The 1932 menu in the Berghoff's entrance said "Caviar sandwich 40 cents." The most expensive item in 1932 was a large sirloin at $1.25 while the regular sirloin was 85 cents.
The Berghoff's atmosphere -- from the wood-paneled rooms to the apron-fronted waiters is a large part of the appeal. More important is that the food is still good and prices reasonable.
Tuesday evening #1 wife and I had a pre-theater dinner at the Berghoff. It had been a while since we were at an old favorite; we'd heard that it had slipped but wanted to try it again.
Good rye bread was on the table, but we exercised restraint and only had one slice each knowing what was coming. The menu has been updated to meet current tastes, but we opted for traditional German dishes -- braised lamb shank and wiener schnitzel. Accompanied by German fried potatoes, red cabbage and creamed spinach, and washed down with steins of Berghoff's dark it was a comfort food trip. The lamb shank had a deep rich flavor and the schnitzel was nicely prepared with crisp breading. Dessert was a decent apple strudel mit ice cream.
The total with tax and tip came to $50. Not bad for a good meal in a pleasant atmosphere.
Then we waddled off to the theater.
17 W. Adams
Mon-Sat: Lunch & dinner