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Golden Lamb

27 S. Broadway, Lebanon, OH - (513) 932-5065
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/14/2015 6:34:00 AM
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 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 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.

Entrees include Amish free-range chicken, prime rib, and braised lamb shank, and at lunch there are good hamburgers as well as lamb burgers. Desserts include banana bread pudding, lemon curd cheesecake, and fresh-fruit sorbets, but the mandatory one 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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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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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


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


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 now in its third century.
"The Golden Lamb is now in its third century."
Michael Stern



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