Glunz Bavarian HausAddress: 4128 N. Lincoln Avenue
If you can’t visit Bavaria in person to enjoy the Gemtlich at one of the many breweries (and their dining halls), Glunz Bavarian Haus provides a comfortable and affordable facsimile. It’s perfect for visitors looking for an “authentic” dining experience in the neighborhood, without the crowds and loud personalities found across from Giddings Plaza.
My relatives enjoyed their lunches during a recent family outing, including a basic bratwurst on a bun ($5) and a more substantial roast pork sandwich with caramelized apples and cranberries ($10). Vegetarian options are rare, but the cheese platter with accessory pickled vegetables and grainy bread provided ample sustenance.
The Bavarian Haus also presents a congenial (and less crowded) spot to enjoy dinner, although I think my husband would agree that it’s not an intimate “date night” location, especially when the Saturday night live entertainment starts up another chorus of “Ein Prosit.” When the weather is nice, the band moves out to the delightful sidewalk seating area on Warner Avenue.
Full dinners, featuring all the usual suspects (e.g. Chicken or Wiener Schnitzel, Roast Duck, and Sauerbraten), run in the $16 – $20 range and are complemented by a variety of sides like spatzle, bread dumplings, and red cabbage. My husband was disappointed in the dryness of his “Jaegerpfandl” (pork tenderloin with bacon-mushroom cream sauce over spatzle), but I still dream about the gooey, cheesy spatzle topped with fried onion rings that almost sent me into a food coma.
The Glunz family has a long tradition of providing beer and other libations throughout the Chicagoland area, starting with their founding father?s role as a beer deliveryman for the Wackers. The Bavarian Haus serves a wide variety of German beers (naturally) along with some European peers, such as Stiegl, Delirium Tremens, and Fullers London Pride. Despite the long list of traditional beers, I appreciate that they offer Radler in a bottle. (Please don?t mock me in the comments area.)