Comfort Yourself With German Food Across Texas This Fall

October 26, 2020

Schnitzel, steins, and social distancing through Oktoberfest and beyond.

By: Veronica Meews

" Otto’s German Bistro

While many German restaurants rely on a foundation of familiar favorites like sausage and schnitzel, Otto’s chef Henry Gutkin chooses to focus on some of the country’s lesser-known dishes, reimagined with a creative, refreshing twist. Bavarian Frittatensuppe (crepe soup) is brightened with herbs and rainbow carrots, while the Düsseldorfer Senfrostbraten (Dusseldorf mustard roast) is elevated with Akaushi steak and an onion-mustard-cheese crust. Seek Gruyère-laden comfort with the Kaesespaetzle (cheese noodles)—basically a form of mac and cheese made with spaetzle—or lighten up with a decidedly German take on flounder, served with potato salad, egg, cucumber, and tartar sauce. And while there’s plenty of beer here to keep your stein full, as well as a focus on German and Austrian wines, the exceptional cocktail menu should not go unnoticed. The downtown Fredericksburg dining room and patio are now open, with reservations strongly recommended because of COVID-19 capacity restrictions, and Otto’s at Home is offering curbside pickup when you order through Toast. 316 E. Austin, Fredericksburg"