The first time we visited Galena, the Generals restaurant in the DeSoto House Hotel was open. And the food was delicious. The last time we visited Galena, the Generals restaurant was closed. Too bad. This time, it was open. Good for us. The decor has changed and the menu has changed, too. All for the better. With so many outstanding restaurants in Galena competing for the tourists' dollars, the Generals sometimes gets overlooked. The Green Tavern upstairs probably is more popular. But the Generals' menu is unlike any other restaurant in town. I haven't met anyone who has dined there who was disappointed. The trick, I suppose, is to find a way to attract more customers in a town that sells burgers, pizza and pasta. Once you sample the menu, I think you'll be sold. It includes many items you won't find anywhere else. For example, the appetizers feature the Onion Haystack (thinly sliced onions dipped in seasoned batter and fried to a golden brown with a side of BBQ sauce, Infantry on Horseback (shrimp wrapped in bacon and broiled) and Stuff Cavalry Caps (mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, topped with bread crumbs and baked. The entrees feature the Drunken Soldier (breast of chicken), Veal Florentine (thin slices of veal), Cornish Pastry (a mixture of lean ground chuck, potatoes, onions and carrots rolled into a pastry pouch, a concoction the old-time lead miners took to work in the 1800s and Tips and Spaetzle (seared tenderloin beef tips, mushrooms, pearl onions with a rich burgundy sauce severed over sauteed spaetzle topped with sour cream). Seafood? Try the stuffed shrimp, poached North Atlantic salmon, tilapia DeSoto, Macadamia crusted Mahi-Mahi or sauteed North Atlantic salmon. Steaks? Grant's filet mignon and filet of beef with Shitake mushroom sauce are very popular. So are baby back ribs and General Parker's New York strip. A friend said the roast duckling is exceptional. Trust me, you won't go away hungry or disappointed.
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