A couple weeks ago we started our heavier food/wursts & beer/transitioning into fall thing at On the Waterfront Cafe in Venice. Swiss food at the beach? Why not...
We ordered off the *Swiss specials* section of the menu. I had the Bundenerteller plate (entree size), a deliciously stinky *original Swiss cheese* & dried beef combo ($12.95). The thin cheese slices were curled up and frilly and at first glance I thought they were cauliflower florets. It was served with a basket of somewhat dry par-baked bread and mild sour pickle wedges. I added a bit of mustard and constructed little salty-cheese-piquant bites. It went fine with a very refreshing flute of Erdinger Weizenbier, garnished with lemon slice ($6).
Mr. Creosote had the Swiss Bratwurst with onion sauce and Rösti (potato cake) $10.50. He thought the wurst was lackluster and possibly frozen in origin. The potatoes were very mediocre: little crust and limp. (When I recently ordered the hashbrowns at Nate & Al's, we commented that these were how the Swiss rösti should have tasted: potato shards transformed by oil frying into crusty deliciousness.
But, you know, great beer. After a couple of glasses, I couldn't even hear the hippy serenading us from the boardwalk.
205 Oceanfront Walk, Venice
(310) 392 - 0322