Meat, the handsomest of the nine food groups, gets its good looks from spice rubs, tenderizers, and long soaks in anti-aging marinades. Ogle seductive slabs with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of steaks, seafood, and more at The Jail House Restaurant in West Bend.
The Jail House Restaurant locks up fresh ingredients and serves a full menu of steak and seafood to law-abiding diners in its historic red-trimmed log building nestled between cornfields and pastures. Under the patriotic gaze of colonial portraits and American flags, guests can partake in bacon-wrapped chestnuts ($7) before choosing from a long list of steaks. The signature 16-ounce new-york strip steak ($28), tenderloin fillets ($24–$26), and other meaty eats may be personalized with melted blue cheese ($3), blackening ($2), or your crush's initials. Crab, shrimp, scallops, and mushrooms surf waves of herb-citrus butter on a vast ocean of linguine in the seafood scampi tossed with freshly grated parmesan ($25), and six to eight large scallops surround a bed of pan-wilted spinach on garlic-and-herb butter in the pan-seared sea scallops (market price).
The polished wood bar invites social sippers to cozy up and peruse the full drink menu, including red and white wines ($4–$10/glass). Friendly bartenders can lend an ear or napkins for crafting paper springbok sculptures while building a Sky Scraper from Skyy melon, Midori, a splash of sour, and lemonade ($7) or blending Stoli vanilla, grenadine, and pineapple juice in the Pineapple Upside Down Cake ($6).
The Jail House Restaurant
Far from the bustle of the city, The Jail House Restaurant's historic farmhouse towers over surrounding cornfields and golden pastures. Dating back to 1845, the striking wooden edifice once housed a general store and tavern before being converted into the upscale steak house it is today. Inside, a logwood staircase leads to the dining room, surrounded by walls of rustic wood paneling. In the kitchen, grills sizzle with hearty new york strip steaks, prime rib, and seafood, along with a rotating selection of daily specials. Meanwhile, the staff of bartenders—renowned for their wit and trampolining skills—doles out fine wines and cocktails.
897 Pleasant Valley Rd.
West Bend, Wisconsin 53095Get Directions