Julian Kegel, fourth generation owner and operator of Kegel’s Inn, 5901 W. National Ave., came home from Los Angeles this weekend with an unexpected prize: a trophy for “Best Potato Salad."
The trophy – which is now displayed proudly at the bar at Kegel’s Inn – came after a live broadcast of the CBS daytime show “The Talk” during which Kegel went head-to-head against Walt Kunimitsu from W&M BBQ & Burger in Ohahu, Hawaii during their Food Face Off, a friendly competition which aims to support locally owned restaurants as they make their way through the ongoing pandemic.
Both Kegel’s Inn and W&M BBQ & Burger are long-standing establishments which have been operated by multiple generations of family members. And the show provided a great opportunity for both venues to tell their stories.
The two potato salads couldn’t be more different. Kunimitsu’s recipe is a Hawaiian-style potato salad featuring macaroni, peas and fresh crab. Meanwhile, the Kegel’s Inn German potato salad recipe – which dates back nearly 98 years – requires three days of patience to produce the most flavorful hot German potato salad, flavored with hot bacon and vinegar dressing.
And, while both potato salad recipes received accolades from both the producers and hosts of the show, only one potato salad (Kegel’s) would win the day.
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Despite the stiff competition, Kegel says that both he and Kunimitsu bonded over the experience, becoming fast friends before leaving the show to return to their respective restaurants.
Want a taste?
Want to try out Kegel’s Inn’s award winning potato salad for yourself?
For a limited time, the longtime German restaurant is currently offering guests the opportunity to purchase the time-tested family recipe for their stellar potato salad online. Just head to the Kegel’s Inn website and click on UNLOCK the recipe. Right now, you can also get an 80% discount on the recipe by using the code THEBESTGPS at checkout.
Of course, it’s also possible that you’d love to try their delicious recipe for potato salad, but you don’t have any desire to go through the work of making it yourself.
If that’s the case, you can also purchase pre-made potato salad by the quart. It’s available for purchase for $17 (per quart) at the Kegel’s Inn take-out window. But you can also order it online for pick-up OR ship it anywhere in the U.S.
Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.