German Village and the Schmidt's Sausage Haus
by Joyce Faulkner
Hi everyone and thanks for the introduction, Pat.
|Schmidt's Sausage Haus www.schmidthaus.com|
Johnny and I love traveling with our little red poodle dog, Rosie. We also love exploring the interesting places in our own area and we especially love eating. Our past adventures have included an Alaskan cruise, a month-long trip to Africa, two weeks in Daejeon, South Korea, a four-and-a-half week trip to Germany and Poland and just about every state in the United States. Now that Johnny has retired, we have a long list of places to see. I hope you enjoy seeing them with us.
The first place I want to share with you is a terrific restaurant in the German Village section of Columbus, Ohio. Schmidt's Sausage Haus is in the middle of a quaint neighborhood that dates back to the 1840s. As I understand it, there was a surge of working-class German immigrants to the area about that time. They brought with them a joyful culture centered around work, family, beer, and food. These days the inhabitants still treasure their community and have organized the German Village Society dedicated to protecting its special aura.
The first time we went there, I told Johnny that even if we didn't find the place, it was worth the detour from the interstate just to enjoy the shady, old-fashioned brick thoroughfares. I was concerned about street parking, but when we got to the restaurant, there were two different off-the-street lots.
The place has been around since the late 1800s and the buildings do have that "old-timey" feel to them. But of course, the real attraction isn't the atmosphere -- although that's pretty cool -- but the yummy, yummy food. Rich, traditional German fare like Saurbraten und Gravy or Chicken Spatzel are great choices. However, the real draw for a place called a "sausage" haus is of course, the sausage. I went with the original Bahama Mama which were hickory-smoked beef and pork links with kraut and German potato salad and chunky applesauce. Just writing this makes my mouth water.
Although, I chased my dinner down with soda water, Johnny and our daughter Carmel had a nice selection of beers. They each tried something different and both were more than pleased with their choice.
But the real treat was the creme puff we had for dessert. There were a number of varieties, but we went for the original puff which was big enough that the three of us were able to share.
It was fun to learn that there was a Schmidt's Sausage truck to serve those who live in the Columbus area -- kind of like the old milk trucks that delivered dairy products when we baby boomers were little. The owners also participate in various fairs and events in the region including Octoberfest. Even more fun, we heard that a small German band plays every Thursday and Friday evening. Pictures show the musicians -- the children of German immigrants -- decked out in their lederhosen and playing the traditional instruments.
If you are in the Columbus area infrequently, there is a fix for bratwurst addicts. You can order your favorite Schmidt's goodies on line and they will be delivered to your house. Just check out www.schmidtssausageshop.com. Unfortunately, those marvelous creme puffs can only be purchased at the restaurant.