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Ludwig Bavaria Haus 4302 S. E. East Street.

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It does have a bit of a Bavarian feel to it, doesn’t it. Originally it was built as a Steak and Ale. That was a local chain of joints that tried for an English Manor house effect, as you can tell from the name. This particular incarnation opened a few months ago. Since then it has been savaged by some of the reviewers. As a general rule I ignore the most complementary post as well as the meanest one. In this case I noticed that some reviews were awfully hostile, just because their steak was tough. Some almost seemed personal. You always have to realize that some folks will trash a place for reasons other than food and service. Just like some friends of the owner will try to help by heaping on the praise. Frankly I think the former is worse than the latter. If you get canned from the joint,deal with it. It makes no sense to trash a restaurant simply because you couldn’t handle the job. Move on already. And as for the friends of the owner you aren’t really helping the place out. Eventually every place stands or falls on what they do. Not what others say.

So one thing the new owners kept was the Salad Bar. A foundation of the 70’s and 80’s it is not seen much anymore.

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I know I took an awful lot of pictures of the salad bar, but as I said people don’t seem to have them around much;except for buffets that is.

They started out with dinner only and then opened up for lunch after they were under way. They have a nice website which features both menus so I didn’t add that to my post. I did get a scan of the beer menu,which I am adding at the end.

For lunch they offer a few lunch portions of their dinners as well as sandwiches. With the plates you get a side and a trip to the salad bar. Pat decided on Schweinbraten, slow cooked pork shoulder.

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What you see here is a Frikadellen. Germany’s burger! Fresh ground pork and beef, herbs, and spices come together in this awesome sandwich. Char-grilled with caramelized onions and served on a pretzel bun.      8. I have seen these at Claus’ before. Claus is where they buy their sausages. I asked our server if that is where they got theirs. Oh no they make their own. Sold me.

The sandwich was nicely built on a pretzel bun with lettuce and tomato and topped with carmelized onion and a white cheese. The cheese offered a nice creaminess and the lettuce had a wonderful crunch. The bun was able to stand up to the patty which had a great mouth feel to it and  a nice crispy exterior. The bite was reminiscent of a sausage, tight but still moist. It was really a great sandwich. I opted for German Potato salad for my side. It was cubed red potatoes and the vinegar flavor wasn’t as pronounced  as I have had before. I enjoyed it and I thought the potatoes were done perfectly. Not soft as in some cases just properly done with a slight bite to them.

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So needless to say Pat and I both enjoyed this place. All I can say is if your want a taste of German food try this place out. I don’t think you will be disappointed. And if people are indeed trashing this place simply because they have an ax to grind all I can say is stop it. Let these folks get on with running a business. Let the customers be the true arbiters.

Here is the beer menu.

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7 responses

  1. German food is out of my wheelhouse, and usually gives me the willies. The first plate is foreign to me, but the burger looks interesting. Oddly enough, I had a hefeweizen ale last Saturday and again last night, eating green chili jalapeno bacon artichoke chicken pizza at a nearby pub. I like how after you wrote the word Frikadellin (which sounds like cursing), you threw in a random #8, like you are starting a list. Keeping me on my toes.

    January 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

    • Actually I copied and pasted the description from their menu,and the 8 was the price. Your pizza sounds great and I think a wheat beer would be a great choice. Green chile and bacon. That is all would need. It is a shame about you, German food and the willies. I seem to recall a similar remark when I wrote about another German joint. Why do you think that is? Pat is from German ancestry so he is all about it. As a matter of fact his eldest daughter and her Welsh husband live in Germany. They are due to fly in for a visit today. That “burger” was very tasty,I think you would like it. Of course if it had some green chiles it would be legendary.

      January 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

      • Maybe it’s the word shoulder, but that shouldn’t bother me. I like red cabbage. I don’t know. I must have had vinegary German food in my youth.

        January 30, 2015 at 11:24 am

      • Yeah German food does like a sweet yen to go with their sour yang. But a good latke,or potato pancake with applesauce. Yum.

        January 30, 2015 at 11:27 am

      • Okay, I’m in.

        January 30, 2015 at 11:29 am

  2. I haven’t had good solid German food for donkey’s years. I have to go to my folks to get a great pork hock and sauerkraut meal, or find fantastic sweet and sour red cabbage. And speaking of potato pancakes reminds me of my mom’s fantastic recipe. (It’s a little heavy on the oil, but the taste is spectacular!) When you grow up with a lot of Germans around you, it makes it really difficult to find a restaurant that compares to what your friends and relatives make with passion and with ease. But it seems like you’ve hit a winner here, Benson. That pretzel bun is droolworthy. And I can almost taste that potato salad just by looking at it. Yum.
    I think I’m going to have to make a plea for some good ole fashioned parental cooking during the next week or two. You’ve planted a seed, and likely it’s taken root.

    February 1, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    • Indiana had quite a few German settlers back in the early 19th century so the roots are here. The owner used to be chef at a German club in the city,so I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be too disappointed. Pork and kraut and beer just seem to go together don’t they.

      February 1, 2015 at 11:34 pm

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