The German Village-based Schmidt family has been in the meat business since 1886, and those years of experience pay off handsomely for anyone who takes a seat in the tidy, wood-filled dining room and samples Bahama Mama sausage. Though the Americanized food here isn’t always authentically German, it is well prepared, nicely presented and pretty darn tasty.
Famous for a reason, the Bahama Mama is a gently spiced beef and pork hickory-smoked sausage that pairs well with hot mustard ($10.75). For bigger appetites, the sausage sampler features four of Schmidt's best wursts for $11.75. The tangy sweet German meat loaf ($11.75) and the gooey turkey Reuben ($8.99) with German potato salad are also good bets. Can't decide? Head for the Autobahn buffet and sample a little bit of everything (dinner and weekend lunch for $14). From the appetizers, we recommend the unique pretzel nuggets ($6 a basket), a cross between a pretzel and a beignet with a dusting of sea salt instead of powdered sugar and a perfect pairing for cold German-style beer.
Enthusiastic young servers, many in German costume, are quick to offer suggestions, and entertainment on any given night might feature the accordion and tuba stylings of bands with names like “Squeezin' N' Wheezin'.” Cheers!