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Las Vegas’s Hofbrauhaus

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on March 4, 2010

Tuesday night, the Husband and I went to the Las Vegas Hofbrauhaus, a place I’ve been hearing about since we visited the Hofbrauhaus in Munich in December 2008.  Apparently, the Husband has been to the Las Vegas one before and when we visited the one in Munich, he was surprised at the similarity.  🙂 Ever since, he’s been talking about going back to the Las Vegas one so I could judge for myself.  The Las Vegas one is located right off of the Strip, near City Center.  It’s walkable but we recommend driving or taking a cab, especially later into the evening.

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When we walked in, we were greeted by very high ceilings and a large bar.

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We were seated at one of the many large benches…

IMG_2063 …began enjoying the entertainment…

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… and perused the menu to determine what we would have to eat and drink.

IMG_2070 As can be expected, we had to start with beer.  We each had the German Lager, the Husband with a liter and I with a half.

IMG_2069 The Husband started with a salad with blue cheese dressing.

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For dinner, we decided to share a couple of plates.  First on the list, of course, was Germany’s version of mac n cheese 🙂 the Kasespaetzle!  This was amazing.  Possibly the best kasespaetzle we’ve had thus far.  It has spaetzle (German potato noodles), swiss cheese, and onions.  Yum!

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The second dish, which I choose, was the Creamy Mushrooms and Bread Dumplings.  I was expecting more mushrooms and less sauce, but this was very good and flavorful.  I especially liked the bread dumplings.

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The Husband also wanted a pretzel.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have any regular sized ones, so I offered to share a jumbo one with him.  Glad I did!

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For dessert, the Husband had a half liter of the Dunkel.  I had a taste as well.  🙂

IMG_2084 The Las Vegas Hofbrauhaus certainly had many similarities to the Munich one, but in the Las Vegas way, had its own twists and special touches.

I noticed the glittery lights in the window…

IMG_2078 And later into the night, the waitresses began selling shots with free spankings.  You read that correctly – spankings.  The person who took a shot, got to choose who in his/her group would be spanked by the waitress.  It was quite a sight to see!

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The Las Vegas Hofbrauhaus brought back fond memories of our trip to Germany and provides reassurance that we’ll continue to have tasty German food now that we’ll be on the other side of the country from our favorite U.S. German restaurant – the Waldhorn.  You’ll likely see more posts from us at the Hofbrauhaus over the years 🙂

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Goodbye Waldhorn!

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on February 22, 2010

Last night, the Husband and I got together with Kath, Matt, Kate and Nate for potentially our last visit to the Waldhorn 😦 As our more frequent readers know, we love the Waldhorn.  This past year, we celebrated Oktoberfest there.  We went to Schnitzelfest 🙂 It was one of the first restaurants we reviewed on this blog!

We’ve been trying to arrange a group visit to the Waldhorn for practically a year.  Finally, we found that last night would work for the most people of those interested in visiting.  It wasn’t until we arrived that the Husband and I realized this would likely be our last time there (we’re moving in two months).

The Husband and I arrived about 15 minutes early after an afternoon shopping in the area so we decided to hang out at the bar.  I got my usual at the Waldhorn, the Old Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) Copper.

IMG_1993 Right after our beers arrived, Kate and Nate arrived! The Husband’s first beer was a Spaten Oktoberfest.

IMG_1992 Not more than a few minutes later, Kath and Matt arrived too! We hung out around the bar for a little bit until a table was ready.

IMG_1994 Upon being seated, the Husband and I shared lots of our experiences with Kath and Matt (Kate and Nate had been with us previously!) including great things to have and substitute in the dishes.  We started out with the much loved pretzel rolls.

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The Husband and I got generally our usuals: the Schweizer Schnitzel.  Breaded pork tenderloin stuffed with ham and swiss.

I ordered mine with spaetzle and schupfnudeln (I like to call them potato fingers).

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The Husband had his with spaetzle too and sauerkraut.

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The Husband enjoyed a second beer – Spaten Lager – in a liter glass (he gets a kick out of getting one of these!)

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It was a great last visit to the Waldhorn and we’re so glad our good friends were able to visit with us! We’re currently thinking about going to Oktoberfest in Germany in 2011 and hope our friends can come too! Until then, we look forward to hanging out at the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas after our move 🙂

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Lunch at OBBS

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on November 3, 2009

This is the last of the catch-up restaurant posts! We hope to catch up on the posts from our Christmas 2008 vacation to Europe soon! I promise 🙂

Back in early September, we went to the Outer Banks with a bunch of friends.  One night we went to our favorite Outer Banks restaurant – the Outer Banks Brewing Station.  We love it so much that the next day we returned with one of my best friends (and her boyfriend) who coincidentally was in the area at the same time 🙂

We started with an order of the fried okra.  Okra has to be one of the best things I’ve been introduced to (food-wise) since moving to the south (right next to pimento cheese dip – Yum!).  This did not disappoint!

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For our entrees, I went with the carolina pork bbq sandwich with hush puppies and beans.  As with their other items, this was great.

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The Husband ordered the bratwurst with sauerkraut and a small beer sampler

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I’m glad we were able to get two visits in to the OBBS while in town 🙂 Both meals were great and lended to fun experiences with good friends!

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Oktoberfest at Waldhorn – Two German Favorites

Posted by gingerbreadpirate on October 4, 2009

It’s Oktoberfest time.  One of our favorite Charlotte restaurants, the Waldhorn (original post HERE), has a large Oktoberfest celebration.  The German restaurant rents a large outdoor tent, provides live music, besides the ever-lovable “Wandering Accordion Minstrel,” and provides the menu with a heavy face-lift.

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It’s surprises me how many people don’t know anything about what Oktoberfest is all about, actually.  For those who don’t know, it’s a celebration of the marriage of the Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810.  Interestingly, Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen is the great-great-niece (I think I got that right… I had a hell of a time with the research on this) of our very own Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburt-Strelitz, who married Charles the III of England, and for whom Charlotte and Mecklenburg county are named.  Anyway, Bavarians celebrate the marriage of these two every year, and this celebration is expressed as a feast of heavy food and hyperconsumption of German beer.  Oktoberfest isn’t actually a German holiday or celebration, as much as it is a Bavarian celebration, but it has spread, not only throughout Germany, but throughout the beer-drinking world.

We knew we were in for something special at the Waldhorn as we drove up.  We agreed to meet our friends at 7 pm.  As we approached the Waldhorn, I noticed there was a police car with its lights on nearby.  Then, as we pulled into the parking lot, a young man in a bright vest stopped us, and let us know that the parking lot was full, but that we could park next door at the James K. Polk Historic Site.  THAT’S when I noticed that the parking lot was FULL.  Trucks and SUVs were parked on all the grass spaces.  There were no parking spaces available, there were pedestrians all around.  It was impressive.

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We went next door and parked without issue, aside from the steep incline on which I parked which required the Wife to escape the car with particular care.  As we popped inside, it was full, but there wasn’t an apparent line.  We said we had a party of four, but only two of us were here, and the others would be in shortly.  They said there would be a wait, unless we could eat in less than an hour.  The young hostess explained that they had a large party (12ish) coming at 8, and we were welcome to the tables they had reserved for that party, so long as we could be done by 8 for the reserved party.

I Love German efficiency.

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The restaurant was full, and we could hear the dull roar from the outdoor tent, but we were promptly seated.  We ordered a couple drinks, and waited for our friends.  They showed up shortly thereafter and ordered a couple drinks for themselves.  I’m still enamoured with the fact that the Waldhorn ONLY carries German beers, with the exception of the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery beer, which strictly follows the Reinheitsgebot.

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We started with a couple potato pancakes, with applesauce and sour cream.  They were as tasty as one might expect.

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For an entree, I normally always order the Schweizer Schnitzel; a breaded pork cutlet, filled with ham and cheese, lightly-breaded and lightly fried.  It’s excellent.  With the Oktoberfest menu, though, I decided to try something different.  Realizing I was going to order something different, the Wife just couldn’t let the Schweizer Schnitzel go, and ordered one for herself, with sauteed broccoli and spaetzel.  I can’t really blame her.

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I ordered the Rinderfilet “Stephanie”; a beef filet, wrapped in a light puff pastry.  It was dyn-o-mite.  The food was extremely prompt, also.

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Dinner was excellent, to the point that we managed to choke every last morsel down.  After dinner, we popped outside, where the restaurant had rented large tents where the REAL Oktoberfest party was going on.  Normally there would be a small cover charge for the outside tent, but once we had dinner inside, access to the outside tent was complementary.  There’s a live umpa band, a limited selection of beer, and a different menu from inside the restaurant.  It was hard to get a good picture with all the cars, but you can see the Biergarten and then multiple tents behind the first.  The tent in the very back is at least twice the size of the one in the foreground.

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It was quite a site.

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One would expect the Waldhorn to do a great job with Oktoberfest.  Well, they did.  It was a great time, and we’re hoping to make our way back sometime before it’s over!

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