Monday, January 6, 2014
Zehnder's. In any case, what most people think of German cuisine is not something that you can really build a sit-down restaurant around especially if it is not surrounded by other German restaurants. Logan Square, however, would be the exception to that rule. Formerly a neighborhood where you might go for Mexican, Puerto Rican, or Cuban cuisine (plus Lula Cafe). In the last few years, the area has been becoming a locale for international cuisine with Japanese (both sushi and otherwise), French, Barbecue, Burgers, a Brewpub, some very good Cocktail Lounges, and now German food with The Radler. People that know the name Radler will think of the German beer cocktail that is half lemonade and half beer (equivalent to the English Shandy). Radler literally means cyclist and the drink was first pitched as a sports drink. While The Radler does serve Radlers, the name is also appropriate because the restaurant is located on the "Hipster Highway". A road that has a large amount of bike traffic. The front of the restaurant has large windows framed by black painted wood. The dining room is large and open with several communal tables in the center of the room and smaller tables along the wall and near the kitchen in the back. The kitchen is fairly open and will be home to D.A.S. a small German fine dining restaurant serving tasting menus with beer pairings. There are several pillars in the dining room that have coat hooks so people can hang their coats. The side walls are old bricks. The wall behind the bar on the left side of the dining room has what looks like an old German beer ad. The left wall has a couple of large paintings in sort of a graffiti style of wolves. The menu was divided into Snacks, The Best (a selection of plates from small to large), The Wurst (housemade sausages), and sides. I started with a salad (out of The Best section) which had Honey Crisp Apples, Caramel Roasted Granny Smith Apples, Brandied Raisins, Butter Lettuce, and Burnt Sugar and Hard Cider Vinaigrette. I like apples and there were a lot of apples in this. It was crunchy, crisp, tart, and sweet. The Honey Crisp and Granny Smith Apples brought different apple flavors and went with the lettuce well.