We went to The Rathskeller a couple of weeks ago after we had been indulging for a few hours at the Brew Ha Ha. For those of you who don't know, the Brew Ha Ha was a beer tasting festival that took place downtown around the Mass Ave area. If you have never been to one before, you basically make your way around to all the various vendors and get "samples" of their beer. This can go on for awhile, so as you can imagine, many samples = many beers. It was fun though, and some of our seasoned Indianapolis friends suggested we go to The Rathskeller afterward because we hadn't been there yet. I was excited to go, I had heard good things about it.
I don't know why, but I was expecting a very bar/hole in the wall atmosphere. I was very wrong actually. It's quite interesting in there and the building, the 19th century Athenaeum, is absolutely beautiful. Now, we did sit in the dining area, and it was like 5:00 PM. I am certain this can change the atmosphere of a place, but we were definitely the loudest people there! Not that this is completely uncommon for me, I'm kind of loud all the time, but like I said, I was expecting something different. Not that it's bad, it's a really historic and cool place, they describe it as feeling like you are nestled in a Bavarian inn. They do also have a bar area as well that is supposed to make you feel as though you are in Europe also. Okay, I'm with it...it was different and we were getting into it.
Despite the fact that I had been "sampling" a bit during the day, I'm just going to go ahead and say this is by far the best Bavarian/German food I have ever had. I haven't been to Austria or Germany, but Hubs almost had us moving to Austria for a job last year. I think I would've gained like 500 pounds if I lived there!! The food was really, really delicious. They started us with breads and pretzels with various dipping sauces. One of which was the most insane, spiciest mustards you have ever laid your tastebuds on. Literally, it was cuh-razy! I am not too into that, but it seemed to be popular at the table, and a challenge to see who could handle it. PS - not me :) The pretzels were to die for too, probably the best soft pretzel I've had. And this is just what they give you to start!! I was feeling good about what was to come.
The Appetizers - We ordered the Rathskeller Appetizer Sampler & the Hot Wurst Plate