The Brat House plays all of sausage’s greatest hits: all-beef hot dogs, chili dogs, Chicago dogs, Italian sausage, andouille and classic beer-soaked Wisconsin brats. Can’t decide what to order? The Old World Sausage Platter ($10.99) heaps on grilled kielbasa and Swedish potato sausage served with German spaetzle dumplings and kraut. It’s a ballpark-meets-European market kind of menu ranking among the more affordable sit-down meal options in the Dells (most items clock in at $5 to $10, including a Friday night fish fry). The beer cheese soup is on the too-thick side, but the kielbasa is darn tasty with a finely ground texture, and house-made ranch dipping sauce for the kettle chips is a nice detail.
The tavern boasts an unusual history and shows off great stained-glass windows. If walls could talk, you’d be here for hours. Constructed in 1850 as a one-room Baptist schoolhouse, the building transitioned into the Delton Methodist Church during the Civil War; later becoming a Grand Army of the Republic hall for Civil War veterans (a precursor to the American Legion). After several other “lives,” the Brat House Grill took root in 2007. Customers can sit in the front of the tavern or in a separate dining area away from the bar (both sections are kid friendly).