Midwest Living Review
The Paddock Club, opened in 2007, quickly garnered a loyal clientele and plenty of kudos. For good reason. The restaurant is set in an old, beautifully refurbished building in downtown Elkhart Lake, highlighted by an immense, turn-of-the-century bar. More importantly, the food is quite good, and the service is friendly and efficient. The restaurant is only open for dinner, although in addition to its regular menu, it also offers a bar menu, kids' menu and Tuesday Tapas menu. The food changes seasonally and follows European culinary traditions. For example, a winter menu might include a Honeycrisp apple and manchego salad, potato gnocchi and a rosemary-marinated rack of lamb. During our visit, we tried the pear and pecorino toscano salad ($8), which featured spring greens, cherries and pecans topped with a sherry vinaigrette. The pears were perfectly ripe and sweet, and there wasn't too much vinaigrette. For entrees, we selected the Atlantic salmon ($20), which came with a potato puree, French green beans, grape tomato and orange-butter buerre blanc and a half-portion of lemon and ricotta ravioli (full order $21). Ravioli is often rich and heavy, as are ricotta fillings. But this dish just offered a thin sliver of ricotta filling -- enough to lend great flavor and well paired with heirloom tomatoes, asparagus, pine nuts, Parmesan and lemon oil.Entrees run about $20 to $35. The bar menu contains about a half-dozen sandwiches, all served with skinny fries. Choices include a half-pound hamburger, crispy walleye sandwich and a quinoa veggie burger, all for $10. The $10, two-course-plus-dessert kids' menu, makes the younger set feel just as important as mom and dad. The Tuesday Tapas menu (about $3-$9) changes weekly, offering diners nearly two dozen choices of small plates, including fresh mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto with basil and the only-in-Wisconsin beer-battered cheese curds with horseradish sauce. Though the restaurant's wine list isn't exceptionally deep, it's well balanced, offering a variety of moderately priced reds, whites and sparkling wines available by the bottle, half-bottle and glass.