We visited the Hofbrauhaus for lunch on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon. There was no wait for a table and we had a choice of the "restaurant" or the "bier hall". We chose the bier hall because we thought it would be more fun and remind us of the time we went to the Hofbrauhaus in Munich when we lived in Germany a few years ago.
The decor in the bier hall was reminiscent of Munich with the long, picnic-style tables, but there were also booths along the walls. We were seated there and much preferred them to the other tables. At the front of the hall was a platform for the entertainment. On the day we were there, there was a lone accordian player (wearing lederhosen). He was very good and the music was not so intrusive that it prevented normal conversation. I thought the music added to the atmosphere of the bier hall. (The platform was large enough to accomodate more musicians which I suppose they have on special occasions or in the evenings.)
The menu had a nice choice of German food and some American food (primarily salads and sandwiches). At our table we had a combination of both. We started with the German pretzels and bier cheese. There were 4 large German-style pretzels which was almost too much food for our group of 3. If there had only been two people in the party, then the serving of 4 pretzels would have been way too much. They should offer a smaller portion for smaller groups because German pretzels are almost a meal in themselves.
Our main courses consisted of the 3-piece sausage plate with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut; the weiner schnitzel with warm German potato salad and mixed vegetables and the club sandwich on sourdough bread with french fries. Each of the people in our party enjoyed the dish they ordered and found it appropriately "German". The person who ordered the sandwich found it quite tasty but found the sourdough roll too large for her mouth. (It was big!) She had to separate the sandwich in the middle in order to eat it.
While we enjoyed the atmosphere and the food, we also found the waiter to be reminiscent of some waiters we had experienced in Germany--abrupt and not particularly friendly. We actually had a good laugh about it during the meal because it reminded us so much of our restaurant experiences in Germany.
I would assume that not all of the waitstaff acts like our waiter did, so I would recommend this restaurant for its good German food and authenic German beer. (I also recommend checking their website ahead of time to see their menu and beer choices if you are unfamiliar with German food and beer.)
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