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Hessen Haus

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2016, 2018 Winner
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APPETIZERS‏
Wild Game Quesadilla
A mixture of wild boar & duck w/ onions, peppers & cheese, placed between two flour tortillas then grilled to a golden brown
7.99
Bavarian Nachos
Crisp tortilla‏ chips piled high w/ chopped brats, Monterey jack & muenster cheese, banana peppers & pico de gallo, served w/ sour cream & salsa
8.99
Gator Fingers
Farm-raised alligator tail meat, sliced into thin strips, hand breaded & deep-fried to a golden brown, served w/ Creole honey mustard dipping sauce
7.99
Armadillo Eggs
A south Texas specialty made in our kitchen bacon-wrapped chicken tenders stuffed w/ sliced jalapenos & pepper jack cheese, served w/ ranch dressing
8.99
Sauerkraut Balls
A tasty combination of corned beef, pork, ham & sauerkraut rolled into balls, hand breaded & fried, served w/ thousand island dressing
6.99
Schweine Flugel
Four fried pork shank sections coated w/ our haus spicy barbeque sauce (pig wings)
8.99
Peasant Plate
a delicious‏ assortment of German cheeses served w/ thuringer sausage, salami, landjaeger sausage, bread & crackers
8.99
Monster-Muenster Cheese Sticks
our German version of buzzard Billy’s monster-Ella sticks, muenster cheese freshly breaded & served w/ marinara
7.99
Reuben Rolls
the classic Reuben ingredients wrapped up in a crispy fried spring roll, served w/ thousand island dressing
6.99
Jumbo Soft Pretzel
Freshly baked to order & served hot w/ cheese sauce for dipping
3.99
SOUPS
German bier cheese soup
A blend of creamy cheeses mixed w/ chopped bratwurst ~ delicious
Cup2.99
Bowl4.49
Hessen Beef Stew
Beef, carrots & celery make up this hearty stew
Cup2.99
Bowl4.49
SALADS‏
Steinbach steak salad
fresh mixed greens topped w/ sirloin tips, walnuts, Roma tomatoes, boursin cheese & sun-dried cherries, served w/ your choice of dressing
9.99
Grilled Chicken Salad
Fresh mixed greens topped w/ grilled, juicy chicken breast, roma tomatoes, shredded cheddar & jack cheese, served w/ your choice of dressing
8.99
House Salad
fresh mixed greens topped w/ walnuts, Roma tomatoes, boursin cheese & sun-dried cherries, served w/ your choice of dressing
5.99
Side Salad
Fresh mixed greens topped w/ roma tomatoes, cucumber, onion & shredded cheddar jack cheese
3.99
DINNERS
Wilde Schweine Wurst
A savory blend of two sausages made w/ wild boar w/ cranberries, served w/ mashed potatoes & mixed vegetables
14.99
Mac & Cheese Baden-Baden
``Mac & cheese the German way a tasty blend of muenster, Swiss & parmesan cheeses mixed w/ spaetzle & topped w/ your choice of chicken, pork or beef
11.99
Veggie Spaetzle
Sautéed mushrooms, artichokes, Roma tomatoes & fresh spinach in a light olive oil sauce, topped w/ shredded asiago cheese
9.99
Kavetelli
Graziano’s Italian sausage, spaetzle & marinara tossed together & baked w/ muenster cheese
12.99
Bavarian Stroganoff
German spaetzle presented in a rich sour cream sauce w/ mushrooms, onions & your choice of lightly seasoned beef or pork
11.99
Schweinshaxe
Extra large, seasoned, mild flavored pork shank, served w/ sauerkraut & German potato salad
13.99
Schweine Flugel Dinner
three, tender, bone-in pork shanks coated w/ our haus BBQ sauce & served w/ mashed potatoes & pickled red cabbage
11.99
Goulash
lean &‏ tender choice sirloin tips simmered in a rich Hungarian paprika sauce & served over spaetzle
10.99
Kassler Ripschen
Two tender & juicy smoked pork chops topped w/ our sweet raisin, spicy sauce, served w/ sauerkraut & mashed potatoes
13.99
Fried Chicken
One half of a juicy chicken perfectly seasoned then fried ‘til golden, served w/ mashed potatoes & red cabbage
11.99
SCHNITZELS‏
Wienerschnitzel
Tender veal freshly breaded & fried to a golden brown, served w/ german potato salad & pickled red cabbage
13.99
Jaegerschnitzel
Tender pork cutlet hand breaded, pan-fried ‘til crispy then smothered w/ a mushroom & onion gravy, served w/ mashed potatoes & pickled red cabbage
12.99
Black Forest Schnitzel
Hand breaded pork loin smothered in a rich & creamy cheese sauce w/ ham, spinach & mushrooms, presented over a bed of spaetzle
13.99
DIE GROSSE PLATTE
Plus 4 shots of apfelkorn schnapps or 2 slices of german chocolate cake
Serves 4-5 people family style
Includes a Side of German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut
And red cabbage
69.99
2 Bratwursts+4.00
Mac & Cheese Baden-Baden
Ein Halbes Hahnchen
½ Fried chicken
Zwei Bratwurst
Sauerkraut
Mixed Vegetables
Schweinshaxe
Jaegerschnitzel
SANDWICHES‏
All sandwiches are served w/ lettuce, tomato, onion & pickle also w/ your choice of one of the following sides:
Turkey Reuben
a slight twist on an old favorite turkey, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese & thousand island dressing on grilled rye bread
8.49
Reuben
the classic sandwich w/ sliced, lean corned beef, our haus sauerkraut & melted Swiss cheese, served on grilled marble rye bread
7.99
European grinder
combines the‏ best of both world’s our own grinder mix made w/ graziano’s Italian sausage & rich marinara, topped w/ German muenster cheese on a hoagie bun
8.49
Turkey Bacon Melt
a delicious combination of moist turkey, crisp bacon, American cheese & muenster cheese grilled on Texas toast, dressed w/ a spiced aioli
7.99
The Bismark
chopped roasted pork, fresh mushrooms & onions sautéed w/ a sour cream au jus & topped w/ melted Swiss cheese, served on a large, toasted French roll
7.99
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Chicken breast‏ fillet, grilled to perfection, served on a toasted bun
7.99
German burger
Two, ¼ lb beef patties topped w/ thick cut bacon & melted muenster cheese, served on a toasted bun
8.49
Hessen Hamburger
Two, ¼ lb fresh ground beef patties grilled to perfection, served w/ lettuce, tomato & onion on a toasted bun
6.99
Hessen Cheeseburger
two, ¼ lb juicy beef patties topped w/ your choice of melted American, muenster or Swiss cheese, served w/ lettuce, tomato & onion on a toasted bun
7.99
GERMAN RETAIL FAVORITES
Underberg
Careful balance between valuable herbal ingredients & premium quality alcohol provides soothing digestive properties after a good meal; as well as general wellbeing 3.75
Glassware
Various steins, mugs, wheat glasses & boots are available in limited supply. Ask your server about current selections; w/ or without bier specials
Snuff
Enjoy free samples using the oringinal snuff catapult. Must be 21 to enjoy the unique experience in a range of exotic flavors. Tins available for purchase at various prices.
Apparel
T-shirts, polos, hats, etc. Available seasonally. Ask your server about the latest offerings
DESSERTS‏
Oma's Apple Crisp
flame-roasted Fuji apples mixed w/ cinnamon & sugar, covered & baked w/ a sweet, crispy crust, topped w/ one scoop of vanilla ice cream
3.99
German chocolate cake
The traditional dessert made in haus a delicious, moist chocolate cake w/ a caramel, coconut & pecan topping
4.49
Ice Cream
One scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream
1.79
Sauteed Apples
sweet flame-roasted Fuji apples sautéed w/ cinnamon & sugar
2.99
Echte Kroatzbeere Blackberry Liqueur
the classic German specialty w/ the sophisticated taste of blackberries.
4.00
Apfelkorn
did apfelkorn‏ make the hessen haus famous or did hessen haus make apfelkorn famous? we’re not sure. sun-ripened apples give the distinct & unrivaled taste to this German apple schnapps.
3.50
Snuff
Enjoy free samples using the oringinal snuff catapult. Must be 21 to enjoy the unique experience in a range of exotic flavors. Tins available for purchase at various prices.
Underberg
Careful balance between valuable herbal ingredients & premium quality alcohol provides soothing digestive properties after a good meal; as well as general wellbeing 3.75
Glassware
Various steins, mugs, wheat glasses & boots are available in limited supply. Ask your server about current selections; w/ or without bier specials
Apparel
T-shirts, polos, hats, etc. Available seasonally. Ask your server about the latest offerings
BIER HALLE SNACKS
Chips
Kettle cooked in plain, barbeque, jalapeno or salt & vinegar
1.50
Jumbo Soft Pretzel
Freshly baked to order & served hot w/ cheese sauce for dipping
3.99
Landjaeger
Fred usinger’s smoked & cured link a German tradition best enjoyed w/ bier
2.50
Pickles
Just that: big, green, pickled dills
1.00
Pickled Eggs
ipsi brand‏ pickled eggs straight from Nebraska
1.00
Spicy Pickled Eggs
Ipsi brand pickled eggs, add heat
1.00
Pickled Polish Sausage
Ipsi brand polishes w/ a pickled twist
2.00
Red Hot Polish Sausage
Ipsi brand pickled polishes, smaller, add heat
1.50
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here with a group of about 15 people split into two large adjacent tables. Service was slow. Ordered two appetizers which did not arrive and later found out they were delivered to the wrong table (the manager did not charge us thankfully). Food was...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank mrd71
Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Huge German beer list. Extensive menu of German food with lots of variety in its offerings. Beer was good. Food was pretty good. Service was friendly and excellent.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank Richard P
Reviewed October 22, 2019

My wife and I arrived around 1pm on Saturday, October 19th. It was not terribly busy at that time. We got to our table and our server got to us right away. Our server took great care of us from start to finish. I enjoyed...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank iowacityia
Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

Authentic German food, everyone had something different, it was all wonderful. Stroganoff to die for, appetizers were all good too.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank grandmaTo3
Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

We arrived at 5:45 PM, found out there was happy hour until 6 PM, but they couldn’t locate menus until 5:55pm. I even tried to locate a couple menus myself, and finally got the service we needed. Our waitress did an average job, brought our...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 28, 2019

While I gather this is a generally great place for German food (came recommended at the hotel where I stayed), it happened to be Oktoberfest when I walked over! The street in front of the restaurant was blocked off. The restaurant itself was extremely crowded...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Kevin R
Reviewed September 16, 2019 via mobile

I had the vegetable spatzle and enjoyed the artichoke in it. I had a peach Moscow mule which was refreshing. My husband had a beef pot roast type dish which he thought was good but not exceptional.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank kj4678
Reviewed August 24, 2019

German restaurant in the midlands. Got my schnitzel fix - excellent. Lots of beers to choose from German areas. Good dark beers. Décor is stereotypical German beer hall. Fun.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank 97ozhappy
Reviewed August 6, 2019

Fun place in Des Moines. Des Moines hits well above it's weight for smaller American cities with respect to good food and drink. This place is one of the places that raises the bar for quality. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank John-RockySkier
Reviewed August 5, 2019

Even though I went there for a specific beer that only they carry....and they were out....I still enjoyed a recommendation from the server.

Date of visit: July 2019
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We were there on a Friday night and there were people there with children. It was around 7pm. Had not gotten to rowdy yet.
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