If you’ve got a thing for the foods of Southern Germany, you won’t want to miss Schnitzelbank Restaurant, a Jasper, Indiana landmark.
This Dubois County restaurant may have gone through several changes since opening its doors back in 1961, but one thing is certain: it’s family friendly and very good.
Schnitzelbank Restaurant in Jasper, Indiana
The menu is rather big and full of those Southern German dishes you know and love. Wiener Schnitzel, Beef Rolladen, Schwine Schnitzel, which you may recognize as a German pork tenderloin sandwich, as well as the “wursts:” knackwurst, bratwurst, and bockwurst.
Many items are served with their homemade, marinated sweet and sour sauerkraut or the hot German potato salad. Yum! Popular menu items include the hot German potato salad, the kraut balls (a mixture of ground beef, pork, sauerkraut, and seasonings combined with cream cheese, then rolled into bread crumbs), goulash over spaetzel, and the fried chicken. Okay, maybe that last one isn’t particularly German-inspired, but they are supposed to serve up a tender, fall-off-the-bone kind of fried chicken.
As interesting as those options sounded, I found a Reuben Sandwich on their lunch menu and had to get it. Yes, it’s good.
Jasper, Indiana Restaurant
My husband had a harder time deciding. There are so many tenderloin varieties to choose among. In the end, he went for the German Tenderloin, a grilled tenderloin topped with cheese and bacon. It came with delicious German fries and slaw.
Even though Southern German foods are in abundance at this Southern Indiana restaurant, those who prefer more familiar foods will be happy to note that there are American-style choices on the menu as well.
The kid menu is certainly kid-friendly: hamburgers, chicken strips, grilled cheese…and bratwurst, the order of Kid #1.
Schnitzelbank Restaurant in Jasper, Indiana is an experience. From the shop full of German items that will really wow the kids to the Glockenspiel to the themed server attire, it’s the kind of place that you won’t soon forget.
Just don’t leave without taking a look at the bell tower. It houses the Glockenspiel. You can hear this one play a two and a half to three-octave range every half hour and hour. and, yes, figures will pop out of it. If you don’t get a chance to see it while you are dining, just ask at the front desk, and they will turn it on for you.
Here in Jasper, Indiana, you can find a taste of Germany without leaving the state.
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