Gruner. We read the menu online and knew ahead of time that it was not going to be a cheap dinner. But, we went anyway, because we wanted to check it out. They tout themselves as being cozy Alpine dining, and we're always thrilled when we can find anything that smacks of German cuisine. First, we had the amazing luck of finding Doris Day parking. Doris Day parking, if you're unfamiliar with the term, is when you find a parking place right out in front of where you're going. This Doris Day parking place was actually around the corner from the front of the restaurant, but it was one parking place from the corner and along side the restaurant, so in my book, it was still Doris Day parking. Then, because the restaurant had a few large parties booked, we couldn't eat in the dining room, but we had our choice of eating at the bar or eating outside- we chose the bar because it was still rush hour when we got there and I didn't want to deal with the noise and exhaust. This turned out to be quite alright because the bartender was a very personable young man and took good care of us. Plus, I had fun reading the more esoteric labels in the bar line-up, and he answered all my questions intelligently and patiently.
We decided to share a salad- the Gruner salad, which was fine but unremarkable. Except that the dressing was very light and you could taste everything in the salad, so maybe in that way, it was remarkable.
So now to the main attraction: Steve had the cured double-cut pork chop with spiced red cabbage, sauteed apples and mashed German butterball potatoes. He said the mashed potatoes tasted very German- evidently they beat the hell out of their mashed potatoes. We agreed that the spiced red cabbage, although good, was not as good as mine. (But then, I make really great Rotekohl, and I'm not particularly shy about that.) He really liked the pork chop and said they'd used a light hand with the pickling; I wasn't so enamored of it because it reminded me of ham, and I am not a big fan of ham. Dry cured, yes, but not regular ham. Unless it's in a Monte Cristo sandwich, but that's another story. So his dinner was good, and made him happy. By the way, the black dot in the picture below is a juniper berry. Wachholderbeeren (juniper berries) are used a lot in German cuisine- principally with meats and sauerkraut.
|Another bad picture- sorry!|
|I should learn how to make this....|
So between the beers, salad- which we shared, and the entrees, dinner was sixty-two dollars, not counting the tip. Not exactly a hundred a piece, but certainly enough for a dinner that wasn't to celebrate anything. It was money well-spent, and we'll go there again. Someday.
We're still being really careful with our money, which should never be confused with being cheap.