The Chicago Brauhaus will have its last day this Sunday December 10th. A Lincoln Square institution for over 50 years and one last German restaurants in the area – it will be greatly missed. I am re-posting my story from 2011 along with new photos.
Well, according to Andre Knowlton of Bon Appetit it just may be. A couple of years ago BA named New Austrian as, “the cuisine of the year.” Since then Knowlton notes a trend toward Germanic fare, attributing it to the pork craze and craft beer. I’m not a die-hard follower of food trends, I just like good food and a good atmosphere. But it’s hard to argue with the likability and prevalence of pork and beer. Especially in Chicago.
Not knowing that much about German food but welcoming a taste change from the Asian-Fusion/tapas/all-things Italian I decided to go to Lincoln Square and try the Chicago Brauhaus. This restaurant is an experience. You feel like you are walking into a German home from the 1970s and your uncle Gody and band, who has been there for almost 20 years, is leading an Oktoberfest sing-a-long with a dance floor that fills up as the night progresses. Every once in a while, Guenter one of the owners, will come out and play the drums. The Brauhaus is also open for lunch if you don’t have your dancing shoes with you. There is a huge beer list as well as a full bar.
Okay for the food, here are some dishes that are both authentic and tasty:
-Geschmorte Schweine Haxen: Signature braised pork shank served with sauerkraut and spätzle or potato dumplings
-Leberknödel Suppe: Liver dumpling soup
-Rindsroulade: Beef rouladen, slowly braised thin sliced sirloin of beef rolled with mustard, bacon, onions, and pickle
-Heisse Würstl: Hot sausages, any on the menu
The Chicago Brauhaus is located at 4732 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.
7 thoughts on “Chicago Landmark The Brauhaus Closing Monday – Go While You Can!”
Great blog, my husband and I recently visited Chicago, we didn’t go to the Chicago Brauhaus but we did go to the Berghoff, another great place for German food.
Thanks! I will check out the Berghoff next chance I get.
I hope you’re right!
It will be interesting to see what the trend will be with German cuisine.
Hi Alicia, I was just in Munich last month for work. I liked your comments about their airport. It really was amazing. Hope all is well. Keep eating and writing!
Hi! Thanks for your comment and words or encouragement. Glad I wasn’t alone on my feeling about the airport. 🙂