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Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter

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Gasthaus Bavarian HunterGasthaus Bavarian Hunter
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Gasthaus Bavarian HunterGasthaus Bavarian Hunter

Type: Bar, Eatery

8390 Lofton Ave. N.
Stillwater, Minnesota, 55082
United States

(651) 439-7128 | map

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of BigAl18
3.41/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of iLovehops23
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

OK, GBH is not the authentic local gasthaus' I've been to in Germany and Austria but I think they do a decent job overall. The building, grounds and atmosphere definitely makes you feel like you're nestled in the rolling hills of a pine forest somewhere in Bavaria. GBH landscape had lovely flower gardens and even a string of Bavarian hops growing. Inside were lots of German sayings, steins and plates on the walls. They have a front patio to dine on but it was to hot outside when we were there. We sat at a window booth in the back room with good view of 2 large goats grazing and 2 really big chickens for entertainment.

Their bar has the major German beer groups covered with pilsners, dark lagers, weisses and seasonal bocks and Octoberfests. The option of 1/3, 1/2 and full liter mugs is a plus. We had the Spaten and Paulaner. (Too late I noticed their special beer list included a Steigl beer, which I drank a lot in Austria.) Happy hour is daily from 4 -6 PM; $1.50 off 1/2 liter imports.

The Goulasch soup had a tasty tomato base with chunks of pork in it. Their dark rye pumpernickel had a nice hard crust with good caraway/fennel seed flavor. I orderd Schweinshaxe - roasted pork hock, it was crispy on the outside but the meat was still tender inside. The gravy was good; the mashed potatoes OK. The sauerkraut was a nice surprise. A little soggy but had excellent flavor and was actually greenish like real homemade saurkraut instead of the bleached-white canned and refrigerated saurkraut you find everywhere these days.

We also ordered the Jagerschnitzel - breaded pork cutlet in a rich mushroom sauce, with potato dumplings and red cabbage. The cutlet was not fork tender and came covered in a sauce that seemed too thick and heavy. The dumpling's were rather rubbery compared to lighter ones we've had in Germany but the red cabbage was some of the best we've had.

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Photo of Chaz
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

We arrived just after noon but the place was packed with a party of sixty for a lady's 80th birthday. As such, there were no table spaces available, and we were lucky enough to find a couple of spots at the bar. Shortly after placing our drink order we managed to find a spot in the line for the buffet, and this line snaked half-way through the entire restaurant. We had time to chat and take photos of the place (it's every bit as fun as it sounds in tavernjef's original review, though I think he missed the display cabinet with mugs for sale, along with CDs of traditional German music).

We watched with some amazement as the kitchen staff replenished the offerings on the buffet at such a rapid pace that every so often it looked like a human chain! The food itself was *very* good, especially considering the fact that we had a coupon which brought it to under $10 apiece, and that's a pretty darn-good deal in my book.

A couple of the dishes reminded me of how my grandma used to cook, and these days it's pretty rare that I can recall such memories of food from my early childhood.

The Bier here is all Bavarian with the exception of the classic Stiegl Pils from Salzburg. On the one hand I have to wonder if they would need to sell anything other than German and German-style bier, and on the other I know how much we beer hobbyists enjoy taking notes on a bar's selection, so if I have to judge the Gasthaus as a "Beer Bar" and dock it some points, it's in the area of selection. Still, with Optimator, Spaten Maibock, and Salvator on tap all at once, I'd say it's still a pretty good selection, and the prices ($5,50 for a half-liter pour) certainly don't get much better in these parts.

I had two plates at the buffet, along with two doppelbocks and a quaint little cheesecake of some sort, and practically had to be rolled out of the place : P Afterward, as we wound our way back to the car through the crowds of departing party-goers, we were intrigued by a memorial garden off to the side of the field used for their Oktoberfest and other celebrations, and wandered over. One of the diners who sat next to us at the bar remarked on the flowers that normally bloom in the summer, and we'll definitely be back around then to see them. We were a little surprised to see hop bines growing (planted in 2008 and looking very well-developed) and even more surprised to see goats and chickens playing in a large pen behind the restaurant.

The atmosphere here, amid the pine trees and blooming lilac bushes and set back far from the busy roads, almost perfectly secluded, is what really sets Gasthof Bavarian Hunter apart from the rest of the pack. This is something which I hope never changes, as there's clearly been a lot of development out this way within the past ten years.

Ultimately I think it's funny how I seem to have visited every other German restaurant in the Twin Cities yet saved the best for last.

One couple rode up to the restaurant on horseback to place their orders; You'd never expect to see that at Minneapolis's Black Forest Inn ; )

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Photo of tavernjef
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Wow, a taste of Germany out in the middle of nowhere Minnesota. This quiet little retrieval of a restuarant is located out of the way of most heavy traffic and suburban homes. A golf cousre takes up the southern edge of the property and the large two story house itself is surrounded by tall Norway pines. Has a large gravel parking area and even a horse stall for those who happen to live on horse ranches and farms close by. I had to wait a couple extra minutes to pull in as 3 horses and their riders were clopping in to have lunch.

Lots to look at here, both inside and out, when entering, from the outside, there's a large open grassy area where they specifically use it for Oktoberfest in Sept. and for other smaller special events throughout the year. A large wood deck surrounds the front and sides which has patio tables for dining and there's a whole nother sunken patio with picnic style tables on the other side of the building. Inside, its homey German kitchenette style dining area is pretty big and broken into sections. Steins and mugs sit on some shelves lining the walls as does some German folk art. The bar area is smaller, with 3 tables and about room for 8 or 9 along the bar. You won't find any TV's here, just some happy German folk and polka music being played on the speaker system. The bar area is a bit lodge-like with wood half walls, some German folk art drawings of happy drinking Germans. Some deer antlers are displayed along the top of the bar where they keep all the mugs for all us thirsty beer drinkers. There's a bigger hall-like bar and dining area down stairs as well, but I didn't get to see it as they usually only use it for weekends and parties.

Beers are all German and no fooling around either, 10 taps, either Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, or Weihenstephan, and they change out a couple for seasonals which sit proudly behind the bar. I had the Spaten Maibock in a liter sized dimpled mug which was yummy. They only have 3 beers in bottles including a NA brew the other two German of course. And thats it folks, no marcos, no micros, no Guinness. All German brews and mostly from the Munich area. What a cool thing to see. Once you walk inside you know, if you even have to ask about the beers, you're in for some serious education if you're not familiar with German styled biers. Cuz the staff knew their stuff.

What great service too, the women wear those cute little cleavage bearing tops and biermaid dresses. And boy, did they know their stuff. I only asked about the menu and the seasonals and my server just addressed me with such vigor and fun I was excited to try anything. So I ordered my Maibock and the lunch special.

Mmmm...authentic German foods, well prepared, delicious, and perhaps a bit pricey. Everything seemed to hover around the $8 range for lunch. The meal I had was a chicken schnizel covered in a tomato basil cream sauce, side of red cabbage, and a potato pancake. Man was it good, didn't care to much for the cabbage, but the chicken was absolutely yummy. That pancake came with a side of apple butter cream sauce that was sooo good. A great lunch! The portion was a tad small, but maybe because of it being so damn good it was gone faster then the size led me to believe. But, yes, it was a tad small, and left me wanting more. As for the rest of the menu, there's a good variety to pick from and all sounded very good.

One fine establishment. Great food, with a fun, wholesome, and scintillating atmosphere, a solid German beer line-up, all on-tap, and fun, professionally curteous, "cute" service.
Highly recommended checking it out.

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Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter in Stillwater, MN
Place rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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