Gustavs gets better with each visit
Why: Gustav’s is a stand-alone, family-friendly, full-service restaurant that has been known for years on both sides of the river for its fresh, seasonal and traditional German cuisine with a little bit of Northwest influence. Gustav’s bar serves exclusive cocktails and a wide selection of German and local craft beers and wines.What I tried: My dining companion and I started our meal with the famous Rheinlander Fondue, which combines deliciously creamy cheeses into a warm dipping sauce for an assortment of rye, sourdough and white bread cubes. We found it to be the perfect beginning to our meal and noted the cheese sauce was not too rich nor too filling.I settled on the Bavarian meatballs served with house-made German potato salad and fresh greens. My dining companion had the sauerbraten, which comes with spatzle and red cabbage.The pan-fried meatballs are made of veal and pork and sit atop a Spaten Optimator pepper cream sauce. The dark brew gives the sauce a rich flavor that complements the meat. Although they are meatballs, they appear more like meat patties, and the flavor and consistency was somewhere between meatballs and meatloaf. I thought they were very appetizing. The warm German potato salad was the perfect pairing for the meatballs, and the greens provided a garden-fresh element well suited for the entree. The sauerbraten is made from select cuts of beef that are marinated for 5 days. The sauce is a close second to the flavor of the marinaded meat and adds just a touch of sauer to the overall profile. The meat reminded me of all those wonderful spices associated with the holidays. The spatzle and red cabbage completed the dish in tasty, German fashion.