For more than 50 years, Silver Lake’s Red Lion Tavern has served a long list of beers and a solid roster of German eats like rouladen, schnitzel, and spatzle. After a three-year absence, Chowhound FoodObsessive dropped in and noticed a few changes: A piano player no longer works the ivories out on the patio, the kitschy gasthaus décor looks a little worse for wear, and fewer servers seem to speak German. What hasn’t changed is the food—it’s still traditional, still good.
Still top-notch at the Red Lion Tavern: spicy Hungarian goulash over spätzle; Holstein-style schnitzel with fried egg and anchovies; and kassler rippchen, smoked pork loin with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Sides of sauerkraut and red cabbage even converted someone in FoodObsessive’s party from lifetime hater to fan.
“L.A. doesn’t have many German restaurants that offer more than sausage and schnitzel,” FoodObsessive muses. “We should cherish the ones we have.” Besides, the Red Lion’s abundance of old-fashioned charm is “rare in a metropolis that reinvents itself regularly.”
The Red Lion Tavern [Silver Lake]
2366 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles
Photo from The Red Lion Tavern / Facebook