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 $15, you get $30 worth of modern German fare and drinks at Schmidt’s on Folsom and 20th streets.
Schmidt's white walls surround sturdy beer hall-esque tables and provide a clean backdrop so modern German dishes and pints of Rhine-culled beer steal the diner's attention. The dinner menu delights tongues with the käse platte, a cornucopia of cheeses filled with cow’s milk-infused Limburger, the soft-ripened German camembert, and Austrian gruyère ($13) and the pea pancakes, which commingle with house-cured salmon and chive sour cream ($9).
Meals can be accompanied to the culinary prom, which has a human stomach theme, by a beverage such as a bottled Schoenramer pils ($5), a crisp glass of Bürgerspital Müller-Thurgau white wine ($10), or most draft pitchers ($17). Schmidt's also supplies a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays, which includes armer ritter french toast ($11) and bauern frühstück, an omelette built with eggs, potatoes, and bacon ($9), and a children's swimming pool's worth of weekly specials.
- To an emerging stretch of Folsom Street, Schmidt's has brought a lederhosen-free dose of Germany that wouldn't be out of place in Berlin's trendier quarters. – Jon Bonne, San Francisco Chronicle
- The authentic yet refined fare at Schmidt's scuttles a widespread public misconception that German restaurants must traffic in gut-busting sausages, schnitzels and gargantuan boots of lager. – Gayot
2400 Folsom St.
San Francisco, California 94110Get Directions