by Sam Wai
Authentic German food can be prepared at home with reasonable success. Going out is easier of course. There are a few German restaurants in our region. Nearest to Fargo/Moorhead on the Minnesota side are The Brauhaus German Restaurant in Akeley and the Schwarzwald Inn in Park Rapids.
The Brauhaus offers a combination of American and German dishes and desserts. Annually, the Brauhaus also comes to the German Folk Festival held at the Rheault Farm in Fargo in July. It is owned by a lady originally from Germany with her husband. They have served the area since the 1980’s. German wine and beer are available. The Brauhaus is close from late October through April so call first.
The Schwarzwald Inn in Park Rapids also offers a combination of American and German food. The ambiance is a cross between an American diner and a German Alpine lodge with a model train going around the entire restaurant on a ledge close to the ceiling. The very well done and large mural of German theme covers a large part of one wall. Both restaurants are about a couple of hours by car from Fargo/Moorhead. In the most unexpected place on Highway 10 in St. Cloud, Minnesota is Michael’s Restaurant. At Michael’s, owner Heinrich Wurdak from Vienna offers a mix of Continental, American and Austrian menu items. The food is excellent and reasonably priced. Heinrich is super friendly and always willing to chat about his childhood food experiences in his homeland. The schnitzel is especially good. They are also very accommodating about menu variations.
In the Twin Cities area, there are several German restaurants. First is the Gasthof zur Gemütlichkeit just north of downtown Minneapolis. The ambiance is very German with music nightly. Bavarian snuff, a sniffing tobacco, is administered to willing guests. The Black Forest Inn in south Minneapolis offers an all-German menu with German beers and wines. The Black Forest also has one of the best patios in Minneapolis for summer dining. The ambiance is that if an intimate German inn.
In St. Paul is the Glockenspiel on 7th Street just west of downtown. The dining room is behind the bar area. It is very popular during World Cup soccer. There is also The Winzer Stube in Hudson just across into Wisconsin from the Minnesota state line. This basement restaurant located in downtown Hudson offers a complete German menu. The food is consistently good and portions are large. The best way to enjoy German food in Moorhead this month will be at the Hjemkomst on September 28 during the day from 10am to 4pm and even better at the dinner that evening at 6pm. Tickets are available until September 21 by calling 218.299.5511 ext 6737 or online at www.hcscconline.org
Michael’s in St. Cloud, MN and the Gasthof zur Gemütlichkeit in Minneapolis, MN
From left to right are: The Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis, MN; the Glockenspiel in St. Paul, MN and the Winzer Stube in Hundson, WI