Looking for a delicious meat-free spot for tasty German eats and cold brews? Well, you’re in glück! Located in what’s becoming LA’s most hipsterish haven—Highland Park, in case you’re not a local—Hinterhof is a welcome plant-based eatery and drinkery right on booming York Boulevard.
While the resto does take reservations, they fill up fast so you might want to show up right as the garden doors open at 5pm. We showed up (group of six) about 10 minutes before the doors opened and there was already a line of people waiting to get in.
Despite not having a rezzie, we were able to secure one of the communal tables inside (it was chilly that night) and had a great time. The staff is extremely friendly and I think the outdoor patio will be a fun spot to hang once the weather warms up.
Side note: This place serves a decent strudel for dessert (sadly, it doesn’t have any icing like those old-school Pillsbury toaster strudels) but I recommend making a run for Donut Friend, which is just a couple blocks down the street and will satisfy your vegan sweet tooth.
We ordered pretty much everything on the menu, but I only managed to take photos of some dishes. Take a look at what to expect at Hinterhof German Kitchen and Beer Garden.
German Soft Pretzel – $6
I’m not a fan of pretzels at all, but this one served with mustard imported from Germany was a hit with the group. My husband and our friends only had good things to say about it, so I’ll take their word for it.
Abendbrot – $13
Wait, $13 for a few pieces of bread, what?! Yeah, the price seemed a bit extreme, but this basket of bread came with a plate of butter as well as aged and soft vegan cheeses. (Photo below.)
FYI, the cheeses aren’t made at Hinterhof, but they are homemade by Blöde Kuh, which is an awesome artisanal vegan cheese-maker here in LA.
Salat Sampler – $12
This salad sampler features all of Hinterhof’s salads on one plate, with each one wrapped in a cup of butter lettuce: Cucumber salad, beet salad, carrot salad, potato salad and mixed greens with vinaigrette. It was our favorite appetizer of the bunch.
Jäegerschnitzel – $19
I had high hopes for this housemade schnitzel, which is served with creamy mushroom sauce, spätzle and red cabbage. My only comparison for this was the schnitzel I’ve had back in my pre-vegan days at Wirtshaus on Beverly, which does a fantastic chicken version. Also, my husband and I were fans of Chalet Edelweiss by LAX, but that place has been closed for years. Anyway, this jäegerschnitzel wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t amaze. I liked the creamy mushroom side dish best.
Ambiance at Hinterhof
The atmosphere at Hinterhof is fun and convivial and the staff couldn’t be nicer. It does get quite loud, so if you’re looking for a quiet, romantic date night, use your common sense and go elsewhere. Otherwise, you might end up like the couple who sat next to us and complained that we were too loud. Umm.. hello! It’s a beer garden with communal tables, what’d you expect?! 😉
For more info, check out the official Hinterhof website.
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