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hen it comes to food, the 2012 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, Schmidt's of Columbus, Seven Roses, 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 Cleveland institution, Hot Sauce Williams, The Happy Dog, Bruno's Ristorante, Taste of Italy and Asian Grill. Mapleside Farms will again be serving up fresh apples, cider and peaches.
In 2012, Oktoberfest's bier list will include: Hoffbrau Light, Hoffbrau Original, Hoffbrau Oktoberfest, Warsteiner Pilsner, Warsteiner Dunkel, Warsteiner Oktoberfest, Bud Light, Budweiser, and German non-alcoholic brew, Clausthaler (to keep everybody upright). We'll also be holding a Micro Brew Competition (
, Mon: 3PM-Close), where seventeen brewpubs from Cleveland, Madison, Akron, Columbus, Frankenmuth & Chicago will compete for Best Oktoberfest Microbrew. Those breweries are: Great Lakes Brewery, Rocky River Brewing Company, Cornerstone Brewery, The Brew Kettle, Frankenmuth Brewery, Thirsty Dog, Main Street Grille & Brewery, The Cleveland Chophouse, Buckeye Brewing, Buckeye Beer Engine, Fat Heads Brewery, Cellar Rats Brewery, Gordon Biersch, Ohio Brewing Co., Goose Island, Willoughby Brewing Company, Black Box Brewing Company, 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!
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!
Wiener Schnitzel Sandwich
Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich
Langos (fried dough with sour cream & garlic butter or powdered sugar)
Szekely Goulash (Sauerkraut and Pork)
Hungarian Strudel (apple, cheese with peach, or cherry)
The Bier Haus
Inspired by the everyday cooking that they grew up with, you'll feel at home savoring a great meal in the casual and relaxed dining room of Strongsville's, The Bier Haus. Their extensive collection of fine beers and fully stocked bar is the perfect atmosphere for fun with friends and family. Experience their inventive cuisine, attentive service, and friendly atmosphere; go see what makes The Bier Haus one of the most popular, trendy, and upcoming restaurants in town!
German Potato Salad
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
German Potato Salad
Potato Pancakes with Applesauce
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
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.
ocated on Clifton Boulevard on the near west side of Cleveland, Asian Grille brings you the most authentic tasting Thai food in the greater Cleveland area. They are committed to making sure that your meal not only tastes great, but will also be healthy for you. They take pride in using only the freshest ingredients. They only cook with vegetable oil and never use MSG.
Thai food has become widely popular throughout the world. It blends the four flavors of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy harmoniously in a single entree. While Thai cuisine has a reputation for being hot and spicy, in reality, most dishes are not. Asian Grille's exquisite cuisine and colorful presentation will definitely excite your taste buds and please your palette, so if you're looking for something other than the traditional Oktoberfest fare, look no further.
Famous Grilled Chicken
Home made Appetizers
Healthy Stir Fried
Thai Iced Tea
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
The Melting Pot
here's just something about a fondue pot that invites conversation. Invites laughter. Invites coming together.
The Melting Pot Restaurant offers a unique, interactive dining experience like no other, creating memorable moments with family and friends. From the time the first piece of bread is dipped and the last piece of dessert is savored, you'll be graced with the time to discover new things about people you thought you knew. And, those you're getting to know.
The Melting Pot is the premiere fondue restaurant in the Cleveland area, and as such the Cleveland Oktoberfest is excited to have them as part of our event. Though they're only handling dessert at the Oktoberfest, note that if you go to one of their restaurants, you'll find that they've turned fondue into an art form, with savory selections for every meal course... whether appetizer, entrée, or dessert!
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
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 Budweiser
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