A LA CARTE : OKTOBERFEST.Byline: Larry Lipson
Too much snow in October in Germany over the years caused the Oktoberfest kickoff to eventually be scheduled there in mid-September.
At some point in the future, global warming may change it back, but right now Oktoberfest has begun in some places, will be celebrated later in others.
Whether it's now or later, here are a few restaurants offering Oktoberfest activities worth consideration:
Alpine Village Inn
Address: 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance.
Phone: (310) 323-6520.
Comments: Festivities fes·tiv·i·ty
n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.
2. The pleasure, joy, and gaiety of a festival or celebration.
3. are already going strong here at the place where the biggest and lengthiest of the local Oktoberfests occurs annually. It's so authentic, attendees sometimes seem to forget that they aren't actually in Germany. The celebration goes on for adults every Friday and Saturday night and for families on Sundays through Oct. 31. Celebrants have fun competing in the stein-holding and the pretzel-eating contests and doing the chicken dance.
Picks: All the popular German dishes are worth trying here, including sauerbraten sau·er·bra·ten
A pot roast of beef marinated in vinegar, water, wine, and spices before being cooked.
[German : sauer, sour (from Middle High German , wiener schnitzel and hasenpfeffer ha·sen·pfef·fer
A highly seasoned stew of marinated rabbit meat.
[German : Hase, rabbit (from Middle High German, from Old High German haso; see kas- .
Address: 23115 Lyons Ave., Newhall.
Phone: (661) 255-9790.
Comments: Oktoberfest peaks here every Saturday night through Oct. 23. Returning performer Herman the German Herman the German may refer to:
Picks: A special Oktoberfest platter heaped with smoked meats, sausages, German-style potato salad and house-produced sauerkraut is again featured along with a hearty pork shank plate.
Knoll's Black Forest Inn
Address: 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
Phone: (310) 395-2212.
Comments: Often picked as the best German restaurant in the West, Knoll's, readying for its 40th anniversary, celebrates Oktoberfest for one weekend only as an annual tradition, this year on Oct. 8 (from 5 p.m.) and Oct. 9 (from 3 p.m.). There'll be the usual fun, music, Oktoberfest beers and a special menu each day.
Picks: Look for goulash gou·lash
1. A stew of beef or veal and vegetables, seasoned mainly with paprika.
2. A mixture of many different elements; a hodgepodge. soup, maultaschen salad, sauerbraten, schweinbraten and the house platter of pork loin loin (loin) the part of the back between the thorax and pelvis.
The part of the body on either side of the spinal column between the ribs and the pelvis. and sausages.
Address: 13726 Oxnard St., Van Nuys.
Phone: (818) 781-4330.
Comments: It all started on 9/9/99 and continues through Oct. 31 with dancing and entertainment Thursdays through Sundays featuring lots of ``oom-pah-pah,'' German beer-drinking songs and the requisite Spaten tap beer flowing along with several other Oktoberfest brews.
Picks: For starters, chef-owner Ueli Huegli makes his prized schinken-kase kuchen ku·chen
A coffeecake raised with yeast, often containing fruit and nuts.
[German, from Middle High German kuoche, cake, from Old High German kuocho.] (ham and cheese tarts) and tosses his hard-to-find entenbrust salat Noun 1. salat - the second pillar of Islam is prayer; a prescribed liturgy performed five times a day (preferably in a mosque) and oriented toward Mecca
salaah, salaat, salah
worship - the activity of worshipping mit ingwer (duckling duckling
baby duck. salad with ginger sauce). He prepares numerous special main courses, among them traditional versions of hasenpfeffer rabbit stew, venison venison (vĕn`ĭzən) [O.Fr.,=hunting], term formerly applied to the flesh of any wild beast or game hunted and used for food but now restricted to the flesh of members of the deer family. medallions, Bavarian meatloaf with warm potato salad, sausages with sauerkraut, oven-baked ``hendl'' chicken, roasted pork shank with potato dumplings and veal steak with mushrooms. His desserts for this year's Oktoberfest include eisbizet mit kastanien (ice cream meringue with chestnuts) and hebstblatt mit trauben (flaky pastry with grapes and vanilla cream).
Address: 3845 Telegraph Road, Ventura.
Phone: (805) 654-1214.
Comments: Chef-restaurateur Hans Muelinghaus, who relocated here from Reseda 16 years ago, cooks his special Oktoberfest dishes from Saturday through Oct. 30 while Hacker Pschorr draft beer will fill his restaurant's glasses and steins. Live entertainment is planned for Friday and Saturday nights.
Picks: The chef's famous feast for two includes roast duck, chicken schnitzels, two types of sausage, roast pork shank and smoked pork chop plus traditional potato and vegetable accompaniments.
Schatzi on Main
Address: 3110 Main St., Santa Monica.
Phone: (310) 399-4800.
Comments: Because a busy Arnold Schwarzenegger won't be around here in October, Schatzi plans to hold its annual Oktoberfest in November.
On Nov. 8 the event will feature a top Austrian five-piece band and dancing.
Picks: There'll be Gosser Austrian beer and an Austrian buffet with schnitzels, bread dumplings, spaetzles, red cabbage, bratwurst, sauerkraut, assorted sausages and apple strudel (character) strudel - Common (spoken) name for the commercial at sign, "@", ASCII 64. .