Milwaukee's Most Authentic German Food
95 years and four generations of heritage
At Kegel’s Inn, our German Specialties are made from time honored traditional recipes passed down through four generations. We’ve made a conscious effort to skip the fast food movement & spend hours making our specialties from scratch. We know it’s worth the time it takes to pound & bread a delicate veal steak even though using pork or chicken would be much easier. Our Canadian pork shanks take six-eight hours to ripen before they get roasted to a crispy crunch, the sauerbraten marinates for 10 days, hasenpfeffer undergoes two days of meat prep, & de-boning a roasted duck requires intricate precision only our veteran staff undertake. We also fashion all our gravy from scratch, and yes, it adds expense, but we know roasting the bones and thickening with roux enhances the flavor of each dish more than the bouillon stocks found in many kitchens. We believe each dish deserves the level of authenticity found in an old world kitchens our ancestors brought with them. Be confident that we source our meats from regional farms, we care about old world flavors, and with our ancestors keeping an eye on things, we’re sure they would be proud of our hinterland flavors.
Milwaukee’s Best Fish Fry
Our classic Fish Fry menu has plenty of options for the whole family. Make sure to try the potato pancakes as well as our fabulous baked cod! FRIDAYS ONLY!
Sure, we're known for our boneless duck, pork shanks, and schnitzels, but have you tried our sauerbraten or hasenpfeffer?
In 1924, John Kegel Built Kegel's Inn. After prohibition was repealed, John remodeled the structure to what you see today.
Kegels quaint but original decor is some of the finest work of German Painter Peter Greis.
The Beautifully kept dining room not only has the warmest atmosphere in West Allis, it's also paired with some of the most Authentic German Fare in Milwaukee.
Illuminated during business hours, the original Sign at Kegel's Inn is housed over at the West Allis Historical Society. Go Check it Out!
Above all, Kegel's Inn is a warm and welcoming place with great food and tasty beer. Bring your friends and enjoy the Gemuchlichkeit of Kegel's Inn.
Alongside the great selection of beer from Hofbrau, we generally have 8 german beers, 2 domestics and at least one rotating seasonal.
Kegel's Inn is filled with beautiful accents and old school charm.
West Allis — Two West Allis properties - longtime landmarks Kegel's Inn and the Koelsch Funeral Home - have officially taken their place on the National Register of Historic Places.
The announcement by the Wisconsin Historical Society last week follows the efforts of the West Allis Historical Society, which worked to get those properties onto the national register earlier this year.
A taste of Kegel's history
What is now Kegel's Inn was a "soft-drink parlor" when it originally opened in 1924.
Shortly after prohibition was repealed, John Kegel took out a permit to enlarge his drinking establishment to include a restaurant. The renamed Kegel's Inn opened Aug. 26, 1933.
Drinking was already going on anyway. Rob Kegel said his grandfather brewed beer in the basement during Prohibition and got busted after a federal raid near the end of that period, though he was never punished because the 18th Amendment was soon repealed.
Brothers Rob and Jim Kegel, the third generation of family ownership, now run the business and plan to keep the German restaurant open for some time. Fourth Generation Kegel's Julian Kegel and his wife Stephanie Plan to keep the business going long into the future. They hope to pass the legacy on to more generations to come.
"It's an honor," Rob Kegel said of the historical designation. "We've got a wonderful building. I personally think it's the best-looking building in West Allis."
Kegel's Inn, as it was renamed, opened on August 26th, 1933. In addition to food and drink, Kegel’s also offered dancing and hosted dance bands weekly through 1952. Shortly after its opening, German-born artist/painter Peter Greis hand-painted murals on the interior walls. As the dining areas expanded to encompass much of the first floor, additional murals were painted. In addition to the spectacular (and often whimsical) murals, the interior also features remarkable leaded and stained-glass windows executed by the Milwaukee art glass firm of Wagner Bros., as well as notable woodwork by the Marks Bros. of West Allis.
John Kegel - Proprietor
John Kegel JR.
Jim Kegel - Son of John Jr.
Julian Kegel - 2nd cousin once removed.
One of a kind beer steins hold 16 ounces of delicious german beer. Grab a seat and belly up at one of the most authentic german restaurants in Milwaukee.
The Beautiful Lannon Stone building was built in English architechtual Style to match pubs and taverns in England. Once inside, you'll notice the heavy wooden beams, authentic german murals and delicious german beer help create the wonderful atmosphere of Kegel's Inn.
Here at Kegel's Inn, Gemuchlichkeit is easy to see, hear and feel. But for those who need a firmer description: Gemuchlichkeit describes a space or state of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer. Other qualities include coziness, peace of mind, belonging, well being, and social acceptance. The term is most commonly associated with the tenor of a German beer garden. So COME ON IN ALREADY!
Original Paintings by Peter Gries often illustrate monkeys or cats in satirical poses or themes relating to parlor antics! Come see the hundreds of figures on the walls of Kegels inn.
Follow the Kings Orders!