“Authentic Germanic cuisine is finally being offered in the heart of Kansas City,” it then boasts.
So you can imagine how excited I was as a former East German (legal) immigrant to partake of my fatherland’s DEUTSCHE KUECHE. (Translation: German Kitchen.)
The big day coincided with First Friday at the Crossroads District as several friends headed to the new venue at 101 West 22nd Street in the Freight House district.
The Grunauer Restaurant is located in the former City Tavern building.
First off, forget about visions of the Hofbrauhaus, this joint is definitely way more upscale than I’d expected!
And the menu?
The tip off should’ve been the word “Germanic” instead of German!
I had envisioned German comfort food – favorite German restaurant dishes like Rinderoulade (Beef Rolls), Krautwickel (Cabbage Rolls), Eisbein (Pigs Knuckle), Chopped Steak with mushroom gravy, or Gebratened Ente (Roast Duckling.)
Those were all staples of Kansas City’s former German comfort palace, the BERLINER BEAR during its long since passed heyday.
None of those traditional German entrees were featured on Grunauer’s menu.
But there was