Steingarten LA?s dining room, awash with muted golden tones and dominated by a kaleidoscopic art piece, doesn?t immediately scream German biergarten. Its menu, however, astutely outlines the restaurant?s integral blend of hearty Old-World fare and contemporary California cuisine. More than 20 varieties of sausage?including traditional bratwursts and spicy lamb links as well as game offerings of wild boar and berry?sit beneath toppings of pickles or house mustard. Each of the 8-ounce burger patties is made from grass-fed, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, and can be custom-built with toppings such as smoked mozzarella and applewood bacon. True to form as a German-inspired eatery, Steingarten accents their food with exhaustive drink lists, including a beer list with German, Belgian, and American craft brews on tap. Creative cocktails include a white manhattan, made from clear American whiskey, and a cocktail of the month that has been aged in a used whiskey barrel.
With a drink in hand, patrons can stroll over to Steingarten?s intimate outdoor patio flanked with high stone walls and trellis-climbing ivies. In one corner, rosy cushioned benches surround a slender fire pit that flickers subliminal messages from behind a glass enclosure. The ivy motif also manifests in wrought-metal curlicues on each door and over the beverage fridge that takes up an entire wall at the bar.