For wiener schnitzel, sauerkraut, and strudel, the Hofbrauhaus in West Springfield is the closest to Munich you can get with out leaving New England.


Two dining rooms decorated with pictures, steins, and other German knickknacks. Waitstaff adorned in German costumes. White walls, wood trim, and floral arrangements a nice touch.


A wide variety of German specialties. Pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, lamb, veal, sole, and even goose, ostrich, and buffalo.


The HUGE Lamb shank looks like it came right out of the Flintstones. But most plates aren’t quite so Yabba-Dabba-Doo.


The Sauerkraut en Backtieg (deep-fried sauerkraut with corned beef and cheese) was simply outstanding. The Assorted “Vorspeisen” (a German pu-pu platter) delivers a delicious array of cold appetizers. Excellent cheese, crackers, and warm bread.

Food and Drink(8.5)

Sauerbraten with potato dumpling and red cabbage was full of tender marinated roast beef in a very flavorful sauce. Pork tenderloin with spinach and cheese filling also very tasty, although little dry. Outstanding German beers available by the bottle or tap.


Strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb tart was extraordinary. Delectable apple strudel. Both served with homemade ice cream.


Phantom’s waiter, Danny, was absolutely flawless. Very prompt and knowledgeable. He even turned the handles on the coffee and beer mugs so that they were accessible to the right hand.


So clean, Phantom couldn’t even find any dust when he ran his finger along the fluorescent light in the bathroom.


Main Street in West Springfield, about 5 miles from the Mass Pike. Plenty of parking, but only two handicap spaces.


Appetizers range from $3.50 to $12.50. Entrees between $10 and $29. A solid value for top notch German cuisine.

Total Score: 90.5

1105 Main Street
West Springfield

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