(My theme for the A-Z challenge is places, things and people around Chicago)
When Tom asked me to pick a restaurant for our Valentine’s Day dinner, it was a no-brainer for me to chose the newly opened Hofbräuhaus in Rosemont. I had been craving authentic German food for a long time. How long? Well, since I left Germany in 1986, I’ve only been to a German restaurant once (in Petersburg, Virginia). However, I asked if we could go the Monday after Valentine’s Day because I thought it would be crowded on the other days, plus it was very cold here and the Monday after seemed the least brutal day for venturing outside.
I had checked the website beforehand to get an idea about what foods they had, and to my delight they have Jägerschnitzel, which I ordered (see above). Tom had the Sauerbraten (see below).
We both cleaned our plates and had room for more, so I ordered Black Forest cake to go. Why to go? Well, the restaurant has hard benches only (it’s modeled after the Hofbräuhaus in Munich) as to make for an authentic experience, and I have a hard time sitting without back support. We took a couple of pics of the interior (see below).
The food was totally awesome and my German taste buds declare it authentic. Even Tom, a first-timer to true German food, noticed a significant difference from American cuisine in the taste. Portions are smaller than American fare (that is how it works in Europe) and a little bit pricey, but the experience was great. The Black Forest cake was okay, but not out this world. So, I’d skip paying the 9 bucks for it. Other than that … Gemütlichkeit! (helped along by the live oompah music they play)