Kreimer’s Bier Haus West

Opened in 1978, Kreimer’s looks like a gingerbread chalet on the outside and a medieval mini castle inside, replete with old world weaponry, dark wood accents, stone archways, and ye olde flat-screen TV at the bar. The menu consists of simple, moderately priced, Americanized German cuisine with some clever and tasty fried morsels thrown in for good measure. Never cared for Reuben sandwiches? Roll them into tiny balls and fry them. Wunderschön! The restaurant hand-cuts their beef and the freshness is evident, even when it’s pickled and served in a fried rye-flour nugget with sauerkraut. The crab legs—a Thursday night special that goes back as far as anyone can remember—were fresh and piled high, and perfect for lazy riverside dining. And the rib eye steak, served Oscar style, was perfectly cooked and unhealthily delicious.

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