They says"less is more," but here more is the theme. As other reviewers note, the portions are enormous. Arriving early around 515pm we were seated immediately and soon the place was filling up. Obviously many locals come here to take home "two more meals" as the woman at the table next to us said of her goulash.
We were in the mood to try it all so started with a shrimp cocktail with nice big shrimp and a sausage sampler which came with sauerkraut and potatoes and three good sized links of veal, beef and pork. With a nice amber Paulaner this might have been our dinner.
Next came the largest and most tender New York strip we've ever seen. It's nice there are plenty of non German choices too. I ordered the smoked pork chops which came as two big and tender chops in a wine sauce atop German potato salad and mashed potatoes. It was huge but I devoured every bite. Not a morsel of fat on either entree. All of this came with two sides each so we enjoyed more potato salad, green beans, red cabbage and spaetzle. They refill these as you wish.
Still not done we ordered apple strudel which came with berries and a big dollop of cream; and the bavarian nut bombe -- tasty but frozen hard ice cream.
So you can spend half what we did by avoiding the appetizers knowing the entrees will be more than enough; or order appetizers and dessert.
But for the first visit we were really amazed. We had good service from Cassidy our waiter. Another waiter in the room dominates the place with his loud British voice and "slap on the back" tales at each table. Maybe better for a beer hall outdoors? But the old Claiborne's now lives on looking exactly as before with a few German travel posters on the wall, but now your $100 provides an amazing value for good German food in Fredericksburg.
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