Every time we pass by Lake Lawn Resort, we keep saying we should check it out.
If you grew up around this area, you know about Lake Lawn Resort on beautiful Delavan Lake. Lake Lawn has been around a long time, and it has a very interesting history.
My family rediscovered Lake Lawn as a place to test paddleboards a few years ago. You don’t have to be a guest to rent water sports equipment, and that includes includes boats of all sizes, such as pontoons, speed boats, personal watercraft and kayaks.
You also don’t need to be a guest to eat at the restaurant. We had been looking for a brunch spot, so we recently took advantage of Lake Lawn’s Sunday champagne buffet to further explore the place.
The Frontier Restaurant is an elegant space with wooden ceiling beams, chandeliers, cloth napkins and tablecloths, and plenty of room for large crowds. We were seated at a large round table with a beautiful view of the lake. As we settled in, a server appeared with a tray of mimosas.
I love the thought of an endless array of buffet choices, but I always wonder if I’m getting my money’s worth. With a price tag of $26.95 per person, this is definitely worth the cost for special occasions. We found the food quality and selection to be quite good.
The buffet included everything imaginable: chef-carved ham and roast beef, made-to-order omelets, an enormous array of salads, fruits, fish and seafood, Wisconsin cheeses, sausage and crackers, and traditional breakfast options such as scrambled eggs, potatoes, waffles, bacon and sausage. There literally is something for everyone.
So, how do you buffet? I like to investigate and start with a sample plate of lighter dishes while I plan my main course. The large shrimp were a wonderful treat, even if they were messy to peel. Nikki and I agreed the pasta salad—bowties with cherry tomatoes in a tangy dressing—was delicious.
On my second trip, I discovered the outstanding strawberry sauce and put it on a Belgian waffle. Yum! My made-to-order omelet was expertly flipped and perfect. The bacon was crisp and flavorful, and I loved the melt-in-your-mouth brisket served in a light barbecue sauce.
Helene enjoyed the smoked trout, lox and cream cheese the best. Every time she went up to the buffet she was sure to add a scoop of the slaw salad, which was crunchy and flavorful with its bits of broccoli, carrots and onions. She and Nikki both were a little disappointed in the carved roast beef, which was nice and rare but hard to cut without a steak knife. It also was a bit chewy for Helene’s taste.
The highlight of the meal for Jennifer was her favorite: Eggs Benedict. She also loved the smoked trout and bow-tie pasta salad.
The cheese blintzes were a big hit for everyone at the table, especially once we discovered how good they were with the strawberry sauce.
Like Helene and Jennifer, Nikki enjoyed the fish and seafood spread. She tried to not fill up on lox and mussels before she had the chance to make the rounds and take in all the other offerings. The fresh fruit was a colorful addition to her plate, and she liked the cheesy potato breakfast casserole.
The wait staff quickly cleared away extra plates and refilled our complimentary mimosas. They also brought a carafe of deep, rich coffee and kept watch on both that and our water goblets. We enjoyed our view of the lake while we brunched and chatted about books and travel.
As we lingered over coffee and tea, I made one last visit to the buffet—this time to the table of desserts. There was a Crock Pot with a warm, tasty fruit cobbler, and I also headed back to our table with a small piece of each of the cake choices: raspberry, orange, lemon and chocolate. After tasting them all, we agreed the flourless chocolate cake was the best.
After leisurely eating our way through the smorgasbord, we were ready to head outside and walk along the lakefront. We encountered a mother goose who squawked at us as she protected her nest of eggs as we passed by, and we watched fishermen in their boats as they tried to land the catches of the day.
We then stopped for a few minutes at the inviting lakeside patio for one last view of the lake before making our way back to the car.
The Four Dishes—Nikki Bolka, Helene Ramsdell, Jennifer Spangler and Beth Webb—review regional restaurants for The Gazette.