Restaurant Review - Laschet's Inn

Laschet's Inn Restaurant

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2119 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618  

Overall: 92.5%
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Food:
  • Appetizers
  • Sandwiches and Salads
  • Daily Dinner Specials
  • Dinners
  • Sides and Extras
  • Desserts
Draft Beer:
  • Andechser
  • Ayinger
  • BBK
  • Hirter
  • Hacker-Pschorr
  • Hofbraü Original
  • Jever Pilsener
  • Julius Echter Weiss
  • König Pilsener
  • Kutscher Alt
  • Spaten Optimator
  • Stiegl Goldbraü
  • Wüzburger
Bottled Beer:
  • Amstel Light
  • Augustiner Bräu
  • Aventinus
  • Ayinger Brauweiss
  • Ayinger Celebrator
  • Ayinger Jahrhundert
  • Becks
  • Chimay Blue
  • Chimay Red
  • Dinkel Acker Dark
  • Erdinger Pikantus
  • Erdinger Weiss
  • Franziskaner Dunkel Weiss
  • Franzikaner Hefe Weiss
  • Gaffel Kölsch
  • Gosser Dark
  • Grolsch
  • Hacker Pschorr Weiss
  • Heineken
  • Hirter Dark
  • Hoegaarden
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier
  • Lindeman Frambois (raspberry)
  • Lindeman Frambois (cherry)
  • Pauliner Lager
  • Radeburger
  • Pilsner Urquell
  • Reissdorf Kölsch
  • Spatern Optimator
  • Spaten Pils
  • St. Pauli Girl
  • Stella Artois
  • Stiegel Pils
  • Warsteiner

I went there for dinner on a Saturday night with my sister and her boyfriend and 2 other good friends. We had a reservation, which I highly recommend making, if you want to go there on a Friday or Saturday night. The atmosphere is warm and cozy! There are lots of wood and old school German decor (some of it is actually 30+ years old!) It’s very comfortable, even on a Saturday when the waitstaff is running around and it’s really busy. If you are in a wheelchair or have trouble walking, this place is not easy to get into. It's an old building and it has a unique layout that makes it more difficult to get around, but it's not impossible. They do accept reservations, so if you can… I would make one especially on a Friday or Saturday night.

The menu is extensive and includes a large selection of appetizers, sandwiches & salads, entrees and daily specials. On Saturday the special is the Pork Shank and Königsberger Klopse. The shank was already sold out (not unusual since we sat down for dinner at 7:45 and usually they sell out by 7pm).

We started out with our favorite apps, Hackepeter (wonderful and fresh German-style steak tartar) and the Buffalo Wings. Now, I know what your thinking… “really, Erika? Chicken wings at a German place?” Um… YA!!! They are hands down the best wings I’ve ever had. They serve the wings with the bleu cheese and wing sauce on the side, so the wings come out, they are hot, crispy and AHmazing!! The Hackepeter was also really delicious! It’s served with capers & onions, and we like to dump them out into the center, drizzle some Maggi (Germany’s version of soy sauce) over the pile and then smash the little Hackepeters in it so each bite has some capers & onions… YUMO! To drink, I had the Weinstephaner Vitus! It’s one of my favs, so I get very excited when it’s on draft. Laschet’s has 12 different German beers on tap at all times. There are some that stay pretty constant, but for the most part it changes weekly. The Vitus is a strong weiss bier or wheat beer. It’s got a different taste then a typical weiss bier, like hackerschorr weiss, and I think it’s smoother as well.

For an entree, I went with the Mushroom Goulash. I love that dish because its really unique and yummy. It has 3 different kinds of mushrooms (white, shitake and portabella) mixed with onions in a buttery balsamic sauce. It is served with Spätzle and red cabbage. The Spätzle is made in house and then seared on the flat top, so it’s a little crunchy and soooo delicious. The red cabbage is good, but it’s a tad tart for my taste, so I usually don’t eat too much of it, just a bite here and there. The entree also comes with your choice of soup or salad and I went with the salad with bleu cheese dressing. They use a combination of dressing and bleu cheese crumbles… its really really yummy! (If you like bleu cheese that is.)

My sister Monika has a gluten allergy, so she can’t have a lot of wheat, so she opted for the Potato Pancake appetizer (which has 2 potato pancakes the size of your head, so it’s more than enough food) with a side salad, with hot bacon vinaigrette, yes hot bacon (its a warm sweet dressing with pieces of bacon in it, very popular and yummy) and a cup of the Goulash Soup.

Mark had the Goulash Dinner, which is one of his favorites! It’s a spicy beef stew packed with paprika and other spices served with Spätzle and red cabbage.

And Alex had his favorite, Chicken Schnitzel with a fried egg on top. This dish is typically served with Roasted Potatoes and your choice of sauerkraut or red cabbage, but he opted for double potatoes.

It was such a wonderful dinner! We had a great time talking, laughing and enjoying our good German food. Our waitress, Cookie, was wonderful and made sure to check on us even though we were in the very back corner of the restaurant. The last great thing about Laschet’s Inn is the “complimentary after dinner Schnapps!” Your choice of apple, cherry-peach, or Obstler (a strong apple-pear brandy that has no apple or pear flavor… but it’s one of my favs,) so we ended our meal with a “Prost”. I would most definitely return to Laschet’s… and I do, whether it’s for dinner or just drinks, I end up there at least once a month.


Reviewed By: Erika Neumayer - owner and designer of Rare Dirndl