Midwest Living Review
The Schnitzelbank restaurant is a never-ending festival of German heritage. Servers wear dirndls and lederhosen, the salad bar is called the wunderbar, and the timber-framed walls are decorated with cuckoo clocks and nutcrackers. Every half hour, the restaurant's glockenspiel clock tower plays a German tune. And the menu includes goulash, Wiener schnitzel, sauerkraut, knackwurst and apple strudel, as well as a sampler platter that serves them all. This restaurant would be right at home in the German section of Epcot's World Showcase, but it's the real deal. The Hanselman family drew from its German roots to develop the restaurant, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 and is a beloved landmark in this heavily German-Catholic community. The biggest event of the year here is Strassenfest, held in partnership with Pfaffenweiler, the community's sister city in southwest Germany. During the four-day festival each August, participants consume about 1,300 pounds of bratwurst, the Catholic churches offer "polka Masses," and the Schnitzelbank -- not surprisingly -- serves an elaborate buffet of German specialties.