It’s important to keep traditions alive, which is why certain communities still churn their own butter and continue to wash their laundry by dressing up neighbors and throwing them in the river. Feast on edible customs with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional fare at Old Germany Restaurant in Choctaw.
Founded in 1976, Old Germany Restaurant invites guests into its Old World dining room to sink into wooden booths, admire foliage and stone-wall façades, and sample an endless parade of German delicacies marching out from the kitchen. Trotting out the full barnyard to fill out the dinner menu, the eatery's chefs whip up entrees such as a boneless pork-loin schnitzel with mushrooms in cream sauce ($21.60), a swiss-cheese-smothered rump steak ($29.15), and the tender veal cordon bleu ($31.85), as well as a dozen different belly-button-bursting sausage plates which help complete the transition from an innie to an outie ($11.95+). Old Germany’s stripped-down lunch menu perfects the afternoon power-up with a trinity of brat, knack, and wiener wurst plates ($6.95 each) alongside savory beef tips drenched in brown sauce ($7.35) or a chicken schnitzel in a pepper cream sauce ($8.95).
Although today's Groupon is not good for alcohol, and vice versa, as evidenced by the time it woke up in a strange bathtub folded into inappropriate shapes, guests can enjoy an extensive international wine, beer, and spirits list full of German draft beers and fine wines, as well as other tempting libations from across the globe. Old Germany Restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Old Germany Restaurant
Inside the sturdy environs of Old Germany Restaurant, visitors are surrounded by German-eatery traditions in everything from the food to the beer steins. NewsOK profiled German transplant Mike Turek and his sister Jutta Woolf, who moved to America in 1974, but, along with their mother Christel Turek, and the rest of their family, have maintained their home country’s customs by masterminding an annual Oktoberfest celebration and greeting each other in the morning with a hearty “Fahrvergnügen!” In addition to the profile on NewsOK, the restaurant also received a feature on the television show Discover Oklahoma, which praised the restaurant's take on authentic German cuisine. Their menu is dominated by specialties of pork and veal schnitzel as well as sausages such as cevapcici—housemade beef sausages—bratwurst, and knackwurst.
The restaurant’s authentic trappings include an extensive selection of German wines and beers. Rieslings dominate the wine list, which is divided into five distinct winemaking regions of Germany. On tap are drafts of Bitburger, Hofbräu, and Warsteiner brews, from pilsners to the original König Ludwig Weissbier. Patrons can swig their drinks while bellying up to a stone bar or while sitting at a booth beneath twining faux-grapevines. A new addition to the restaurant known as Turek's Tavern gives sports fans some upscale digs overflowing with beer, wine, spirits, and German food. Televisions display sports games both inside the tavern and out on the patio, where electric shades, a mister system, and a gas fire pit keep athletic devotees comfortable as the seasons turn.