If you read up on the origins of Oktoberfest, you’re likely to find two different stories. One credits the Munich celebration of the October 12, 1810 marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The other simply says… in the old days, October was when it was finally cool enough to brew lagers. Hooray! Let’s celebrate.
While there are plenty of places to toast the beer part of this annual ritual, there are few places that will create the complete German experience, as Middendorf’s Restaurant will. In addition to serving authentic German meals for both lunch and dinner every Wednesday and Thursday from October 4 – November 9 (alongside the regular menu), their servers will be wearing traditional German attire.
Menu highlights include tongue-twisting delicacies like schlachtplatte, sauerbraten, rotkraut, spätzle, and schwarzwälderkirschtorte (that’s Black Forest cake!). Visitors can also stroll through and take fun photos in Middendorf’s festive bier garden/German village, which includes custom German buildings and a maypole.
And what’s a party without music? As a special treat for Oktoberfest, Heinz Pfeifer (the brother of Middendorf’s owner/chef Horst Pfeifer) will travel from Germany to entertain guests with traditional music on his accordion.
Pick up a punch card, and if you dine there all six weeks, you get a free Oktoberfest gift. For menu details and descriptions, call (985) 386-6666 or visit the website at middendorfsrestaurant.com.
Middendorf’s is located at 30160 Hwy 51 S. in Akers (Manchac). Just take Exit 15 (the Manchac Exit) on I-55.