Jun 052011

Disclosure: I was invited out to do this review and my meal was provided by the restaurant.

Cuisine: Breakfast, German
Restaurant Features: Banquet, Bar, On-Site Parking, Patio
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 1 East 26th Street, Minneapolis MN 55404 | 612-872-0812
Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am-12am * Sat – Sun:9 am-12am
Links: Black Forest Inn Website * BlackForest Inn on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: Located in its original home on East 26th Street at the corner of Nicollet, the Black Forest Inn has been a long-time family-owned Minneapolis institution since opening in May 1965.  There are two different dining rooms inside the restaurant, as well as a bar, patio and attached banquet space.  One of the most striking features of the decor are all the hand-painted murals and paintings.  Beautiful!

The bar area is also a cute little space with well-loved wooden floors and a handsome wooden bar.

It was a fairly nice day out so my companion and I opted to sit on the patio, a courtyard-type space snuggled between the restaurant and the banquet room.  The patio is so cute! They have a variety of flowers surrounding a cool metal sculpture and fairy lights strung up around the space and on the trees.  Very inviting.  No worries about sprinkling rain, there is a large motorized tarp that covers the patio space when unpredictable Minnesota weather takes a turn for the worse.

Black Forest Inn also has an attached Banquet space that can accommodate up to 100 people, a great place to throw a small party or Rehearsal Dinner!

Menu: Breakfast options include German Breakfast, New York Egg Sandwich, Apple Pancake, Eggs, Eggs Benedict, Muesli and Scones. Quiche is served on Saturdays and Sundays.

Appetizers at Black Forest Inn include Lentil Soup, Lentil Soup with Sausage, Soup du Jour, Liver Pate, Chicken Strips, Sauteed Mushrooms, Ham and Sauerkraut Balls, Onion Rings, Potato Pancake, and Sauerbraten Aspic.

Salads offered at Black Forest Inn are the Lentil Salad, Wurst Salad with Homemade Sausage, Tossed Salad, Caesar, Herring Salad with Toast, and Martjes Herring with Rye Bread.

Sandwiches and items found on the Lunch Menu include Spargel Toast with Ham and Asparagus, Pineapple Toast with Ham and Cheddar, Bratwurst, Burger, Veggie Burger, Bavarian Pork Sandwich, Ham & Cheese, Reuben or Rachel, Chicken Strips, and Fish and Chips.

German and European Entrees that are served at the Black Forest Inn all come with hard roll.  Options include the Hausplatte (combo of sausages), Wiener Schnitzel, Jager Schnitzel, Geschnitzeltes, Nieren (veal kidney), Sauerbraten, Hungarian Goulash, and Baked Salmon.

Side Dishes include Red Cabbage, German Potato Salad, French Fries, Spaetzel, Semmelknodel, Fried Cabbage, Broccoli, and Sauerkraut.

Price guide: Appetizers $4-10  Salads $5-11  Sandwiches $ Entrees $15-25  Sides $3-6

Weekly Specials:

  • Monday- Thursday- KÖNIGSBERGER KLOPS  $9.95 ( Tasty, spiced meatball in a white caper sauce served with spaetzel)  or ALSATION SAUERKRAUT CASSEROLE $9.95 (Slices of potato and smoked sausage in sauerkraut)
  • Friday- KALBSHAXE BÜRGERLICH $18.00 (Large, tender vealshank smothered in vegetables and gravy)  OR RIBS AND KRAUT $14.75 (Spareribs and sauerkraut, just like Mutti used to make)
  • Saturday-  BEEF ROULADEN $15.50 Two rolls$24.00 ( A classic beef roll with bacon, carrot, pickle and mustard, served in brown gravy with our own spaetzel noodles ) OR VEAL CORDON BLEU $24.25 (Tender slices of breaded veal wrapped around ham and swiss cheese and gently sauteed to order. Served with a tossed green salad )
  • Sunday ROAST PORK $16.75 (Marinated and roasted to tender perfection and served with our famous apple dressing and gravy )OR CABBAGE ROLLS $9.95 Two rolls$14.75 (A leaf of green cabbage wraps itself around a flavorful meat filling. Served with real mashed potatoes)

What we ordered: We visited Black Forest Inn during the famous Spargelfest, so most of our dishes contained asparagus and were featured in this post.  I also wanted to try something from the regular dinner menu and ended up with the Beef Rouladen (available only on Saturdays).  I had never had this dish before so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but thought it was very good.  The cut of beef tasted like it had been marinated and then was wrapped around a filling of tangy pickled veggies, then topped with brown gravy. Homemade Spaetzel was served on the side.

Service: We were invited out at the request of Black Forest Inn to cover the Spargelfest event and had a very nice time talking with Erica, one of the family members who own the restaurant.  Although we did not order for ourselves, the service was very nice and everything was timed perfectly.  I observed many of the servers who were working with other customers on the patio and everyone seemed friendly and helpful.

Overall Impression: Black Forest Inn is a charming German restaurant at the heart of Eat Street, with tasty, authentic German cuisine and friendly service.  In addition to the good stuff that happens every day all year long, special annual events like Spargelfest are a true delight and I can only assume Oktoberfest is also a really good time.  The patio is the ideal place to dine and hang out in the nicer weather months.

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