Authentic Bavarian

I haven’t been on my bike much the past week – rain, jammed garage door, emergency dentist appointments with Janos. But we are back on track now. Went for a ramble in the countryside and finished up with a stop at the beer garden in Unterbrunn before we returned home. It’s a small beer garden, the food is good, they serve Augustiner, our favorite beer (although I seldom drink beer at noon), and the waitresses wear dirndls.

You can’t go wrong if you order pork roast in a Bavarian restaurant. Today, as was to be expected, the meat was lean and tender. Traditionally, potato and/or bread dumplings are served with it, and for a bit of vitamins coleslaw as a side. The coleslaw will have caraway seeds in it and bits of crispy bacon strewn on top. That is what I ordered.

Schweinebraten mit Kartoffel- und Semmelknödeln

Janos had the schnitzel, a Munich schnitzel where the meat is coated with mustard and horse radish before it is breaded with crumbs made from soft pretzels. The potato salad typical for here contains no mayonnaise, the moisture comes from finely sliced cucumbers and vegetable broth. The portions are enormous but the restaurant will package what you can’t eat for you to take home.

Münchner Schnitzel mit Kartoffelsalat
Gasthaus Högner in Unterbrunn

As if that weren’t enough, we stopped for an ice cream cone on the way back. Most places selling ice cream are run by Italians, and Italian ice cream is the very best. I guess they had about 25 flavors to choose from. That’s what keeps me coming back, I want to try them all. Today I had two scoops, salty caramel and amarena.

Main street Gauting
I suspect one of them is the proprietor, and they both seemed pleased that I wanted a picture of the spread of ice cream and asked them to be in the picture.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

8 response to "Authentic Bavarian"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: August 7, 2021

    Perfect August Food Challenge entry ;’-). There are times, and this is one of them, when I get nostalgic reading and seeing your posts. Brings back fond memories and thoughts of two summer trips I had with my Dad (and briefly other family members) in his home country of Denmark. That is not Germany, but many similar sights, food and other things bring those thoughts and visions full on for me. At one point I thought I might want to move to live in Denmark, but those thoughts faded with time.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: August 8, 2021

      I can imagine you fitting well into a European setting, Nancy. You have it in your blood, I guess.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 7, 2021

    That looks absolutely delicious!
    I have a passing acquaintance with German food from a restaurant in Gibson City, IL.
    Been there a couple of time and it was unbelievably good!
    Sad news is, they are closing. 🙁

    • By: Suzanne Posted: August 8, 2021

      Thanks, Rich! I had a look at their menu – very authentic. Except for the frogs legs! Never saw them on a Bavarian menu. Too bad they are closing.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: August 7, 2021

    I have to admit that my experiences with German food have been “hit and miss.” Some of it has been too vinigary. I do not like German potato salad. On the other hand, I like German sausages, schnitzel and bier.

    But I must say your picture of “Schweinebraten mit Kartoffel- und Semmelknödeln” looks absolutely fantastic. I can see you are a serious food freak right on par with Chef G.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: August 8, 2021

      Maybe I have to make a really good Bavarian potato salad for you some day – you can’t not like it. Btw the Bavarian style, not any old German potato salad. I am kind of a food freak, I’ve always liked kitchen creativity. And having three sons who were always hungry, I had an appreciative audience.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: August 8, 2021

    That’s all really interesting. I like the idea of the meat coated in mustard and horseradish before being crumbed. I don’t have much experience with German food. I suppose at cultural fairs and the like where there is a German food truck or similar, I’ve always chosen something else. My perception of German food is that it’s pretty meaty and heavy and I prefer lighter and more vegetable-y. I also cannot stand pork. But I’d love to try your potato salad! My parents love this German place though and always eat there whenever they head out of the mountains to the bigger city to go to REI and Trader Joes:

    • By: Suzanne Posted: August 9, 2021

      You’re right, German food is kind of heavy on the meat, and lots of pork. But much traditional German food has its origins in the Austro-Hungarian cuisine. Lots of things like dumplings, pancakes … Flour in them all, again not for you. When I came to Germany in the 60’s, meat was a Sunday thing. Veggies and potatos were weekday fare. But it wasn’t until southern Europeans came to Germany as “guest laborers” and introduced vegetables grown further south, that there was any variety. In the beginning it was just the cabbage family. I was kind of at a loss, coming from N.J., the Garden State.

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