The first time I ever set foot in a beer hall was in Munich, Germany. It was a pretty magical experience. Humongous steins of beer, sausages the size of my head and cheerful music played by jovial people. I wanted that experience to last forever.
Basically what I’m saying is I dream of schnitzel and spaetzle. And my dreams may be coming true if this trend I’m starting to see sweep across Chicago starts to seep across the country.
German pub grub restaurants are popping up all over the city. The most talked about being The Radler – the newest restaurant form Paul Virant (famous for his restaurants Perennial and Vie). The concept is a Bavarian beer hall with German food. Glunz Tavern also just redid their entire menu to include German pub grub! And Pizza D.O.C. just reconcepted their restaurant into Himmel’s – a European restaurant with items like pork schnitzel on the menu.
Even though German food is nothing new in the Chicagoland area, it seems it is getting a big makeover – and this is a trend we predict will go nationwide soon enough. But if you’re craving some German now there are of course always the classic to rely on – like program restaurants Edelweiss in Norridge, Lederhosen Restaurant in New York, or Bierstube in Philadelphia. They serve all those yummy German classics that I fell in love with in Munich!