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The Lumber Inn in Delafield.

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Old school diner with great grub.

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Counter seat, anyone?

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The walls tell the history of the site.

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Mmmmmm, pancakes.

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Nothing fancy, and right off Main St.

Loving the Lumber Inn


What's not to love about the Lumber Inn, 617 Wells St., in "Downtown" Delafield? Opened in 1983 at the former site of a lumberyard, the Lumber Inn is an old school diner that serves amazing breakfasts in a fresh from the farm setting that's nothing truly special, but at the same time something so very special.

I love breakfast, and have written about my desire for more options in Milwaukee's Downtown. Well, last weekend, I found what I'm looking for in "Downtown" Delafield. Nothing against Milwaukee's quality offerings, but this place does it right.

The counter, cash register, open cooking and friendly faces say it all. This is what breakfast is all about. Now owned by Raul Perez, Lumber Inn not only does a great, down-home breakfast (eggs, pancakes, omelets, corned beef hash, etc.) but also adds regular Mexican specials, burgers and desserts that all make the place sing.

You'll see the regulars at the counter, families in the booths and others on the cozy, little patio. It's, I'm told, always packed in the mornings and hardly ever not busy.

Even the walls of this place say "special." The history of the site hangs with antique logging equipment, tools of the trade and random photos and artifacts. It's, admittedly, a bit odd but so very cool.

I realize I haven't said much of the food in this blogged "review," but I think that words and above photos more than speak to the food's simplicily and goodness.

I loved the Lumber Inn, and you will too.


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Andy | Sept. 21, 2009 at 2:13 p.m. (report)

Lumber Inn is just the best -- try their grilled cheese sandwich with french fries and their Friday fish fry. Heaven!

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PlayerGotGame | Sept. 20, 2009 at 3:27 p.m. (report)

The Lumber Inn is a great spot. I love a little scramble there after a bike ride or a tryst with a Lake Country hottie!

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