A genre of swanky, old-fashioned restaurants with reasonable prices – known as supper clubs – can only be found in the Midwest countryside. Though they had their heyday in the mid-20th century, many supper clubs still exist today with the same family-friendly atmospheres and comfort food-filled menus. Among them is Anthony’s Steak House. Founded in 1978 and still run by Anthony himself, who is now in his late 80s, the supper club has an impressive menu. It features everything from soups to seafood to steak to the classic Wisconsin fish fry on Friday nights. These dishes are all at prices that will make your wallet just as satisfied as your appetite.
Anthony’s Steak House, W3354 Wisconsin 50, Lake Geneva, WI, USA, +1 262 248 1818
Nestled beside Geneva Lake in a 129-year-old Victorian-style mansion that’s been gorgeously maintained, the Baker House is known for its historic decor and old-world charm. The home was originally built in honor of Emily Baker’s late husband, Robert. However, throughout the years, it has also functioned as an upscale sanitarium for Chicagoans and a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Nowadays, diners nosh on Wisconsin cheese plates and dishes such as grilled Atlantic salmon. There are a number of rooms on the first floor, each decorated with eloquent, turn-of-the-century-style furniture. In accordance with the house’s history, the Baker House hosts weekly Murder Mystery and Cabaret-themed events on Fridays and Saturdays, respectively.
Baker House, 327 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI, USA, +1 262 248 4700
Authentic, tasty Japanese food is available in the Wisconsin countryside. Venture away from downtown Lake Geneva to Tempura House, a fine-dining establishment located within a lovely, slightly unconventional residential neighborhood. There’s sushi and sashimi aplenty, but if the idea of eating raw fish makes your stomach churn, the tempura, Mongolian and hibachi dinners are also divine. Coming during peak lunch and dinner hours may result in a bit of a wait for a table, especially if you have your heart set on sitting on the patio on a balmy summer night. However, know that your patience will be rewarded with an excellent meal.
Tempura House, 306 Center Street, Lake Geneva, WI, USA, +1 262 249 8822