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Brauhaus an der Gartenschau serves German fare in a pleasant Kaiserslautern location

Customers enjoy dining outdoors on a recent August day at the Brauhaus an der Gartenschau in Kaiserslautern, Germany, a German-style restaurant located near the city's Gartenschau.

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By JENNIFER H. SVAN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 23, 2017

There are two Brauhaus restaurants in Kaiserslautern, Germany, a little detail I discovered, oh, about eight years into living here.
 
More familiar was the Brauhaus am Markt, perhaps due to its central location in downtown’s pedestrian area and its reputation for self-brewed beer served in 5-liter beer towers.
 
A bit off the beaten path is the Brauhaus an der Gartenschau, located, as the name suggests, right outside the entrance of Kaiserslautern’s Gartenschau, known by Americans as “the Dinosaur Park.”
 
The restaurant serves up typical German fare. If you’re dying to sink your teeth into some flesh, well, the choices abound. The pig is the star of the show, with five varieties of pork schnitzel under the menu subheading “crispy, yummy, and delicious.”
 
If you prefer “hearty,” there’s the “Palatinate-Mix,” comprised of one slice of stuffed pig’s stomach, one liver dumpling and one fried sausage, with a side of carrots and potatoes mashed with onions.
 
If you’re a vegetarian who’s read this far and haven’t passed out, don’t despair. There are some vegetarian options, including one from the special lunch menu that changes weekly. Being a fan of all things pumpkin, I ordered the vegan pumpkin lasagna. The portion was big and bright, a medley of pumpkin, carrots, onions and chestnuts. Yes, chestnuts — and they were good. It was topped with pumpkin seeds, adding a nice crunch. Maybe it was the absence of cheese, but I thought it lacked flavor overall. Across from me, my dining companion raved about the cordon bleu, so maybe “meatless” isn’t the way to go at this Brauhaus.
 
Next time I’ll go for the Flammkuchen (French pizza) with goat cheese, honey and homemade pesto. Though this Brauhaus doesn’t brew its own beer, it had a variety of light and dark beers on tap and in bottles. The banana wheat beer packs extra nutrients, if you’re trying to avoid empty calories .
 
Location might be Brauhaus’ top selling-point. The restaurant’s outdoor terrace is plenty big, with lots of seating and umbrellas for shade. It’s next to a large fountain decked with flowers outside the Gartenschau, so it’s scenic and relaxing. When the weather turns, the indoor seating looks equally charming.
 
Another point I liked: The restaurant employs people with disabilities, it notes on its website and menu, giving them an opportunity to be part of the workforce. It’s nice to dine out while contributing to a deserving community endeavor.
 
 
 
 
  

Brauhaus an der Gartenschau  

 
Location: Forellenstrasse 6, Kaiserslautern 67659, Germany
 
Hours: Weekdays and Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m..; Sundays and holidays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Prices: Moderate. Most main courses start about 9 or 10 euros ($10.60-$11.75) and go up from there. Smaller or starter dishes are also available for less than 10 euros, such as Bavarian cheese with bread. Payment in euros or by credit card.
 
English menu: Yes
 
Clientele: Mostly German and American
 
Dress: Casual.
 
Information: Phone: (+49) (0) 631-710-0750, website: www.das-brauhaus-kl.de

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