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“Neck and neck with Black Forest Inn”

Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit
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Ranked #169 of 1,870 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Austrian, German, Swiss
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed September 29, 2012

If you stay in downtown Minneapolis you will be faced with a dilemma; which German restaurant within walking distance should you visit; The Black Forest Inn or The Gasthof. (Kramarczuks is a third possibility inside Target Field)

But if you are like me, and say calories be damned, I’ll visit both you will inevitably think to compare the two. Both are excellent, authentic, and as advertised. No cheesy Las Vegas veneer, both serve real, heartfelt American German fare, with great beers on draft and the ubiquitous bratwurst.

You can walk to both from downtown. Black Forest Inn is right down Nicollet to 26th street and The Gasthof is down Hennepin, across the bridge and up University. I wouldn’t walk either at night, but during the daytime you should be OK.

The pork shoulder at the BFI is a sumptuous dish; just the right amount of vinegar in the brown gravy, and the meat is tender and falls of the bone. It was probably the best dish we had at either place. The Gasthof has the better bratwurst, a tender, perfectly charred sausage with just a hint of spice.

The Gasthof is the larger facility, so to compare, the BFI with its outdoor beer garden feels more intimate (and therefore more authentic?) We didn’t visit the Gasthof when Mario’s Beer Keller was open (check the website) so I can’t comment on how wild it might get, but I imagine if you visit on a night when it’s open, you can have a rowdy time.

You can’t go wrong with either place. Service at both is “Minnesota Nice” and with both walking distance from downtown you won’t feel bad about indulging in some extra spaetzle or schnapps.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

fantastic atmosphere great service would recommend to all who like real german food/ accordian player had a great repetoire of music from classic german to american top forty was playing pretty woman when we first sat down

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

The accordian player and crowd enthusiasm added ambiance, BUT the food was a great disappointment. We look for German restaurants and this one doesn't make the cut at all. Lots of food on the plate, expensive and food poorly done. Two of us ate about 8% of a huge platter and rejected the rest. Don't know how you can ruin sweet and sour red cabbage, potato dumplings (they were gelatinous and see through), the schnitzel tasted sour like it was fermenting or spoiling, the pork chop was good, bratwurst very heavy in spice, rouladen very dry. Mashed potatoes OK, spaetzle very little substance or flavor.

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Thank oldandiknowit
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We went on a Sat. night and it was packed.. Make a reservation! It was a very fun place to go and is a great group place to go to celebrate any occasion...Bring the kids.... Lots of food too... Loved the accordian man...

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

AWESOME German food and music and beer and Apfelkorn and accordion guy playing classic rock and Shultzie's grandson!
Oi Oi Oi!

Thank Wanderfoolish
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