The Brauhaus Restaurant – Akeley, MN

My husband and I have been eating at the Brauhaus for over 20 years now.  Discovered by my in-laws, they clued us into this great place shortly after we arrived in Minnesota in the early 90s.  It’s located along the Lake Country Scenic Byway on Highway 34 and just a few miles from the family cabin. We typically have dinner here at least once a season.  Many a family meal has been eaten at this fine establishment.  We even celebrated my in-laws’ 50th anniversary several years ago.  There is a long standing joke about whether my father-in-law’s check for his meal would clear the bank.  Every time we went there with my in-laws he and Gary, one of the proprietors, would chuckle about this.  Good times :)  Since we were just there I thought I would share it with you all along with some photos that I took.

We typically try to arrive before the dinner crowd and let me tell you, it is a crowd!!  I’ve always been in awe that a restaurant along the highway in seemingly the middle of nowhere attracts so many diners.  I am quite sure that word of mouth in the area has been one of the keys to their success.  Other reasons of course are the excellent food and service.  On this particular visit we arrived after the dinner crowd was gone.  We were greeted by the friendly bar tender and seated immediately.  Our waitress recognized us and said “Welcome to the Brauhaus or welcome back.”  And I commented to her that I recognized her as well.

Restaurant scene and menu:

I’ve always had a great meal here and typically choose either the roast pork (described thusly on their menu: Schweinebraten – Roast Pork – used also in our sampler platter. Our roast pork is very tender and full of flavor) or the duck (Plum Glazed Duck – 1/2 of a Peking duck filled with wild rice, seasoned and oven roasted, topped with our very own Brandy/ Plum glaze. A MUST TRY!!!) I decided on the duck this time and it was just as delicious as the last time I had it.  And I almost forgot to take a picture!

Hubby opted for the  Wiener Schnitzel (Pork loin steaks, tenderized, seasoned and lightly breaded, then cooked on the grill getting that nice golden brown):

Every entree is accompanied by two sides.  You have your choice of Mashed Potatoes, German Potato Salad, Wild Rice, Spätzle (german egg noodles) or Bread Dumplings – Veggie choices: Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut or carrots.  I am not sure but I thought the duck did not come with sides, alas, this time I had two sides.  While they were good (I love the red cabbage!!), it was just a bit too much food for me.  My sides:

If you’re in northern Minnesota do make a point to have a meal at this authentic German restaurant.  I am quite sure you won’t be disappointed!

The Brauhaus-German Restaurant
28234 Minnesota 34
Akeley, MN 56433-8024
(218) 652-2478


Filed under Food, Minnesota, Restaurant reviews

20 responses to “The Brauhaus Restaurant – Akeley, MN

  1. Peking duck in a German restaurant? Hmm. My favorites are the Schnitzel and Spätzle. Red cabbage. Yum. A good restaurant is hard to find. We had one out of town and it has been popular and packed for years and years.

    Thanks for the photos. Nice to visit with you.

  2. Jueseppi B.

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  3. Oh oh. A Wiener Schnitzel is NEVER pork, but veal. A pork schnitzel is just a schnitzel. Selling pork as Wiener Schnitzel is illegal in Germany. Next time they joke about the cheque, you may want to put it to them ;-)

    That duck looks delicious… and I so want Spätzle right now!

    • oh the things I learn from you :) is it possible they make it with pork to save money? or do they make it with pork in a different part of Germany? I dunno. I don’t ever get that but hubby and his mother really enjoy it. the duck is to die for!! like they say, a must try. their Spätzle is very good ;)

      • Yes, pork is much cheaper than veal, but it still makes for a pretty good Schnitzel. However, it’s not a Wiener Schnitzel, and to employ that term for a pork schnitzel is, in essence, fraud, and is treated as such in Germany. (Probably in Austria as well, I should imagine). Seeing as there is a clear definition, the restaurant is deliberately mislabelling this menu item to make it sound more “authentic”, abusing the ignorance of its clientele.

        Hmmm… I shall ask my mother to make Käsespätzle this summer, and I’ll post a pic :)

      • well I don’t know. they’re such nice people that I hate to think badly of them. perhaps they will see this and make a correction.

        What is Käsespätzle? Of course I’ll need to see a pic!!

      • It’s essentially Spätzle with cheese and onions, baked in the oven. Simple and delish :)

  4. Plum glazed duck. Sold. I like the colorful front door. Thanks for sharing. I’m hungry now.

  5. Amy

    Delicious duck, Tobyo!! :)

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