BEST RESTAURANT FOR OUTDOOR DINING Minneapolis 2003 -
No matter what you think of German food, this patio is a cool, romantic oasis in the middle of a hot town. Sure it's a beer garden, but who can sneer at a lovely brushed-steel sculpture and waterfall in the shelter of twining grapevines? If you've been married (or divorced) long enough to remember your very first date here, rest assured, not much has changed: It's the same creamy pilsner, the same homemade bratwurst (owner Erich Christ's childhood recipe), the same caraway-studded kraut and snappy braised red cabbage, and the same summer evenings fading to indigo night. Raise a glass to love, flaky strudel, and blessed Old Europe.