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oktoberfest at Cafe Mozart - long

sunshine | Oct 14, 2003 10:04 AM

recently checked out oktoberfest at this german restaurant/deli on H St, between 13th and 14th in DC. the storefront is a small bakery coffeeshop/deli/euro goods store, and the restaurant is in the back.

the restaurant ambience: kitschy dark wood, dried flowers, old photos and touristy posters comprise the european decor, and there's a piano player playing classical music (only on weekends, i think). they were advertising an upcoming opera nite as well.

the food: a pork and beer lover's paradise! a friend and i shared the schlactplatte for 2, a choice of 3 different sausages from the following: bratwurst, smoked bratwurst, knackwurst, weisswurst, bludwurst and liverwurst; plus 2 rippchens (huge smoked pork loin steaks); red cabbage, sauerkraut and german potato salad (delicious), a basket of bread (brown,rye, and vienna), german mustard, and two honeycakes with almonds and cream filling (ok) for about $20pp ($39 special for oktoberfest; $42 normally). the most unusual sausage was the weisswurst, a white sausage with an herb flavor and very light texture. i loved the very pink but fully cooked smoked rippchens, and the smoked bratwurst. steered clear of the blud sausage and liver sausage but i'll bet they're good too.

there's a special menu for oktoberfest which includes about 5-6 different entrees such as the shlactplatte and liver dumplings. Oktoberfest munich hofbrauhaus beer is on special - half a liter for $5.95. service was a bit slow but friendly. the regular menu prices are not cheap - entrees range from $15-$30, but the schlactplatte was a deal for the amount of food for 2 people. the regular menu includes a wide range of german fare including sauerbraten and several different types of schnitzel. chicken paprika was on special.

this was a great oktoberfest experience. my friend and i both felt briefly transported out of DC and into some bavarian/east european hideaway.

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