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Tuesday September 02, 2014
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Old German Bar and Bierkeller



Meat with cheese is a theme here--Muenster in the meat loaf and on an already rich and delicious chicken schnitzel cutlet that dwarfed its wonderful mini-pretzel bun, Swiss packed into a bratwurst custom-made with Grizzly Peak beer and bacon, and Gruyere atop the sliders. In case you hadn't already concluded that hearty bar food is Job One here, all that cheese is a final clue.

If blaring basketball games on the televisions or music on the digital jukebox overwhelm your attempts at conversation, try asking the cheery servers to turn them down. It helped a bit for us. Then we caved, let the party spirit move us, and decided to sample some flavored schnapps and brandy shots served (quickly) in melting glasses of ice. Prosit to that!

The check had been paid, but we were still there, having digested for long enough that dessert seemed worthy of investigation. Not a bad idea. "Beer-a-misu" turned out to be creamy delish, with flavor more like butterscotch than beer. We considered Grizzly Peak's reliable black-and-tan brownie but went instead with our server's recommendation of chocolate truffle mousse cake. Crusty warm on the outside, soft chocolate on the inside, it was out of this world. I longed for a cup of coffee to sip with it, but, alas, hot beverages are not carried down from the upstairs kitchen, our server explained. I felt her sharing my pain on that--after a nearly three-hour evening that was more than a meal, I had come to consider her a friend as well as a sage advisor.

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