Kelly the Culinarian: Food Find: Schnitzel Platz

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Food Find: Schnitzel Platz

Sigh, I'm finally back! I can't wait to get back to the routine of blogging. I finally have a working camera, no thanks to Best Buy, but here I am.

Anyhow, I've never had German food. I thought it was all sausages and kraut and heavy beers. When a few coworkers decided to go out for German food, I thought I'd give it a try.

Schnitzel Platz is a very popular German joint on North Avenue in Glendale Heights. Now that we're in the midst of Oktoberfest, people will line up around the building during the weekends. There's even a band on the weekends with singalongs and dancing.

But at lunch, it doesn't take that long to get a table, but it might take a while to get your check. The decoration inside reminded some of my dining mates of Germany, but then again, I wouldn't know.

The lunch specials are more than I would normally pay for lunch -- about $15 per person -- but it's a ton of food. Just a word of caution: all the items are in German with English translations, although I'm pretty certain that what I ordered was not what I ate, but it was tasty.

What I ended up with is something that reminded me of a Salisbury steak with an au jus sauce made with red wine, drippings, mushrooms and onions. I ordered my meal with french fries, but they were more like rustic hash browns. It was all quite delicious and extremely filling.

Even the lunches came with bread and soup. The bread was delicious. There was a bread with nuts that I wasn't a big fan of, but there were different breads that were like tiny pretzels. The bread is served with spicy mustard and horseradish. I loved the pretzel bread.

There's also your choice of soup. The afternoon we went the soups were potato leek and liver dumpling. I went with the potato leek because the alternative was essentially a liver meatball in a dark broth.

Other items at my table that looked delicious was the schnitzel with cheese (essentially a very rich mac and cheese) and dumplings, which were the size of a small meatloaf.

Who knew I liked German food.

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