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 Facebook * Google 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 events. You 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
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.