Ann Arbor’s German roots stretch back to the early 1800s, with classic German eateries such as Schwaben Verein and the Old German contributing to its cultural heritage. Metzger’s, a German restaurant that has been part of the city since 1928, continues to serve traditional dishes such as sauerbraten and wiener schnitzel. The Rheinischer dish, which includes wiener schnitzel and sauerbraten among other items, is especially recommended for those new to Metzger’s.
German Roots and Culinary Delights in Ann Arbor
With deep German roots tracing back to the early 1800s, Ann Arbor, MI has seen the rise of classic German restaurants like Schwaben Verein (now Bab’s Underground) and Old German (now The Cellar Wine Bar).
Since 1928, Metzger’s has been a significant part of Ann Arbor’s German heritage. Originally founded at the site of Grizzly Peak, it has been residing on Zeeb Road, Scio Township since 2001. Metzger’s continues to serve its time-honored sauerbraten and wiener schnitzel, attracting lovers of traditional German food.
The Rheinischer sampler, a top choice for Metzger’s first-timers, includes these signature dishes. Named after inhabitants of the Rhein river region, the Rheinischer plate is a hearty combination of wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, spätzle (thin pasta dumplings), and red cabbage.
The crunchy schnitzel and sweet sauerbraten, served with sour cream gravy, pair perfectly with the soft, melt-in-your-mouth spätzle. All these delicious flavors are best complemented with a pint of Oktoberfest beer. For more details, explore Ann Arbor’s German roots with Metzger’s schnitzel & beer.
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