Bavarian food is typically hearty and filling. It’s also often bland.
There just isn’t much call for spices beyond salt and pepper in many dishes, outside of some of the sausages.
Oskar — Das Wirtshaus am Markt goes further than the norm, providing a an exceptionally flavorful sauce with their meat-and-potatoes Bavarian standards.
Situated in Bayreuth’s old city hall, the restaurant is elaborately decorated. It has extensive patio seating that offers ample opportunities to people-watch and admire the surroundings.
One of Oskar’s highlights is the Bayreuther Krenfleisch. It’s described as a “boiled rump of beef,” but don’t let the description turn you off of it. The spicy horseradish sauce goes really well with the rump, and I challenge anyone not to sop up every bit of it by the end of the meal.
Another great entree that stands out is the crispy pork shoulder. The tender meat, juxtaposed with the crispy fat on top, is a treat for the senses, and once again, the sauce turns what otherwise might have been a bland slab of meat into something more.
While most of the meals come with a giant, squishy potato dumpling that you can use to absorb whatever sauce your meal comes with, the Saftiger Schweinebraten, a tender pork roast soaked in thick, tangy gravy, also comes with the best sauerkraut I’ve ever had.
Vegetarians are surprisingly rewarded in this palace of pork. The cheese spaetzle looks creamy and delicious, but I really recommend the baked potato with spinach, even if you do eat meat. This dish is served with chunks of sheep cheese and covered in spinach sauce.
For dessert, Oskar’s has seasonally changing dumplings stuffed with fruit, lathered in a vanilla sauce. When I went, sour cherry was the fruit filling of choice, and it was fantastic.
There are some nonalcoholic drinks on the menu, but the beverage list is dominated by an extensive variety of beer, including the usual Bavarian lager, dunkel and pilsner. But there’s also a hoppy pale ale that reminds me of beer back home in the United States.
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Address: Engelburgergas Maximilianstrasse 33, 95444 Bayreuth, GermanyHours: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. every dayFood: German meat dishes, along with equally tasty vegetarian optionsDrinks: Beer (mainly) and some soft drinksPrices: About 10 euros ($12) for most mealsDress: CasualPhone: (+49)(0)921 516-0553