Monday, September 20, 2010
Addison Oktoberfest 2010 (Addison, TX)
USA Today. The Addison Oktoberfest is sponsored by Spaten, which was one of the 6 original breweries in Munich that could serve at Oktoberfest. When you walk past the entrance, almost every other tent you see has a large sign saying "COLD BEER". I'll be honest, the only things I came to this Oktoberfest for were food and beer.
At each beer tent, Spaten beer and German wine were served. Spaten offered 3 different brews, a dark, light, and wheat as they called it. My friend and I started off with the dark brew and man was it refreshing on this 98 degree sunny day. The wheat brew they had was a little lighter and very comparable to Blue Moon with that slight hint of citrus.
When I first read bratwurst burger, I was thinking a butterflied bratwurst smothered with sauerkraut and stuck between two buns. When I got it, I was surprised to see bratwurst in a patty form. This was definitely not the bratwurst I was used to seeing on 6th Street in Austin, TX. Nevertheless, this thing was delicious. It was just the bratwurst I was used to molded into different mediums.
For those of you wondering what schnitzel is, it's basically a thin piece of meat (usually veal or pork) that's thinned out with the use of a mallet or rolling pin. After this is done, it's coated in breadcrumbs and fried. I do wish the schnitzel that were in these burgers were of a larger size because they were pretty delicious. It was juicy, tender, and perfectly fried.
I'd have to say this was one of my favorite things I ate there. It was basically fresh roasted pork with caramelized onions on a potato pancake. You could tell the pancake was straight up made from potatoes and not some random pancake mix with potato chunks in it. They topped this off with some wild flower honey mustard sauce which wrapped up this dish nicely.
German Skillet Potatoes
These "skillet" potatoes apparently create quite the commotion each year at the Addison Oktoberfest. Why did I put skillet in quotes? Because it was more like the largest wok you had ever seen. They basically threw in loads of red potatoes and onions along with sausage and different seasonings to create this flavorful bowl of potatoes. When I went to get myself a bowl of these, there was virtually no wait, but 10 minutes later when I walked by, a never-ending line had formed.
This was basically the bratwurst we're used to seeing except with chicken. This link of brat had chicken with specs of red bell peppers and peppers to give it a little kick. Topped with sauerkraut, as usual, and served with some dijon mustard. Yum.
I ended my feast with this, a cheese strudel. They had all sorts of flavors such as apple, cherry, and other fruit fillings but I opted for the cheese one since the lady behind the counter suggested it over the rest. This strudel was fresh, hot, and delicious! The outside was nice, warm, and flaky while the cheese stuffing was hot, not too overpowering, and too cheesy.
All in all it was a great day full of food and fun that was worth all the walking and sweating, and as my good friend Bob would say, cheers!
Check out the website above for more info. The dates for the Oktoberfests for the next 2 years are already posted.