Hofbräuhaus – Southside
Restaurant: Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh
Atmosphere: At night the Hofbräuhaus is typically packed with college students dancing on tables to “Der Mai Ist Gekommen”. Our visit was on a Sunday afternoon and suffice it to say, the atmosphere was much more reserved. The only wild revelry was supplied by my one-year old son, who spent most of lunch banging loudly on the table and throwing pretzels in the air. #Turnt
Menu: Pretzels with bier cheese, schnitzel with bier cheese, chicken with bier cheese, burgers with bier cheese, and…um…I can’t remember. I really didn’t look at anything on the menu that didn’t involve bier cheese.
Food: We started with the pretzels and bier cheese* and they were wunderbar per usual. I then tackled a Schnitzel Sandwich, which came smothered in more bier cheese, along with an à la carte side of the potato pancakes.
The combination of the fried pork and the fried pancakes (and the fried French fries) regrettably proved to be a bad decision. Everything tasted fine…it was just an overload of grease for my already cheese-stuffed tummy to handle.
Adding to my overwhelment was the size of the pork cutlets. They were huge, like Shaq-hand huge, and try as I might I just couldn’t finish the sandwich. I did find it in me to eat all of the potato pancakes though…they were greasy as f*ck but still too delicious to pass up.
I washed everything down with a liter of their Hefe Weizen. It paired perfectly with the heavy food due its sweet and fruity tartness.
* FYI - the Hofbräuhaus’ bier cheese coagulates quickly so it’s best to not waste any time devouring it. This has never been a problem for me ‘cause I’m a pig.
Service: Our waitress was young, pretty and wearing a bosom-enhancing dirndl…she could have dumped bier cheese on my head and I still would have given her high marks for great service.
Final Call: Though mostly known for their nighttime polka parties, the Hofbräuhaus is actually a great lunch spot for families as well. The food is good, the servings are large and the beers are both good and large. It doesn’t get much better than that!