Well, my 50th birthday party was fun for me and the guests. We held it at Jagerhouse in Anaheim. Sandy, the owner's wife, is so obliging and her servers make sure everyone gets attentive service.
I wanted -- insisted on -- a party, but doing something at home was out of the question for the size group I wanted. And much as I'd love to say that money was no object, in fact, it was. And, I'm sure it goes without saying that good food was a must! Jagerhouse filled the bill.
We chose three entrees: Jagerschnizel (pork schnitzel with yummy mushroom gravy), baked paprika chicken (chosen as a, "Well, if people don't like German food, pretty much everyone will eat chicken." option that turned out to be surprisingly good -- tasty and moist, with crispy skin) and assorted sausages. And we chose four sides: real mashed potatoes (delicious with generous bowls of the previously mentioned gravy), saurkraut, green beans (a cut above the usual diner offering -- crisp-tender and herby) and cucumber salad. We also added on a green salad to start.
There was lots of food and they put out containers after dinner so guests could take leftovers. Several guests confided that they were a little apprehensive about German food, and that the rather modest appearance of Jagerhouse gave them pause. But everyone loved the food and said they'd eat there again. And everyone had PLENTY to eat!
Sandy offered to let us bring our own cake. So at the recco of LBQT and others, I ordered three cakes -- two chocolate and one lemon -- from the Great Dane Baking Company in Huntington Beach. The offerings were not outre or particularly imaginative -- simply good quality ingredients skillfully prepared and presented. The restaurant cut and served the cakes to us along with copious amounts of their good coffee.
The room was nothing special, although they're happy to have you decorate with balloons, crepe paper and such if you choose; we didn't.
Total price for the restaurant for 30 persons, including beer and wine, tax and tip: $683 (we added a bit to that for the servers -- they did such a good job). Three cakes from Great Dane that easily served 10 people each: $97. Not bad for a fun and tasty evening!