Mascoutah, Illinois has a population of approximately 7,500 people. Who would thought to look for a unique German restaurant in this little town. Yet, Roemer Topf more than fits the bill. In Germany, the clay roaster that is used to cook with is called a Romertopf (Roman Pot).
The restaurant is located in a sorta odd area, but that being said once you enter you are warmly greeted. The waitress wore a traditional German outfit that one might see in a Bier Garten in Muchen. Lovely flags and regalia on walls give the restaurant a wonderful ambience.
Appetizers were a little disappointing in that they weren't all German. Toasted ravioli and onion rings are pretty standard at any restaurant in the St. Louis area however, the Cheddar Pints and the Munchner Platterl do fit the bill. German Gulasch Soup was hot and filling.
The Schwaben Teller satisfied my unending quest for pork tenderloin in an unconventional way. The homemade Kasspatzle that it was served with was superb! The Wurst Sampler that my spouse chose with Bratwurst, Polish and grilled Kassler Rippchen was tasty and heavy on the meat.
Tipsy Bread Pudding, a Bavarian version of bread pudding was a wonderful item to share.
Pros of the experience: Great explanation of each item on menu, wonderful German ambiance, homemade soups and noodles.
Cons of the experience: Plastic cups for beverages, non German appetizers, and pre made salads are what keep this from being pushed up to the next level.
Visit the Rosemer Topf website here