November 19, 2011
Last night was my second outing to the Biergarten and once again, I had a great time. This is one of the newest spots in Boca Raton, located in Royal Palm Place. The outside area is nice, with lots of seating at the bar and tables are available, too. Hanging behind the bar is a chalkboard full of available beers and food specials hangs, so there is no excuse not to know what you’re going to order! I’m not really a big beer drinker, but last time I went I thought I’d try out a few that sounded appealing. I tried two that I really liked: Woodchuck and Shipyard Pumpkinhead. Woodchuck tastes a lot like a cider, which is probably why I like it; it doesn’t taste like beer! The Pumpkinhead was just a little bit heavier than the Woodchuck, but still a really light beer with a nice pumpkin flavor to it. It’s Fall, pumpkin is everywhere! For my second visit to the “garten,” I wanted to try one of their cocktails. My waitress suggested her favorite, Holy Water, which is a banana liquor and another liquor I was not familiar with, Aquavit. Whenever I hear banana, I think creamy so I was iffy about ordering the drink, but I was assured it was really light and sweet and definitely delicious. She was 100% on the money! I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who likes a drink that is more on the sweet side. We decided we’d get an appetizer after seeing the huge Pretzel that everyone around us had ordered. “The Pretzel” is the Biergarten’s signature appetizer: a giant soft pretzel served with house made mustards and some kind of German cream cheese dip. I shared it with friends when I was there last time and it’s good, but we opted for a much healthier and filling choice and were happy with it. We got the Alpine Tray, which comes with cucumbers, carrots, celery, broccoli, pretzel bites, and a small balsamic onion side salad served with the cream cheese dip. This platter gives you a little taste of everything: you still get the pretzel along with other healthier options for dipping into a not-so-healthy but amazing dip. It was a nice pairing to our drinks. Aside from enjoying our drinks and appetizer, the crowd was fun too. There was a mix of all ages, groups of friends hanging out, couples on dates, etc. Our waitress was super sweet and friendly. She stopped a few times to talk to us and made some great recommendations when we asked. Good conversation, good company & good eats…I can’t think of anything better.