Dec 172011
 

The Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis is once again offering its traditional and well-loved German delicacies by the dozen. Made only in December, these cookies and treats are the perfect way to complete your holiday celebration. This year, the collection includes:

  • Lebkuchen – The original gingerbread, these spicy, honey-sweetened cookies are light and low in fat.
  • Linzer – Tortes made with a buttery ground nut crust and a raspberry preserve filling.
  • Pfeffernusse – German for “pepper nut,” these hard, spiced cookies are the perfect companion to a warm winter drink.
  • Springerle – These pale, anise-flavored cookies are beautifully embossed with images of century-old folklore.

Other favorites include Marzipan, Stollen, pies and chocolates. Stop by the restaurant at 3 p.m. during the Christmas market December 17 and 18 for a Springerle demonstration

Sep 242011
 

 

Bierstube– 2670 County Rd E E  White Bear Lake, MN 55110 (651) 773-5854

  • 9/30/11 Paulaner Girls here from 9-11 sampling beer and having a Das Boot Challenge
  • 10/01/11 Live Music From Dale Grove our Strolling Accordion player from 6-9 PM, and Jagermeister girls from 10-11 PM. Many prizes and Bierstube gifts will be given away.

Bierstube– 7121 10th Street N., Oakdale, MN 55128 (651) 731-8381

  • October 3rd 20¢ * Hamm’s Taps 3-5pm. Special Appearance by Hamm’s Bear 4-6pm
  • October 4th * Hamm’s Taps 3-5pm, Special Appearance by Hamm’s Bear 4-6pm
  • October 5th *  Music by Jeff Loven 8pm-Midnight. Schell Girls 8-10pm ‘Das Boot Challenge
  • October 6th * Biergo *$1000 Coverall ($500 Cash + $500 Gift Certificate) $20 Gift Certificate Drawing Every Hour on the Hour 6-10pm
  • October 7th  * Accordion Extraordinare DALE GROVE Meet the Girls! Drawing Every Hour on the Hour 6-10pm. $20 Gift Certificate Drawing Every Hour on the Hour 6-10pm
  • October 8th* Ricky Foggie Day – Special appearance. During Gophers game, 1st EVER Brat Eating Contest (after the game) $100 BAR TAB for 1st Place! (men’s & women’s divisions) LIVE MUSIC American Roadhouse 9pm-1am. $20 Gift Certificate, Drawing Every Hour on the Hour 6-10pm

Black Forest Inn– 1 E 26th St  Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612) 872-0812

  • Marlene Dietrich Night (Saturday, Sept. 24) – The most glamorous night of Oktoberfest! Featuring Le Cirque Rouge Burlesque and Dreamland Faces, an accordion and saw duo.
  • Vienna Night (Sunday, Sept. 25) – Enjoy coffee, cake and classical music and a special on Wiener Schnitzel.
  • Freudian Slip Night (Tuesday, Sept. 27) – Do not repress your desire to experience this night. Buy any Franziskaner and get a tall logo pint glass for one dollar.
  • Sturm und Drang (Storm and Urge) Night (Wednesday, Sept. 28) – Get your angst on while you lament the 18th century German movement of extreme emotion.
  • Big Brain Night (Thursday, Sept. 29) – The Trivia Mafia will be testing diners’ knowledge of Germany while 20 percent of food sales go to the Germanic-American Institute’s Kinderstube German Immersion Preschool.

Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter – 8390 Lofton Ave N Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-7128

  • September 16th-18th & 23rd-25th  5:00-11:00 pm and Sundays noon-6:00 pm
    Huge festival tent, German food, beer and music. The Artie Schaefer band Fri. and Sat.- must be 21. Sundays are family days with free pony rides and live music. Noon-6:00 pm – all ages welcome.

Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit– 2300 University Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612) 781-3860

  • Weekends September 23-October 15th, 2011 * Beer, Dancing, Live Polka Music, Food: Brats, Pork Chops, BBQ Ribs, Sauerkraut, German Potato salad, Apfelstrudel and Soft Pretzels with Cheese.  Beer Tokens $5

Glockenspiel-605 7th St W St Paul, MN 55102  (651) 292-9421

  • October 1st 12pm –  Meat Raffles , Accordion Player , And Play “Name That Sausage” fearturing our homemade Deutschland Meats sausages. You could even become the King or Queen of Kraut if you win the sauerkraut eating contest.  Or try out for the Best Beer Belly!

The Winzer Stube- 516 2nd Street  Hudson, Wisconsin 54016 (715)381.5092

 

Jul 232011
 

Cuisine: American, German, Steaks
Restaurant Features: Bar, Flat-Screen TVs, On-Site Parking

Locations: White Bear Lake, Oakdale, Inver Grove Heights, Hastings, Red Wing
Address: 2670 E. County Road E,  White Bear Lake, MN 55110 651-773-5854
Hours:  Daily 11am
Links:  Bierstube Website * JJ’s Bierstube on FacebookGoogle Map

Atmosphere: JJ’s Bierstube is located at the far end of a large strip mall at County Rd E and Century Ave.  The space inside is big and open, with sports memorabilia and drink promotions plastered all over the walls.  There are also large TVs broadcasting various sporting eventsYou can choose from a large number of both wooden tables or booths.

The bar runs along the entire length of the side wall and seats several.

Menu:Appetizers include Wisconsin Cheese Curds, Ber Battered Onion Rings, Garlic Toast, Breaded Mushrooms or Cauliflower, Jalapeno Poppers, Breaded Cod Strips, Colossal Buffalo Shrimp, Chicken Drummies, Mozzarella Sticks, Reuben Bites, Brat Medallions, Mini Burgers, and Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites.
Sandwiches offered at the Bierstube include Filet Mignon, French Dip, Ham & Cheese, Pork Loin, Chicken Breast, Buffalo Chicken, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Turkey Club, Weiner Schnitzel, Cof Filet, Crispy Chicken, BLT , Deluxe Grilled Cheese, Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and the Reuben or Rachel.  There is also a selection of specialty burgers.

Authentic German Dishes include the Sauerbraten, Weiner Schnitzel, Schweine Haxen, German Meatballs, Bratwurst Platter, Gebratene Leber (Liver Steak), Jaeger Schnitzel or the Taste of Deutschland sampler platter.

Steaks include quality Sirloin, Angus Porterhouse, New York Strip, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, as well as a small Hamburger Steak.  Baby Back Ribs are also a popular dinner feature.

Specials include: Half-priced Burgers on Monday, Surf & Turf on Saturday and Sunday is Family Day (Free soda to kids under 16 with purchase of burger or hot dog)

If you’re still hungry after your meal, try the Hot Fudge Choclate Volcano Cake  or the Bavarian Rhubarb Pie (both served with Raspberry Sauce), Vanilla Ice Cream served a la carte.

Price guide: Appetizers $ 6-8 Sandwiches and Burgers $6-8.50 (does not include fries) German Dishes $10-18 Steaks $10-22

Weekly Specials:

Sunday- $18 All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Ribs

Monday- $5 Burgers or $9 for 6oz Sirloin Dinner

Tuesday- $7 Reuben or Rachel  or $5 Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

Wednesday- $9 Chicken with Rice or Asparagus

Thursday- $7.50 Turkey Club

Friday- $13 All-You-Can-Eat Cod with French Fries, Coleslaw and Toast

Saturday- $18 Porterhouse Steak Dinner

What we ordered: I ordered the French Dip for my entree.  It had thinly sliced deli-style roast beef and canned mushrooms served on a toasted french roll and a side of au jus that might have come straight out of a can.  I thought it would’ve been a lot better than it was.  It did not come with fries.

One of my companions and I shared a basket of French Fries, a great value during Happy Hour when they’re half off.  They were crinkle cut fries that were hot and crispy.

Two of my companions shared the Taste of Deutschland Platter.  This platter came with Bratwurst,  Mettwurst, Schwein Haxen, Sauerbraten, and Weinerschnitzel.  Served with Spaetzel, Red Cabbage and Gravy.  I did not try anything but the red cabbage, which was good, but my companions raved about everything they tried.  A very good value for only $20.

A closer look at some of the meat…

Another companion had the Weinerschnitzel Sandwich.  I am not positive but I think this breaded pork cutlet was the frozen variety.  It was served with shredded lettuce and mayo on the bun.  I had a bite of this and I wasn’t too impressed.  It would’ve been better with a little of the gravy on it, minus the lettuce and mayo.

Service: We had a very friendly server who was good about refilling drinks and everything was prepared in a reasonable amount of time.

Overall Impression:  This was my first visit to JJs Bierstibe since my original review in July 2008 and I think I enjoyed what I ordered more the first time.  I would not order the French Dip again but would get a burger instead.

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Bierstube Reviews in White Bear Lake

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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Black Forest Inn Reviews in Minneapolis

Dec 302010
 

Cuisine: German/Bavarian, Dessert
Restaurant Features: Banquet, Bar, Live Music, On-Site Parking
Location: Stillwater, MN
Address: 8390 Lofton Avenue  Stillwater, MN 55082   651-439-7128
Hours: Mon-Friday: 11a.m.-9p.m.  Sat- 12pm-9p.m. Sun- 12pm-8p.m.
Links: Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter Website *  Gasthaus Facebook Page *  Google Map

Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter Sign

Atmosphere: The Gasthaus is a family-owned restaurant tucked away in the woods and rolling hills on private property in rural Stillwater. There is no mistaking this restaurant as anything other than traditional German/Bavarian. All staff wear traditional German attire and if you visit on a Sunday afternoon, you can listen to live accordian music. Inside you will find evidence of the Bavarian Hunter theme, complete with mounted antlered animals adorning the entry and antler-shaped chandeliers throughout the dining room and bar areas.  The restaurant has several different seating areas, all of which are on the smaller side and packed with customers, so it can get a little noisy.

Menu: Appetizers at Gasthaus include  Bavarian Hors D’oeuvres Tray, Schnitzel Sampler, Sausage Sampler, Chicken Tenders, Veggie Plate, Smoked Liver Paté, Herring prepared a variety of ways, Bavarian Assorted Cheese Plate, Warmed Brie Cheese, and Fried Bread Dumplings.

Salad options include Bavarian Mixed Salad, Chef Salad and Fresh Spinach Salad.  Soups served are the Goulasch, Bavarian Liver Dumpling and a Soup of the Day.

Schnitzels are served with mashed potatoes or potato dumplings and include: Wiener Schnitzel (“Vienna Style” golden brown breaded pork cutlets), Jagerschnitzel, Rahm Schnitzel, Schnitzel “A La Holstein”, Puten Schnitzel, and Rahm Puten Schnitzel (breaded chicken).

Gasthaus Pork entrees include Schweinsbraten, Schweinshaxe (pork hock), Bayerische Ripperl (smoked pork chops smothered in sauerkraut), and Bavarian Smoked Ribs.  Beef Entrees include Rouladen (beef roll-ups), Sauerbraten (marinated beef roast), Rostbraten and Lamb Shank..

The Gasthaus is the right place to come for authentic German Wurst/Sausages, including Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Metwurst, and Weisswurst.

Gasthaus also serves Walleye fillets and a Vegetable Casserole.

Dessert options include German Chocolate Cake, Apple Streusel Cheesecake

Price guide: Appetizers $6-9  Entrees $14-20

Weekly Specials:

  • Monday: Black Forest Schnitzel- Wiener Schnitzel topped with sautéed bacon, shallots, mushrooms, garlic, Leeks and Asbach Brandy. Served with potato and vegetable of the day.
  • Tuesday: Chicken Schnitzel a la Oscar- Chicken schnitzel or Weiner Schnitzel topped with crabmeat, asparagus and Hollandaise sauce served with potato of the day.
  • Wednesday: Schnitzel Gruyere- Wiener schnitzel topped with sauteed Portabella mushrooms, roma tomatoes and shredded Gruyere cheese. Served with späzel and red cabbage.
  • Thursday: Schnitzel Cordon Bleu- Wiener schnitzel stuffed with smoked ham and Swiss cheese, topped with hollandaise. Served with potato and vegetable of the day.
  • Friday: Bavarian Pork Rouladen- Pork tenderloin stuffed with sautéed mushrooms, bacon, onion and spinach. Topped with mustard gravy and served with spaetzel and red cabbage.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Chef’s Choice
  • What we ordered: My companion and I started with a sampler of German Beers (Spaten Oktoberfest, Sunner, Hefe-Weizen, ?). Great way to try many beers!

    We were  served this complimentary basket of rye breads while we waited for our entrees.  There were two varieties of bread, one a darker pumpernickel and the other a lighter rye with caraway seeds.  Both delicious!

    All entrees come with side salad or cup of soup. I chose the soup of the day, a Pork Sausage and Bean Soup.  This was a hearty soup in a vegetable-based broth with tons of flavor.

    The Bavarian platter is the perfect dish if you would like to try a few of Gasthaus’s specialties. Included are the Jager Schnitzel (breaded pork cutlet covered with mushroom sauce) Rahm Puten Schnitzel (breaded chicken breast covered with sour cream-based sauce), Knackworst (beef sausage with garlic seasoning) and potato dumplings. I thought the Jager schnitzel was very good- The dark mushroom sauce seemed somewhat upappealing to the eye, but had a very mild flavor that perfectly complimented the pork. I enjoyed the flavor of the knackworst and although it was boiled in the German way, I prefer my sausages cooked crispy on the grill. The flavor of the potato dumpling was good, but I did not care for the texture. Next time I would order mashed potatoes or the spaetzel instead. The Rahm Puten schnitzel was my favorite. The sauce that covered the chicken was very mild and creamy, yet the chicken stayed somewhat crispy.

    My companion ordered the Jagerschnitzel, a large serving of  breaded pork cutlets swimming in the hearty mushroom sauce, served with potato dumplings and red pickled cabbage.  A perfect winter meal!

    For dessert we shared the Apple Streusel Cheesecake .  This dessert was very small but tasted incredible. At the base was a small, light and creamy cheesecake that was blended with apple pieces then covered with a streusel pastry and drizzled with a butterscotch topping.  Small but satisfying and absolutely delicious!

    Service: We were very lucky on a busy Saturday night to get a table without a reservation (fortunately for us there was a no-show).  Walk-Ins are accepted but there may be a long wait on the weekends without a reservation.  The host was happy to try to accommodate us and the staff was friendly throughout the evening. Food and drinks were served in a reasonable amount of time.

    Overall Impression: The Gasthaus is a wonderful spot to go if you would like to try good German/Bavarian food.  The country location and the atmosphere both inside and out transport you to a different time and place.

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    Sep 162010
     

    2010 Oktoberfest Events

    Prost! Night

    Friday, September 24

    The best way to start Oktoberfest is with a toast! Celebrate fall, beer, and each other with a toast.

    Alphorns, celebrity keg tapper, and Burlesque round out the opening night fun.

    Decadent Weimar Republic Kabarett Night

    Saturday, September 25

    The Weimar Republic was home to the artistic avant garde of Europe.They lit up the night with cabarets, concerts, performances and parties.

    Le Cirque Rouge Performs at 10pm

    German Chocolate Night

    Sunday, September 26

    We’r e not talking about some gooey cake invented by a guy in St. Louis – this is the real stuff. Rich, creamy, sweet German candy. Try a Beer & chocolate combo! Have a kaffeeklatch with cake & coffee! Win German candy prizes!

    The Wurst Night of Oktoberfest (or The Offal Night of Oktoberfest)

    Monday, September 27

    The brat bar returns, but with new options! Have some pickled tongue or marinated heart. The Germans love it all, from the nose to the tail. Prize for the most adventurous eater!

    Home Brew Night

    Tuesday, September 28

    Five accomplished brewers pit their best beers against each other. And you are going to decide whose brew rules Oktoberfest! Free to all dining customers, the sampler comes with descriptions and a ballot.

    Beer sampling and voting begins at 6:30pm

    Best Home Brew Prize awarded at 9pm

    Grimm Night

    Wednesday, September 29

    In our Forest, we’ve got food & beer. In other forests, magic and mystery lurk. Join us for a celebration of creatures and cures, of witches to watch out for and the monster within us. Don’t forget to leave a trail of breadcrumbs so you can find your way home again…

    Schlager Night

    Thursday, September 30

    Uh-oh, der Kommisar’s in town! German music went top 40 in the 80s and we are totally going to release 99 Red Balloons.

    David Hasselhoff Night

    Friday, October 1

    We honor Mr. Hoff-tastic himself tonight (He’s big in Germany!) The main event is the giveaway of an array of excellent un-Hoffingly-believable prizes.

    Desperate Hausfrau Night

    Saturday, October 2

    What makes a Desperate Hausfrau? Come to the restaurant tonight to find out! See all the interpretations of Desperate Hausfrau and vote for your favorite. We will have a surprise celebrity judge, too!

    Drain the Keg Night

    Sunday, October 3

    We don’t want to lug any barrels home with us after the party so we’re going to start dropping the price of beer at 2pm and keep dropping it until the beer is gone. Seriously.

    Jul 012008
     

    Cuisine: American, German, Steaks
    Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking

    Locations: White Bear Lake, Oakdale, Inver Grove Heights, Hastings, Red Wing
    Addresses & Maps:
    White Bear Lake 2670 E. County Road E,  White
    Bear Lake, MN 55110 651-773-5854
    Oakdale- 7121 10th Street N. Oakdale, MN 55128 (651) 731-8381
    Inver Grove Heights–  6434 Cahill Ave. Inver Grove Heights, MN (651) 451-8073
    Hastings- 109 W. 11th St. Hastings, MN 55033 (651) 437-8259
    Red Wing–  233 Withers Harbor Dr. Red Wing, MN 55066 (651) 385-8852

    Link: JJ Bierstube’s Website

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    Atmosphere: The White Bear Lake restaurant is located at the far end of a large strip mall on the south side of the city of White Bear Lake.  The restaurant itself is one large open room, with wooden tables throughout and a bar along one side of the room.  I believe there are also a handful of booths along the wall opposite the bar which provide a little more privacy than the other tables.

    Bierstubeinside-1000

    Menu: Appetizers include Wisconsin Cheese Curds, Ber Battered Onion Rings, Garlic Toast, Breaded Mushrooms or Cauliflower, Jalapeno Poppers, Breaded Cod Strips, Colossal Buffalo Shrimp, Chicken Drummies, Mozzarella Sticks, Reuben Bites, Brat Medallions, Mini Burgers, and Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites.
    Sandwiches offered at the Bierstube include Filet Mignon, French Dip, Ham & Cheese, Pork Loin, Chicken Breast, Buffalo Chicken, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Turkey Club, Weiner Schnitzel, Cof Filet, Crispy Chicken, BLT , Deluxe Grilled Cheese, Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and the Reuben or Rachel.  There is also a selection of specialty burgers.

    Authentic German Dishes include the Sauerbraten, Weiner Schnitzel, Schweine Haxen, German Meatballs, Bratwurst Platter, Gebratene Leber (Liver Steak), Jaeger Schnitzel or the Taste of Deutschland sampler platter.

    Steaks include quality Sirloin, Angus Porterhouse, New York Strip, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, as well as a small Hamburger Steak.  Baby Back Ribs are also a popular dinner feature.

    Specials include: Half-priced Burgers on Monday, Surf & Turf on Saturday and Sunday is Family Day (Free soda to kids under 16 with purchase of burger or hot dog)

    If you’re still hungry after your meal, try the Hot Fudge Choclate Volcano Cake  or the Bavarian Rhubarb Pie (both served with Raspberry Sauce), Vanilla Ice Cream served a la carte.

    Price guide: Appetizers $ 6-8 Sandwiches and Burgers $6-8.50 (does not include fries) German Dishes $10-18 Steaks $10-22
    What I ordered: I am a big fan of Reuben Sandwiches so I decided to start with the Reuben Bites.  I thought they were interesting and tasty with the inside a cheesy mixture of Swiss, Corned Beef and Sauerkraut while the outside was breaded and crispy.  The inside actually reminded me of the Reuben Dip that you often encounter at Potlucks, but much warmer.  The crispy outside was a nice compliment to the inside and I liked that the Thousand Island was served on the side for dipping. I would get these again! Although they aren’t exactly gourmet, I think it was a pretty tasty invention….I think I might need to try the Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites next!

    Bierstube-reubenbites1000

    My visit was on a Monday night, which happened to be half-price burger night! You can order any of the specialty burgers or build your own 50% off whatever you get.  I went with a 1/2 pounder with Swiss, bacon and fried onions.  Burgers and sandwiches do not come with fries, so I got a half-order of onion rings as well.  I was very pleased with the burger.  It had nice texture and rich flavor, without being too charred.  The bun was lightly buttered and grilled, which is always a thumb’s up in my book.  I thought the onion rings were also good but at an extra $3.50 for the half-order, I could have done without them.

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    My companion ordered the Wiener Schnitzel, which are breaded pork cutlets.  It was served with German Potato Salad, Fresh Asparagus and Garlic Toast.

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    Service: There weren’t many guests dining in the restaurant on the evening my companions and I visited, so we had our choice of tables, etc.  The service was good considering we were practically the only ones there, but the server tended to leave us alone.
    Overall Impression: I was actually pleasantly surprised at how large the menu was.  I had driven by this restaurant many times without stopping because I was under the false impression that the Bierstube was just a bar serving basic bar food.  It was much more than I expected.  The prices were good and the food was good too, especially the half-priced burgers!