January 27, 2012 | 01:43 PMBy John Halverson
A classic has made a comeback.
The Chalet outside of Elkhorn has a reputation for fine food and beverages dating back decades. In February it reopened and the food selection is broader and better than ever while the rustic, "chalet-like" atmosphere is still a big drawing card.
Don Johnson, who owns The Shrimp House in Delavan, has teamed up with long-time Chalet owners Bryan and Sharon Dixon to combine the best of the old Chalet with the new.
When you first step in you're taken with the environment. A big stone fire place, plank floors, hand carved furniture, stained glass windows and a beamed ceiling. It conjures a "rustic, cozy and romantic" atmosphere.
But the Chalet offers more than great atmosphere. Don's restaurant experience, starting in Chicago, is evident in every meal.
The long and varied menu includes many items from his Shrimp House menu including his famous hand-breaded gulf shrimp as well as other high-quality seafood at reasonable prices such as Grouper, Salmon and Prawns (a large shrimp that tastes like lobster tail at a fraction of the price.) Also on the menu: New York Strip, Filet, Surf and Turf, pizza, hamburgers and appetizers, ravioli and fresh Italian sausage, a fresh oyster bar, home-made clam chowder and French onion soup.
There are also weekly specials such as jambalaya, crab claws and steaks. The Chalet offers party trays of fresh shrimp and seafood.
All your beverage needs are filled with a full-service horse-shoe shaped bar.
One reviewer said: A quaint and cozy atmosphere, but the food is the main attraction. I had the prawns and they were excellent! Juicy, garlicy, HUGE! French onion soup to die for. Friendly waitstaff, great service. I plan to return as often as possible!!
The Chalet is open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner starting at 4 every day but Saturday when it opens at 5