Like tinsel, guitar solos, and incriminating legal papers, sauerkraut is best finely shredded. Enjoy this slivered specialty of the Old World with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fresh meats, seafood, and authentic German at Open Hearth Restaurant in Wauwatosa.
For 37 years, chefs at Open Hearth have stoked wood-grilled fires, searing steaks, ribs, and seafood alongside authentic German dishes that celebrate their cultural roots. Evolving over the years, the menu now lists traditional favorites such as baby back ribs ($24) alongside updated classics including pan-seared duck ($25), served with a refreshing pomegranate-lingonberry glaze and mushroom-and-scallion wild rice. A flavorful house specialty, the 12-ounce prime rib ($25) delivers punches of tender, slow-roasted flavor directly to taste buds. Breaking from tradition, the lightly-breaded wiener schnitzel paired with linguini tossed in a garlic white-wine sauce then topped with parmesan cheese and parsley sates cravings for international eats, and chefs even add a twist to the steadfast burger ($10), eschewing beef in favor of a sweet mix of ground brisket, short ribs, and smoked chorizo. Pair your selection with a bottle of wine or pitcher of Sprecher amber beer before wanderlusting palates end their feast-time foray in the sweet peaks of meringue in Schaum torte ($5) or transport to the tropics of Ireland at the first spoon of Bailey's chocolate mousse ($6), wrapped in orange lace tuile and complemented with banana gelato and pistachio crème anglaise.
Linger after supper to enjoy pints of New Glarus Spotted Cow or summery Sprecher Triple Abbey or an infused summer drink or delicious signature cocktail from the lounge. Weekly events fill Open Hearth with a jovial atmosphere, from cigar aficionados who bask on the sunlit terrace or under the stars Tuesday–Thursday to live music and the Jerry Rocks Show Thursday and Saturday nights, and clog-dancing competitions that can happen at a moment's notice.