Every year we make an annual visit to this Lake George area icon of a restaurant. Pumpernickles has been turning out authentic German cuisine for many years and for the most part, everything is good. You enter through a bar area where several German beers are on tap. This evening, we had a dark Oktoberfest beer and a Spaten beer.
Pumpernickles is best described as being decorated like a German stube, with lots of knotty pine and German decor. There is a giant cuckoo clock which has seen better days since it keeps incorrect time and the cuckoo bird no longer pops out. Tables are covered with plastic tablecloths and paper napkins, definitely family style.
All entrees come with a soup and salad bar which was well stocked and fresh. After the salad bar, I had a Wurst Salat, German wurst sliced up and mixed with onions and pieces of cheese. The portion was over-sized, as are all of the dishes at Pumpernickles. I had the roast pork shank which is served with sauerkraut and German noodles. The meat fell off the bone and it was properly cooked. The gravy smothered the sauerkraut, mixing the two distinct flavors together. Perhaps this is how they do it in Germany.
Service, provided mostly by waitresses from Belarus, was friendly and a little too efficient (quick to take plates away and bring the bill). After the hearty portions, there was certainly no room for dessert, however, Pumpernickles features a large selection of cakes which they serve with a spritz of "canned" whipped cream.
If you're looking to try something different while visiting the Lake George area, give Pumpernickles a try. You won't leave hungry!
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