky, casual-dining half, complete with small outdoor beer garden, and there's its more staid (but not stuffy) fine-dining half. The jewel-tone casual half was painted to match the enormous old billboard of Milwaukee's Beer Barons (Mr. Miller, Schlitz, Pabst and Blatz) gracing one wall. Plenty of tables are scattered about, and you'll also find seating at the immense wooden bar. The food is upscale pub fare (think gourmet three-cheese grilled sandwiches and an arugula salad topped with dates, tomato, balsamic reduction, Gorgonzola cheese and crostini). The bar offers, among other things, 88 types of vodka. The huge Three Cheese Grille sandwich ($6.95) combines gouda, provolone and Havarti topped with tomato and pesto and grilled panini style; it's served with either homemade potato chips, grilled and chilled vegetables, fresh fruit, pasta salad or French fries. The grilled vegetable and mozzarella wood-fired pizza ($7.50) was topped with zucchini, yellow squash, portobello mushrooms, tomato and onion and was totally delicious. The crust was thin but not soggy; the veggies were still a bit crisp and the cheese didn't overwhelm it. The fine-dining half's signature feature is a 100-year-old light oak bar with, interestingly, a deer in its center. The affordable menu (entrees run $16-$25) features items like sesame-seared tuna, shiitake chicken and tenderloin Shiraz. Amazingly, the wine list is 450 varieties deep -- one of the largest in all of Wisconsin.