Craving something out of the ordinary, warm and comforting? Otto and Anita’s in Multnomah Village serve up some of the most authentic Bavarian fare this side of Munich. This is the real deal and the stuff of dreams.
What to order? Half orders offered only at lunch are the way to go. You can’t miss with a half order of breaded and pan-fried pork loin ($6.95), or Wienerschnitzel in German speak, with lemon and caper garnish, potatoes and vegetables or a half order of pan-fried pork loin topped with wild mushroom sauce, accompanied with spätzle ($7.95), aka Jagerschnitzel. Other winners in the schnitzel family are the half order of Rahschnitzel, pork loin flamed in brandy with a creamy mushroom sauce ($7.95), and the half order of Kaiserschnitzel, pork loin topped with a caper-cream sauce, each complemented with spätzle and veggies. All lunches come with homemade rolls and whipped butter, described by one 5 year old customer as, “creamy, yummy, looking good, so pretty”.
In the mood for sausage? The Bratwurst, Weisswurst or Knackwurst with sauerkraut ($8.95) served with vegetables and country-fried potatoes will without a doubt see you through to dinner. Served with homemade mustard, you can dip to your heart’s desire.
One menu item you don’t want to miss is Otto and Anita’s Dill Pickle Soup ($3.00/cup, $3.95/bowl). Customers go wild for this soup and have been coming back for years just to get a taste of this slightly sour and creamy delicacy. The soup is so popular the recipe is posted on their website.
If by chance you still have room for a little something sweet, Otto and Anita’s creates all their own pastries and desserts (all $4.50). Perfect for sharing are the Black Forest Cake, Marion Berry Cheesecake, Marion Berry Cobbler, Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Rum Cake, Éclairs or the Waldmeister, a flower extract shipped from Germany and made into ice cream. And what would a Bavarian restaurant be without strudel? Anita makes apple, raspberry and poppy seed on a daily basis. Grab some out-of-this-world peanut brittle ($5.50) on the way out to ruminate later about your meal at Otto and Anita’s.
The restaurant walls are adorned inside with murals of European cityscapes and two mischievous little German boys, Max and Moritz. Outside you’ll be greeted by a well-muscled German, donned in lederhosen while hoisting a beer. Otto, perhaps?
Otto and Anita’s Schnitzel House | 3025 SW Canby, Portland, OR 97219 | (503) 452-1411 | Hours: Lunch Tuesday-Friday 11:00-2:00, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5:00-9:00