A hearty plate of food that tastes as good as it looks
Sometimes you're in the mood for the kind of food that you can guarantee will be hot, delicious and filling. And it doesn't hurt if it comes with a really good drink or two either. That's where Bavarian Bier Cafe in Crows Nest comes in. Located in the main strip of shops on Willoughby Road, Bavarian Bier Cafe is a favourite with locals and those who work in the area for good reason.
Even the hot chips are gluten free
The drinks measure up to the food
As the name suggests, the place offers a huge range of Bavarian foods and beers. I always go straight for the haus-made sausages section of the menu, as all of the sausages are gluten free. I've eaten here a few times, and every time I ask for whatever sides are gluten free. I've never once had trouble, as the chefs have a clear understanding of the menu, and I've enjoyed tangy sauerkraut, creamy mashed potato, hot chips and the most amazing coleslaw this way.
Relaxing indoor and outdoor dining options
My favourite haus-made sausages so far have been the thuringer and the Swiss bratwurst, and whichever you order you get three, which is enough to fill anyone up. The cheese kransky is also a good choice, with a taste more like a hot dog, but it isn't as nice as the aforementioned ones in my opinion. When eating in a pair I've often ordered a side bowl of hot chips (Bavarian Bier Cafe is one of the rare places that doesn't use the deep fryer for gluten-containing foods so their chips are gluten free), but it really isn't necessary because I couldn't finish my meal.
Check the chalkboards for daily specials
For the extra hungry, they also offer you complementary pretzels to nibble on while you wait. These aren't the tiny pretzels that you get in packets, but the giant ones the size of your hand. You can also buy a pretzel, pork roll or a hot dog from a stand outside the restaurant.
A whole menu just for schnapps
The drinks menu at Bavarian Bier Cafe is impressive as well. I like to order the strawberry sparkling, a red sparkling wine that truly does taste as if it's had strawberries muddled in it. There are a number of beers to choose from, and they come in impressively tall glasses. There's also a full menu of different flavoured schnapps shots, and if you order one it comes out on the end of a plank with the waiter ringing a cowbell. I've seen a number of people have fun and embarrass their friends with this.
Takeaway pork rolls, hot dogs and pretzels.
The staff are always very friendly, and accommodating as well. Certain specials can be had on any day of the week, and often include drinks. And best of all, I've never once eaten there without leaving full and satisfied.
A lively and fun atmosphere
Where: 118 Willoughby Road Crows Nest NSW.
Why: For hot, tasty and filling food with gluten free options.
Cost: You can eat from $10, with meals reaching about $30.
When: Mon-Sat 11:00am - 11:00pm; Sun 11:00am - 10:00pm.
Good for kids: There's no kid's menu, and it tends to be a favourite place for adults
Take away: Yes. Hot dogs, pork rolls and pretzels sold as take away foods out the front.