The Bavarian Lodge
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Reviews by Vonerichs:
4.45/5 rDev -4.1%
I've lived in the western burbs for the better part of two decades and have slept on this place. I've heard of it before but never made it a point to check it out until recently, and I'm glad I did.
As the name implies, it has a "lodge" feel. It's an Americanized version of an alpine-type lodge. It has a rather large bar area as well as a separate dining area. It's pretty roomy inside, unfortunately the parking barely accomodates.
Service was decent. I will say that it seemed like a pretty packed night for the Surly Darkness tapping, but the waiter was freindly, seemed knowledgable enough, and most importantly got us the Darkness promptly after tapping. I will say that from the time the first beer was served I never saw the bottom of my glass again.
Food was better than decent. I had the sausage platter w/ red cabbage and did enjoy it and would recommend it. The spaetzle was just ok and somewhat bland. I'm interested to give some of the other items om the menue a try.
The beer selection here is the reason I came and the reason I'll be back. Simply put, it's impeccable. It's an amazing balance between American craft, belgian, german, trappist, on and on and on. There's somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 taps with even more bottles. I recently read on their blog that they're starting an expansion process to 34 taps. They have some pretty hard to get beers (in Il) on tap on a frequent basis.
Price is reasonable for both the beer and food.
This place is definitely a winner.
11-21-2009 03:15:56 | More by Vonerichs
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4.5/5 rDev -3%
Finally stopped in here after a quick jaunt to Solemn Oath down the street (a ways). It appeared to me as a fairly generic-ish German-style restaurant for the most part, and I immediately took a seat at the bar, as is my wont. Plenty of vintage posters and beer paraphernalia on the walls surrounding the winding wooden bar. The tap list was pretty lengthy and a good, healthy mix of the usual stuff, local goodies, and some harder-to-find taps. In addition, I spied a bottle of the Aecht Schlenkerla liqueur on the shelf, but its rarity and cost precluded me from a tiny sample (fair enough, if disappointing, but at least the bartender let me down easy). Speaking of which, the bartender was rather amicable and certainly seemed to know a decent amount about his wares, or so I gathered from some of his banter with fellow bar-sitters. I can't comment on any of the other staff, but the general atmosphere definitely leaves me with a greatly positive feeling. I also can't comment on the food, as I was only here for a couple drinks, but the plates I spotted from a distance looked and smelled pretty good. Prices seemed on par with the general area, at least for the beers. Overall, this place certainly lives up to its lofty reputation. If I lived anywhere closer, I'd be here as often as time, money, and ability would allow. Alas, I'm too far to the north... Oh well, at least I was able to finally take in what many others have before me: Bavarian Lodge kicks ass!
08-17-2014 18:26:11 | More by TMoney2591
The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL
100 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.