Drink in the views at Ishnala, which sits on the edge of Mirror Lake ensconced in pines. In fact, a few live Norway pines are actually growing through the restaurant and out the roof.
The popular Wisconsin supper club was opened by the nine Hoffman Brothers in 1953. Look for the stone fireplace, log walls and staircase they incorporated into the building from the 1800s cabin that previously stood here.
The Hoffmans’ specialty was prime rib, with jumbo prawn shrimp another signature item. Both items are still on the menu today, along with a variety of steak-and-seafood combinations. Chicken, lamb, ribs and duck are also served.
The supper club is known for its specialty drinks, especially The Chief Ishnala, again created by the Hoffmans. The cocktail is crafted from vodka, rum, tequila, triple sec, orange juice, sour mix and grenadine.
Drinks are served at the Arrowhead Bar; I’ll let you figure out how it got its name.
FYI: Reservations aren’t accepted.
The Winnebago Indians once used this spot for their ceremonies and dubbed it “Ishnala” – which means “by itself alone” – because it’s a rocky promontory extending into Mirror Lake.
Portions of the movie “Public Enemies,” starring Johnny Depp, were shot here.