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hen it comes to food, the 2013 Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest has something for everyone. For those seeking authentic Bavarian or Polish cuisine, we have Cleveland Scene's Best German Restaurant award winner and one of Men's Health top 20 Bars in the nation, Der Braumeister, as well as the award-winning Schmidt's of Columbus, Seven Roses of Fleet Street, The Polish Kitchen, Heini's Cheese Chalet, Michael's Bakery, Frank's Bratwurst of the West Side Market, Cleveland Scene's Best Hungarian Restaurant, Balaton, and Oktoberfest's own food concessions run by the renowned Chef Roberto. New this year, we'll also feature our Sausage Autobahn, Fire & Ice, Schnitzels & Giggles. and Mapleside Farms will again be serving up fresh apples, cider and peaches.
In 2013, Oktoberfest's bier list will include: Hoffbrau Light, Hoffbrau Original, Hoffbrau Oktoberfest, Warsteiner Pilsner, Warsteiner Dunkel, Warsteiner Oktoberfest, Sam Adams, Yuengling, and German non-alcoholic brew, Clausthaler (to keep everybody upright). We'll also be holding a Micro Brew Competition (
, Mon: 3PM-Close), where twenty brewpubs from Cleveland, Chiccago, Milwaukee, Frankenmuth, Madison, Akron, and Columbus will compete for Best Oktoberfest Microbrew. Those breweries are: Great Lakes, Rocky River Brewing Co., Cornerstone Brewery, The Brew Kettle, Frankenmuth Brewery, Thirsty Dog, Main Street Grille & Brewery, Sprecher Brewing Co., Elevator Brewing Co., Buckeye Brewing, Buckeye Beer Engine, Fat Heads Brewery, Cellar Rats Brewery, Gordon Biersch, Ohio Brewing Co., Goose Island, Willoughby Brewing Co., Black Box Brewing Co., and Market Garden Brewery. Read more about the breweries and the competition
. Also check out the Bier and Food Pairing, Wine Tasting, and Cooking Demonstrations in our Eductational Building (more info on that coming soon!).
For the kids (or kid in you), we also have a large variety of festival staples--everything from pizza, to french fries, corn dogs, gyros, Pepsi, frozen custard and funnel cakes.
Schmidt's of Columbus
In business since 1886 and located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio's historic German Village, Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus is without question one of the finest German restaurants in the United States. If you haven't had one of their brats, you haven't experienced what makes Oktoberfest Oktoberfest (besides the beer, of course).
Jumbo Cream Puffs
German Potato Salad
Der Braumeister of Cleveland
er Braumeister is considered by many the last true German restaurant in the City of Cleveland. Marked by exquisite dark woodwork that appears to've been cut from the same Black Forest where they get the cake, and a near life-size mural of Neuschwanstein Castle, Der Braumeister just D feels German. In other words, this is no converted Taco Bell. It's the genuine article.
In fact, the restauraunt itself has been situated on the corner of West 130 th and Lorain since back in the days when it was a roadside stand. Over all those years, restaurant ownership has only changed hands once (some may remember when it was called Herzog's).
Der Braumeister was named one of the "20 Best Bars in America" by magazine. Men's Health Click here to read the article.
The question is, how has
managed to survive where so many other traditional German restaurants have perished? Try their food and you'll realize that the answer goes beyond atmosphere. It is traditional German fare at its finest, with the occassional signature twist that makes it distinctly Der Braumeister's. Ever had a Black Forest Parfait or a Potato Pancake Reuben Sandwich? Probably not, but they do sound good...
and they are!
Hungarian Goulash Over Spaetzel
Potato Pancake Reuben
Landjager Platter (Smoked Sausage & Cheese)
Sausage Platter: Knackwurst & Bratwurst, German Potato &
Sauerkraut Chicken Paprikash over Spaetzel
Sausage Sandwich: Bratwurst or Knackwurst Topped with
Black Forest Ice Cream Cone Bavarain Cream Ice Cream Cone
German Potato Salad
Seven Roses of Cleveland
The Oktoberfest Planning Committe would like to note that we consider it our duty to test out all restaurants before inviting them to take part in Oktoberfest. It requires a great deal of intestinal fortitude, but after our meal at Seven Roses, it seemed like all that eating had finally paid off, and we just wouldn't take no for an answer (even if it meant being a thorn in Seven Roses' side).
Located in the heart of Slavic Village on Fleet Street, Seven Roses (Siedem Róź) is a bright light in an area long known for fine ethnic cuisine. Fortunately, this Polish delicatessen is not only surviving, but flourishing amongst stiff competition, thanks in large part to a combination of exceptional food and a wonderful atmosphere. The building itself is classic Cleveland, with a stunning interior, high molded ceilings, 15' library shelves with sliding ladders, marble tiles, etc. And like many such impressive feats of local architecture, were it not in Slavic Village, it could have been left to decay and eventual blight. But fortunately for us, and the city of Cleveland in general, the people of Slavic Village are fine stewards, fiercely committed to maintaining their community. Seven Roses took over the building, polished the place up, packed the shelves with ethnic goods and spices, set up a deli counter overflowing with a miniature Westside Market's worth of exotic meats and delicassies, created a cozy seating area, and suddently you're worried about lines at lunchtime and hoping word doesn't spread too fast. It just goes to show that exceptional results come from delivering exceptional products. And we couldn't be more thrilled to announce that Seven Roses will be sharing those products with us come Labor Day Weekend!
The Cleveland OKtoberfest is excited to announce the opening of a new food venue... the Sausage Autobahn! Located just across from the Glockenspiel, and housed in an air-conditioned building, the Sausage Autobahn will feature a buffet of some of the Bavaria's finest sausages, all cooked by the renowned Chef Steve Weiss from the Donauschwaben. From bratwurst, to knockwurst, and everything in between, if you fancy yourself a connosieur of linked meat, you're in for a real treat!
Sampler Dinner Platter including four 2 oz. Sausages:
German Frank (Spicy)
German Potato Salad
Bratwurst Sandwich Platter, including:
German Potato Salad
Hot Sauce Williams
Famous for its sauce and generous helpings, Hot Sauce Williams serves up the finest southern comfort foods in town. Like Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington, DC, Hot Sauce Williams is something of a local landmark. As such its fans include everyone from Michael Symon to Anthony Bourdain. In fact, when Bourdain visited Cleveland to shoot a spot for the Travel Channel, Symon made a point of taking him to Hot Sauce Williams where the two happily gorged themselves on some of the best soul food in town. See the video below to watch the episode.
Balaton of Shaker Square
Voted the top Hungarian restaurant in the greater Cleveland area by Scene Magazine, Balaton Restaurant is most famous for its superb Wiener Schnitzel and a variance of that, the Chicken Schnitzel. Other fine offerings on the menu include: Stuffed Cabbages, Langos, Goulashes, and the Hungarian Lecso, a yellow paprika and tomato based summer stew, and of course Chicken Paprikash.
Dinner then culminated with a delightful dessert, not too sweet... just right.... the home made blincess, or Crepe Suzette, or Palacsinta with apricot, walnut, sweet cottage cheese, or poppy seed fillings. There are other deserts making dinner complete.
TOP RATINGS awarded by both reader choice polls as well as many accredited food writers for publications including: Cleveland Magazine, Northern Ohio Live Magazine, Ohio Magazine, Buon Appetit, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Scene, Free Times, Connections, Shaker Magazine and more!
Veal Wiener Schnitzel Dinner with Spaetzle
Chicken Schnitzel Dinner with Spaetzle
Hungarian Beef Goulash with Spaetzle
Chicken Paprikash Dinner with Spaetzle
Sauerkraut or Red-Cabbage side orders
Hungarian Style Walnut and Poppy-seed Rools
Langos, fried flat bread with sour-cream, or applesauce, powdered sugar
Oktoberfest will have its own stand offering a variety of favorite German dishes. John Roberto, owner of Roberto's Restaurant, will be preparing a host of items to keep Oktoberfesters' mouths watering.
Hand Breaded Wiener Schnitzel
Combo Schnitzel & Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash Over Noodles
Deluxe Schnitzel Sandwich
German Potato Salad
ocated in Cleveland's historic West Side Market, Frank's Bratwurst was established in 1970. They have since garnered a reputation for serving some of the best brats in the Cleveland area. Their brats are so good, in fact, that Scene Magazine voted them the Best Brats in the Cleveland area.
Bratwurst with Sauerkraut
Schnitzels & Giggles
Schnitzels & Giggles German Food Concessions launched July 2010 at Fairs and Festivals in the New England Area. Today we have expanded our Route up and down the East Coast from New Hampshire to Florida. Chef Graf is the Mastermind behind the German Inspired Cuisine. He provides his Swiss Heritage specialties like Sauerbraten with Roth Kohl as well as Austro/German favorites in a fun way with a Schnitzel on a Stick. Being a former Restaurant owner his talent is in making his own recipe of Traditional Bratwurst. Folks who have experienced these House Made Brats say they are amazing!!
Our mission is to provide you with a “Taste Trip to Germany” without leaving the USA with our Comfort Food served up in a fun and satisfying way. Schnitzels & Giggles Concessions offers up a fun way to eat German Food on the go just like the fun stands in Germany called Imbiss that you find on a corner of many a German City, small town or village. This Concessionaire takes traditional German Cuisine and puts a fun spin on it, and incorporates the flavors of Switzerland and Austria plus they also offers other fare including: Breakfast wraps at early morning Air and Balloon shows, Potato Pancakes with Country Gravy (also known as Rösti or Latkes), Waffle on A Stick and assorted beverage choices depending upon the venue. Schnitzels & Giggles is the perfect place to grab a bite on your walk around at a fair or festival while enjoying the event you are visiting. Until then we say Auf Wiedersehen!
Waffle on a Stick
Chicken & Veal on a Stick
Pork Schnitzel on a Stick
Geman Potato Salad
Fire & Ice
Our pizzas are cooked in a custom built wood fired oven at temperatures between 700 and 900 degrees. All pizzas are cooked onsite using all fresh, natural, local ingredients whenever possible.
Like our pizzas, Italian style gelato & sorbets are made with the freshest ingredients possible. Those strawberries in the strawberry-banana gelato could very well have been ripening in the field only days earlier.
In addition our gelato contains less fat than ice cream so it doesn't coat your mouth in the same way, allowing for more intense flavors.
Gelato is also churned at a slower speed than ice cream providing a more dense and flavorful product. Some ice cream contains up to 50% air while gelato contains about half that.
Gelato & Sorbets are also served at a slightly higher temperature than ice cream. You may have noticed this same effect with beer & wine. Beer & wine served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cold out of the refrigerator allows for more intense flavor.
Wood Fired Pizza
Taste of Italy
ome experience the true authentic taste of Italian food. The Viva Italia Association will take your tatse buds on a delightful journey through the land of sun and olives. Be sure to join us at the Taste Of Italy booth as we tempt you with food prepared the old fashioned way, just like Mamma made. Come hungry and we will happily say " MANGIA" .
Chicago Style Italian Beef Sandwich
Cavatelli & Meatball Dinner
Pop and Water
Sterle's Slovenian Country House
f we could take a snapshot of the Cleveland Slovenian community, Frank Sterle's would so often be in the background.
1880's-Slovenes emigrated to Cleveland from southern Yugoslavia continuing to bring their friends, relatives and neighbors
from 1890-1914, 1919-1924 and 1949-1960.
Because of its industrial base, Cleveland presented opportunities for the unskilled and semiskilled laborers.
1910-The census listed 14,332 Slovenes in Cleveland, making it the third largest Slovene city in the world. By the early
1900s, Cleveland had the largest Slovene settlement in the U.S. It retained that status into the 1990s.
St. Clair Avenue-Although this wasn't the first location where the Slovenes settled (originally Newburgh), this was one
of the largest. By the 1920s, the Community stretched from East 30th to East 79th, north to the lake and south to Superior
The population was mostly male then and taverns which became social centers, were the go-to places in the community.
Eventually wives and families came here.
With the onset of World War I, few Slovenes came to Cleveland but because children were being born here and Slovenes from
the other part of the U.S. relocating here, the community grew.
It was about this time that Slovenians became increasingly more involved with becoming U.S. citizens. The community
became more active. The Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Avenue, with its seating of over 1,000, was built in 1924 and became
one of the largest social and cultural centers of its kind.
1954-Frank Sterle, an immigrant from Ljubljana, Slovenia, founded his Slovenian Country House. The menu was small. The
restaurant, with only a few picnic tables and one waitress, was, too.
Sterle's Slovenian Country House became famous for world class polka performances.
An addition, resembling an alpine mountain lodge where Frank Sterle lived as a child, is added to the building. Walls
feature murals of Slovenia
Notable artists performing at Frank Sterle's Country House include: Joey Miskulin, Johnny Vadnal, "Waltz King" Lou Trebar
and "King of Polka" Frankie Yankovic.
Since its opening, Sterle's Country House has featured traditional fare including wiener schnitzel, chicken paprikash,
stuffed cabbage, klobase and sauerkraut.
Paprikash Turkey Legs
Grilled Pretzels with Beer Mustard
Chilled Green Bean Salad
Fried Cheese(s) - On a Stick
Apple Fritter Dough Balls
If all that wonderful food makes you thirsty, we can take care of that. Event Co-Sponsors Hofbräu & Budweiser will be offering a variety of different flavors of beer, and for the teetotallers / designated drivers among you, we also have gourmet coffee, fresh cider, lemonade, soda and other beverages. See detailed list below.
äu Dark Hofbr
äu Original Hofbr
äu Oktoberfest Warsteiner Pilsner
König Ludwig Weissbier Sam Adams
Oktoberfest Microbrew Competition (
more...) Wild Bill's Root Beer
Schloss Zell German Wine
Fresh Cider from Maple Side Farms
Apple Cider Slushies from Splendid Beverages