When partaking in the general perks that come with frolicking amongst the denizens of the City of Brotherly Love, one must be careful to take all things in moderation. This applies not only to good beverage, but almost equally still to good eats. As sure as the long strip of cement and paint which Philadelphians affectionately and unceremoniously refer to as South Street slices through the city's lower-midsection, so too will one's own belt after a night of gluttony and culinary debauchery.
This brings us to a popular favorite among those who prefer something simple, yet offbeat. Brauhaus Schmitz has been a south Philadelphia staple for just over 4 years, serving up traditional German and eastern-European cuisine alongside one of the largest selections of imported beers to be found anywhere in Philly. Owners Doug Hager and Kelly Schmitz-Hager, with their 25+ years of combined experience in the restaurant industry, have taken their love of the German gastropub experience and turned it into a spectacle.
At the direction of executive chef Jeremy Nolan, Brauhaus Schmitz offers a wide variety of würste, schnitzel, and other traditional dishes, in addition to some truly exceptional vegetarian fare. Guests are consistently delighted to find the perfect beverage to pair with their meal, thanks to the seemingly limitless knowledge and expertise possessed by both the wait staff and the bar staff of Brauhaus Schmitz.
Newcomers who might find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of options would do well to go for the Chef's Tasting, a 4-course sampling of some of the restaurant's most popular dishes. Guests can choose from nearly 100 bottles and 30 draught beers with which to wash it all down, with Brauhaus Schmitz being the only place in the United States where some of these brews can be found.