Excellent | Worth a Detour
Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant
Review by: Roadfood Team
If you are looking for authentic German food such as roast pork shank or wiener schnitzel with spaetzel on the side and beer served by the stein, Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant is the place.
If you are looking for delicious, authentic German food, and beer served in steins, this is the place. Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant is on a very quaint street in this old Maryland community. The proprietor, Charles Sekula, is most likely in the house overseeing the excellent staff in traditional German dress; they are always friendly and attentive.
This, coupled with the hundreds of beer steins hanging from the ceiling in the bar, give you plenty of atmosphere to soak up when the sun isn’t available outside. Sometimes the owner wears his lederhosen as well, and then you really feel as if you went on a quick trip to Germany for a couple of hours.
What to eat at Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant
This may sound like a “tourist-trap” restaurant, but Schmankerl Stube is a serious restaurant serving serious Bavarian-style food. Our favorite, the roast pork shank, has to be ordered 24 hours in advance because of the long, slow cooking involved in this masterpiece.
As far as prices go, we consider Schmankerl Stube to be very reasonably priced. Appetizers run between $6 and $11 and entrees $14 to $24. Schmankerl Stube serves alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. They have a wine list, but we haven’t studied it as we always get a pint of unfiltered beer to sip as we chat and relax savoring the food and drink for a good hour or so.
They have regular-sized beer steins, and sizes go all the way up to a beer stein so big it has two handles in order to lift it off the table. The last time we were there, a hearty, young man was all smiles at the table next to us he accepted the challenge to handle one of those big babies for his birthday celebration.
Check out their website where you can see the regular menu and also another menu with their weekly specials as well as read about the restaurant’s history. We drive an hour and a half from our home to Hagerstown when the craving for German food hits us. We recommend the fried Camembert with cranberry sauce, the wurst sampler, and the roast pork shank (ordered in advance).
Original Post by Sherry Connor
Directions & Hours
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|