October may be coming to an end, but Oktoberfest is all the time at East Side Restaurant in New Britain. Germany is closer than you think, complete with boot-shaped beer glasses, wait staff dressed in lederhosen and authentic cuisine that will tingle your taste buds. And let’s not forget all the chanting! With every large beer glass purchased, the staff celebrates and encourages patrons to join in on the cheer as they chant a German toast.
The interior is striking with its mural that covers the entirety of the farthest wall and a “beer chandelier” hanging overhead of empty steins. Having fun and entertaining customers is the staff’s number one goal. Our waiter, Matthew, was attentive and helped to ensure we got the full East Side experience. He even helped us orchestrate an East Side birthday celebration.
The best thing about the menu is that there are so many items on it that you might not get all the time. I highly recommend the corn fritters as an appetizer. Sweet corn fried, drizzled with syrup and dusted with confectioners sugar sounded more like a dessert than a starter, but who am I kidding? Eating dessert first is always the way to go. The golden brown nuggets were crisp to the crunch and leave you wanting more with each bite.
We couldn’t go to an authentic German restaurant without getting some of the classics. The Burgermeister is your choice of two meats: bratwurst, knockwurst, or German sausage (I opted for the bratwurst and German sausage). Now that I’ve had it, I would most likely just get the German sausage again, as it is moister and richer in flavor than the bratwurst.
The sauerkraut paired with this meal melts in your mouth and the portion is extremely generous. The carrots paired with it were huge and the spaetzle I ordered as my starchy side was soft and fresh.
We also ordered the Jagerschnitzel, recommended to us by Matthew as his favorite dish. This cutlet dish was crispy and topped with drinkable brown gravy and mushrooms. For this plate, we ordered the potato pancakes which came with a side of sour cream and it did not disappoint. In fact, I found myself wishing I had gotten that instead of the spaetzle with the other meal.
East Side Restaurant is definitely a spot to visit more than once. If you’re looking for a different experience, this is one you don’t want to miss out on.
Lindsay Pytel “Lunch with Linds” is an avid foodie from Meriden. Her blog features the best eats in the Connecticut and New York area on Instagram and Facebook.