Frankenmuth, Michigan: Bavarian Chicken Rivalry

Stuck like chicken bones in each other's throats, two rival, giant, all-you-can eat Bavarian fried chicken restaurants, on opposite sides of the same street, are run by factions of the same family!
713 S. Main St., Frankenmuth, MI
South side of town on Hwy 83/S. Main St. Bavarian Inn Restaurant vs. Zehnder's of Frankenmuth.
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Bavarian Chicken Rivalry

The food at both places is great. Endless family-style comfort food with a Bavarian twist. Unless you are a hipster health-nut, you should be able to enjoy it. Zehnder's also has excellent filet mignon with a mushroom-based sauce. Both restaurants rely on a faux-Bavarian or colonial atmosphere, complete with staff costumes.

The entire city is definitely full of Roadside goodness, such as Bronner's Christmas Wonderland.

[Syxxy, 02/24/2013]

Chicken dinner.

Bavarian Chicken Rivalry

Neither of us really enjoyed our very beige chicken dinner, but it's a very strange experience that's worth doing once. And never again.

[Monica, 11/01/2011]
Bavarian Chicken Rivalry

Either one has great food. The town is a great place to visit; chicken dinners, fudge, and lots of shops to browse through.

[Le, 08/01/2011]

Zehnder's Famous Chicken Dinners

Bavarian Chicken Rivalry

Two rival all-you-can eat Bavarian fried chicken restaurants, Zehnder's and the Bavarian Inn (the latter with Frankenmuth-style(TM) chicken!) owned by cousins in the same family who have a clear hatred for each other. Each restaurant can seat over 1000 people simultaneously. The restaurants are basically identical but each have their own local Bavarian-style beer, local girls as waitresses in revealing Bavarian bargirl costumes, and of course the all-you-can eat fried chicken menus that certainly contribute more than their fair share of that famous Midwestern cellulite found throughout the region in copious sagging buttocks. Both restaurants have websites where you can admire the costumes and results.

[Harley Davis, 09/18/1998]

June 2011: Photo added of chicken topiary at Zehnder's Famous Chicken Dinners.

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