Like tinsel, guitar solos, and incriminating legal papers, sauerkraut is best when finely shredded. Enjoy this slivered specialty of the Old World with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of German fare and drinks at Biergarten Haus at 1355 H Street NE.
Biergarten Haus serves a feast of authentic German nosh and Teutonic beer, set in a charming, lively atmosphere accompanied by frequent live music. Lunches, dinners, late nights, and kids’ erratic taste in celebrity chefs are all covered on the menu. If dishes are the first priority, patrons can furnish tables with a cornucopia of Germanic appetizers such as laugenbrezel, traditional Bavarian pretzel rolls served warm alongside traditional beer cheese and mustard ($5 for three; $9 for six). The winning wienerschnitzel, a lightly breaded and pan-fried veal cutlet waltzes winsomely with lemon and parsley ($19) before pairing off with a choice of two sides such as the flavorful sauerkraut, made with apples, bacon, & onions ($3 à la carte).
Just opened in June 2010, Biergarten immediately became a destination for World Cup watchers and feral vuvuzelas to enjoy the restaurant's large selection of beers. Sip drafts such as the dark-amber Spaten Optimator doppelbock ($9.09 for a half liter; $17.27 for 1 liter). Or prepare to send a letter to the editor of a desert island newspaper by vacating bottled suds such as the spicy, slightly tart Ayinger brau weisse ($17.27 for 16.9 ounces) and the ruby-red, toffee-hoppy Uerige DoppelSticke ($12.72).
Standing beneath the German flags fluttering outside with the two-story timber structure of Biergarten Haus looming overhead, one might feel transported to the streets of a small Bavarian village. Inside, the head of an elk looks down at glasses full of more than 25 German lagers and weizens, and warm, doughy pretzels provide an “excellent drinking snack” to pair with schnitzel, sausages, and potato pancakes. Climb the stairs to the rooftop beer garden—lauded as one of DC’s best by the Washington Post_—where tables made of repurposed barrels cluster together like the triplets seen on the covers of Beethoven’s lesser-known _Krautrock albums. Out back, a second beer garden populated by long, rustic tables is open year-round, and groups can clink glasses to celebrate birthdays or holidays.:m]]