Hours: Lunch, dinner: Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Saturday
Open late: Friday-Sunday till midnight
Traditional north-side German restaurant with classic dishes and live music.
Located in the heart of "German Village," Chicago Brauhaus serves arguably the best German food in town. Massive wooden tables and chairs and folksy decorations create a Bavarian atmosphere, enhanced nightly by a live band in Tyrolean costume. Motherly waitresses promptly accommodate parties of any size, and big family gatherings are common here. Appetizers are hearty: there's matjes herring, a thin, flavorful marinated fillet in fresh sour cream with a boiled potato on the side, and steak tartare with all the trimmings—anchovies, raw onions, capers. Liver dumpling soup is a must. If you can squeeze in a main course after all this, try a beef roll or the pork shank with sauerkraut. Beers come both micro- and macrobrewed; there's also a full bar. An enjoyable and satisfying experience, especially on a cold winter night.
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