Today is The Beard’s birthday (hello, 31!) and since all of our life celebrations revolve around food, you better believe that we tested out a new restaurant tonight. Not only were we celebrating his birthday but it was also our first date night out together since our little peanut was born! Big thanks to my sister and brother in law for taking the cutie off our hands so we could have a warm meal and a beer (or three) at Valters at the Maennerchor for some German food.
I love German food but I don’t eat pork so I feel like I’m missing out on the majority of their traditional dishes. However, The Beard doesn’t eat sauerkraut so I guess that’s why we are a match made in foodie heaven. We’ve been to the other “German” places around Columbus — Schmidt’s & Hofbrauhaus but I could really take them or leave them. This is not the case for Valters at The Maennerchor. It’s fantastic. It’s located in German Village at 976 S. High Street in a 3,500-square-foot heritage house, nicknamed the Dutch House, built in 1907.
Their menu is the perfect size with a wide variety for of all dietary preferences. We started with a few beer flights, because hello we are celebrating! Also, how could you go to a German place and not get a few brews? For $8, they offer three different set beer flights or a create your own option from their slew of Local and German drafts. I just need to throw it out there that I LOVE the fact that flights are a “thing” now — it’s such a perfect way to sample a variety of drinks and then get a full pint of your favorite.
After we ordered our drinks, we made our way to the appetizers and quickly decided on the homemade pretzel with the trio of sauces (bier cheese soup, house sweet mustard and brown mustard). We also checked the Yelp app before dinner and they offer a 50% off an appetizer when you check in — gotta love those social media deals! The pretzel was serious perfection, it was soft, flavorful and slathered in butter without tasting greasy. I could have eaten two by myself, maybe three. If/when we ever go to Germany for real German food, I think we’ll start with the pretzels.
While I wanted to order just about every entree on the menu, I settled on the Original Reuben which was fantastic. The corned beef was salty, smokey and perfectly portioned. I firmly believe that making sandwiches is an art form, if you add too many toppings, it falls apart and is a mess to eat but if you don’t add enough, it can lack flavor and excitement. Luckily, this one was absolutely great with just the right amount of tang from the 1000 island and tartness from the sauerkraut. I added on the freshly cut fries and I would advise that you do the same if you get a sandwich. It’s an extra $3 but I think it’s totally worth it.
The Birthday Beard got the pork schnitzel which other guests on Yelp and other various websites say could feed two people, but I actually think they are nutso. It’s definitely a hefty portion but it’s so perfectly crisp and flavorful, that you won’t share your meal with anyone. The schnitzel is served with a side of spaeztle which is a pasta-like dumpling full of comfort and deliciousness.
As much as we wanted to order dessert, we were stuffed. Instead, we opted for heading to Zauber to try out their marshmallow infused Portergeist. Spoiler alert — it was crazy sweet. All in all, I would absolutely recommend Valters at The Maennerchor to just about anyone who wants to try German food. If you happen to be in the area on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you should stop by for brunch and share your experience with us — I’m dying to try everything on that menu!