There was a definite divide in the food we ate while in Hermann. We ate some really, really good food and we ate some really, really bad food. We had a hard time finding some decent middle of the road eateries. There is definitely some amazing food to be had, but a lot of the restaurants that looked like they might have also been good were closed while we were there.
Here’s a rundown of the highlights:
The first night, we celebrated our anniversary with a Wine Country Dinner at Alpenhorn Gasthaus. This happened to be where we stayed, but anyone can eat dinner there Friday, Saturday or Sunday with a reservation. The food there throughout our entire stay was amazing, but dinner was by far the highlight. I wish I had some awesome pictures to share with you, but the romantic lighting made good photos impossible.
The meal started with a savory cheesecake with marinara and basil pesto followed by a spinach salad with a cinnamon apple slaw and balsamic vinaigrette.
For my entree I chose the pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto with a white wine reduction with sweet and golden potato mash. This was by far the best pork I have ever had in my life. It just melted in my mouth.
The husband had the Atlantic salmon with an orange buerre blanc which was also delicious.
We ended the meal with a berry chocolate tarte.
This was just one of those perfect meals you linger over and enjoy every second of.
Breakfast each day was also amazing. I unfortunately slept through the first day. The second day was a strawberry-pomegranate smoothie, apple cinnamon bread pudding with the most amazing cinnamon sugar butter on top and a frittata from farm fresh eggs. Its so cool knowing the eggs you’re eating came from the chickens just outside.
Breakfast on the last day was mimosas, berry french toast, creamed eggs and smoked sausage.
Everything was perfectly portioned and delicious and the hospitality was amazing. I of course loved that they put an emphasis on both organic and local food when possible.
We loved staying here, so I would definitely recommend it as lodging, but if you aren’t staying there, make sure you make it to one of their wine country dinners.
Dinner on our last night was at the fabulous Vintage 1847 next to Stone Hill Winery.
We started out with Stone Hill wine, salads and bread and butter. Just the way I’d like to start every meal.
I had known what I was going to order since I saw the menu online and it did not disappoint. I savored a grilled pork loin stuffed with granny smith apples, goat cheese, caramelized onions and sausage. I substituted my side of rice for some amazing mashed potatoes. I just love mashed potatoes made with the skins.
The husband had the German sampler plate with sauerbraten, schnitzel and knackwurst. I sampled both his knackwurst and the potato pancake. He had some very disappointing “authentic” German food the night before, so this was a very welcome, very delicious surprise.
The restaurant was full, but still somehow felt intimate.
Battocletti Bake Shoppe
We stopped at Battocletti Bake Shoppe for one last treat on our way out of town after a brisk walk on the Katy Trail. This cinnamon roll was perfectly soft and gooey. I loved the cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top. For someone who rarely eats real sugar it was insanely sweet, but still the perfect last indulgence for the trip.
If you missed it, I recapped our favorite wineries here. There I mention that Hermannhof is a good stop for lunch while you’re out and about.