I spent 7 years in Germany and my wife is German, so we have some experience. This is an hour's drive from us, so we really had to commit to trying someplace new to get here.
The atmosphere was nice. A large beer hall, done in a reasonably traditional style. I loved the decor and the use of wood throughout. The staff was friendly enough and dressed in regional garb, they even got most of the pronunciations correct.
I had the Jaegerschnitzel and my wife had the Sauerbraten. The food was mediocre at best. For both of us, the portions of meat were about 1/2 of what you'd expect (in Germany) for these dinners. On both, the sauce was thin and very bland, it seemed to come from a bag or can with no additions - like spices. A typical Jaegerschnitzel should be smothered in fresh mushroom gravy, yet I only found about 6 slices of canned mushrooms on mine. Her Sauerbraten really wasn't sour either.
Both came with a run-of-the-mill spaetzle from a bag, not bad but not good either. There was a side of tasteless applesauce, Rotkraut (red cabbage), and 3 slices of bread that were sliced in 1/2 and smothered in ... Possibly margarine or II can't believe it's not butter? Whatever, it ruined the chance to really taste the bread. Traditionally, a large smear of butter is stuck on the plate so that you can use it or not, in your decided quantity.
We had the Warsteiner beer, which for an import, wasn't bad. Don't get me wrong, I know and love German beer, but anytime they import it here, the recipe is different. It's just like having a Guinness in Europe versus your local pub. It's ok, but not the same.
We gambled, and we lost out on the food experience. We wouldn't make the trip again just for the food, but they do seem to have a lot of events and music there, so we'll probably go back
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1960, The Crystal Brook Resort and Mountain Brauhaus has been a family-owned and operated resort. Remaining a favorite destination for generations of families and friends. The German-American cuisine is of the highest quality to satisfy the most discriminating palate. Come take in the beautiful scenic soundings on a relaxing family vacation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crystal Brook Mountain Brauhaus Hotel Round Top