The Black Forest Inn sits at 26th and Nicollet Ave in Minneapolis. aka Eat Street. Click HERE for complete the list of Eat Street restaurants.
The Black Forest Inn, if you haven’t guessed from the name, is a German restaurant. If you guessed hotel I wouldn’t hold it against you. Anyway, yes it’s a restaurant and they serve German food. I’m not really sure if they serve authentic German food, since I’ve never been to real live Germany, but it seems pretty legit.
We started off with a couple of mugs of beer while checking out the menu. The menu is mostly German food with a few Eastern European dishes thrown in for good measure (whatever that means) like Hungarian Goulash and Stroganoff. It took me awhile to decide, since I don’t care for vinegar or dishes that are overly sour.
I finally picked the Kasseler Rippchen. That’s a boiled and smoked pork chop. Shellie opted for the pork paprika schnitzel. I really wanted something with spaetzel and Shellie wanted German potato salad. Of course our dishes came with what the other person wanted. No worries though, we’re good sharers.
My pork chop was big and had a slight smoke flavor. Shellie’s pork was breaded and smothered in a sauce that was 100% my mom’s pan gravy. The spaetzel was squishy and pretty flavorless. My German potato salad was far too vingery for me. As was my mild sauerkraut. Shellie’s red cabbage was OK though.
If you go to Black Forest Inn do so on a nice day, the patio is really cool. It’s like a little European square. There’s brick and tables and a small water feature. It’s really nice out there. Inside the main restaurant has a small seating area in the front and a small bar in the back room. Check out some of the history on the walls, it’s pretty sweet.
All in all, I like Black Forest Inn. I’m still not sure about German food though. Maybe it will grow on me.