The stripes of Germany's flag were first constructed from perpendicular tanks of red Berliner Weisse beer, golden Munich amber bock, and black Bavarian dunkel lager. Drink to German heritage with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Hungarian and German fare and craft beers at Lokal in downtown Sonoma.
The sausage and suds savants at Lokal call their savory fusion of Hungarian and German fare "European soul food" and present a diverse menu of hearty dishes that pair well with wines and craft beers. The hand-cut fries ($5 small, $8 large) and warm Addie's German Potato Salad ($8) soothe and comfort the stomach like heated lederhosen. Melted gruyere cheese and Lecso ketchup cover the tender Angus beef Lokal burger and fries ($12), and golden sauerkraut sidekicks the "Hamburg" platter's three delicious sausage links ($18). Gourmet ghouls can sink fangs into the traditional-recipe Laszlo's Transylvanian Goulash ($16) and wash it down with Deutsch brews such as the Bitburger pilsner ($6 half-liter, $12 for one liter) or local wines including the Cline Zinfandel ($6.50 glass, $32 bottle).
Burgundy and orange walls and pleasant lighting surround a warm, relaxed atmosphere in Lokal's comfy main dining space, where the friendly owner frequently spins his favorite records from behind the bar and retells his favorite stories about fourth-place-finishing racehorses. Outside, a spacious, canopied beer garden ably hosts al fresco diners.
- The menu is straightforward, but the decor isn't. Fabric swoops from the ceiling, flanking three modern chandeliers that look as if they were made of broken glass glued to a cylinder. The deep burgundy and orange walls are hung with paintings depicting San Francisco. Upholstered benches line both walls around the storefront windows… – Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle
- Fantastic Goulash and Paprikash! Generous portions--great value and quality! Hospitality shown by owner fantastic! – Open Table reviewer who dined on 09/12/2010
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