You Gotta Eat: Peoria Hofbrau

By Marshanna Hester
By Chad Weber

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- At 2210 Northeast Jefferson Avenue sits the Peoria Hofbrau.

Translated, Hofbrau means house of beer.

But inside is a family bond, strong for nearly 30 years.

"I don't think you can go wrong here at all," said customer Gary Jacob. "Don't consider I don't like German food because you don't know until you've been here."

"The weiner schnitzel is number one overall with homemade spatzel noodles and cabbage that's the one everyone loves," said Andy Guzman, whose parents started the Peoria Hofbrau.

"I'm a soup guy," continued Jacob. "In fact, he doesn't even have to ask me what I want when I walk in."

And don't forget the beer. In celebration of Oktoberfest, there are drafts on tap from Munich.

"It doesn't get any more original than that," continued Guzman.

Speaking of original, I tried to learn some German using a handy-dandy sheet the Hofbrau hands out during dinner.

Meanwhile, Chad ordered the favorite, weiner schnitzel, which is pork. It comes with spatzel noodles and red cabbage.

To wash it down he also ordered a Spaten, one of those beers from Munich.

I wanted to taste the pumpkin beer and had the grilled bratwurst on a pretzel roll, with German potato salad and sauerkraut.

And lawmakers have to eat too. St. Representative David Leitch was in the haus.

Our two meals and two small beers came to $27.34 plus tip.

The Peoria Hofbrau:
Tuesday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - Midnight
Sunday - Monday: Closed

2210 NE Jefferson Avenue
(309) 686-9739

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