Are you craving German food like schnitzel, Bavarian-style pretzels, spätzle, et cetera?
If the answer is yes, you should visit these local restaurants in Ohio.
Mecklenburg Gardens Restaurant
If you're in the southwestern part of Ohio, you should check out this restaurant, which has been serving German cuisine since 1865 and has one of the best beer gardens in the country. Try the Bavarian-style pretzel, which is served with their house-made bier cheese, and handmade potato pancakes, which are topped with caramelized apples and sour cream. You should also check out the chicken schnitzel and sauerbraten (slow-roasted beef that's been marinated in a sweet gingersnap sauce).
Mecklenburg Gardens Restaurant is located at 302 E University Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219.
Located in central Ohio, Gemüt Biergarten is known for their German cuisine and beer garden. Check out the jager schnitzel, which is pork schnitzel with mushroom ragout, and currywurst, which is a spicy Berlin-style pork sausage with curry on a poppyseed bun and is topped with hot pepper relish and curry ketchup. If you have room for dessert, check out the apple fritters, which are topped with cinnamon sugar and served with vanilla ice cream.
Gemüt Biergarten is located at 734 Oak St, Columbus, OH 43205.
Black Forest Café
This restaurant is one of the best German restaurants in northwestern Ohio. Customer recommendations include the giant pretzel, potato pancakes, jagerschnitzel (pork schnitzel covered in a gravy made with mushrooms, bacon, onions, and red wine), and the Black Forest Cafe burger, which comes with a charbroiled ground chuck patty, your choice of bratwurst sausage, smoked bacon, and a fried egg between toasted pretzel buns. For dessert, the black forest cake is of course a must.
Black Forest Cafe is located at 3624 Seaman Rd, Oregon, OH 43616.
Das Schnitzel Haus
If you're in Northeast Ohio, you should check out this local favorite. Customers highly recommend the house-made potato and cheese pierogi, schnitzel, and chicken paprikash. If you want to sample a few things, try the Deutsche Platte, which comes with veal schnitzel, bratwurst, and goulash.
Das Schnitzel Haus is located at 5728 Pearl Rd, Parma, OH 44129.