I was in SJ on business, last night was my final night. Went to Teske's, cause I was in the mood for some hearty fare.
I have read some of the other reviews here, most place it at mediocre, a couple downright negative. However, they were older reviews. We did not experience either on my visit. Perhaps the management "saw the light" or something, but my party had a very pleasant experience.
The atmosphere exudes old world comfort. Dark woods, old pictures and high ceilings dominate the space. Upon entering the front door, you come across the bar first, you must walk down to the end of the bar for seating. This is very familiar to me, as that's how the best German restaurants here in Chicago are set up.
Seating was prompt, and so was the service. Their meals are all inclusive, so while the prices may seem somewhat to the high end of moderate, the overall quantity of the meal makes it more of a value.
First of all, they DO have a rather impressive selection of beers from the Germanic region. The tap beers are first rate and are available in the proper, "Oktoborfest" style, meaning a proper litre. Half litres are also available.
The soup is nice, but unidentifiable. Also, on this visit, it was a tad salty. Please taste it before seasoning it! ;)
The salad, while somewhat generic, was refreshing, with a light house dressing. No other dressing options are offered.
I had the Holsteiner Schnitzel garniert mit Ei, Sardelle, Capern, Serviert mit Bratkartoffeln und Frischem Gemüse
(Pork Cutlet garnished with a Fried Egg, Anchovy, and Capers served with Fried Potatoes and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables).
My friends had Wurst Platte (Polnische und Bratwurst) mit Kartoffelsalat und Sauerkraut
(Sausage Platter (Polish and Bratwurst) served with Potato Salad and Sauerkraut) and
Sauerbraten mit hausgemachten Spätzle oder Kartoffelnödel und Rotkohl
(Marinated Beef served with Homemade Noodles of Potato Dumpling and Red Cabbage).
My cutlet came out tender, juicy and flavorful, not greasy at all. The potatoes were very nicely done, but they were out of veggies, so I got red cabbage, which was very nice indeed. My friends said they quite enjoyed theirs, as well.
A slice of apple strudel is included, nice crust, plenty of apples, very tasty. I question the inclusion of whipped cream on top; unneeded, IMHO, but, in their defense, it was fresh, not canned.
Would I go back? Yes.I think the management may have addressed the problems brought up in previous reviews, and I feel you should take a second look at this establishment.
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