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Pick a schnitzel, any schnitzel. Plano's strip mall gem, Bavarian Grill, which has offered fine German/Bavarian fare since 1993, is still totally worth the drive north. Their lightly pan-fried Rahm schnitzel with a light cream sauce is divine indulgence. And oh the Spätzle. The fresh pasta is a perfect counter to red cabbage and an excellent target for extra gravy. Bavarian Grill also offers a vegetarian menu (and it isn't sparse) as well as nightly musical entertainment. Stein Hour, afternoons from 4 to 7, might be the best time to go, as you can munch on delicious appetizers like the crispy frikadelle meatloaf with sauteed onions and mustard or the hearty, meaty goulash for just 95 cents apiece. Be sure to have your server sign your Stein Club card, which entitles you to various rewards after you cycle through all the beer offerings. If you can't visit Germany, you can, at least, eat there via Plano.
The best German restaurant in America is just around the corner, according the the GermanDeli.com. This year the Bavarian Grill in Plano received the award. They won in 2009 too. The restaurant is cel... More »
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Defending champ Bavarian Grill has lost the first round of an online contest to find the Best German Restaurant in America. The Old German Schnitzel Haus in the tiny town of Hickory, North Carolina, ... More »
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"This is a German restaurant. You will have fun if you just follow orders." The guy who said this was on stage, dressed in lederhosen (leather shorts with suspenders). With a squeezebox in his hands, he unsuccessfully prodded diners to rise... More »
Event Review: Bavarian Grill
You can tuck in to a fancy schmancy dinner before toasting at midnight. That's all well and good. It's also, like, so Central Standard Time. At Plano's Bavarian Grill, 221 W. Parker Road, you can make a reservation now for a 4 p.m. seating. If "Ein frohes Neues Jahr" doesn't mean much to you, that gives you just enough time to chow down and enjoy the music of the The Alpenmusikanten Band before ringing in the New Year when the clock strikes midnight in Munich (5 p.m. local time). You can also enjoy a la carte menu items, and live accordion and tuba music, in the Bier Garten from 4 to 8 p.m., after which the area will turn into a quieter option for dining as space is available until 10 p.m. Ongoing seating is available (with reservation) in the dining room after the first seating disperses. Special menu items include Jaegger Schnitzel, Rinder Rouladen, a Wurstplatte with sausages, Huehnerbrust nach "Gaertnerin Art", poached Lachsfilet and more. Enjoy a complimentary champagne toast after your meal or at midnight. Gulasch soup will be served after midnight in observation of the Bavarian tradition. Call 972-881-0705 or visit bavariangrill.com.
You're like family. They get you a spot at the table and then work on the meal for you. Gals threading their way through closely-packed tables carefully bring over that schnitzel and spaetzle plate you really wanted tonight. Enjoy every morsel of authenticity as you savor the old world tastes. Watch out for the beer - mug sizes come in large and larger! Desserts are okay, but not as good as they might be. Stick with the German specialties and you will be good to go. Enjoy with friends and family or as a couple tucked in the corner. Also a shop on site if you want to take home a little something Euro like candy!
The drink specials aren't all that special during Stein Hour at Bavarian Grill: $2.75 domestic longnecks, $3.25 Loewenbraus, or a dollar off selected drafts. They're better than nothing, but going to a bar with so many great German brews only to drink domestic longnecks (or Loewenbrau, for that matter) is like going to Six Flags and never getting off the parking tram. It's the food specials that really make Stein Hour so happy. For each half-liter draft, you can add an authentic Bavarian... More »
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