Dinner and a Show

2/4/2020 - Denise Bernacki

Arts & Culture, Foodie, Nightlife
Dinner and a Show in Kenosha, WI
Dinner and a Show in Kenosha, WI
Dinner and a Show in Kenosha, WI

“Feed me, I’m starving”, says Audrey II of Little Shop of Horrors which the Lakeside Players are performing at the Rhode Center for the Arts on February 7-9, 14-16, 21 and 22 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and on Sundays at 2pm).  Coincidentally, Restaurant Week is happening between February 1-9, so it’s the perfect pairing for dinner and a show on February 7-9!  

Not familiar with Little Shop of Horrors?  Here’s a quick synopsis: The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers that Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

There are so many great locally owned and operated restaurants in the Kenosha Area. 42 venues are participating in Kenosha Restaurant Week, but there are several additional spots to check out as well!  My family recently visited House of Gerhard.  If it’s suppertime, bring on the meat and “feed me all night long”!

House of Gerhard offers an authentic German cuisine and American favorites and they have been feeding hungry patrons since 1964.  Their appetizers include salads, shrimp, escargot, oysters, mushrooms, onion rings, soup,and of course a sampler perfect for sharing - the German Wurst Sampler which includes Weisswurst, Thueringer and Frankfurter Smothered mit (with) Kraut.  

All dinners are served with their famous German hardrolls and muffins, liver pate and garlic toasts (so good!), relish salad of the day, homemade soup or dinner salad as well as your choice of potato.  Their specialties of the house include everything from Beef Rouladen to Broiled Pork Chops topped with Apple and Kraut.  However, they are famous for their Prime Rib of Beef - how do you like it?  Pink, No Pink, Rare, Medium, or Well Done?  (Since Audrey II prefers blood, I think he would go with Pink, or just plain raw.  No plant food for him!)  You’ll also find Schnitzel, Beef Stroganoff, Hungarian Goulash, a burger and a reuben. Not an R&B singing carnivore?  Take a dip in the water and try scrod, shrimp, whitefish, scallops, trout, lobster or their famous Bouillabaisse which combines all of that wonderful seafood in one!  

On our recent night out, my husband, five-year-old son, and I visited for the first time and our entire experience was amazing.  The ambiance was warm and inviting, felt like home. Whenever I want to try a new restaurant and I know my son will be with me, I have to do my research to find out if they have a children’s menu and what is on it because he can be very picky.  Luckily, they do have one!  He went with his favorite off of the Kinder Menu, Chicken Strips mit fries.  They also offer a Jr. Gerhard Burger mit fries, Cheeseburger mit fries, Try Something German Jr. Gerhard Schnitzel mit fries and carrots or Mac and Cheese with Carrots.  Kids menu items include one glass of either milk, juice or soda and a scoop of ice cream - bonus!

Our delicious dinner started with German cole slaw, liver pate and garlic toast.  (Normally there would be bread but we are doing that new “fad” diet everyone is talking about.  We let the garlic toast slide this time!)  Next my husband opted for the Vegetable Soup and I had the German Cabbage Soup - like Seymour and Audrey II, it was between us and the vegetable!  We chose our entrees off of the specials for the day: Creamy Parmesan Salmon and the German Platter which consisted of Rouladen, a Smoked Pork Chop and Knockwurst.  We shared with each other so we could taste a little bit of everything.  The salmon was out of this world and my favorite meat on the German Platter was the Smoked Pork Chop - I could have kept eating that all night long!  We did have carrots on the side which technically isn’t part of our “fad” diet but I will tell you that they were the sweetest carrots I’ve ever had. 

To round out your Little Shop of Horrors/House of Gerhard experience, make sure to stop by Kenosha’s version of Mushnik’s Flower Shop, A Summer’s Garden Florist, to pick up a new breed of plant; you never know if you’ll end up with the next Audrey II. They have a great new front winter display area for you to admire and shop! You'll also find a great selection of gifts, chocolates, lotions, and even greeting cards!

While you are in town -  whether it’s for Restaurant Week, to catch this great production at the Rhode Center for the Arts, or just to explore our beautiful lakefront community - make sure to check out the other events going on:

Kenosha Winter HarborMarket

Frida Kahlo’s Garden Exhibit

H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art Exhibit: Well Heeled

First Fridays at the I-94 Visitor Information Center

Stargazing at Griffin Observatory

Snow Daze Festival

African American Read-In

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Simmons Library

Richard Bong State Recreation Area: Return to Romance

Pringle Nature Center: Great Backyard Bird Count - Feeder Building

Wilmot Mountain: Chairlift Speed Dating

You can find details about all these events on the Visit Kenosha Calendar of Events! Visit Kenosha at the beginning of February and experience some of the best cuisine around, a great show and maybe even add your very own Audrey II to your greenhouse.  Just stick to feeding it plant food and you should be able to avoid it yelling out “Feed Me” anytime soon!

Community Blog Team 2018

Denise Bernacki

Community Blogger

Brand new Kenosha resident – just relocated here Fall 2017 from NW Indiana. Touring Kenosha for the first time along with my husband and 3-year-old son.