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Charcoal Inn

1313 S. Eighth St., Sheboygan, WI - (920) 458-6988
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/20/2015 5:07:00 AM
“My dears, everything we make is charcoaled except the BLTs and the egg salad,” a waitress informs us when we ask about the specialties at the Charcoal Inn, a luncheonette on the south side of Sheboygan (with another location at 1637 Geele Ave.). She points to a grill behind the counter where flames are licking up above the grate, and where sputtering Sheboygan brats are sending their pork-sausage sweetness into the air. (Brat, short for bratwurst, rhymes with hot.)

She suggests a double brat with the works. “People in Sheboygan like everything they eat with pickle, mustard, and onions, and butter oozing out on every side,” she informed us. Some brat enthusiasts add ketchup to the mix or delete the pickles or choose fried onions over raw ones, but every Sheboygan hot meat sandwich – brat, burger, or butterflied pork chop – drips butter.

A double brat comes wrapped in wax paper, which you unfold and use as a dropcloth to catch dripping condiments. Each of the two brats inside the Sheboygan-style roll has been slit and flattened before getting grilled, which makes for an easily stacked sandwich. These brats are deeply perfumed with spices that burst into blossom when they sizzle over a smoky charcoal fire. Thick and resilient but thoroughly tooth-tender, they are as opulent as sausage can be, oozing a delectable blend of meat juice and pure melted butter.

For dessert after a brat, Sheboyganites eat tortes. Tortes are the best way to get the maximum amount of cream flavor into a single piece of food. A lemonade torte is a square about four by four inches wide and two inches high. It is white and smooth, sitting on a pallet of Graham cracker crumbs, and there are other sweet crumbs on top, too. A thick band of faintly lemon-flavored torte has tremendous gravity, as if a pint of cream had been reduced, thickened, and sweetened. It is similar in texture to a cheese cake, but it is so pure and rich you want to call it cream cake.

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The Charcoal Inn grills their brats sliced, laying flat, and with lots of butter.  They are also very generous with the toppings.
"The Charcoal Inn grills their brats sliced, laying flat, and with lots of butter. They are also very generous with the toppings."
Cliff Strutz





The tortes available on the day of my visit were Oreo (like this example), pistachio, apple crumb, and sugar-free chocolate.
"The tortes available on the day of my visit were Oreo (like this example), pistachio, apple crumb, and sugar-free chocolate."
Cliff Strutz


There are usually four or five tortes available at Charcoal Inn, but the poppy seed is the one
"There are usually four or five tortes available at Charcoal Inn, but the poppy seed is the one "must eat"!"
Cliff Strutz


My usual order: a double cheeseburger with pickles and raw onions.
"My usual order: a double cheeseburger with pickles and raw onions."
Mike Schmidt


The Charcoal Inn grill, where the magic happens.
"The Charcoal Inn grill, where the magic happens."
Cliff Strutz


There is a nice selection of different items to try, but the brat is what put Charcoal Inn and Sheboygan on the Roadfood map.
"There is a nice selection of different items to try, but the brat is what put Charcoal Inn and Sheboygan on the Roadfood map."
Cliff Strutz


The 8th Street location, also known as Charcoal Inn South, can be found in a quiet, residential neighborhood.
"The 8th Street location, also known as Charcoal Inn South, can be found in a quiet, residential neighborhood."
Cliff Strutz



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