I want to begin my distinguishing myself as someone with a genuine appreciation for German food. I relocated to OC a few months ago, and am originally from NYC...raised in Queens, the part with the densest population of Germans and home to numerous good restaurants.
Last night I dined at Jagerhaus in Anaheim and I thought it was excellent. Across the board, the food tasted fresh and of good quality, it seemed well-prepared, and it was uniformly authentic.
Wiener schnitzel was thoroughly breaded, not a second overfried, and coated with what tasted like a butter flavoring. Dont know if it was fried in butter (a la Italian Milanese style) but it sure didnt taste greasy or oily at all. The veal within was moist and chewy.
Side dish highlights: Potato pancakes melted in my mouth...these, too, were not greasy, or heavy. With chilled apple sauce on top, absolutely heavenly and a must-order. Also, Spätzle was fresh and hearty.
What I liked a lot about Jagerhaus is the menu does not just have the traditional German dishes that some places just crank out passionlessly. There is a menu of specialities, as well, including several featuring game. My friend chose the Braised Rabbit (which we both concurred was good) but also had his eye on the Braised Wild Boar and the Elk special.
I am Italian, and I am going to get excommunicated for saying this, but the best desserts are German, and dessert alone is always a good reason to dine at a German restaurant. We shared the Peach Cobbler. I worried that I should have ordered ice cream with it, but it came with whipped cream on top, a rare treat for me that I think I preferred more anyway. Looking forward to the Black Forest Cake and Apple Strudel on future visits.
If the food isnt enough, the atmosphere is warm and appropriately homey. The woman who co-owns the restaurant with her husband (or brother?), who introduced herself as Sandy when we were leaving, was a genial presence in the dining room and seemed to genuinely appreciate our visit.
Aside from a sourpuss bus boy who I truly hope was just having a bad day, and dinner rolls (including two pumpernickel) that were warm and fresh-baked but reminded me a little of what you used to get at the Woolworths lunch counter or one of those chicken pie restaurants, everything was flawless and it was really a great experience, and very affordable for what you get. On these chilly winter days and nights, I cant recommend Jagerhaus enough, for the food and the hospitality. For you LA peeps: its not far from the Arrowhead Pond and Angels Stadium and Disney, so keep it in mind when youre out here.
(Sincere thank you to Dorothy, well-known OC Chowhounder, for her previous posts on Jagerhaus which first caught my attention. Dorothy, you previously led me to Claros for Locatelli Romano cheese, so youre 2-for-2. And Elmomonster, is it too late to submit Jagerhaus on an absentee ballot for my top 5 OC restaurants?)