Meat Picks | 1.25.13

Wake Up and Smell the Schnitzel!

TOC recently scribed “Four reasons German food will take off in 2013” citing upgrades and openings of German/Euro inspired restaurants in the city. Grubstreet echoed with Sprechen Sie Trendy [love that title!] noting the last time German was hot was in 1965.

Has it really been that long?

Adding to this micro trend (in a really big way) is Hofbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont – yes, Rosemont – the “first and only German micro brewery, beer hall, restaurant and beer garden to call Chicago home”, which opened earlier this week.

Modeled after its 400 year old Munich namesake, the 20,000 square foot ‘haus offers seating for 700, (plus another 350 in the outside beer garden), brews its own beer on site, stages live music seven days a week, and has its own gift shop. The menu is also modeled authentic with traditional Bavarian dishes, imported bakery items and sauerkraut flown in from Germany. Executive Chef, Klaus Lotter is at the helm.

Viel Glück, Hofbräuhaus!

Restaurant Week Countdown

Restaurant Week(s) has been running nationwide since the beginning of the year. Chicago’s officially begins a week from today on February 1st and runs through the 10th. San Fran ups our ten day week by seven – their food fest began January 15th and will end on the 31st.

One of the best things people love about Restaurant Week is of course the price fixed menus; one of the worst is figuring out where to go among the over 200 participating restaurants. Here’s our top list of helpful links: Metromix Pix   Chicago Foodies   Chicagoist Staff Picks   Phil Vettel’s Recs  Event Site   Open Table Reservations.  If you’d like a chance to win a foodie gift card, link here: Sweepstakes Entry.

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