This Lincoln Square area, once upon a time, was known as a "German Town". It had German delicatessens, butchers, stores, restaurants, German Club, library, etc. Next the Greek restaurants moved in and after them, which is now, it is a mixture of everything and everybody…constantly changing and gentrifying. There were three or four very good authentic German restaurants and beer halls in this area and ….they are all gone, just like in the rest of the City and suburbs.
The Brauhaus started across the street approximately 40 years ago. The inferior is in the style of beer hall. Large number of formica tables, with red chairs, lined up in the rows and close together. There is a long bar where "regulars" enjoy their beer. On weekend there is a small band, rest of the time….solo musician playing German songs and old favorites.
The food is mostly German with random introduction of American and Mexican dishes.
The sausage are predominately Sheboygan, commercially produced, which at this time maybe considered the best…however they do not match "past" authentic sausages and meats produced by local German butchers. The portions were ample with typical German sides. Sauerbraten was not freshly prepared, it was reheated with heavy sauce over it. Smoked pork chop was dry. There is a limited number of chicken dishes and there are no veal dishes on the menu. This is unusual because veal is one of the main staples of German cuisine and restaurants. For the party of four, 2 pieces of stale rye bread and one piece of dry grain bread were served. Additional bread had to be requited a number of times. When delivered, it was not any better. It could be concluded that the food is just about average and somewhat overpriced. The variety and authenticity is not there.
The beer selection by bottle or draft is extensive and very good. Drafts are typical German beer hall selections. Wine selection is limited.
Service by a couple of "motherly" waitresses was knowledgable, pleasant and somewhat slow.
The busboy service was lacking in attendance and performance.
Unfortunately, it can be easily said that "old fashioned" authentic restaurants and German food are history….so in this beer hall have a few beers, enjoy "umf-pa-pa" music and ….."Prosit" !!
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