Hidden Gem in Chicago: Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall

In 2010 I took a weekend trip from my Paris study abroad to Switzerland and Germany. In those three days I discovered käsespätzle and ordered it twice. I thought it was amazing, and I’ve been trying to find it again ever since.

Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall, Rosemont, IL

Käsespätzle is a traditional pasta dish from parts of Germany and Switzerland made with cheese and fried onions. When I first encountered it, I thought it was a national German dish, but it was impossible to find on a recent overnight layover in Frankfurt. In fact, when I asked the hotel employee where I could find it, he wasn’t even familiar with it! When I looked it up later, I discovered it was strictly regional.

So you can imagine when I spotted it on the menu of a restaurant in Chicago, I got very excited! Kevin, my mom, my brother and I went to Chicago for an overnight trip in order for the two boys to see a concert. I was in charge of finding things for us to do during the day.

I dragged our group out to nearly the end of the Blue “L” Line into Rosemont, IL to experience a meal at Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall.

Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall, Rosemont, IL

We had a fabulous experience! We were in a bit of a hurry because of the concert that night, but our food was out in record time! So fast we could barely believe it!

Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall, Rosemont, IL
Obatzda cheese, sweet mustard and onion mustard for pretzel dipping

After 9 years, I finally got my käsespätzle! I was very pleased! It was interesting to see how it lived up to my personal hype after that long.

Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall, Rosemont, IL

During our meal we witnessed a customer getting a “spanking” from one of the bar maids. Apparently this happens when you get a shot!

Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall, Rosemont, IL

And we were serenaded with live Oktoberfest music!

Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall, Rosemont, IL

My brother said Hofbrauhaus was a highlight of this short trip!

Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall, Rosemont, IL

None of us had a chance to try the beer, but we plan to go back and bring my dad as well. Hopefully next time we can stay longer and relax for a while in the atmosphere of Germany. Viel Spaß beim Reisen!

Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall, Rosemont, IL

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