The first thing anyone asks when you tell them you are going/went to Frankenmth is if you got chicken. J and I have actually been to the city twice before this trip and neither time did we get chicken. Why, you ask? Family style. Neither of us is going to eat enough to make it worth it.
There are two huge chicken restaurants right across the street from each other. Both are owned by the Zehnder family. At one time, they really were owned by the same person, but nowadays, they’re two separate entities with a friendly rivalry.
I made the decision before we even got on the road, that we were going to get our chicken from the Bavarian Inn. My plan was to hang out in the hotel and just do take out chicken. I would love to actually eat in the restaurant, but like I said, we’re not gonna do the family style thing with just the two of us.
I did learn, however, that the luncheon menu is available all day. They don’t advertise that really well and, as a consumer, I wish they’d just put on their dinner menu that you can order chicken plates. If either menu is available at any time, then why are there two separate menus? We may have eaten there had I known that ahead of time.
Since we didn’t know that, we decided to do carry-out instead. J called in the order around 5:30. Her plan was to order a five piece bucket of all white meat plus two orders of fries. When she was on the phone, the guy taking the call said something to the effect of, “oh, you don’t want the sides that come with it?” He thought she was ordering a five piece meal, but really, we just wanted the bucket. She said, sure, we’d take them. When she said that, the order taker took that as meaning we didn’t want the fries anymore. That wasn’t the case. We still wanted the fries, but he assumed that since we took the meal instead of the bucket, we just wanted the sides that came with it.
Around 6:00, I headed to the Castle Shops to pick up the meal. The nice thing about carry-out is you don’t have to go in to the crowded restaurant. They have 15-Minute Parking and Curbside-To-Go spots right outside the entrance to the Court Jester Cafe.
There were several bags sitting on the counter when I walked in. I grabbed a Pepsi and a Sierra Mist from the cooler and headed the cash register. I told the clerk my name and that I had a carry-out order. She went and grabbed a ticket, but not the bag. She rang up the ticket and the two pops. The bill was a little under $25. After paying, I walked over to the counter with the bags and started looking for mine. Another employee saw me doing this and came over to help.
After getting back to the hotel, J pointed out we didn’t have any plates, napkins or silverware. It was going to be hard to eat chicken and fixins without those things, so I headed back out to Kroger to get what we needed.
Finally, after that little shopping trip, I got to dig in to some chicken. J and I both prefer white meat, so we just went ahead and paid the extra $2.00 to get all white meat. The surprising thing to me was that all five pieces were breasts. They weren’t the huge breasts that you get at the chain chicken places, but they were meaty, moist, delicious breasts. The breading was golden brown and crispy with just a slightly salty taste. I was a pretty big fan and ended up eating four of the five breasts myself. J said it as good, but she wasn’t getting a whole lot of flavor.
As for the sides, I didn’t really try any of them, because there wasn’t really anything I liked. J and L ate quite a bit of the mashed potatoes. L also had a couple scoops each of the dressing and cole slaw. She didn’t say much about any of it. I think we both would have rather had the fries, but we know for next time to specify the box over the meal.
I know I still have to actually get to the Bavarian Inn restaurant some day, but I was really happy with the chicken. The overall experience wasn’t a total success, but I would definitely go back for the chicken. J thought some of the appeal had to do with the restaurant being a tourist place. It’s one of those experiences you will always remember. I don’t doubt that has something to do with the legendary chicken in Frankenmuth, but my opinion is they’re also serving up some pretty good fowl.