Manchester Bites | Bavaria serving up authentic slice of German cuisine

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Hidden gem: Quite literally, the front entrance to Bavaria is around the back of the Granite Hill Business Center. Photo/Yelp

HOOKSETT, NH — Restaurateurs Monika and Anton Berger are serving up a slice of Bavarian cuisine right here in Hooksett. The Bergers, originally from Munich, Germany, have a history in the food industry in Germany’s southern region. Previously, the couple were proud owners of a restaurant capable of seating 200, and a biergarden for 600 people in their home city of Munich. In addition, Anton Berger has been a chef for more than 40 years.

Located at 1461 Hooksett Road, Bavaria can be found nestled around  the back of the Granite Hill Business Center plaza. Upon entry, this quaint restaurant has the feel of a cozy and rustic Bavarian cottage with plenty of old world charm. The dining room is adorned with paintings, household items and other relics reminiscent of alpine Bavaria.

Monika Berger can typically be found greeting customers at the entrance, and is often wearing her native dress: the dirndl. Aside from the main dining room, Bavaria also contains a bar for those seeking refreshment in the form of one of several German-label beers, including Franziskaner, Radner and Warsteiner. Yodels and volksmusik can be heard playing in the background as customers dine.

Soft pretzel appetizer, and soup! Photo/Alec Biron

Our evening at Bavaria began with an appetizer consisting of two freshly baked soft pretzels with an array of mustard sauces, and a cup of creamed spinach and broccoli soup. A mug of glühwein (mulled and spiced wine typically served hot around the holidays in Europe) is perfect for a chilly day.

Traditional German comfort food. Photo/Alec Biron

For main dishes, Bavaria’s cuisine consists of traditional German comfort foods such as jägerschnitzel with spaetzle, bratwurst and Bavarian potato salad. For readers who may be new to the world of German cuisine, schnitzel is traditionally a thin slice of veal or pork, coated in breadcrumbs and served with a side of spaetzle (German egg noodles).

Sweet ending: Pfannkuchen. Photo/Alec Biron

Before heading out the door, be sure to try one of Bavaria’s signature desserts such as Pfannkuchen (thin pancake rolled with vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce) or hot Apfelstrudel!

If you’re looking for a fresh spot for date night or even a family meal with some culture, Bavaria is wunderbarClick here to check out their full menu and hours of operation.

Reservations are strongly recommended  for large parties.