It’s official!! We’ve been selected the Best German Restaurant in Louisville. As a result of surveys taken by more than 50,000 diners across the country the website WHERE THE LOCALS EAT have selected the top 100 very best restaurants in each of the top 50 cities in the United States and we’re one of them.
WHERE THE LOCALS EAT
Category German Restaurant Winner
Even if you can’t pronounce gemutlichkeit (German for comfortable friendliness), you can most likely say “Gasthaus,” which is essentially the same thing. This authentic eatery proves the saving grace of a surprisingly barren German restaurant scene in Louisville, considering the Bluegrass State’s relatively large German-American population. Decorated haphazardly with knickknacks from the owners’ home in Bochum, Gasthaus radiates with a charm distinctive to family-run operations. A friendly waitstaff dressed in traditional folk costumes adds to the atmosphere as customers are guided through the menu of traditional German cuisine. Chicken, veal, beef and pork dominate the menu in the expected schnitzels, spatzles and stroganoffs, and there are a few vegetarian entrées, as well. Meatless or no, main courses disprove the bland-and-heavy stereotype often attributed to German fare, owing in part to a hint of French influence. Recommended dishes include chicken ragout, beef rouladen and goulash as well as excellent sides such as sauerkraut and pan-fried potatoes. The house-made desserts alone could keep Gasthaus in business, as locals often stop in for a cup of coffee and a slice of apple strudel, fallen chocolate soufflé or one of the ever-changing (and ever-delicious) assortment of rich cake rolls and tortes. Reservations suggested. Beer and German wine available. Serving dinner Tue–Sat. Closed Sun–Mon.
Here’s another moment of friends of the Gasthaus and Greipel family enjoying a dinner in the little front chalet. The dinner, a fish pie, was cooked by Susanne (front left). Susanne and Maureen (in orange) are friends visiting from England. They will be missed next week when they return to England.
We had a great time meeting each others families and friends at the rehearsal dinner Friday night. The restaurant was closed that night to the public. We remained closed on Saturday for the wedding as well. We would like to thank our guests for their understanding in our decision to close these days.
For the rehearsal guests of ours enjoyed some yummy food such as lamb chops, potato au gratin, beans in bacon and salad. They thanked Chefs JP, owner Michael Greipel, and Jason and afterward (see picture)
Afterwards we went across the street to celebrate some more with Jerry Green at the Brownsboro Inn.
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Thanks to Robert’s wedding this weekend our friends and visitors have come from far and wide. The Greipel family is happy to entertain and catch up on old times with friends from Germany as well as England. His fiancee’s family has also come from many different places all over the US. In the picture below are his friends from school; they were buddies from elementary through high school. We think they had a great time posing for a picture on the Indiana waterfront yesterday.
More from the rehearsal dinner and wedding to come. Stay tuned….