Saturday night, Jen and I had the honor of being the guests for the fifth anniversary of Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont. It’s hard to believe that outside of Dowtown Chicago there are so many great places to eat, shop, and stay in nearby Rosemont. We were so excited for this event, especially since both of us have Germanic ancestry. We couldn’t wait to try the Germanic and Bavarian foods.
One of the little perks that we received was a commemorative t shirt. That wasn’t all, we got the best VIP treatment all night long. Hofbauhaus Chicago prides itself on their beer and it would have been rude not to have tried it. I chose the fruity Hefe Weizen. It didn’t have that t heavy beer taste. It was light, yet satisfying. You can’t enjoy beer without enjoying some of the special Bavarian snacks. My personal favorite was the sauerkraut bolchen.Talk about yummy. Fried balls of cheese and sauerkraut and sausage. Jen wasn’t too crazy about them. She was more into the freshly baked pretzels. These pretzels came with a tasty cheese sauce, sweet mustard and onion mustard. We also sampled many tasty sausages. I couldn’t wait to dig into my German meal. Taking a recommendation from our server, I decided on Jagerschnitzel. The meat was so tender and juicy. It was one of the best cuts of pork that I have had in quite a while. I fell in love with the spatzle. Jen ordered a hamburger and some delicious potato salad with a mustardy taste. With all that great food, you definitely won’t go away hungry.
Since it was a special occasion, we were treated to special entertainment. But every day at Hofbrauhaus Chicago , it is a party. There are special beers for every month of the year and special menu changes as well. Diners are entertained by live bands and drinking songs. We also got to witness some Hofbrauhaus hijinks as two of the guys at our table were treated to shots and swats by one of the beautiful servers. We were also treated to a parade, led by the award winning Rheinischer Verein Fanfaren group. VIPs from the company and the special Prince and Princess marched around the hall and then there was a ceremony that resembles the opening of Oktoberfest where a special keg was tapped.
It was time to explore the dessert menu and Jen and I tried two sweet treats. I gave into the apple strudel and was not disappointed. The flaky crust and piping hot apples reminded me of apple dumplings from my native Ohio. Jen opted for a piece of the Black Forest cake. One taste was pure heaven with its layers of cherry and frosting.
It is very easy to get to Rosemont. It connects to downtown Chicago and also can be easily reached by the CTA. With All State, Rosemont fashion Outlets, and all the fun spots, it is a great place to celebrate a birthday or plan a family staycation. Rosemont is also adjacent to O Hare for visitors looking for accommodations close enough to the city. For more info on Hofbraushaus go to their website.