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Benishek Inching

Regarding “Benishek No Environmentalist” I agree with Mr. Powell’s letter to the editor/ opinion of Congressman Dan Benishek’s poor environmental record and his penchant for putting corporate interests ahead of his constituents’...

Climate Change Warning

Currently there are three assaults on climate change. The first is on the integrity of the scientists who support human activity in climate change. Second is that humans are not capable of affecting the climate...

Fed Up About Roads

It has gotten to the point where I cringe when I have to drive around this area. There are areas in Traverse City that look like a war zone. When you have to spend more time viewing potholes instead on concentrating on the road, accidents are bound to happen...

Don’t Blame the IRS

I have not heard much about the reason for the IRS getting itself entangled with the scrutiny of certain conservative 501(c) groups (not for profit) seeking tax exemption. Groups seeking tax relief must be organizations that are operated “primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterment and social improvements.”


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The Harbor Haus Offers a Taste of Germany in Copper Harbor

Len Barnes - August 26th, 2004
If you find yourself far over the Big Mac Bridge all the way to Copper Harbor this summer, or during the fall color season, then you’ll also find that the Harbor Haus is well worth the trip.
The Harbor Haus is set among the pines at a choice spot on the shore of Lake Superior. It is a delightful dining spot near the tip of Michigan’s Keewenaw Peninsula, offering a rare blend of fine food, breathtaking scenery and old world charm.
One enters the enlarged Harbor Haus, which has two stories, through a huge copper-clad door to be confronted with a spacious dining area facing the harbor. The view is framed by a solid wall of glass, with thick tables of butcher block maple and bentwood chairs. Decor is rustic with chain-hung lanterns and wood paneling. Two deer skins are from northern Germany and a world-class collection of steins surround the dining area with wall hangings from Finland.
Just outside the restaurant is a 1,700-pound chunk of copper, and many customers discover what an excellent conductor copper is when they pass through the restaurant doorway, which grows icy or hot depending on the season. A crackling fire in the stone fireplace in spring and fall is supplanted by air conditioning in summer.
Waitresses’ attire is the Dirndl, the peasant dress of southern Germany and Austria. Once each day, from 7:30 to 8 p.m., they and the waiters disappear to perform a dance on the outside patio for the Isle Royale Queen as it returns from Isle Royale National Park.

WHO’S WHO
Ron Waara is chef and co-proprietor with Chris Waara. Ron received his degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and worked since 1977 at the Michigan House in Calumet. He also studied in Europaischer Hofin Baden-Baden Germany and at one time managed the kitchens of both the Old Country Haus in Kearsarge as well as the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor.
While in 1979 when I was there first, the menu included only 14 entrees with fresh-caught Lake Superior whitefish and “the best potato pancakes I’d ever tasted,” it now has 25 entrees, with the best single one still being Lake Suuperior whitefish.
Of six appetizers, potato pancake with goat cheese and fresh apples is $6.95, while a beef tenderloin kabob on mini-hibachi and a shrimp scallop kabob are $8.95. Two soups at $4.25, are Vienna cheese and Chicken curry.
Six of the 25 entrees are fish: broiled fresh Lake Superior Trout, Whitefish (the single most asked for) at $16.95; marinated, hickory grilled Trout and blackened Salmon at $17.95, and hazel nut encrusted Ahi at $18.95.
Four entrees are German: beef rouladen with braised Red Cabbage, Kassler rippchen saurkraut, potato salad, and wiener schnitzel all at $14.95. Lamb chops and venison tenderloin are $18.95; Angus certified NY strip steak runs $20.95, filet mignon is $21.95, roast prime rib of venison $19.95, Chicken breast $13.95, veal tenderloin, $18.95, and roast duckling with lingonberries $16.95
Two desserts for two include hazelnut souffle and raspberry cobbler at $8.95. All entrees are served with salad, potato and vegetable.
For breakfast the “The Harbor Haus Specialty” at $7.95 is three scrambled eggs with freshly smoked Lake Superior Trout, hash browns, toast. Six omelets run $7.95. The Kassler special is smoked pork loin chop, two eggs, hash browns and toast for $8.95. For lunch, five appetizers run $4.95-$7.95, six salads $6.95-$10.95, five sandwiches $6.95-$7.95, 12 specialties $5.95, and breast of chicken to planked whitefish run $10.95.
The Harbor Haus has a good selection of wines and a well-stocked bar. A sample martini is the Beef Eater at $6.10.
One can stay overnight at the Harbor Haus B for $125.
For local attractions, take a drive along the 9.5-mile Brockway Mountain Drive which runs west and rejoins SB route 26 to Eagle Harbor for some fishing fun. Or one could go from the Copper Harbor Marina by boat to the 1866 Copper Harbor Lighthouse and see the 1848 keeper’s house and a 1933 steel light tower on a narrated cruise. Fort Wilkins State Park is one mile east on US 41. From late June to late August costumed staff members portray life at the fort in the 1800s.
The restaurant is located at 65 Brockway Ave., Copper Harbor, (ph. 906-289-4502).
 
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