Scouting report: Kurt's Steak House in Delafield
For many, the term "steak house" in recent years has come to mean "à la carte."
Everything from a salad to a baked potato to a smattering of mushrooms or blue cheese can be added to your naked steak -- for a price.
So, going to Kurt's Steak House in Delafield, 22 W. Main St., not only offers a flashback in the form of ambience and décor, you'll also be drawn back to the days when steaks were served below the $26 mark with soup or salad, mushrooms and potatoes included. Kurt's even throws in a heaping pile of haystack onion rings for good measure.
Kurt's is a 50/50 blend of Wisconsin supper club and Rat Pack nostalgia. The supper club portion shines through with paneled walls and vinyl table cloths, a large, busy bar and a basket of rolls on the table.
The Rat Pack feel comes from Frank Sinatra pictures and murals, peppered throughout the restaurant, with a painted mural of The Sands and a full Vegas scene in one room. Frankie's jailhouse booking picture hangs in another, and other Rat Pack memorabilia is displayed in the entryway, bar, and back dining area.
The menu at Kurt's is what one would expect in a supper club. It even throws in two items you're likely hard-pressed to find in most Milwaukee area steak houses; an appetizer of crisp sautéed chicken livers ($5.95) and an entrée of sautéed calf's liver ($12.95).
There are also nightly specials like all-you-can-eat peel and eat shrimp ($12.95) on Wednesday, all-you-can-eat baby back ribs on Thursday ($16.95), and of course, a Friday fish fry and Saturday night prime rib special.
Steaks, unsurprisingly, take up the better part of the menu, with all standard cuts available, and all ringing in at $25.95 or less, with soup or salad, mushrooms, choice of potato (garlic mashed or an au gratin style parmesan potato) and onion rings.
Kurt's also offers a few off-the-menu seafood selections and a page of specialties, including Italian-influenced dishes like chicken Vesuvio ($15.95) and veal Marsala ($18.95). Again, these entrees come with choice of soup or salad and potato.
A popular petite filet appears in this section for $12.95; but the price doesn't belie the portion. Even though the steak appears to be somewhere between 4 and 6 ounces all in, with accoutrements, it makes for an easy and inexpensive meal.
But, if you feel like you still need to order an à la carte option for your dish, Kurt's offers sautéed asparagus or creamed spinach for $3.95.
Wines at Kurt's, too, are reasonably priced, with most coming in around $30 a bottle, and they are pleasantly well-selected.
Expect to see the cream of the crop in this lower price range, with very little room for error-like their entrees, you can order any of their bottles with confidence that you will get a good value for your dollar.
My husband and I enjoy dinner at Kurt's at least 2 times a month, the steak is fantastic, always grilled to order, a perfect medium rare! The onion rings and parmesan potatoes are my favorite and the salad with the house dressing topped off with some blue cheese is yummy! I could see though if you are not educated just a bit on steaks that you could think they were greasy, if you order a NY Strip or Ribeye...that cut of meat has a lot of fat in it naturally and when it it grilled the juices sizzle around it! If you are looking for nice tender lean steak go with the Filet! O and the french onion soup is one of my favorites as well! Enjoy!
Felisha | Nov. 23, 2009 at 8:53 a.m. (report)
My partner and I ate at Kurts this last Saturday 11/21/09. It was very busy on this particular evening but we got in within a few minutes of our reservation time. The service and wait staff were functional. We ordered oysters Rockefeller which was outstanding and the dinner rolls were a bit greasy but still tasty. We each ordered rib eye steaks and they arrived with haystack onions and mushrooms on top of them. The steak was greasy, flavorless, and uninspiring. The Parmesan cheese potatoes were good and the highlight of the meal. I ended up not eating very much of the steak. My recommendation based on this visit would be to stop at the appetizer. We were not impressed.
Sounds like they chose the wrong name, it should be Kurt's Supper Club. They probably serve some nice, USDA CHOICE supermarket steaks.
lake country resident | Nov. 10, 2009 at 7:02 a.m. (report)
This past summer my family and I went to Kurt's because of the great experiences in the past. This was during the week and the place was empty. The service was fair, the beer selection was awful, and the steaks were far from what I have come to expect from Kurt's. I always get there signature ribeye and the one I had at the last visit could have easily been surpassed in quality by stopping at the local Piggy Wiggly. Because of this past experience I will be taking my business else where from now on.
'MilwaukeeBurt', stay in Milwaukee and do some fine dining at Geo. Webbs! Take a dickshunary with you!
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