& other Hoosier German options.
okay- so no one really is all that close to Jasper, Indiana, but if you hunger for spaetzel and schnitzel, it's quite worth the drive.
My husband grew up in Germany as an Army brat, and he boasts to family about our proximity to such a great selection of schnitzel.
The Evansville area is actually quite German in heritage- names like Heidelbach, Schmidt, Boeke, and Shutte grace the roads- towns like Darmstadt and Haubstadt spot the periphery.
Newburgh, Indiana has Fritz's Bier Haus
, but though it's an established restaurant (recently moved to a new location) I only found out about it last week and haven't been able to dine there yet. My husband's year-old vegetarianism has slowed our German food consumption considerably.
In Evansville, there is a newer German restaurant called The Gerst Bavarian Haus
. It's more of an imported beer place with sauerkraut than a established local place like Schnitzelbank or Fritz's. It's on West Franklin Avenue.
For a German good time & atmosphere, with a limited menu- Evansville's Germania Mannechoir
has an August Volksfest
bands, polka squads, chicken dances, and large men in laderhosen. Needless to say- gemutlikeit flows as freely as the beer. http://www.germania.evansville.net/
The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival
in Evansville the first full week of October also has some German food offerings (kuchen, etc.). The festival itself is gluttony & indulgence. Local media report it to be 2nd largest food festival after Mardi Gras. The most important thing is that most of the food vendors are local non-pofits (so every's grandmas and aunties are doing the cooking). Good eats! [url]www.nutclub.org[/url]
Further north in Central Indiana The Rathskeller
in Indianapolis offers many German & some American items, but the BierGarten is the place to be for summer entertainment. The restaurant is in the former German-American Club of Indianapolis. Great atmosphere! Fun acts like Polkaboy!
Untested is Jasper's Strassenfest
, in October. [url]www.jasperstrassenfest.org[/url] But we're hoping to go this year (myself and VeggieBoy) and will report back. If it's anything like Schnitzelbank in quality, this is German hog heaven.