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Golden Lamb

27 S. Broadway, Lebanon, OH - (513) 932-5065
Posted By Michael Stern on 9/23/2007 10:04:00 PM
A vintage hotel in the old Quaker town of Lebanon, the Golden Lamb is a charming place to stay (eighteen rooms), and a nice place to have a square meal for lunch or dinner. It is a popular destination on a well-trod antiques-hunters’ route, and during the summer you will compete with hordes of tourists for a table, but there are a handful of items on this menu that are worth the inconvenience.

Sauerkraut balls have been a specialty of the house for decades (sauerkraut was invented in nearby Cincinnati), and they are wonderful. An appetizer is actually a huge portion: ten spheres, each the size of a golf ball, deep-fried until dark crusty brown, surround a cup of cocktail sauce for dipping. The sauce is irrelevant, but the balls are delicious, their insides a creamy consistency reminiscent of potato filling, but with a nice pickly tang. One friend describes them like crab balls without the crab.

Among such entrees as leg of lamb, prime rib, and roast Indiana duckling, you will always find roast pork loin – delicious tender pieces of pork served with sage-perfumed dressing and gravy. With every meal comes a basket of yeast-sweet dinner rolls that are excellent for gravy-mopping.

There are many good desserts, including a toasted pecan ball with hot fudge sauce and a twin-layer chocolate stack pie, but the one you must have is Shaker sugar pie. It is a simple pastry, and rather homely – a thin layer of molasses-flavored custard that is supersweet, faintly spicy, and impossible to stop eating.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Stack pie = extra crust, extra filling
"Stack pie = extra crust, extra filling"
Michael Stern





As tasty as it is pretty
"As tasty as it is pretty"
Michael Stern


For those with a serious sweet tooth, the Golden Lamb's Shaker sugar pie is a must-eat dessert.
"For those with a serious sweet tooth, the Golden Lamb's Shaker sugar pie is a must-eat dessert."
Michael Stern


A Golden Lamb specialty for years, this serving of eight sauerkraut balls is a mighty big appetizer, even for two healthy appetites.  That's cocktail sauce in the center, for dipping.
"A Golden Lamb specialty for years, this serving of eight sauerkraut balls is a mighty big appetizer, even for two healthy appetites. That's cocktail sauce in the center, for dipping."
Michael Stern


Among your salad options is the hot slaw, which is simply hot bacon dressing over plain cabbage.   Delicious!
"Among your salad options is the hot slaw, which is simply hot bacon dressing over plain cabbage. Delicious!"
Cliff Strutz


The lunch crowd on a summer day
"The lunch crowd on a summer day"
Michael Stern


Often there is a wait for a table at the Golden Lamb.  This lobby chair, covered with a souvenir blanket, is one nice place bide a while.
"Often there is a wait for a table at the Golden Lamb. This lobby chair, covered with a souvenir blanket, is one nice place bide a while."
Michael Stern


A Southwest Ohio culinary treasure
"A Southwest Ohio culinary treasure"
Michael Stern


The Golden Lamb is about to enter its THIRD century!
"The Golden Lamb is about to enter its THIRD century!"
Michael Stern



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